Attention aficionados of Philly music: two local polls beckon your opinions. The Deli Philadelphia‘s readers poll for emerging artist of 2012 is open through January 28th; you can cast your vote with them over here. And voting for Tri State Indie‘s 2013 Music Awards runs until midnight on February 11th; cast your ballot in that poll here. We were excited to be part of the nominating committees for both polls this year, and are looking forward to the results – and TSI’s gala at World Cafe Live on February 17th.
The Deli Magazine announced yesterday that they will see last year’s Halloween bash at PhilaMOCA and raise it an Halloweeniversary party on Friday, October 26th. That’s right, it’s a Halloween party and an anniversary party in one night. To help out with the party vibes, The Deli Mag is bringing in local experimental pop group Grandchildren to headline (who will be releasing a new album shortly), with Philly-based Ghost Light and Laser Background starting the night off. And because it’s an extra-special event, they’ve called in special guests Sic Alps from San Francisco. Check back for ticket information as it’s released. Below, watch Grandchildren perform their new track “Sunrise” in Florida earlier this year.
Tonight is the kickoff of Norwegian Arms‘ unorthodox house-show residency tour, with things getting moving at South Philly DIY space Dreamcastle. (Confused? Read more about the band’s collaborative project with Laser Background in our interview from yesterday.) Norwegian Arms unveiled another cool South Philly-centric collaboration – a video of their Choice / Cuts session at South Philly’s Hot Box Studios, produced in collaboration with folks at The Deli. Check out this icy groove on this number, “Easy a Lover Goes West,” and let’s hope they play it tonight.
It’s a great show for 90s nostalgics at Union Transfer tonight; Bob Mould, former frontman of Husker Du and Sugar, will perform the latter’s 1992 album Copper Blue in its entirety. Joining him is longtime bassist Jason Narducy, as well as Superchunk drummer John Wurster. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are available here for $25. Below, watch a video of the band playing “Hoover Dam.”
When you’re covering a local music scene like we do here at The Key, you get to know the folks who are out there with you every week in the proverbial trenches. Editor Q.D. Tran and his staff at The Deli are good people through and through – friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about the Philly scene and everything that goes along with it, from spoken word to art. I’m happy to call them my buddies (as well as friendly competitors or what have you), and I’m happy to invite Q.D. to our corner of the internet to give an overview of The Deli’s offerings for the month. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.
Hola – so when Eric Bresler, PhilaMOCA’s Creative Director, approached me about a new series that he was working on which integrated live music and film and would have different curators each month, I immediately volunteered to take a month. Combining music and movies is a no-brainer in my book, I grew up loving both as I am sure many of you who are reading this have. Obviously, it was a blast to get to put together the lineup of featured artists for September – so much so that I decided to recruit openers for most of the evenings as well. John Vettese asked me to “Guest VJ,” sharing a few videos and words about my picks. Below is what I came up with last night. I hope that it gets people inspired and pumped up as much as all of us are who are participating in Tuesday Tune-Out this month. Continue reading
The folks over at The Deli Philly have recently begun a new collaboration with South Philly’s Hot Box Studios, presenting live video footage of Philadelphia musicians in their recording space. The most recent webisode featured the entertaining and talented Lushlife, which you can check out below. Lushlife will be performing on July 26th with THEESATISFACTION at Milkboy Philly and August 1st at Kung Fu Necktie with Grimace Federation. You can download his Key Studio Session from the spring here.
Since winning the Best Of Philly Emerging Artist Of 2010 title in The Deli’s Fans/Readers poll, Penrose has lined up a busy spring. The three brothers—Dan Murphy on vocals and guitar, Pat Murphy on bass, Tom Murphy on drums—are bringing their blistery blues overdrive down to Texas for South By Southwest next month, bookended by a spate of regional shows (including The Red Door and Arlene’s Grocery in New York and the Hard Rock and The Ox here in Philly). The madness begins this Thursday, February 17, with a show at Dobbs. To get you keyed up, today’s Philly Phile spotlights “Look Past The Sky” from the band’s self-released full-length Devil’s Grip.