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Virtual Virgin Pop Their Cherry at JB’s Aug. 5

Virtual Virgin are bringing their disco punk raucousness to JB’s tonight. I don’t know much about the band, but it seems to be a solo project filled out with the help of musically inclined pals like Kate Foust (Lady, Toy Soldiers). The emphatic bass and Casanova baritone vocals recall an early Interpol with tinges of Q and Not U, and !!! (Chk Chk Chk). They’re sharing the bill with Baths who are a Deli favorite and make this already enticing bill even more, well, enticing. With elements of soul, funk, disco, rock and beyond, Virtual Virgin create an idiosyncratic sound that may cause involuntary dance parties. Come watch them pop their cherry at JB’s. Come on. I know you like to watch. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.
 

 

   

Waterfront Wednesdays with Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang Aug. 4

Here’s some Philly Music 101: Dr. Dog is a doted on local indie outfit that plays a much-loved brand of vintage psychedelic rock. They toured with rock ‘n’ roll sherpas My Morning Jacket. Juston Stens pounded the skins for Dr. Dog from the early-aughts, but has since parted ways to chase his “own musical vision”. Now he’s started his own ensemble, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang - a scopic collective cavorting quixotic heartfelt alt-pop with a nostalgic rock veneer. The crew just released their self-titled debut EP on Park the Van Records, and recorded a slightly mired version of Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, which may be just as neat as the original. Now here’s your homework: Tonight, Stens will make his debut appearance at Penn Treaty Park, headlining the Philebrity Rock ‘N’ Roll BBQ as part of the park’s annual summer series, Waterfront Wednesdays. You’re required to experience it with a large bottle of wine. For extra credit, catch opener local songbird Birdie Busch, and skip work (or school) the next day. Cheers! Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N. Delaware Avenue, 7pm, Free, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 

 

   

Pilot Cloud Slowly Rockin’ at North Star Bar Aug. 4

Hometown shoegazers Pilot Cloud are making their way to the North Star Bar tonight before they head out to the Mid-West. The band announced that they would be going on a break soon so this is sure to be one of the last shows for a while. While the window to see these guys may be small, the sound they produce is anything but. I hear more post-rock ala Maserati or My Dad vs Yours in their sound with ferocious drums, slithering guitar lines and monstrous build ups and climaxes with atmospheric samples thrown in for shits and giggles. They do have vocals, but they sound more like an additional instrument instead of melodic/narrative lead. The duo released Halcyon this year to follow up their debut effort 2008’s In Transition. With them is fellow “experimental indie rockers” (post-rock to the max) Controlled Storms. They seem to groove a bit more than other post-rock staples but they definitely fit nicely into the genre. I can imagine this show will consist of extended jams, mood lighting and more than enough slow head banging. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, 21+ - Adam G.
 

 

   

The Deli’s CD of the Month: Univox - Univox

Univox’s self-titled debut full length from Brooklyn indie label ROIR is a joyous rollercoaster ride through music history. I guess that you can call it Glam rock because it is quite theatrical and certainly rocks, but these aren’t posers smearing on makeup and tight outfits to somehow get the chicks (though drummer Kent Boersma has been known to dawn a dress). These are four young men brought together by the rock gods to twist the meaning of what they believe pop music is. With a sound that deserves to be heard through arena stacks, this quartet creates epic rock anthems, but it’s more than just power chords and guitar riffs from below the waist (well, opener “Pi” is a little bit). Led by their radio-ready vocals and the strong backbone drumming of Boersma, Univox combine monster pop hooks and straight-up pedal-to-the-floor rock with such theatrical flare that you can’t help but be swept away over the top with them.
 
Josh Jones’ baritone Bowie-esque vocals and the band’s impressive harmonies have you already hearing tracks like “Everybody Knows” and “You Don’t Know” on the radio (that is if you still listen to radio). “Lever Master City” embodies what I think of as the Univox sound: catchy pop hooks, strange mind-warping lyrics, steady rockin’ backbeat and guitars with gorgeous harmonies. When they drop into “die, don’t leave me alone/call me on the phone/phone make me at home/child to the wave then in the sand/light in your heart/your heart in my hand/holy master crow/who lives in a cage/letting him out in a couple of days/call to my throat/throat lend me a line/line in the salt/salt sand in my eyes/I’m seeing the sand/drop from the days/laying you out in different ways/child to the wave and in the sand/light in your heart/your heart in my hand,” it always brings a smile to my face. Did I already use the word “epic”? The band flexes their vocal muscles in the a cappella track “All This Blood Came From My Heart” which plays out like a sadistic operatic musical reminding you that Univox’s artistic vision far exceeds your normal everyday rock band. Predictable - Univox is not. “Conan” unexpectedly breaks out into an angry Devo dance party while album closer “Nobody’s That Smart” just leaves you wondering what these guys will do next. Long-awaited debut worth the wait. - Q.D. Tran
 

 

   

Univox

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<p>Univox&rsquo;s self-titled debut full length from Brooklyn indie label ROIR is a joyous rollercoaster ride through music history. I guess that you can call it Glam rock because it is quite theatrical and certainly rocks, but these aren&rsquo;t posers smearing on makeup and tight outfits to somehow get the chicks (though drummer Kent Boersma has been known to dawn a dress). These are four young men brought together by the rock gods to twist the meaning of what they believe pop music is. With a sound that deserves to be heard through arena stacks, this quartet creates epic rock anthems, but it&rsquo;s more than just power chords and guitar riffs from below the waist (well, opener &ldquo;Pi&rdquo; is a little bit). Led by their radio-ready vocals and the strong backbone drumming of Boersma, Univox combine monster pop hooks and straight-up pedal-to-the-floor rock with such theatrical flare that you can&rsquo;t help but be swept away over the top with them.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Josh Jones&rsquo; baritone Bowie-esque vocals and the band&rsquo;s impressive harmonies have you already hearing tracks like &ldquo;Everybody Knows&rdquo; and &ldquo;You Don&rsquo;t Know&rdquo; on the radio (that is if you still listen to radio). &ldquo;Lever Master City&rdquo; embodies what I think of as the Univox sound: catchy pop hooks, strange mind-warping lyrics, steady rockin&rsquo; backbeat and guitars with gorgeous harmonies. When they drop into &ldquo;die, don&rsquo;t leave me alone/call me on the phone/phone make me at home/child to the wave then in the sand/light in your heart/your heart in my hand/holy master crow/who lives in a cage/letting him out in a couple of days/call to my throat/throat lend me a line/line in the salt/salt sand in my eyes/I&rsquo;m seeing the sand/drop from the days/laying you out in different ways/child to the wave and in the sand/light in your heart/your heart in my hand,&rdquo; it always brings a smile to my face. Did I already use the word &ldquo;epic&rdquo;? The band flexes their vocal muscles in the a cappella track &ldquo;All This Blood Came From My Heart&rdquo; which plays out like a sadistic operatic musical reminding you that Univox&rsquo;s artistic vision far exceeds your normal everyday rock band. Predictable - Univox is not. &ldquo;Conan&rdquo; unexpectedly breaks out into an angry Devo dance party while album closer &ldquo;Nobody&rsquo;s That Smart&rdquo; just leaves you wondering what these guys will do next. Long-awaited debut worth the wait. <i>- Q.D. Tran</i></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>