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The Great Cranberry Presents “Aquarius Prom” at Adobe Café Feb. 5!

Did you miss your high school prom? Well, you have a chance to live a much cooler experience (with no chaperones) when The Great Cranberry presents Aquarius Prom on Saturday, February 5 at the Adobe Café (upstairs)! The event is a prom-themed party with performances by THE JAWNS, a live mashup/soultrain band featuring members of The Extraordinaires, The Armchairs, Arrah and the Ferns, Nicos Gun and Virtual Virgin as well as DJ Evil V spinning some ass-shaking grooves. It’s going to be a crazy dance party to warm you up from this cold, cold Philly winter! There will also be a discounted admission for those who get dressed up ($3) and an extra special discount for those who are ready to get Ab Fab in drag ($2). Oh yes, this is going to be an old-fashioned love fest so please dress to impress! - The Deli Staff

Kuf Knotz Presents “The BoomBox Collective” at WCL Jan. 19

I’ve discussed the issue about the lack of places for up-and-coming hip hop artists to perform in Philly with Kuf Knotz many times over the years. Well, it looks like he’s taken matters into his own hands. Tonight Kuf Knotz presents “The BoomBox Collective”, a new FREE monthly hip hop showcase at World Café Live. But knowing Kuf this will likely expand to plenty of different genres - quite possibly all on the same night. The featured artists for this evening’s installment are Chalk & The Beige Americans (a band that he’s been talking about for months now - he also suggests seeing them live because he doesn’t think that their recordings do them justice), Curly Castro, Dave Vegas, and DJ Stoupe (from Jedi Mind Tricks and also Dutch). With Philadelphia Slick throwing their monthly “Rap TV” every 1st Wednesday at The Blockley and “The BoomBox Collective” happening every 2nd or 3rd Wednesday at WCL, it looks like hip hop is finding a little home in University City or at least an apartment. BTW: I was really feelin’ the lineups that On Tyme Music Marketing put together for the Philly F/M Fest at Club Risque. Glad to see underground hip hop is still fightin’ hard in Philly, but I never believed that it had stopped! World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, FREE, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

Kurt Vile Appears on J. Mascis’ New Album and Heading on Tour Together!

Pitchfork just reported that Kurt Vile will make an appearance on Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis’ new album Several Shades of Why, which will also have indie darlings like Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Band of Horse’s Ben Bridwell and many more. The album is due out in March as well as Vile’s upcoming LP Smoke Ring for My Halo, which is perfect timing for the two long-haired guitar-lovin’ freaks to hit the road together. Their tour schedule is below, and you can catch the “Freak Train” in Philly when it makes a stop at World Café Live on March 23. - The Deli Staff
Vile/Mascis Tour Schedule:
03/10 Ithaca, NY - Castaways
03/11 Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
03/22 Brattleboro, MA - Headroom Stages
03/23 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
03/24 New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
03/25 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/26 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03/30 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03/31 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04/01 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
04/02 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04/07 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04/08 Athens, GA - The Melting Point
04/09 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04/10 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

Concert Review: Slutever, Omar & Easter Vomit at KFN

The two-piece imperfect perfection of Omar marked the start of last Saturday night’s antics at Kung Fu Necktie. Initially lightly attended, the thin crowd thickened as the shout-out lines of “Nism” crashed against crisp, quick cymbal laced with thunderous riffs, inciting sweat. This Fishtown duo’s delivery of lines like “I’m choking” and “I can’t take it, I can’t say it, can’t say it out loud”, cast the relatively lighthearted act in a heart-wrenchingly relatable light, one that gave way to the less than clean yet honest start of “Day 8 (Trampoline Only)”. In the spirit of At the Drive-In’s post-punk crooner (Cedric Bixler-Zavala), Omar’s appeal rests in their unpretentious reckless abandon. Smiling through slight mistakes, Omar’s Nick and Candice forged through their set, unveiling a new track “Monkey Business” premised by “Triacial Cat”. Both songs incited shouts of the band’s name from show-goers and applause instigated by way of Slutever. Aided no doubt by thumping drums and legit intense riffs, the latter half of Omar’s set felt brief, mosh-able and sincere with “It’s Difficult to Look at But I Got It for Free on the Internet” and “Jumping Jacks”.
The crowd dispersed in search of beer and/or cigs, returning soon after in order to lose themselves in the captivating quirkiness of Easter Vomit, Brooklyn-based lo-fi armed with capes and trombone. Ranging from weird to endearing and back to weird again, EP gems like “Wolves Love You” played out alongside pre-recorded and live howls, nestling close to carefree noisy repeats of “don’t be afraid of the darkness”. The howls of the outro’s end slipped into a tale of an epic battle with “Easter Vomit vs. the Natural History Museum”, proving the band’s penchant for adventure as well as clever narratives. Despite a crashing trombone and percussive dilemmas throughout the set, the minor mishaps failed to impede Easter Vomit’s aesthetic, leaving “Whales” and the aggressive shreds of “Rhythm Rock” visceral and real. At one point referring to themselves as Reading Rainbow (who happened to be in attendance), Easter Vomit’s strange yet sanguine presence was a fitting primer to self-ordained brat-punks Slutever.
Rebelling against the wintery forecast, Slutever stormed the stage, opening with “Sun Hot”, rocking out hard and fast. “Pussycat” was undeniably snarky with surprising charm, showcasing an audible strength and growth in the twosome’s sound. “No Offense” rang out clearer and with more precision, than (dare I say) the Vivian Girls’ earlier days. Coupled with a mid-set switch of Gagliardi from drums to guitar, Snyder’s enthusiasm sizzled along with her bandmate’s sass and intense riffage during a song about homework (“Seventh Grade”) and what Rachel Gagliardo’s confessed “favorite” via the cranky yet catchy hooks of “Teen Mom”. In addition to Omar and Easter Vomit’s refreshingly lively sets, Saturday night’s show proved that from Philly basements to bars in Brooklyn (and hopefully at this year’s SXSW) Slutever’s “shit-fi” shines through again and again. - Dianca Potts

Video from Creepoid’s Record Release Show!

If you missed the SOLD OUT Creepoid Record Release Show that The Deli presented last week (1/13/11) or just wanted to relive a great night, below is footage from the live performances of “Dream Out” and “Wishing Well” from pilgrimsprogress’ YouTube. They sound pretty darn nice. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff


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