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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
 
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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
 
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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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Don’t Be So Serious w/The Homophones at The Ox Jan. 18

Yes, The Homophones’ Jason Ferraro has a sultry baritone voice that will bring comparisons to The National’s Matt Berninger, and at first, you might dismiss them as one of those oh so serious indie rock acts. But the charm and wit found in Ferraro’s biting lyrics sets him way apart from most of his contemporaries. The balloons that usually garnish their stage and the joy that exudes from The Homophones’ live performances may also leave very little room to feel too serious and/or mopey. But if you happen to feel most alive when you’re feeling a little down, then Scott Churchman’s eerie folk might help bring you there. The Homophones will be hosting UK’s Sleeping States at The Ox tonight, and then heading down with them to the Velvet Lounge in DC the next evening. (For all you DC folks coming across this write-up on The Deli’s National Page, I highly recommend that you get there early to catch The Homophones opening.) The Ox, (you should know already or just ask a friend), 8pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman   
 
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Drums Like Machine Guns Invade Primitive at KFN Jan. 18

Is your idea of fun scrambling your brain with eardrum bursting static that sounds like you might be getting abducted by aliens? Good - then don’t be afraid when Drums Like Machine Guns invade Primitive, “the punk/darkwave/minimal/80s meets metal/scuzz/rock” monthly residency at KFN geared for pounding down numerous drinks with your favorite compadres. Led by DJs Jane Paine and Laura Lawless this underworld party is not for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely been helping to fill the void of my sometimes black hole heart. Also joining the bill will be the much mellower minimalistic keyboard experimentation of The Kick Me’s. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 10pm, Free, 21+ (Photo by Dan Cohoon) - Alexis V.
 
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