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Weekend Warrior, September 10 - 12

One of the most prolific hardcore bands to rise from the underbelly of Philly is set to come back for one night only. Pagan Babies are considered one of the pioneers of fusing hardcore and punk with rap and hip hop, and were also known for the graffiti style artwork that appeared on their albums courtesy of their drummer Bruce Boyd. Aside from returning to play the “Legends of Philly Hardcore” show in July of 2007, the band has essentially called it quits since 1989. But in honor of the release of their special anthology Last on drp records, the band is set to perform tonight at The Troc for one more time (but I bet that they might change their tune if Last takes off). They’ll be joined by another local hardcore legend McRad who have been a Philly music institution since the 80s and Reading thrash masters Common Enemy who have been assaulting the scene since 1998. Add in the newest project from Kermit “Hell” Lyman of Slumlord, Thee Nosebleeds, who will also be performing with legendary thrashers D.R.I. later this month. And you have a lineup that’s ready to fuck shit up! The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 7:30pm, $12 adv/$15 door, All Ages (Artwork by Bruce Boyd)

Other events that might strike your fancy…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down, Papertrees, Charlotte Littlehales, Swedeland, SAT Ethel Cee, SUN The Spinning Leaves
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hermit Thrushes and Old Goats, SAT Strapping Fieldhands and U.S. Girls, SUN Nico's Gun
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Levee Drivers and The Fallen Troubadours, SAT Rosetta Album Release Party, SUN Banned Books and The Tea Club
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI U.S. Funk Team Reunion Show w/ Kite Party
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blayer Pointdujour, Adam & Dave's Bloodline, Faux Slang
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Jukebox Zeros and The Slotcars, SAT Invisible Friends
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Pagan Babies Reunion Show w/ McRad, Thee Nosebleeds, Common Enemy
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) FRI Golden Ages and Prowler
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Kill You in the Face
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Eskimeaux
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) SAT Carnivolution w/The Hydrogen Jukebox Album Release Party
The Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI The Absolute Zeros
Greenfest Philly (2nd and South Sts.) SUN Papertrees
The Northern Liberties Music Festival (Poplar and Wildey Sts.) SAT Black Landlord, Blood Feathers, Ports of Call, Baby Flameheads, Dressed Like Stolen Cars and more

NYC on the Rise: Emil & Friends

We will soon write a little more in depth about  Emil & Friends (you know how Friday is right for a blogger, right? You feel like you used all the words already...), but for now we'll just say that we really like them - they sound a little like a folky version of Dirty Projector with less weird melodies. No upcoming show announced, but several promising signs (a sold out vinyl and a new EP released on Cantora Records, which lauched MGMT and now Bear Hands and... a custom super hero suite!!!).


Seasons premiere new video for 'Light, Lost'

LA band Seasons

If your idea of a good music video includes a beautiful girl running away from sandman-esque stalkers set to the flowing vibes of Season's song 'Light, Lost', well then this video is for you. If you didn't see the band premiere the video earlier this week after their set at Spaceland then you can certainly watch it here. The video is directed by Christopher J. Ewing and is nothing less than delightful.


Jesse Robertson plays Bar 4 on 09.16, releases album in February

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jessi Robertson is set to release her first full band album "Small Town Girls" in February 2011, but "Half Moon," the album's first single, will be available through iTunes, CD Baby and most major online outlets beginning September 16, 2010. In addition, "Half-Moon" is currently streaming at MySpace. The song showcases Jessi's electric folk sound while lyrically exploring the loneliness and alienation that have become haunting themes in her work. See her live at Bar4 (444 7th Ave. Brooklyn) on September 16. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


Darlings release single, announce EP release, play Union Pool

Without a doubt, Darlings are currently the NYC band that better carries the torch of the carefree guitar indie pop of the 90s (fans of Pavement, be advised). This group of former NYU college mates has been enjoying a growing buzz in the last few months and we wouldn't be surprised if they were one of the "it" bands at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. Darlings just announced the digital release of their first single on PopMatters, and announced the release of an EP in the fall. See them at Union Pool on 09.10.