From The Deli’s Open Blog: Caravan 2010

After sailing home to Philly from its maiden voyage, Caravan 2009 had the town buzzing. Interested parties asked their friends who attended, "How was it?" and, "What was it like?" The first is easy to answer. Amazing. Paradise. The second is not so easy. I can't tell you what it was like, but I can tell you what it was. A bare-bones description would look something like this: a small scale music festival in a quarry in central Maine consisting exclusively of and contrived exclusively by local Philadelphia musicians. The name "Caravan" comes from the obvious - a massive movement of cars carrying people, amps, guitars, drums, keyboards, trailers, microphones, sound boards, lights, tents, booze, drugs, and dreams. About 100-150 people participated last year. The lineup consisted of bands such as Flamingo, El Fuego, Penrose, Sexoffice, and even a reunion of favorites The Feathertops. This year, while all the best features remain, enhancements have been made. Especially to the lineup. Caravan 2010 will feature: FLAMINGO, PENROSE, TJ KONG AND THE ATOMIC BOMB, CHEERS ELEPHANT, SONNI SHINE AND THE UNDERWATER SOUNDS, EL FUEGO, TOUCH, HOLLIS BROWN, THE WEATHERBIRDS, BREATHE EASY, and about a dozen more bands. Envision the bottom of a quarry packed with dirty music lovers and adventure seekers enjoying the air of Maine and the sounds of Philly as the bands play on a stage built from trees and plywood powered by a gas generator miles from civilization. Imagine a giant grill consisting only of cinderblocks, coals, and meat feeding people as they wander from their tents to the bonfire(s) to the lake to the music to the forrest to the top of the quarry and all the way back around. Conceive this and you've conceived Caravan 2010. Tickets on sale now at (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and MP3s here)



The Spooks’ Last Philly Show Before Summer U.S. Tour at KFN July 17

Not to be confused with hometown hip-hop/R&B crew of the same moniker, Fishtown’s The Spooks may be lost in time. Their unassailably lo-fi, surf-influenced sound is immersed in a fjord of nostalgic throwback reserves, flowing with reverb-heavy erratic guitars and granular subjacent vocals - or late ‘60s/early ’70s crossover garage rock as the kiddios say. But their fancy for this overtaxed genus is never tiresome - instead, it’s like you’re wearing a comfy, over-sized Blue Cheer t-shirt while watching Freaks and Geeks on your couch. You just know you were born three decades too late. Catch them tonight at KFN before they head off for the rest of the summer on a U.S. tour! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street, 7:30 pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Megan Trosclair) - Annamarya Scaccia


a stick and a stone Release Party at Philadelphia Magic Garden July 17

Spend an enchanting evening in Philly’s Magic Garden when a stick and a stone celebrate the release of Opal Nightly in a truly beautiful setting. Their haunting otherworldly compositions and bend-but-never-break Sinead O’Connor-esque vocals on tracks like “Medicine” and “Mustard Green” are breathtakingly captivating. Its moody melancholy is so simply and tastefully orchestrated, once again, stacking the argument of “why Philly’s music scene is so diverse and interesting” in our favor. Philadelphia Magic Garden, 1020 South St., 6pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran



Ladies Auxiliary for Your Lazy, Hazy Summer at The Fire July 17

Somewhere between Dr. Dog and older Ariel Pink, newcomers Ladies Auxiliary craft a lo-fi, yet highly textured mix of country rock balladry and AM radio pop. In most cases, the formula is the same: distant, warbling vocals nuzzle up against beautiful lap steel and electric organ. But there are always surprises for those who wait! Take "West Columbia" for example, which kicks off with swirling electronics and odd clipping before sliding into more familiar tones. So look no further than Ladies Auxiliary if you're longing for that hazy sunset feeling. They’ll be sharing the bill tonight at The Fire with Noncanon and Atlanta's Nomen Novum. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 10pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki




Mr. Unloved Needs Your Love at Tritone July 17

Mr. Unloved is coming to Tritone tonight. He has a bizarre logo that looks like Michael Johnson meets Contra and a lounge-y, boozy sound that reminds me of some strange act I saw in that dive bar recently. Deja vu? The vocals are smoky and the harmonica flourishes are aplenty. He has bluesy jam sessions and even some warped spoken word thrown in for chuckles or just simply tangents of a lunatic. Come drink many specials and talk about the good old days with the appropriate soundtrack. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Adam G.