The Deli's Best of Philly Showcase Tonight at The Ox!!!


Closing Art Reception for Animal Show at Pterodactyl April 24

When art and music come together it’s a wonderful thing, and that’s one of the elements that makes Pterodactyl so magical. Their mission has been to revive the enjoyment and practice of creating art for personal fulfillment, to create exhibitions and experiences that resonate with diverse audiences, and to bring people together through the arts. Since they opened in 2009, they have passed with flying colors. During each art opening and closing, they invite local musicians to play and make it a memorable occasion. And to close out their latest zoological gala, “Animal Show”, they have put together quite the menagerie of bands.
Ever since they released Dr. Ponie, Medicine Ponie on Punk Rock Pay Roll, Philly’s premiere queer and allied band Dangerous Ponies have been tantalizing audiences with their joyous sing-alongs and raucous dance parties. But they’re not the only band who is ready to pony up at the gallery tonight, because when Emily J.K. and the Brothers Ellis start revving into their pumped up dance party anthems, Pony Pants is sure to be a name that you’ll remember. When Algernon Cadwallader aren’t telling stories of fire ants, vampire bats, and other musings about life as a band on their blog; they’re tearing into their brash blend of artistic indie punk on Be Happy Records and a stage near you. Last but certainly not least is Conversation with Enemies, whose hauntingly catchy powerpop melodies get buried somewhere deep in your subconscious. Pterodactyl Artspace, 3237 Amber St., 8pm, Donations, All Ages (Photo by Molly Landergan) - Bill McThrill



Shadfest After-Party at JB’s (and of course, The Ox) April 24

If you’re still craving live music after seeing Birdie Busch, Buried Beds, Strapping Fieldhands and Blood Feathers deliver impressive performances at Shadfest today, then chances are you’re joining us at our Best of Philly Showcase at The Ox tonight. But YRock and WXPN also have a nice lineup for the official Shadfest After-party at Johnny Brenda’s. Every time MAxx (formerly of the Goats and Incognegro), and the rest of his talented collective take the stage it leads to one enigmatic performance full of ass-shaking audience members. The diverse mix of Philly all-stars have been going on for 4 years strong, and Addicted to Distraction was an impressive release last year so seeing them play tonight is sure to be a real treat, especially since it’s tentatively the only show that they have scheduled until June. They’ll be joined by Kilroy & The Bronze, another act who also had a dynamic release last year with their album Hessian Love Songs, out now on earSnake. Shawn Kilroy has seen a lot of eclectic roles as a filmmaker, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer. And with this hot and steamy project, he manages to turn the clock back to the new wave fueled 80’s. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill



Weekend Warrior, April 23 - 25

So we can’t believe our Best of Philly Showcase is finally happening tomorrow night at The Ox with Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Drivers! It’s been a crazy two weeks finding a new venue and getting everything ready. We are most appreciative of all the help that we’ve received from the local music community to make this happen. It just reinforces to us how fuckin’ cool the people are who work behind the scenes to bring us such amazing shows! Now, it’s time to partay! Hopefully the rain will hold off during the day because we plan to chill out at the 2nd Annual Fishtown Shadfest (what an awful name, but check out the schedule below). Penn Treaty Park is a great place to hang out and see a show. We’d love to do a showcase there (but we secretly hate setting up outdoor events). Then, it’s off to The Ox or what we like to personally call “Thunderdome” (where there are no rules - just kidding, kind of - well, except to respect that it’s a home too). Looks like it’s going to be a long Saturday/Sunday day/night/morning like last weekend! The Ox, (2nd and Oxford St.), 9pm, $5, All Ages, BYOB 21+ (Photo by Aaron Debruin)

Other things to do this weekend, but you know that you really want to join us at The Ox...
Fishtown Shadfest (Penn Treaty Park - Delaware Ave.)
Lara and Joe Show:  11:30 - 12:15pm
Birdie Busch:  12:45 - 1:30pm
Buried Beds:  2:00 - 2:45pm
Strapping Field Hands:  3:15 - 4:00pm
Blood Feathers : 4:30 - 5:30pm
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Black Landlord, SUN Prowler
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Sound of the Kaleidoscope and The Midnight Sounds
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Andrew Lipke
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Faith or Fear and Hessian
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Absinthe Drinkers, SUN Wallace Brothers Band
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Lili Anel

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Party Photographers and Brown Recluse SAT Best Fest Benefit
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Clamfight and Wizard Eye
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Joshua Park
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) Ron Gallo (of Toy Soldiers)
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) FRI The Great Vibration
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Closing Art Reception w/ Conversation With Enemies, Dangerous Ponies, Pony Pants, Algernon Cadwallader



Brown Recluse at Danger Danger Gallery April 23

Brown Recluse serves up gorgeous, shimmering indie pop, equal parts jingle and jangle, the kind of sound that you haven't really heard since the golden era of 90s twee, or perhaps the Elephant 6 collective at its height. The band is on Slumberland Records (the birthplace, essentially, of twee pop, and now home to acts like the Pains of Being Pure at Heat and Crystal Stilts), so it would seem that they're right at home. If you want to put it as simply as possible, most of their songs could be described as delicate acoustic ditties wrapped in warm, atmospheric synth, but you only have to listen to the giddy trumpet solo of "Rainy Saturday" and then the electronic psych of "Meridian Sound (Part Three)" to be affirmed that these guys are anything but one trick ponies. Their music is much more welcoming than the creepy, venomous spider with whom they share a name. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages - Joe Poteracki