Sixteen Jackies

Weekend Warrior - July 5 - 7

Sixteen Jackies’ Joey Demarco and Marley McNamara will be celebrating their birthdays this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. Demarco and his bandmates are co-headlining the festivities with rising singer-songwriter Ali Awan. Moody, indie popsters The Homophones have come out of the woodwork for support, led by the smooth, baritone wit of Jason Ferraro. Langor, the solo project of Brian Langor (Needle Points, SW!MS, Sweatheart), will also be on hand to help kick-start the party. Beat the heat with plenty of cold beers, cool tunes, and a stacked lineup of local Philly talent! – Alexis V. 

Other places where you can beat the heat this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Ali Awan, Sixteen Jackies, The Homophones, Langor, SAT Philly Loves Philly:  DJ Mike Nyce, DJ Aktive and Cosmo Baker

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Brackish, Lunch 

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT Instupendo / DJ Lean Wit It, SUN Tact

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Simply Christopher

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Kaz, SAT Rebel Foster

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart, SAT (Downstairs) The Hype presents: Love Fest

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Monica Lynne Chase, AntTimmy

MilkBoy (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Berdmajik, SAT Egocentric Plastic Men, Telyscopes

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Ruby The Hatchet, SUN Slenko & McKeys

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Playing Pretend, The Maguas

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Savories, Georgia Foreman, The Pool Boys, SAT Local Smokes, Dr. Octamelon, Tiny Hueman, SUN Knightlife, The Missing Frets, A Day Without Love

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) Live Band Karaoke, SAT Paul Green Birthday Show, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Dear Forbidden, Knightlife, SAT ITO, We're From Antarctica

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) SAT Burial Fog (Album Release), Earthmouth

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SUN Ear Me Now/DJ Pfeffer

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Ed Cristof, SUN Murder's A Drag: A Murder Mystery Story

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Overcoming Gravity, My Familiar, City Dressed, SAT Scruft, Dead:Stop, The Easily Fooled, Crooked Ways, Brick Nova

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Sherwood Brothers

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Los Gueys, Queen Vice 

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Goalkeeper, Heavensake 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Earth Telephone, Stayers

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) SAT Nightcamp: DEL, DJ HA, Tommy Hogunz

Jerry's on Front (2341 N Front St.) SAT Oldermost (solo)

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The 1910 Chainsaw Company, Endless Taile, Rebecca Zimmerman

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Harmony Woods, Coping Skills, SAT Blueprint, Nonkromulent

Anthorna Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lemon Shark, SUN Blubird

Couchtown (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Don Babylon, Telyscopes

The Buffalo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Bern & the Bastards, Canine 10, Los Gueys

   

Weekend Warrior, October 5 - 7

This Saturday will officially be The Deli Philly’s 10th Anniversary, and we are honored to be celebrating it with our good ole friends at PhilaMOCA, with performances by Deli faves Sixteen Jackies, American Trappist, and Madalean Gauze, as well as rad tunes spun throughout the night by the good folks of Born Losers Records. And of course, we would love it if any of our readers and the artists that we’ve supported over the years would like to share in what is sure to be a damn good time – you are all certainly invited! So please excuse our early departure for today as we get prepared (and a little rest) for tomorrow evening’s festivities. Thank you for all your support over the last decade, and we look forward to many more years of discovering great Philly music with you – CHEERS!!! – Q.D. Tran

Other places to hit this weekend, if you must…

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT The Deli Philly's 10th Anniversary Bash: Sixteen Jackies, American Trappist, Madalean Gauze, SUN Brother JT, Philadelphia Women's Slavic Ensemble

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Bul Bey (EP Release Show), Sudo Williams, Balmour

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Palmas, SUN Hold Down The Ocean, The Retinas

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Age Of Truth/DJ Deejay, SAT 6 Underground, SUN Teenage Bigfoot

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Gigantic, Unlovable, Reana, Lower Wolves, SUN Boogieman Dela, CAGEBIRD

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Speedy Ortiz, SAT Belly Of The Beats: Nothing

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Rotation Records Presents The Cool Down 

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SUN (Upstairs) Port Arthur, Ascension Drive, Goodthief

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Endless Taile, Knightlife, Frankly Lost, SAT Michael Mythix, Nick Cosmo, SUN Almost Isles, November Lounge, Dipped, Pink Lemons

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Swift Technique, SAT Instupendo, QQQ

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Dweller (Record Release), So Totally, The Tisburys, SAT False Tracks, Secret Nudist Friends, Canine 10, SUN The Mary Veils/The Whips, Zinskē

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Familiar Things, Moment To Capitalize, The Easily Fooled, Twin Beds/Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Gringo Motel, Tiger Castle, SUN Erik Kramer, Too Many Talk Shows/Eyes of the Living, Assayer, Sharkbullet

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Hestina, Lauren Scott, Eliza Edens, SAT Z by Z, Midnight Singers, Alec Stewart, SUN Mean Wendy Band, New Alone, Gainstrive

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Day, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT James Pace Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SUN Show of Hands: A Voter Registration Party + Benefit Show:Brown Rainbow, Roberta Faceplant, Endless Taile, Erin Incoherent, TJ McGlinchey, Alec Stewart

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Cultic, The Human Race Is Filth, Bea$ters, SAT Roadkiller, DipEater, Andhera

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Sold Out Show, Overcoming Gravity

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI  Atomic Sky

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Torn & Ironic, Weezadelphia, Almost There, Fair Use, SAT Uncle Dan

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Stolen Rhodes 

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Rich Baker

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Flamingo Chicks, Slow Reader, Screamcloud

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT The Stonewall Vessels, Moral Support, Ringtail Howitzer, Nothing Vital, SUN Dr. Beardface, The Bad Larrys 

Tundra Dome (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Boon, Sandcastle, Nancy Strong

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT In The Presence Of Wolves, Earth7

   

Announcing The Deli Philly's 10th Anniversary Bash!

Dear Deli Readers,

This is a big one! We are very excited to announce the lineup for The Deli Philly’s 10th Anniversary Bash on Saturday, October 6th at PhilaMOCA. Yup – that’s right; for nearly a decade now, our branch of The Deli has been proudly exposing you to the wonderful, homegrown talent that has fostered this kick-ass music community of ours. It’s been an honor and a privilege to document this slice of musical history and share it with you, and we hope to continue on this journey with you for many years to come.

Headlining this momentous occasion will be glam quartet Sixteen Jackies, who also recently released our June Record of the Month. If you’ve never experienced them live, you are certainly in for a treat, and if you have, then we’ll see you there. They’ll also be joined by the anthemic songwriting of American Trappist, the brainchild of former River City Extension frontman Joe Michelini. And feel free to submit yourself to the ladies of Madalean Gauze, who will be bringing their naughty brand of post-punk/psych-rock hijinx to the mausoleum’s hallowed halls. Yeah – it’s on. Looking forward to sharing this very special evening with you! More deets about the celebration HERE.

Much love,

Q.D. Tran & The Deli Staff

   

The Deli Philly’s June Record of the Month: Movie Was Bad/Mascula – Sixteen Jackies

Glam quartet Sixteen Jackies’ new double-EP release, featuring the reissue of 2017’s Movie Was Bad and their latest Mascula, is out now via Philly’s own Born Losers Records. Both collections of recordings are cinematic from the start, with the latter finding focus on “American masculinity and the layers of violence that lie underneath its surface – the causes and the effects of that violence.”

However, Movie Was Bad opens with an atmospheric and melodic nonchalance, allowing its first track, “You Came,” to slowly ease into a smooth yet urgent narrative that’s unafraid of grappling with the dissonance of human desire and intimacy. With patient riffs and a tempo reminiscent of bossa nova and a sun-soaked shoreline, frontman Joey DeMarco croons, “I could be a beauty, I could be a diamond in your ear” with such earnest diction that it becomes a swoon-ready reflection of romance and its simultaneous potential to heal and cause harm. Visceral, yet tender, “You Came” is as dreamy as it is honest.

The EP's second offering, “VHS #1 (A Body),” is part of a series of recordings, inspired by classic horror films, and is equally arresting. Unrushed and evocative of its namesake, its bassline and looped guitar licks cast a spell on its listener. As the track progresses, its melody volleys between being openly and covertly brooding. Whether dramatic or understated, its lyricism feels visual. Ending with eerie, buzzing static and laughter, Sixteen Jackies’ homage to film and analog becomes a metaphor for postmodern identity and how we document what denies or defines who we are. It morphs into the album’s title track, an infectiously dance-y anthem, infused with audacious vibrance and playful bravado. Stitching together an electrifying backbeat with the tongue-in-cheek chorus of “I was so high,” “Movie Was Bad” is undeniably memorable and charismatic.

In contrast, the beginning of “Blood Feast” is subtle and soft, which creates a satisfying juxtaposition between the track's title and its emotional interior. The recording presents itself as a disillusioned love song, with light at its center. Sleigh bells and the tempered swell of guitar lead to determined confessions like "I won't ever, ever have to be lonely, no not again." Soulful rather than showy, “Blood Feast” is a pragmatic ode to affection. The EP's end, “In Here,” blooms at an instant, enveloping its audience through oscillating assonance and strategic wisps of snare. As DeMarco sings, “I believe in innocence and I believe in losing it, but I believe in keeping it too,” it becomes clear that the album’s closer is the crystallized thesis of the EP’s narrative. Optimistic without being naïve, Movie Was Bad’s final moments offer an antidote to apathy in a world where it’s so easy to be numb. Revisiting the Sixteen Jackies’ earlier gems will implore you to feel without apprehension.

Similarly so, the Philly four-piece’s latest EP Mascula is a timely reprieve from the reality of 2018. The steady beat and echoed vocals of “Little Duke” are visceral, gritty, and full of just enough swagger that each chord and lyric presents itself as a two-fold plea and proclamation. Its conceit is concise yet effective. “Power” sprouts from the rhythmic shake of maracas, steady bass, and lush reverb. "I've got a lot of problems with the state I'm in" – the vulnerability of the track becomes transparent, making it a satisfyingly frank hymn of unabashed authenticity. Its diction and instrumentive delivery is raw and filled with yearning. Its self-awareness is unblinking in a way that will make you question how honest you are with yourself. While “Open the Door” remains equally sincere, here, DeMarco's voice rises and falls seamlessly with the soothing cool of the song’s harmony, embedding each note deeper into the heart of its audience.

"Out There" is a surf-drenched and ingeniously candid monument to the self. Whether political or personal, it examines the dangers of conformity. When DeMarco urges, "I'll never be like you," the track becomes a call to arms that feels deeply personal but universal. However, you interpret it; this ballad is a reminder of the value of boundaries. Delectably volatile “Virgin Burning" sinks its teeth into its listener without warning. Like a lover's spat or an imagined dialogue with a spiteful ex, the song is the perfect storm of frustration, anger, and longing. Like its predecessor, “Virgin Burning” is easily relatable.

Closing out this snapshot of the band’s recorded history, the earliest seconds of “VHS #2 (Masks)” are haunting and quickly become an unbridled portrait of the American soul. Pulling images from cult classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it honors the beauty and the horror of what it is to be human. The song scratches away the veneer of a singular narrative; instead, it suggests that who and what we are is two-fold and that we are made of contradictions.

Paired with 2017’s Movie Was Bad, Sixteen Jackies’ Mascula is gratifying in an unpredictable way. Best when enjoyed together, both EPs should definitely be listened to more than once, especially during sunset, with a cool drink and your cell phone turned off. – Dianca London

   

Weekend Warrior, May 18 - 20

A mysterious psych/surf sonic structure sweeps through when breathing in the music of Sixteen Jackies. Serenading in relaxed, sand-in-your-toes melodies that rhythmically breeze by but hint at an underlying stormy volatility, there’s a cautious, haunting element that lays in wait, stirring up the atmosphere in funky, possessive, art-rock/pop grooves. Incorporating the serene with the slightly strange and cutting through the mist with moments that set you in motion, the glam quartet hovers the threshold between calm and combustible. Tonight, at PhilaMOCA, Sixteen Jackies will be celebrating the release of their double EP 12” vinyl, Movie Was Bad Mascula, via Born Losers Records. They’ll also be joined by The Lawsuits’ offshoot Isles Isles, the tumultuous, trance-inducing fun of Madalean Gauze, and the hazy, splintering get down of Long Hots. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where the locals will be hanging this weekend…

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Sixteen Jackies (EP Release), Long Hots, Isles Isles, Madalean Gauze, SAT Earthboy, Port Lucian

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The 1910 Chainsaw Company, SAT It's the Year 2002: DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Moons, Witching, The Stone Eye/DJ Deejay, SAT Mental Jewelry, Manikineter, SUN Derrick Diesel, Joe Butta/Mirrorsigns, Alpha_Alpha

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Rumours: Philly Artists Pay Tribute To Fleetwood Mac Katie Frank, Ryan Tennis, Primitive Heart & Dwight Remington, Meaghan Kyle (No Good Sister), Black Horse Motel, Morgan Pinkstone, Grady Hoss & The Sidewinders, Christina Ward (Your Kids), Vessna Scheff, Midnight Singers, Stargazer Lily, SUN Rock To The Future 8th Annual Showcase

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Hop Along, Eight

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Shane Henderson, June Divided, Commonwealth Choir, The GoAround, Summer Scouts, Sonnder/Voguish, Shady Monk, SUN Knightlife, Service Dog, Gainstrive, Lamplit, MRJR

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Mt. Joy

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) John Vettese/Ryan Corcoran/(Downstairs) Massive

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dark Blue, The Charley Few, The Lot, SAT Felipe Pupo, Jazz Fresh, SUN Handsome Crü, Groomers

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Judah Kim & The Assasination (Record Release Show), Somethin' Divine, Tiny Vices, Nathan Allebach, SUN Mars Parker, LiMM, Jus O

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Classic Hunt (Release Show), Hover, Mosin Nagant, SAT Palmas, Lady HD, SUN Spring Fling: Variety Show by Femme. Collective

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Dominy, Honeytiger, Grace Vonderkuhn, SUN Sara Henya (EP Release), Argon Gardens, Hannah Frances, Jesse Gimbel

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN MambaCinco, Dappa

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Joe Kenney Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The End A.D., Hellrad, Workhorse III, SAT Italian Market Festival: Adventure Lost Alright Junior, Audio Impulse,Calla Bere, The Charley Few, Coffins and Cobwebs, Endless Taile, Fenris, Hambone Relay, Hannah Taylor & The Rekardo Lee Trio, Ivy Rand, Jacopo DeNicola, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, Johnny Shortcake, Katie Barbato, Kelvin Cochrane, Looseleaf, Lovers League, Muscle Tough, Muskrat Flats, OOLALA, Railroad Fever, RFA, Roxy Rollz, Secret Nudist Friends, Settlement Music School Student Band, Supermarket Sneakers, T.C. Cole, The Cheddar Boys, The Dead Flowers, The Jawn, The Plibmen, The School Of Rock Kidz, The Wallace Brothers Band, Tucker Hill Band, Ty Asoudegan,Us & Them, Vilebred, Whiskey Effect, You Do You

Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2ndSt.) FRI The Rectors (Release Show), SUN Dizzy Valdez,Voss, Mason , Joji Ruffin, Cain Kerner, Besphrenz

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ BeatStreet, SUN Rich Baker

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Peek-a-Boo Revue/Ben Aire, SAT Peek-a-Boo Revue/Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI SomaRai, Judex, SAT Dune Puma, Beta Phase, Modern Hypocrites, Qwirk

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Flightschool, The Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver, American Dinosaur, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy, School of Rock (Downingtown)

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Laser Background, The Vernes

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Lil Bøyband,  Journell Pierre, ReqDali & Eddie Madrid, Amadio Sanchez, SAT Tree Stampede, Omar's Hat, dot.gov

LAVA Space (4134 Lancster Ave.)) SAT Dark Web, Dialer

No Face Studio (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Fishy Suvaz

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Stoops, Buddie

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Caracara, They Are Gutting a Body of Water

The Secret Garden on Green (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tubey Frank, Abi Reimold, Rachel Andie & The V Element

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Aphra

The Spreehive (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Wyoming, A Virgin, Gender Work, Itchy Kisses