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Culprit - July 18th at Borderline

Culprit - Los Angeles rock band

Every once in a while, I go on a music hunt across the internet. Just when I had lost all hope of finding sonic treasure, I came across local rock outfit Culprit. Infectious melodies and powerful vocals bring hope to a genre that's been getting stale.

These boys will be supplying their talents at Boderline in Thousand Oaks on July 18th, along with Kayaks and The Mowgli's.

Of course, the Deli has an exclusive download of their unreleased song 'Decimals and Fractions' right here.


SATURDAY: Epic Sauce and Kata Rokkar Present - Phantom Kick, Skeletal System, Reporter, Sepsus Christ, Boyz IV Men and Soft Metals @ El Rio

If you have yet to make plans for this weekend, or more specifically this Saturday, then surely here is something that should be given a lot of consideration. Local blogs Kata Rokkar and Epic Sauce will be putting on an early show show, Saturday afternoon, featuring a collection of San Francisco and Portland Acts. Starting around 4 on the back patio at El Rio, and featuring free food and drinks specials, San Francisco's Phantom Kick and Skeletal System will pair up with Portland's Reporter and Spesus Christ to bring the afternoon noise. With what are promised to be ass-shaking DJ sets by Boyz IV Men and Soft Metals (as icing on this cake), perhaps this little event should be placed high on your weekend priorities.


-Ada Lann


From the NYC Open Blog comes a Deli CD of the Month: Very Fresh

Ah, the delights of The Deli's Open Blog! NYC duo Very Fresh posted an open blog entry here a few days ago - we checked out their songs and... we were impressed! "Marker", in particular,  is a splendid song, very fresh sounding, slightly reminiscent of Liz Phair for the honest, fun delivery and the surprising melodic turns, but more chilled and intense - Phair's material was always so: "yeah whatever, this isn't really affecting me at all, dudes..."
This song shows a ton of potential and earns the band's EP "Americana" the Deli NYC's CD of the Month title. Amongst the other tracks we also like spare and dark "On Moot Point", while "The Clientele", which also displays a Barretesque love for unexpected melody twists, would benefit from better performances. Don't miss these guys' live show at Les Poisson Rouge on July 10; they'll be opening for Larkin Grimm, in whose band singer Cindy Lou Gooden plays the bass. Actually, we should write something about Larkin soon too...


Weekend Warrior, July 9 - 11

Dave P and crew are back at Voyeur tonight with a sweet, sweet summertime deal for us. It’s a $2 Making Time folks with the totally rad Spaniards, Delorean! This is quite a treat considering they’ve already sold out tomorrow’s show at our favorite venue in NYC, The Bowery Ballroom, as they roam through parts of the U.S. and Canada on their way to the Pitchfork Music Festival. This heat feels like it’s finally breaking, but unfortunately, they are predicting plenty of rain. Lucky for us Voyeur is adequately equipped to give us shelter from the storm and to keep us plenty liquored up. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., 10pm, $2, 21+
Other places to hide out from the rain(?)…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Bardo Pond and Caterpillar, SUN Kurt Vile
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Tigersapien
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT The Codes and Penrose
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Josh Olmstead
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI New Madrid Faults
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI The New Connection, SAT Backwoods Payback
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Northern Valentine, SAT Death Panel
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Curious Buddies and Julia Rainer
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) FRI The Circadian Rhythms, Dragonzord, Hermit Thrushes
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Far-Out Fangtooth and Scott Churchman SUN Hessian
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution w/The Hydrogen Jukebox and Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow



3rd night of LC Fest at Bar4 with Casey Shea, Lowry and Great Elk

The third night of Brooklyn's 4th Annual LC Fest features free performances from Casey Shea, Lowry, Great Elk and ten more NYC indie acts. Shea (smaller pic) is a local celeb whose latest release, Love Is Here to Stay, combines vintage ’60s pop with pleasingly modern layers of noise. Indie rock band Lowry's alt-country, psychedelia and rock sound has put them on the bill with bands such as Mates of State and Grizzly Bear, and their new album is scheduled for a fall release. Great Elk (bigger pic) just released their first self-titled studio EP, which is replete with haunting, sparse melodic rock. Performances begin at 8 p.m. For the complete schedule of all five nights (from July 7th to the 11th), go here. For 42 free MP3s from festivals artists, split into four volumes for easy downloading, go here.