Get Intimate with Joshua Marcus at JB’s April 1

With his unruly red beard and banjo in tow, you may mistake breakout Philadelphia-native Joshua Marcus for his doppelganger, indie-folk wonder Sam Beam. Although both musicians incorporate honest lyrics and southern influences into their sound, the similarity stops there. Marcus’ simple melodies are arranged around the raw power of his voice. He is able to express his passion and tell whole stories through different intonations. This ability gives his songs a certain intimacy like a warm Appalachian summer sitting on your back porch sipping a Bud while watching a buddy sing his life into the night. With his recent release, Reverse the Charges, Marcus traveled across the country, stopping in different states to record his experiences with ultimately over four-dozen fellow musicians. The effect is a sound of overlapping lives that ultimately become one American voice.  Experience a different world for an hour or two and stop by Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Chris Poppe) - Katie Bennett



The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Ladyfingers

So we tossed a few questions at our recent poll winner Ladyfingers (a.k.a. Adam Weiner). Weiner might throw like a girl, but he hit these questions out of the park. Check out a more-than-interesting interview with a not-so-average (or mediocre) guy. If you’d like to see his fingers in motion, you can catch him tonight at Millcreek Tavern or on April 9th at Patou (yes, strange but true) for a showcase being promoted by local/national music journalist A.D. Amorosi. He’ll be joined by Swampmeat and Jass, and promises that it will be a "swell time".  
The Deli: Where did you get the name “Ladyfingers” from?
Adam Weiner: I was playing piano in a drag karaoke bar in Manhattan, and this tiny Chinese man dressed up as Diana Ross whispered it in my ear.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
AW: Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Waits, Cab Calloway, Little Richard, Dion, Hasil Adkins, Suicide, Leadbelly, Hank Williams, Ween, Fats Waller, Capt. Beefheart, Richard Simmons, "Love Me Tender", and this schizophrenic dude that sleeps in front of my laundromat. 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
AW: Tune-yards, Swampmeat, Andre Williams, MJ..."Beat It" is playing right now on repeat. I'm trying to learn the solo.  
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
AW: Alvin and the Chipmunks @ the Spectrum. Simon played the guitar with his teeth, and I cried. First album was Huey Lewis & the News. Someone told me recently they heard Huey's influence on my stuff...which upsets me less than you think. 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
AW: I like that people really tell you what they are thinking all the time. I did a show once where someone yelled "MEDIOCRE ! "  after I finished baring my soul. I need that kind of honesty. 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
AW: I really hate that people really tell you what they are thinking all the time. To that dude that told me I was're an asshole!
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
AW: I've got a Ladyfingers movie coming out - a bunch of music videos with a tour documentary and me dancing in Wal-Mart parking lots in Texas and Louisiana! The score for the film is my new album OPEN YOUR ROBE...downloadable on my sites as well as the vinyl release...which is stellar!! People need to let this stuff into their lives. 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
AW: The first time I went to England, I went to Birmingham and all these kids there knew all my tunes and were singing along and dancing really sexy. They treated me like a rock star and invited me out to this club for an after-party. I got stuck in the freight elevator for 3 hours, and the fire department had to come cut the door out with the jaws-of-life. I never made it to the after-party, and I nearly peed my pants. I feel that this is a touching metaphor for the fragile beauty of life. 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
AW: Corned beef special with chopped liver and onions.  I'm Jewish, what did you expect me to say?
- The Deli Staff



Hair Rocket Rock It @ M Room March 31

I think that I might have been at the sophomore live performance of Hair Rocket. It was up in Bucks County at a cool little basement/art space called Pipedown (I think that it’s defunct now). Hair Rocket was a duo then with Blasucci on drums and vocals and Dallas Viety on keys and bass synthesizer. Since then, Blasucci has come out from behind the kit and plugged in his guitar proving once again that you don’t need the Berklee degree to rock the fuck out! Hair Rocket has evolved into a five-piece powerpop band with hooks galore. Now, they just need to lay down some new recordings that better represent what they’re currently up to. Lucky that Blasucci makes good use of his YouTube account. Here’s a new song “Motorcycle” that’s been stuck in my head for days. I may need to get my fix tonight at the M Room. M Room, 15 W. Girard St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


The Last Emperor LIVE at Silk City March 30

Philly’s superhero of hip hop and former Deli Tunes Wiz Wit showcase performer, The Last Emperor, returns from the Red Planet to save the day or should we say the evening when he celebrates tonight at Silk City the release of Science Team…Go!, a 20-song album mixed by DJ Mickey Knox and DJ Concept. It’s full of intelligent lyrical gymnastics that makes our underground warrior a hidden gem among the crappy manufactured hip hop polluting our airwaves. You can download a FREE copy for yourself here, and this is also a link to the artwork. Enjoy! Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Q.D. Tran



You’ll Dig Death Panel at North Star Bar March 29

Our man whose full of wit and whimsy (no, not Lord Whimsy), Death Panel (a.k.a. Charles Latham), is on a nice folky/anti-folky bill at North Star Bar tonight with Dylan-esque troubadour Pepi Ginsberg and Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next” Tristen. But we’re pretty sure that with his well-crafted tunes and dynamic stage presence you’ll leave the show thinking “damn I really dug that Death Panel guy”. I sure did. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman