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Karen Rockower's CD release party at The Living Room on 10.08

"Whales Standing" was just released in Brooklyn at Union Hall and Karen Rockower (and her fantastically all female band) are bringing the show across the bridge to The Living Room on Friday Oct 8th at 8pm. The CD marks Karen’s debut solo effort. Haunting and beautiful, her vocal talents are front and center in this world of creepy lullabies. The 12 tracks journey through her psyche is inspired by her real adventures and rich dream life. A poetic storyteller, Karen also finds inspiration writing through other people’s eyes. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


DOCKtoberfest at Dock Street Pub Oct. 3!

Today Dock Street Brewery celebrates its momentous 25th anniversary of being in Philadelphia, as well as its 3rd year as being a part of West Philly community. To celebrate both milestones the popular brewpub will be throwing an outdoor festival that might even be bigger than the West Philadelphia Music Festival that they threw over the summer. During DOCKtoberfest, the craft artisanal beer will be flowing inside, the streets will be paved with music thanks in part to Dock Street worker and Grandchildren percussionist, Roman Salcic. Roman recruited some good friends from Brooklyn in both avant garde gypsy rockers Skeletonbreath (which features Grandchildren’s Tris Palazzolo on drums) and tropical pop rockers Dinosaur Feathers (who might just feature Roman behind the drums). Both bands have been no strangers to rockin’ out at the neighboring Danger Danger Gallery, and should drive in some exciting performances. The Homophones have been invited back after their stellar performance at the West Philadelphia Music Festival. The stylish band was last seen driving in an exciting dance filled performance at our showcase for Philly F/M Festival opener last week, and should bring in another balloon massacring winner. Also on the lineup is the trip-hop collaboration between singer-songwriter Liz Fullerton and Jedi Mind Trick’s Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, Dutch. Lastly, on the bill are The National Rifle, who have been at the top of their game ever since releasing Vanity Press over the summer. Dock Street Pub, 50th & Baltimore Ave., 2pm, All Ages - Bill McThrill

White Sea free download from upcoming album

White Sea

Known as the keyboardist of French shoegazers M83 and frontwoman of The Romanovs, Morgan Kibby is stepping out on her own as White Sea. It's no surprise that her years spent with M83 rubbed off on her -- her ability to create haunting, etheral, pop music is apparent in her remix of Seven Saturday's "The Shallow End" but also her forthcoming EP This Frontier.

After getting my hands on the track "Mountaineer", Kibbys vocals bear a striking resemblance to that of Imogen Heap, with layered synth and echoing tom drums working their way to cinematic crescendo. Not one to be boxed in, Kibby promises that the EP will show off her stylistic range but with a common thread tying it all together. The album was completed with the help of friends Jonathan Leahy on guitar and bass, Jonathan Bates (Big Black Delta, Mellowdrone) with mixes of "Ladykiller" and "Mountaineer", and Ray Suen (Louis XIV, Mariachi El Bronx) with string arrangements for "Ladykiller" and "Oljato". This Frontier is due for release October 5th, but RCRDLBL has made available a free download of her track "Mountaineer".

-Angelo Lorenzo


Next Big Nashville Highlights, Pt. 2: Thursday's Recap

(photo courtesy of nbnsummit)

Me and my gal pals were real jet setters on Thursday night, starting things off with a little trip to the Gibson Show Room for the Nashville Scene VIP party, where we chowed down on some bbq and slammed some free shots--compliments of Patron, Firefly Vodka, and Fireball Whiskey. We really felt like the Queens of Sheba as we boozed and schmoozed with some of the NBN artists who were going to be playing later, including Fly Golden Eagle, Jordan Caress (of Tristen and Rayland Baxter), The Delta Saints, Frank the Fuck Out, Hollywood Ten, Apache Relay, Megan McCormick, and the Nashville’s Dead dudes.

Next we made our way downtown to Live On the Green, hoping to catch Garrison Starr and Sixpence None the Richer, but arrived just in time to hear Leigh Nash (of Sixpence) singing the last 10 seconds of their final song. What a letdown! So we went with Plan B and mosied on over to Mercy Lounge, where we were pleasantly surprised by Uncle Skeleton.

For those of you who remember Kindercastle before that precious ensemble broke up and went their separate ways, Uncle Skeleton is Kindercastle reincarnated. Uncle Skeleton featured many of the original Kindercastle band members, an almost-full string section, and played that same ELO-inspired, Romantically classical-tinged pop-rock. Most of the songs were instrumental however, which seemed to be the main difference between the new band and the old one. It was still pretty and very nicely arranged and orchestrated, so there should be no complaining.

Finally...the moment we had been waiting for arrived...sort of... We trekked up to 12th and Porter to hear Sarah Silva’s highly-anticipated set, and of course, she blew our brains out with her belting. Everyone was so lost in female-fronted band land by that point, that we even decided to stick around for Like Candy Red, who was kind of like watching the white girl, Nashville, TN version of En Vogue. We think the girls were three sisters, although we didn’t really care, because we were too busy groovin‘ and shakin‘ to their synchronized dance moves and cray cray stacked harmonies and wailin’... Thursday night’s Next Big Nashville lineup was a home run for us.--Erin Manning


Philadelphia Slick Got Game at The Fire Oct. 2

Drawing inspiration from a time when hip hop had seen its better days, Philadelphia Slick specialize in tight deliveries and plenty of jazz and funk samples - think A Tribe Called Quest if Q-Tip's flow was a little less chill and a little more spastic. And of course, the fact that they have a live band might make you think of The Roots, but clearly these guys are more concerned about having fun than laying down some social commentary (not to say The Roots can't have fun). Also stoking The Fire tonight are fellow hip hop acts JJ Demon and MH the Verb. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, $7, 9pm, 21+ - Joe Poteracki


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