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Freight Trains, Hobo Wine and Marah at JB’s Aug. 26

Listening to Marah with your eyes closed may induce a specific daydream: riding a freight train through the Rockies, hobo wine in one hand, banjo in the other, your buddies next to you singing songs from long ago; enjoying the free spirited living of vagabond life while slowly rockin’ on the tracks to California, where you’ll fail to reach the limits of your youth. Part jangly rockabilly, part 90’s alt, Marah’s tunes are one hundred percent road songs - caught somewhere between Wilco and your grandfather’s farm hymns, a few cups of Joes in. In “Angels on a Passing Train”, lead singer Dave Bielanko explains the need for all the travel and adventure: “We’re just tryin’ to sail to heaven on an old shipwreck.” Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Hannah Torresson) - Katie Bennett
 
   

Starfucker Signs to Polyvinyl!

 

Extra, extra, read all about it:

Starfucker (formally Pyramiddd, formally Starfucker) has signed to renowned Polyvinyl Records. In celebration of the new label, the quartet announced a fall tour, as well as the release of an alternate single version of the band's track, "Julius," with the B-side, "Helium Muffin," available Oct 12 on 7" - first 500 limited edition blue vinyl - and out digitally Sept 14th on Polyvinyl. The single, which is just as infectious, lucid, and undeniably danceable as Starfucker's earlier work, is a sneak peek off the electro-poppers' upcoming full-length, which is scheduled for an early 2011 release. The single can be preordered here and downloaded here.

The extremely temporary name change was induced by voices in the band's ear about not being able to get anywhere with a name like Starfucker. Explains bassist Shawn Glassford, "That was definitely the low point for the band, but we wised up and took the power back. We're doing things our way again without anyone trying to pull our strings."

Founder Josh Hodges admits, "I like, and have always liked, the idea of seeing what we could do with a stupid name like Starfucker." Well, boys, the sky's the limit, and it's a big fucking sky.

Starfucker Tour Dates:

Sept. 23rd - Neurolux - Boise, ID

Sept. 24th - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT

Sept. 24th - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT

Sept. 25th - Hi Dive - Denver, CO

Sept. 27th - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO

Sept. 29th - Juanita's Cantina Ballroom - Little Rock, AK #

Sept. 30th - The Collective - Shreveport, LA #

Oct. 1st - Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL #

Oct. 2nd - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA #

Oct. 5th - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC #

Oct. 6th - DC9 - Washington DC #

Oct. 7th - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

Oct. 8th - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY #

Oct. 9th - Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT #

Oct. 10th - TT The Bears - Cambridge, MA #

Oct. 11th - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, Canada #

Oct. 12th - Wrongbar - Toronto, Canada #

Oct. 13th - Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA #

Oct. 14th - Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH #

Oct. 15th - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL #

Oct. 16th - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN #

Oct. 19th - Neumos - Seattle, WA #

Oct. 20th - Roseland - Portland, OR #

Oct. 22nd - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA #

Oct. 23rd - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA #

Oct. 24th - Casbah - San Diego, CA #

Oct. 25th - Plush - Tucson, AZ #

# - w/ the Octopus Project

 

-Katrina Nattress

   

Review: Pocketknife, Wishyunu & Doubleplusgood at Backspace, 8/21/10

 

This will be a show review in reverse...

Doubleplusgood, a PDX two-piece, electronic dance band took the stage last on Saturday, August 21, during a triple bill at Backspace. Utilizing drums, pre-mixed samples and live vocals, the duo managed to work the crowd into a dancing frenzy, their high-energy set perfectly capping a show that had been, frankly, a mixed bag.

Wishyunu, another two-piece band from Portland, took the stage second. I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt, and say this was simply the wrong show for their ambient sound to have been a part of. With the other two bands on the bill being so upbeat, and giving endless energy to the enthusiastic crowd, Wishyunu’s solemn demeanor seemed to be well-received by the audience, but I can’t claim to have fully enjoyed it. Again, though, I’d be willing to give them another listen if they were playing a show more suited to their particular brand of music.

Opening the show that night were Pocketknife, a young group comprised of four members, producing dance-worthy songs that immediately garnered favor from the crowd. With beats reminiscent of the Arctic Monkeys, prominent bass lines with the memorable nature of At The Drive In, and simple, yet likeable vocals, this band was the highlight of the evening. The real standout star of the night for me was drummer Karen D’Apice. This pint-sized percussionist was a dancing machine, making her beats look effortless. With boundless energy and an infectious attitude, I can’t wait to see this band live again.

- Arielle Mullen

   

Deluka release album in September + play Pianos on 08.25

Birmingham-born and now, Brooklyn-based Deluka deliver delectable dance tracks suitable for clubs across all ponds on their latest record, “You Are the Night,” due out September 14. Ellie Innocenti’s brooding but lush vocal quality blends perfectly with accompanying bass drones, electronic effects, New Wave nuances, and techno trends that permeate Deluka’s eleven tunes. The immediately attention-grabbing album jumps into high-gear with “OMFG,” guitar-riff driven “Snapshot,” and invigorating “Nevada.” The melodious “Come Back to Me,” single, “Cascade,” and tender “Name On My Lips” surge forward into the irresistibly danceable “Mean Streak,” the record highlight that is worthy of numerous spins.“Trespasser” walks on sultry rock territory, while “Waves’” reverberation and free-flowing style reflect the song title to a T. Humming synthesizers and crunching guitars awaken listeners on “Morning Comes,” and “Capital City” closes “You Are the Night” with a six-minute, infectious dance- punk finale. Deluka will hit the Pianos stage for free on August 25 at 8PM and Ella Lounge (9 Avenue A, Manhattan) on September 1. – Meijin Bruttomesso

   

Elks' criptic Brooklyn metal mythology - Live at Santos on 09.03

We quote from our NYC Open Blog (we gave up editing this): "Long ago in the days of ancient kings there was peace, and all were happy - but HARK! A sudden darkness en-cloaked the realm of Brooklyn, and hailing from the outer reaches of the galaxy came ELKS shooting lasers from steel antlers, shattering souls and melting brains. They brewed a drought of New York souls from New York bros and subjugated the realm. Never satisfied, they loaded what terrified wretches remained into a gold sarcophagus and aimed it at the sun. Soon all would be melted by the glory of their heaviness. ELKS recently completed their first EP, three of the six tracks can be heard on their Myspace. Upcoming dates: FRI 9/3 @ SANTOS PARTY HOUSE w/ Today is the Day, A Storm of Light THUR 10/28 @ MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG w/ JEFF The Brotherhood, Ninjasonik, Liquor Store" - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).