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The Deli at SXSW: Part 1?

We sent our man Adam G. down to SXSW to report back on the haps and have a good time! Hopefully he won’t get too fucked up to get back to us, but we are a little concerned by his first writeup. Check it out below.

 
And so it begins. I spent my last night in Philadelphia utilizing what makes the east coast great, hot tubs and Gilbey's vodka. I am now laying in bed after getting off our plane in Austin at 8:30pm last night, and after getting tipped off to the best titty bars in Austin (my buddy Joey knows the manager, and he gave us his business card) we made our way downtown. We stood in line at the Purevolume house to try and get our badges to see Johnny Flynn, but we were more than an hour and a half away from even getting them when we heard the first song of his thirty-minute set start. Still needing to get our England on we rushed over to the British Embassy for their opening night showcase with FREE BOOZE. And they say that the British have never done anything for us (they say that right?). We checked out a great DJ named Unicorn Kid and some Libertines wannabe before getting tipped off to a Pomegranates show that was happening a few blocks up the way. We sat through some okay bands before finally at 1am the PGranates took the outdoor stage at the Beauty Bar to melt our faces off till we were kicked out.

The night ended with some great bratwursts (topped to the nines with onions, mustard and hot sauce) and a very jovial homeless guy taking pictures with me.
 
(Photo by Joey F.)
 
- Adam G.

 

   

Yeah Clementines at M Room March 18

 
Marc Laurick first came onto the scene as a part of Sensory Fix, and later as a member of the reemergence of the classic post punk band Bunnydrums when their back catalog was rereleased on Metropolis (and has performed with the likes of Skip Heller and Mose Giganticus in between). When the band went back into hiatus, he started Witchtrialz!, a post punk outfit reminiscent to Buzzcocks and Killing Joke that featured members of Pyramids and Sensory Fix. But now Laurick is ready to introduce a new project, which features another Bunnydrums member in Howard Harrison. Aside from the credentials of both musicians, much of Yeah Clementines is still shrouded in mystery. But demos such as “An Aporia” and “Castoreum” reveal an old school lo-fi sound that any fan of Iggy & The Stooges and Dinosaur Jr. might enjoy. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/witchtrialz - Bill McThrill

 

   

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

 
It’s St. Patty’s Day, and I love it! It reminds me of my teenage days in my hometown getting drunk with my friends before hitting the parade and getting even drunker at a Japanese hibachi restaurant while we watched the parade through the front window by the bar. I know. Japanese hibachi restaurant on St. Patty’s Day? What do you expect when you are sixteen? You take it where you can get it. Since I’ve already started the day with some Guinness and Jameson, I’ll keep this short because my motor skills may leave me very soon. If you want to shake a little booty and kiss anyone who is Irish or not, I would swing by Silk City for Prowler and Reef the Lost Cauze. If you want to drunkenly sing-along to some Irish tunes and witty-ass lyrics, head over to the M Room where our favorite anti-folk hero Death Panel (a.k.a. Charles Latham) will surely be bringing grins to everyone’s faces. If the drunk and belligerent college crowd is your scene, then grab your baseball cap and favorite frat/sorority gear and meet someone (whose name you’ll probably not remember in the morning) at The Blockley Pourhouse with The Quelle Source. Just remember swallowing anything green isn’t always a good thing. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran

 

   

Lux Perpetua, Hair Rocket & The Armchairs Baring All at The Bellevue!

 
Holy shit! It’s not raining anymore. Well, it’s beginning to look like spring for the moment. We wanted to give you a heads up about The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape next Friday, March 26th at The Bellevue. We are very happy to announce that Lux Perpetua (a.k.a. Justin Wolf - formerly of The Extraordinaires), Hair Rocket and The Armchairs’ Andy Mulholt will be joining us for this intimate performance.
 
Lux Perpetua creates melodic garage/folk rock that gets your head bobbing and your body moving. Don’t let his scruffy bearded exterior fool you! His tunes have a warmth and heart that will surely come out in this stripped-down setting. Hair Rocket always leaves it all on stage. Led by Berklee dropout Chris Blasucci, their songs are like any good breakup. It’s equal parts dark, mysterious and bizarre, but cathartic. Despite the deeply personal nature of his lyrics, the songs are no less relatable and universal. Lastly but certainly not least will be The Armchairs’ frontman Andy Mulholt. His positive energy simply forces you to gravitate towards him. You never know what will happen at one of his performances. Like true art, Mulholt aims at each performance to bring out emotions from you (whether good or bad) that you weren’t sure existed. This intimate setting is sure to give you a glimpse into the world of some of Philly’s most talented emerging artists so we hope to see you there! The Bellevue (food court area), 200 S. Broad St., 12pm - 2pm, FREE, All Ages (Photo by Mike Persico) - The Deli Staff

 

   

The Disco Biscuits Celebrate Planet Anthem at TLA March 15 & 16

Love ‘em or hate ‘em - you have to respect how far The Disco Biscuits have come from their frat party days at Penn. It’s not easy to sustain a nearly 15 year career in this fickle music industry, especially with little radio airplay. But they did it the old-fashion way - by hitting the road and building their legion of rabid “tree-thugger” fans one show at a time. Moving away from the Phish covers that once were found in their setlists in the early days, The Disco Biscuits changed the landscape of the Jamband scene when they introduced their hybrid of electronica and live music which they dubbed “Trance fusion” spawning a whole generation of imitators (well, too many in my opinion, but imitation is the highest form of flattery). This evening they begin a two-night run at the TLA to celebrate their latest release Planet Anthem, their most radio-friendly album to date containing collaborations from such artists as Don Cheegro and Dirt Harry (Ludacris, Beanie Sigel), Damon Dash (co-founder of Roca-a-fella Records) and Tu Phace. But don’t worry my little “tree-thuggers”, there will still be plenty of techno dance beats, headies and psychedelics to get you to the after-party at the hotie. TLA, 334 South St., 8pm, $30, All Ages myspace.com/discobiscuitsofficial - H.M. Kauffman