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Watery Love & Spacin’ Beer-BQing at The El Bar April 17

This rain has been fuckin’ ridiculous! But it looks like it’s going to let up for today. Are you suffering from a little cabin fever? Well, No Wavelength has a cure for your madness with some madness of their own so swing by The El Bar for an early evening Beer-BQ in their backyard and musical performances. Former Clockcleaner Richie Charles’ new punk band Watery Love with EspersMeg Baird on skins will be headlining the festivities with support from lo-fi party rockers Spacin’, who have been making my head bob and toes tap for a while now. It’s the side project of Birds of Maya’s Jason Killinger. (More tracks, please!) Sandwiched between the two local acts are Cleveland’s post punk outfit Pleasure Leftists. The El Bar, 1356 N. Front St., 6pm, $5, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
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Save Gonzo Benefit at M Room April 17

With a little fennec fox in danger, several artists, musicians, and dancers are going to come together for a benefit to help Save Gonzo tonight at the M Room. Gonzo is in need of spinal surgery that will cost $3500, and to help raise funds 36+ artists have donated some of their works that will be auctioned off throughout the night. The evening will also feature burlesque dancing and musical performances. He may be the little bro of Kurt, but tonight Sam Vile will show you rhythmic guitar and constant hitmaking surely runs in the family with his band Vilebred. John the Conqueror will also unleash a dirge of rollicking blues in the vein of Black Keys, and Cold Roses and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Hurt will be rounding out the bill. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 7pm, Donations, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
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A.K.A. Music Makes Rolling Stone’s List of The Best Record Stores in the USA!

Congrats to A.K.A. Music for making Rolling Stone’s list of “The Best Record Stores in the USA”! The honor to Michael Hoffman and crew are well-deserved. You can check out what Rolling Stone had to say about our local beloved record store HERE as well some others that you might want to visit throughout the country. Cheers! (Photo by Alberto D’Ottavi) - The Deli Staff
 
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Hop Along Open for SOLD OUT Yoni Wolf Shows at FUC Chapel April 16

Tonight Hop Along will be playing back to back shows inside the intimate chapel of the First Unitarian Church with Why? frontman Yoni Wolf. In fact, she is playing back to back to back shows, with a third show added on Sunday after the first two sold like hot cakes. Frontwoman Frances Quinlan’s manic and delicate voice will be especially entrancing in this resonant space. Unfortunately, Hop Along had to cancel their SXSW tour this year due to financial difficulties, but with a new album set to be released by the end of the year, we will hopefully be seeing Quinlan and Co. around more and more. Hop Along has been filled out in recent years with Frances’ brother Mark on Drums and Tyler Long on Bass along with Dominic Angellela lending a hand on guitar when he isn’t playing a show with one of the 50 other bands that he is in. With the hushed feel of the chapel we may see a toned down version of Hop Along, but regardless it is definitely worth getting there early for. All three shows are super sold out so your best bet might be to bribe the R5 door guys with some tasty treats. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, SOLD OUT, All Ages (Photo by Sarah Green) - Adam G.
 
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Lion Versus EP Release Party at North Star Bar April 16

I conducted a little experiment for over a year when I first started writing for The Deli. I knew that Philly had plenty of talented young artists who weren’t getting any exposure for one reason or another so I decided to scour MySpace each week (when it was still somewhat relevant) to find acts that I liked with a thousand friends or less (remember when people used to “friend” each other instead of “like”) to give fledgling acts a little exposure and support. My column was called “Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship”, and it was really so much fun to discover and write about musicians who most people had never really heard about before. If you happen to have been following The Deli during that time, you may have noticed a lot of those acts that I wrote about eventually getting more press from other media outlets (more of a testament to their talent than my writing, of course) which was very cool to see. Well, a while back I came across tracks like “Rid Thyself” and “I Am (the springtime)” from Lion Versus and was instantly captivated by lead singer-songwriter Hilary White’s sultry vocals and beautifully poetic verses. So much so that I booked her for one of our showcases before ever seeing her perform live which I never do. I didn’t know this at the time, but White had just moved here from Savannah, GA, and she was at a crossroad. She was “trying to get back into playing music again, but felt a bit discouraged.” White recently sent me an e-mail thanking me for the piece that I had written for my column letting me know how it really encouraged her to continue trying, which was quite touching and encouraging to me. Well, the duo that once performed at our showcase is now a full blown 7-piece band that is celebrating the release of their new EP Five Hearts tonight at North Star Bar, and you should definitely go support as well as check out White’s other artwork HERE! Lion Versus will be joined by fabulous orchestral pop ensemble Cuddle Magic, Perseverance Jazz Band and The Horrible Department. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., $8, 21+ - Q.D. Tran
 


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