The Roots Welcome America on the Ben Franklin Parkway!

Happy 4th of July! It’s party time folks! Well, I support party time anytime, but independence, beer, BBQs and The Legendary Roots is certainly a reason to celebrate. Now, I don’t kid myself. It’s probably hard to get yourself pumped up when you are opening for the Poo Poo Dolls with a handful of songs so we might get “a take the money and run”/”the festival” set. But The Roots have a hot new album, How I Got Over, that their hustlin’ so it would certainly be in their best interest to throw down tonight. (I’m sending good vibes with the video above.) Just have a backup plan for when their set is over. It’s sad that Sheryl Crow doesn’t sound that bad this year. Wawa Welcome America, Ben Franklin Parkway, 8pm, FREE, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman  




“Besties” Chang Chang & ‘tine-‘tine at JR’s July 3

I’m definitely very thankful about the response that The Deli has been receiving here in Philly. You kind of write about things that you like and let it go into the abyss of the internet never really knowing if anyone will ever see it, but it seems people do. One of the things that I think that The Deli is great for, and I’m always surprise when bands have never thought of doing this before is finding other artists who have similar tastes and trading shows. Having done booking in Philly before, it amazed me how disconnected artists and scenes were from each other, even though they consisted of like-minded people. What I hope is that The Deli provides a place for musicians, fans, industry peeps, music lovers, etc. to discover each other and foster a community that deserves to have a voice. Check out The Deli sites in other cities! I’m sure that you’ll find like-minded people doing what you’re doing and wondering how they can find others like themselves outside the confines of their seemingly small city. So reach out to them - share shows, fans, thoughts, jokes, bodily fluids, whatever builds good relations! 
Sorry about the pep rally rant, it was inspired by the two featured artists of this write-up. I discovered ‘tine-‘tine a while back clicking through people’s top friends in MySpace (yes, even though you never go into your account, MySpace is still an easy way to check out new music). I instantly knew we shared that same feeling. It’s that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you are about to say something so wrong, but it feels so right. To me, it’s pure comedy (or pure evil ;o). And when I came across Chang Chang (“who’s more of a standup comedian than a standup guy”) performing in the park down the street from my favorite taco place Taco Loco (on 4th and Washington - don’t be afraid of the RV - their tacos are delicious), I knew that they belonged together so I wrote about them in my Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship column. Well, they found each other through the write-up, and are now “besties”. Now, if only they’d collaborate on some material together already. Well, part of my wish has come true because tonight they’ll be sharing the same bill together at JR’s. I’m sure that the Bonnie and Clyde of hip hop hilarity will have the room crackin’ up before the evening is over. JR’s, 2327 S. Croskey St., 9pm, $5, 21+ (Chang Chang Photo by Ryan Scott) - Q.D. Tran



The Homophones Wishing America a Happy B-Day at Tritone July 3

Hey, uh, here's a little secret I'm willing to let you in on: if you head on over to Tritone, there's a party happening. The Homophones are playing. Sure, Jason Ferraro's firm baritone may sound a bit like Matt Berninger from The National or some other super-serious band, but their melodramatic tunes are more tongue-in-cheek than actual drama. That light, shuffling guitar layered atop those springy synths always seems to hit the spot, especially when accompanied with lyrics about David Foster Wallace or Polish thugs "on my corner, selling drugs." But the party doesn't stop there! Some friends, namely Eddie Austin, Julia Factorial and The Legendary WID will be spinning some records to dance to (and presumably, The WID will pull out those props and perform some comedy). And just when you think it couldn't possibly get better…sparklers, cupcakes, balloons and drink specials galore. There's pretty much no excuse for not going. Well, maybe if you hate to have fun. In that case, we thank you ahead of time for not coming and bringing us down. Tritone, 1508 South Street, 9pm, $7, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



Weekend Warrior, June 2 - 4

Happy birthday USA! If you’re anything like Team America, then by now you're probably itching to find something that’s a little more “Fuck Yeah!” than the Goo Goo Dolls. [We think it’s time to get rid of the douchebag(s) stuck in the 90s booking this 4th of July Parkway thing.] And fortunately the Danger Danger crew have a red, white and blue celebration that’s sure to have you boogying your socks off in a stupor! The distorted beats and haunting tribal call of U.S. Girls will have you shaking your flag in a frenzy. Meanwhile the good ol’ boys behind Levee Drivers will be bringing out that drunken hillbilly in ya as they churn out a bit of Johnny Cash influenced Americana with their rockin’ country flare. Toss in some action packed sets from visiting bands like O’Death, Skeletonbreath (special nod to hometown boy Grandchildren’s Tris behind the drum set), and Drunken Tigers - add in an epic beer-BQ, and your sure to be seeing plenty of fireworks as well as stars and stripes (wait, who put the acid in my beer this time?). But don’t party too hard, because you won’t want to miss the dance beats happening across the street at Elena’s immediately afterwards. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 1pm, $5-$10, All Ages
Exercise your right to be independent and go somewhere fun this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI In Grenada CD Release Party w/Busses and New Motels
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Smiles and Everyone
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Josh Olmstead
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hair Rocket
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI High Kick and Johnny Action Figure, SAT The Danger O's, Crazy Man Crazy, Big Terrible
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI The Homophones, SAT Fourth Of July Show w/ Thee Nosebleeds, Baptist Preachers, and more
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Dani Mari and Boy Wonder

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Bandname and Eskimeaux
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT ‘tine-‘tine and Chang Chang
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Radio Eris, Northern Liberties, Da Comrade!, and much, much more
Welcome America Celebration (Ben Franklin Parkway) SUN The Roots



In Grenada CD Release Party at JB’s July 2

Yes, In Grenada wants you to start the partying this weekend with them tonight when they celebrate the release of their debut album Break. It’s full of feel good pop begging to be the soundtrack to your summer. They’ve recruited a couple of The Deli favorites to join them (whom also happened to release most excellent albums themselves this year) when they invade JB's for a fun-filled evening. Busses’ bombastic psychedelic rock will get you pumped up while New Motels’ well-crafted, classic feeling tunes may induce spontaneous sing-alongs as well as hoots and hollers that will keep the party rollin’. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman