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Nightlands’ Debut Live Performance in Philly at The Ox Jan. 22

Dave Hartley’s bedroom dreamscapes revamp an aesthetic often shrugged off as cliché in the wake of Yeasayer and AnCo’s Pitchfork frenzied fame. With a similar sense of genius, Nightlands' swirling chants flourish in an auditory terrain often inhabited by the likes of Bradford Cox and Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple. Shuffling textured rhythms and electro clips frame a subtly maintained balance between tribal backbeats and polished indie pop. “300 Clouds” transcends, cultivating cohesion between lo-fi and crisply executed chord progression, eased into a lyrical foreground by way of synth and atmospheric vocals that linger and haunt (“Forget the Mantra” or “’Til I Die”). As if stringing together bits and pieces of the Low Anthem’s debut with Bat for Lashes meets Fever Ray’s visceral gloom with dashes of weathered optimism, Hartley’s latest leaves listener’s transfixed. Cradled by Norwegian Arms' poetics, Ape School, and Here We Go Magic’s reinvention of chamber pop, Nightlands' hypno anthems will undoubtedly leave their mark on tonight’s debut show in Philly. The Ox, (you should know already or just ask a friend), 8pm, $8, All Ages - Dianca Potts
 

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Ethel Cee Presents SPREAD 2.0 (Mothers in Charge Benefit) at KFN Jan. 22

As a community and advocacy organization for families affected by violence, Mothers in Charge works to build safer communities by working with city officials on legislation, collaborating with community and faith-based organizations, providing education and intervention, and offering counseling and grief services. Their efforts to prevent violence and change the culture that surrounds it are vitally important to the positive growth of Philadelphia, and it's something that needs your support. And you know how? By hopping on the El and making your way to Kung Fu Necktie tonight for the Ethel Cee-presented SPREAD 2.0 benefit show, with all proceeds from the door, plus 10 percent of the bar (nice work KFN), going directly to Mothers in Charge. The basically all-local show will feature the clever hard hits of underground rap master and proud father Reef the Lost Cauze, the rock rage-meets-heavy hop-punk throwdowns of The Mighty Paradocs, the sneering alt-rock barroom jams of Mach22, and the polished, slicked rhythms of Atlanta hip-hop transplant and Making Money Jam Boys member Sugar Tongue Slim, with DJ Gun$ Garcia spinning at the turntables between sets. So buy many drinks and rock out while getting your groove on for a great cause! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 10pm, $8, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia 
 
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The Sinful Cheap Seats at North Star Bar Jan. 22

I admittedly am the type of person who tends to sprint away from mainstream pop music, but sometimes you run into a tune that is so undeniably catchy burrowing itself into your brain and making you feel a little ashamed for enjoying such sugar-coated pop. But what can you do? I guess just “Sin, Repent, Repeat” which happens to be the title of the Motown-inspired jam by Cheap Seats. Yes, using that Supreme’s “Can’t Hurry Love” bass line to hook me in can be considered kind of cheating, but I can picture plenty of XPN listeners both young and old finding a little joy and common ground in this tune. While I can’t say any of their other tracks have come anywhere near hitting the right spot as “Sin, Repent, Repeat” for me (more Motown-type stuff fellas), sometimes that one feel good moment can simply make your day. You can catch the dapper crew that features members of pop punk/rock outfits The Sarting Line, Days Away and Capitol Risk at North Star Bar with the “New Crack Swing” of Bad Rabbits for a very early all ages show today. (Shhh…don’t tell anyone that I sent you.) North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 4pm, $10, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman  
 
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Weekend Warrior, January 21 - 23

The winter doldrums might be cold and miserable. But fortunately Danger Danger Gallery is ready to warm up your party life this Saturday with a show of MEGA proportions! On tap will be a 2 floor showcase that features 8 bands, including Baltimore’s Rhymes and Operas and We Used to be Family. Leading the charge upstairs will be the vibrant and quirky muses of Arrah and the Ferns. They’ll be joined by melodic minimalists and old souls the Circadian Rhythms, who will be likely doing a live unveiling of some new tracks from their upcoming EP that you can check out here. Also on on the lineup will be the bizarre humor of electro pop outfit Toddler Cat and Brooklyn’s indie vaudevillian act The Lisps. Headlining downstairs will be Ryat, who most recently won the Open Submissions portion of our Best of Philly Emerging Artists Poll by the jury of Deli editors and has really come into her own since teaming up with Tim Conley and releasing Avant Gold. Joining her and the Bmore bands downstairs will be alt-indie locals The Daylight Savings and Loan, who recently released their seven-song EP, Believe. But don’t forget to swing by next door at Younglove’s where they’ll be hosting Your Children is Beautiful, who was our recent Featured Artist(s) of Month and have been hard at work on recording a new album and touring. Look’s like shit’s going down on Baltimore Ave. this Saturday night! Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages; Younglove’s, 5011 Baltimore Ave., 7pm, $5 donation, All Ages

Other things to do this weekend while you are waiting for winter to end already…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hermit Thrushes, SAT East Hundred
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, Blayer Pointdujour, Caboder, SAT Ethel Cee Presents: Reef The Lost Cauze, Mach 22, The Mighty Paradocs, Sugar Tongue Slim
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT (Early) Cheap Seats and Nikki Jean, (Late) Desoto Jones, Alright Junior, Karma Bat
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Guys & Dolls and The Knife Show, SAT (Early) Band Name and Aspiga, (Late) Aaron Dugan's Theory of Everything and Tim Conley
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Bulletproof Tigers, SAT Big Terrible
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Bruce Lucy and Oh Rabbits
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Ugh God, Thee Nosebleeds, Clamfight, Bitch Slicer
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Pig Iron Theater's Annual Benefit
 
The Ox (you should know by now or ask a friend) SAT Nightlands and Ape School
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Philly Bloco
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT AnmlHse Anniversary Party
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Sunshine Superman
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Suzie Brown
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Alec Stewart, City Folk, The Sobriquets, SUN Benefit for Patty McAllister w/ Cisco Jeters, Baffle The Cat, Rusty Cadillac and more
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Charles Cohen, SAT Sonic Liberation Front, Bobby Zenkel & The Warriors of Wonderful Sound
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SUN Algernon Cadwallader and The Menzingers
 
Hard Rock Cafe (1131 Market St.) FRI Desoto Jones and Big Blue Spruce
 
The Legendary J.C. Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Soraia
 
Kimbel Center for the Performing Arts (260 S. Broad St.) SAT Dani Mari
 
Philadelphia Magic Garden (1020 South St.) SAT Cuddle Magic and Charles Cohen
 
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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Caboder

We first came across the members of Caboder at Silk City opening for Pony Pants and Post Post, but that was when they went by the name of Trench Mouth. Back then, which isn’t that long ago, they had an emo-looking lead guitarist who wasn’t bad, but just didn’t seem like the right fit for the rest of the crew. But you can tell that all they wanted to do was play for the audience (probably a little too long for an opener - remember fellas sometimes less is more). Well, they found a new lead guitarist that seems like a much better fit and a new band name that has been waiting for them since lead man Cody James Wren was a baby. And yes, the West Philly crew still “like playing music together” and they “like making music for you”. And YES, they “will gladly play in your small, small room” so book them already. But check out our usual get-to-know-you interview with Caboder below, and they'll also be opening tonight at Kung Fu Necktie w/Adam & Dave's Bloodline, Blayer Pointdujour and Shorty Boy-Boy.
 
The Deli: How did the band start? 
 
Caboder: Steve and Cody have been playing together for about 4 years as The Psychodelicates, Shades, Beardezzis, and Trench Mouth. After they decided to finally ditch they're iPod drum machine, Pat joined the band. About 6 months ago, Alex joined on lead guitar, and together they made CABODER.
 
TD: Where did the band name Caboder come from?
 
C: Caboder was Cody's nickname as a baby. "Caboder-front-end-loader" his mom would say.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
C: Steve - The Walkmen. Cody - Girls. Alex- John C. Reilly. Pat - Do Make Say Think.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
C: Tongue Sculptors, Your Children is Beautiful, Titus Andronicus, The Skateboards!, Gypsy Death and You, The Skin Cells, Girls.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
C: Cody - Weezer/Green Day - Dookie. Alex - guitar teacher took him to see a jazz trio at the tower/Blink 182 - Dude Ranch. Steve - John Fogerty/Led Zeppelin - II. Pat - Barenaked Ladies/ Paul Simon - Graceland.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
C: The uprising music scene is incredible and being able to watch the bands around you that you’ve followed for so long grow and find recognition.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
C: Winter, and people from New Jersey…HA.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2011?
 
C: We are all dying to get our music recorded so we can begin spreading it more and are working on getting an east coast tour together. 
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
C: Recently we got a show together in the basement of the band’s house in West Philly. It was great because we were able to get all of friends together and some of our favorite local bands to play, and everyone had a kiss ass time.
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
C: Chickens finger hoagies, toasted Italian hoagies and sweet peppers with honey mustard gizzled all over.
 
- The Deli Staff
 
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