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Univox Droppin’ the Lethal Harmonies at KFN June 30

Frenetic and robust rock locals Univox are coming to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Many of their songs show the bands vocal versatility with four different members taking turns rockin’ the mic. Each voice distributes their energy in different ways highlighting the many strengths and vast post-pop sensibilities. I prefer the baritone who muses over the frantic sounds of “Everybody Knows”. By the looks of them it is the extra large Josh ‘The Mongolian” Jones who is responsible for the voice, but big things come in little packages no matter what that bitch said the other night. They can create scrappy garage rock in the vein of the Stooges or barnstorm with the best of them. They’ll be joining experimental noise-pop outfit Hermit Thrushes. Univox are currently promoting their debut ST album on NY’s indie label ROIR. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Dennis Manzanedo)- Adam G.

 
   

Cold Cave & Vile Join Reunited Guided by Voices at Matador’s B-Day Party!

It’s no surprise that newbies to the Matador family Cold Cave and Kurt Vile will be part of the label’s 21st Birthday Party showcase lineup in Las Vegas Oct 1-3, but no one probably expected Guided by Voices ("the classic '93 - '96 lineup") would reunite for this momentous occasion. They’ll also be joined by indie heavyweights and buzz acts like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the New Pornographers, Girls, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf, Fucked Up, Shearwater, Harlem, Cold Cave, Kurt Vile, Jeffrey Joe Jenson, and many more to be announced. Looks like Matador will be doing their 21st birthday right in Sin City! Hopefully no hookers will die at this party. - Q.D. Tran
 

 

   

Musical Chameleons Grimace Federation at WCL June 29

One of our favorite post rockers Grimace Federation will be opening for Toubab Krewe, a group of learned musicians that mesh West African traditional music and American rock. While I find Grimace Federation leaning more towards their darker metal influences these days, their former reputation as an afro-beat/acid-jazz outfit still precedes them. However, I think that their upcoming new album that is due out this fall might have people thinking differently. Their recordings online really don’t do them justice anymore, but don’t worry stoned jamband folks - Grimace Federation are musical chameleons so you might get a sampling of those tasty grooves that you are so hungry for. Just get there early to check them out live and find out what they are really all about! World Café Live (Downstairs), 3025 Walnut St., 9pm, $17 floor/$22 mezzanine, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
 

 

   

The Armchairs In Studio Session on Daytrotter

Psych rockers and good friends to the local music scene, The Armchairs, made their debut on Daytrotter.com. The session was recorded a few months back, and was just posted on the site last week. You can check it out and download it for FREE here. Look out for the drop of their debut album Science & Advice and their release party on Friday, August 13 at JB’s! - H.M. Kauffman

 
   

The Deli’s Featured Artist of the Month: Dani Mari

Our recent featured artist is certainly no stranger to Philly’s indie music scene. Whether she’s performing at one of our many venues, hosting an open mic of fresh faces or making sure that your glass is never empty as you listen to your new favorite tunes, Dani Mari is happy to be there helping our local music scene grow. Now, you have a chance to support her when she performs this Friday, July 2 at World Café Live (Downstairs). But first, here are a few words from the lovely Ms. Dani Mari.
 
The Deli: What inspired you to start writing and performing your own music? 
 
Dani Mari: I grew up in a very musical family. My father plays guitar and was always jamming out to Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, the Doors…my mother sings and has a powerful broadway voice singing mostly in that genre and my brother plays drums, guitar and bass. I did the choir and band geek thing throughout high school and finally picked up a guitar in college. I walked away from it for a bit until I was just about 25. Then I decided it was now or never to try to play my music out. I started playing "Fool Me Twice" at the Lickety Split open mic, the Fire, Fergies and just about every other open mic until I got my first show at the Grape Street Pub. I haven't stopped writing or playing since then.  
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
DM: I was recently introduced to Sparklehorse who I cannot get enough of. Locally I've been listening to Paper Masques, Hezekiah Jones, Berry Jones, Ryan Williams, Good Boy Elroy and Boy Wonder. There are so many talented musicians here in Philly.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
DM: The first concert I ever went to was Jewel, and I fell asleep…lol. After that I saw Radiohead at Madison Square Garden, and it was an amazing show. The first album I ever owned was Debbie Gibson "Electric Youth".
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
DM: I love the Philly music scene. Before I started playing out here, I thought the city would be very intimidating. Everyone has been very supportive, and the array of talent in Philly is very inspiring.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
DM: The Philadelphia Parking Authority - enough said.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
DM: I plan on having an Album Release Party for Impulsive sometime in the fall. I am also in the process of shooting another music video.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
DM: One of my most memorable live shows was at this place called Arianna Miles in Quakertown. I opened up for Jeffrey Gaines. It was a cozy room to play in the middle of a snowstorm. The food was great, and Jeffrey Gaines put on a great show. He was also a really nice guy.   
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
DM: I like learning about new local artists.  
 
(Photo by Kristen Cummings)
 
- The Deli Staff