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Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang Keepin’ It Real at M Room Oct. 14

When you share a birthday with someone like Ringo Starr, you already walk along a path of music royalty. And it’s no secret that Juston Stens has already gained an amount of musical glory hitting the skins for some local band called Dr. Dog. But having made the bold step away from the drum kit and potential international fame to follow his own musical journey, we have to give him props. The Deli likes his moxy and fearlessness. He has been gaining an admirable amount of buzz alongside the Get Real Gang. And whether you sift through his elaborate but interesting bio (did he really rescue Brooke Shields from drowning?) or listen to his self-titled release on Park the Van Records, you can instantly tell that gettin’ real is something Stens is all about. He’ll be opening for Pomegranates tonight at the M Room before embarking on a mini-tour. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
   

Serpent Throne Reigning at KFN Oct. 14

Clang that cowbell a little harder for Serpent Throne, the devil horns shone brightly while the band rode the lightning through previous albums Ride Satan Ride and The Battle of Old Crow. But Serpent Throne, whose double powered guitar progressions echo masters like Tommy Iommi and Randy Rhoads, is really ready to pull out all the stops with their latest album “White Summer Black Winter”, which is set to be released this month. The band has also recently become the newest acquisition of Philadelphia’s Translation Loss Records. And when they open up for the crazy, tripped out minimalist movement of Joe Preston’s Thrones tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, it’s destined to be one wicked combo. However, if you are only interested in checking out Serpent Throne and are low on the flow, they’ll be returning to KFNN next Friday for free. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
   

Sun Airway to Perform at Pitchfork’s Offline Festival for CMJ

It was just announced that Sun Airway will be part of Pitchfork’s Offline Festival. They are scheduled to perform at 3:30pm on Friday, Oct. 22 at Brooklyn Bowl. The three-day festival will feature performances by such acts as Marnie Stern, Matthew Dear, Glasser, and Wild Nothing as well as DJ sets by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and TVOTR’s David Sitek. You can purchase tickets for $10 here. Sun Airway will release their debut album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier on Oct. 26 via Dead Oceans. - The Deli Staff
 
Update: Sun Airway also just released a new video for "Put the Days Away" on Pitchfork.tv. It was directed by Klip Kollective's Ricardo Rivera (we've been big fans of his work for years - absolute genius with lighting as you will see). 

   

The War on Drugs - Pre-order & Download New EP Now and Also New "Single" Available

The War on Drugs released the second single from their upcoming EP Future Weather today called “The History of Plastic”, its closing track. This is why we fuckin’ love The War on Drugs. We know that they can write a catchy tune that can burrow into our brains with its poetic verses. But leave it up to the Philly boys to drop an eight minute plus experimental slow burner as a "single". If you just can’t wait for the EP’s official release on Oct. 26, then you can pre-order the album here, and you'll get an instant download of the record. You can also enjoy the newly released track for the price of your e-mail or just listen to it over and over on our site. - The Deli Staff

History of Plastic by The War on Drugs

   

Review of Denitia Odigie's, "VITALITY"

After last year’s release of Denitia Odigie’s “Brick By Brick” EP, her fans were probably expecting something a little different from her recent full-length debut, “Vitality.” There is a major departure from Odigie’s previous soul-infused folk-pop sound, confidently heading in the direction of soul-pop and RnB.

Basically everything that Denitia writes or records is “soulful” in some respect, but damn… “Vitality” has got soul. We’re talking Erykah Badu-meets-Chaka Khan, then throw in the most tasteful elevator music, with a little bit of Shelby Lynn—(if the girl had some class)—and that’s what Denitia has dished out. From start to finish, this record is in a constant state of grooving; relaxed or raunchy; sweet or sultry. It’s all there. At the same time, “Vitality” manages to be what is probably the most laid-back set of recordings I’ve heard all year. Few artists can actually accomplish creating a record that not only grooves, but relaxes, from start to finish.

While old Odigie seemed to favor the “acoustic route,” “Vitality” does the opposite with a lushness of layered padding and a fusion of jazz/RnB instrumentation; (think flutes, saxophone, and strings). You can easily hear all of these additional instruments on, “Always Be With You,” where they are almost made more of a focal point; the sweet, softness of Denitia’s voice seems to carry the music right along, rather than the music carrying the singer. This song is a hidden gem in an album that I would already deem as a treasure trove of material. There are 6 tracks in a row that knock you over with solid quality.

Starting with “Tightrope,” (the standout track, in my opinion), listeners are jerked in a surprisingly different direction from the first track with a sound that isn’t heard anywhere else on the album. This is the real “foot-stomper,” centered around a catchy, grinding guitar riff, combined with a style that is similar to Jack White’s bluesy folk-rock, and the approach of a songstress like Grace Potter.

While “Tightrope” has the most “exceptional” sound on the album, the majority of the other songs are equally as strong in different ways. Odigie channels Rosario Flores or Suzanne Vega on “In Flames,” with a Latin-infused feel, while the ethereal ambience of “Sold” is incomparable. Even the tunes that were previously used on “Brick by Brick” were revamped, and have become considerably different versions from the previous ones, while the other remaining tracks surprisingly lean towards being a bit more experimental. Some of the songs even sound borderline industrial, such as, “What Is It Like,” which is, yet again, another interesting and pleasant contrast.

Denitia Odigie has reached a new level of maturity with the sound and direction she has taken with “Vitality,” yet she still manages to sound fresh and classic at the same time. You should hear her for yourself at her Nashville CD Release Show, which is taking place on October 17th at the Hard Rock Cafe. You can snag a copy of her album here.--Erin Manning