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Man Like Machine Make Alliteration Cool Again at M Room April 15

Philadelphian rock trio Man Like Machine are coming to the M room tonight, and the late blooming 14 year old girl inside of me couldn’t be more excited. These dudes with a capital D create glossy stadium ready rock tunes full of thick synth lines and lofting guitar solos. To be honest, these guys did not rub me the right way from the start, as they not only named Marilyn Manson as an influence, (don’t worry, I’ve seen Bowling For Columbine so I know how ‘multi-dimensional’ and ‘misunderstood’ he is), but they also covered U2. Now, I am not saying that I would have preferred, say, Marilyn Manson, but U2 is just one of those bands that I would like to shank if I got the chance. That being said, their music does highlight some of their more interesting influences at times sounding reminiscent of The Rapture or Q and not U with their aggressive angular guitars and disco drums. Just as easily, though, they make shimmery pop morsels that The Killers would die for. Their influences are quite apparent, which makes it easy to tell if they will be one of your new obsessions or totally forgotten since your nano only has 2 gigs and you finally got your hands on that Wyclef discography. So find out for yourself by coming out tonight to see a band that could very well be making noise in the alt scene in the near future. M Room. 15 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/manlikemachine - Adam G.

 

 

   

U.S. Girls Back from Europe at DDG April 14

U.S. Girls’ (a.k.a. Meghan Remy a.k.a. Meghan Uremovich) songs contain that beautiful primal instinct inside man and in this case woman to make music. It’s that moment of inspiration by the first person to use a log or a couple of stones as an instrument to joyously express how he or she felt inside. It’s that dire need to create and invent separating the artists from the wannabes. So welcome Remy back from her 2-month jaunt through the U.K., Italy, France and Sweden tonight at Danger Danger Gallery with the always sinister Hot Guts, rockin’ My Mind and interstellar grooves of Mi Ami. You can catch up with her about all the hot topics that she might have missed on the road in Europe like flash mobs, healthcare reform and the recent step closer to the legalization of pot in Philly! Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages myspace.com/usgirlsss (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis from this week's City Paper cover story) - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

   

Pilam in Jeopardy!?!

Well, I just received some awful news yesterday for our indie music community. As some of you may or may not know, Pilam’s Human BBQ was shutdown early this Saturday by the cops. It was definitely a huge buzzkill for what was a fantastic day/evening! What’s worse is that I was told the venue/house is in jeopardy of being shutdown by Penn which means all future events are currently in limbo that also includes The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase scheduled for next Saturday w/Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Drivers. We are currently looking into an alternative venue just in case Penn decides to shut them down, but we are hoping for the best. I’ll keep you updated about Penn’s decision and the moving or rescheduling of The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase. We know. This SUCKS! We’re totally bummed too. - Q.D. Tran

 

   

Casting Call for Free Energy’s “Bang Pop” Video!



Did you see the “balloon video” and think “those Free Energy dudes look like fun guys - I’d love to be in one of their videos”? Well, you might have your chance! If you are available for shooting April 16 - 19, come down to Urban Outfitters (1627 Walnut St.) tomorrow Tuesday, April 13th from 5 - 7pm for your chance to be cast in Free Energy’s “Bang Pop” video. There are over 100 parts to be filled for the video. For casting, please bring a photo ID. If you are under 18 years old and want to be in the video, you must have a parent or guardian with you. Come dressed to impress, especially the ladies! - The Deli Staff

   

Univox Wanna Rock at North Star Bar April 12

The Philly four-piece Univox bring a refreshing interpretation of rock ‘n roll to their live performance. They can blister through songs with some serious ferocity often driven by the band’s sturdy backbone drummer Kent Boersma. When their music swells and you find yourself amidst joyous multi-layered harmonies, you can only grin because you know that you are experiencing something that is truly over the top in a good way. Univox will be joined tonight at the North Star by Thinking Machines, Br’er and an interesting new outfit from Chicago, Ornery Little Darlings. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/univoxmusic - H.M. Kauffman