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Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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November 24, 2015

Emerging Bands and Artists,

The Deli's Regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists are back!



Ugh, do you REALLY want to know? The process to determine these lists is rather complicated, and occurred to The Deli's fouding fathers during a collective nightmare back in 2006 - if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some free exposure, then STAY AWAY FROM THAT PAGE!!!

Eligibility: To be eligible, your band needs to 
1. be based in one of the scenes we cover (list here), 
2. have music available online
3. have played live at least once in 2013
4. Have less than 15k Facebook friends. By the way, fake Facebook friends make us angry. 

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the Best of your city nominees. This phase starts right now! 


The Deli Peeps

November 20, 2015

As the weekend sputters to a conclusion, the weeklong reality looms. But, there’s still time for some quality communion. This one at West Philly's Beaumont Warehouse reunites progressive punk compatriots Red Devil and pairs them with the raucous, deeply-embedded prog-metal jams of Stinking Lizaveta, hypnotically hovering in a heavy space. The Invasive Species, who dropped a self-titled record earlier this fall, deliver an unfiltered, expressive punk that ruminates gradually seeping into your system, while the adrenalized aggression of Corrupt Justin aid in the throwback to the present scenario delivering a blistering stomp. Get there early - it’s a matinee. Beaumont Warehouse, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 4:30pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving seems to a have a residual fatigue, which temporarily knocks me out. But it’s Saturday, and the rust is coming off. The assemblage, formerly known as Snoozer, has reawakened as Pet. The trio throttles between a booming, full-on rush forward, with an internal edge. The outward instrumental push provides the primary jolt, but it’s reinforced by a pensive lyrical pull. That near-and-far sound holds you in limbo. Tonight at Boot & Saddle, they bridge the gap between the punk meets shoegazing, spacey synths of Janelle and the trio of Remote Player’s Club, featuring a pair of former State Radio members, Mike Najarian and Chuck Fay. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita 

November 28, 2015

Colin “Bear” Regisford (Kids, Mannequin Pussy) started The City & I as a solo acoustic project in 2004. Now, with the help of friends from the local music community, which includes members of The Spirit of The Beehive, Gunk, and Ghost Gum, The City & I has released its first album Downer (available via Infinity Cat Recordings). Influenced heavily by “universal anxieties: late night munchies, early morning loneliness, the inability to deal with the pressures of choosing what to make for lunch,” the debut EP travels through an indica haze with bursts fueled by copious amounts of alcohol and power chords - so raw and rad. (Take a listen for yourself below.) You can celebrate its release with Bear and friends this Saturday night at South Philly’s The Pharmacy with support from QUIT and Unholy Pisces. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 8pm, All Ages - Alexis V.

Other places to chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Joy Riding
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Kiska (Record Release), Night Trip, SAT Pet, Janelle
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Writhing Squares / Tommy Hogunz, Dobbee,/ Rk$tdy, SAT AZN Jake
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Thankful For Amy: Elise Testone Presents an All-Star Tribute to Amy Winehouse: Wyllys
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Vacationer, Palmas
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  FRI Losing Your Grip, Tasty Face, Saint Phoenix, Diff'rent Folks, The Evergreen Drive, SAT (Balcony) The Weekend Riot, An Honest Year, Courtney Halpin/The Royal Ghosts, Beards & Whiskey,  Chasen Project, Tony Mecca & The Heavy Mental Gypsies
TLA (334 South St.) FRI August Burns Red, SAT Flightschool, Lightning Jones, Weekender
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Circa Survive
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down (EP Release), Modern Colour, Bible Riots, Jeremiah Tall, SUN Ghingy Bird, Malika Love, Nafesa
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) David Newman/(Downstairs) Breakwater, SAT (Upstairs) Deb Callahan  (Album Release) /(Downstairs) Beru Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Arturo Stable Bass-less Trio
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adlib, J.O. The Last Man, Slaughter Rico SAT Flux Capacitor, The Royal Noise, Chronicles of Sound, The Jawn, SUN Resilient, Alright Junior, The Loud Comany
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) Fri American Dinosaur, Light Gears, SAT Nicky P., Former Belle, Josh Miller
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Loafass, Thee Nosebleeds, MRC & The Souvenirs, SAT The Phonies, The Bad Tequila Experience
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, Cosmo Baker, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Susan Werner, SAT Susan Werner
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Continuum, Civil Discord, SAT Vital Stats
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Take This Bird & Shove It Fest/FRI Combat Crisis, Posers, FTS, Dive in the Box, SAT Take This Bird & Shove It Fest, Duffy's Cut, Thunder & Glory, The Charley Few, Legion 76, The Droogettes, SUN Outer Heaven
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Groove Merchants, Vermilion, SAT The Members Club, The ToneBenders
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Nik Greeley  & The Operators, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Happy Dog
Jimmy Crickets Club (1838 S. Bancroft St.) SUN Super Bonanza
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hound
All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.)  SAT Line Leader
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT Shannen Moser, jnnsmnsn, Tombo Crush
The Bloody Pit Of Horror (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT Decap Attak, Heavy Temple, BlackHand
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SUN (Matinee) Red Devil (Reunion Show), Stinking Lizaveta, The Invasive Species, Corrupt Justin
November 27, 2015

While it didn't stop them from playing a heavy dose of shows across the country, Americana rock outfit Foxtrot & the Get Down has been hard at work these past few months preparing for the release of their brand new EP Black Coffee (American Echo Records). And with its lead single “Just a Kid” receiving a bit of love, the gang also has a new music video in the works. Tonight, Foxtrot & the Get Down will be having a special album release show at Bourbon & Branch, collecting coats, hats, and gloves for non-profit organization Feel the Warmth. Your generosity will be awarded with a free copy of the record. Joining in this charitable event are bluegrass/folk troubadour Jeremiah Tall, who just finished touring the Midwest in support of his latest album Where the Lore Began, Modern Color, and Bible Riots. Bourbon and Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

November 27, 2015

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