The Deli’s Best Philly Showcase Comin’ to Pilam April 24!

Can I get a hell yeah!?! So we are thrilled to announce that the kind folks at Pilam will be hosting The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase on Saturday, April 24th. It’s an honor to be part of the great history of sonic debauchery at this staple in Philly’s proud DIY landscape. We think this year’s lineup speaks volumes about the diverse and amazing music growing locally in our backyard. We wanted to thank our jurors (below) who proudly support Philly’s indie music scene everyday, all the readers/fans who voted for their favorites and our Deli writers who just plain rock!
The Deli’s Best of Philly Poll Jurors:
Grace Ambrose, Booker, Pilam
Abigail Bruley, Music Editor, Magazine
Mikele Edwards, Booker, Silk City
Brandy Hartley, Booker, Johnny Brenda’s
Melanie Hoch, Vinyl Expert and Dancin’ Queen, Repo Records
Steven James, Booker, Kung Fu Necktie/R5 Productions
Jessica McGinley, Editor-at-Large, PopWreckoning
Ben Morgan, Booker, Millcreek Tavern
Gina Renzi, Executive Director, The Rotunda
Mark Schoneveld, Blogger, Yvynyl
Jon Solomon, DJ and Record Label Owner, WPRB/My Pal God Records
Tom Szwech, Blogger, Bag of Songs
Q.D. Tran, Associate Editor, The Deli Magazine
Bruce Warren, Program Director and Blogger, WXPN/Some Velvet Blog
Emma Zumberge, Blogger, The World in a Paper Cup
We’ll have the smoldering rockabilly blues of Levee Drivers (Fans’/Readers’ Poll Winners), musical shape-shifters West Philly’s own electronic rockers Grandchildren (Overall Poll Runner-ups), and last but certainly not least our psych-punk grand champions Reading Rainbow (Overall Poll Winners). Join us and some of Philly’s finest acts for an evening of chaos and pure bliss! Pilam, 3914 Spruce St., 8pm, $5, ALL AGES - The Deli Staff



The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape This Friday at The Bellevue!

We are very excited about The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape this Friday, March 26th at The Bellevue! We always aim to bring fun and interesting showcases that you might not normally get a chance to see or hear or would think that you’d enjoy. We grew up loving MTV’s Unplugged so we love the idea of artists performing stripped-down versions of their tunes. We will be joined this week by Lux Perpetua (a.k.a. Justin Wolf - formerly of The Extraordinaires), Hair Rocket and The Armchairs’ Andy Mulholt
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




So yesterday I really started feeling all my breakfast beers and constant music and schmoozing. The good news is that I’m getting a keen eye for picking out jaded hipsters from plain old dirty hipsters. Also all these mustaches are making me feel like I’m at The Stonewall Inn circa 1969. I was finally able to eat some awesome BBQ until I was sweating barbeque sauce at a place called Iron Works Barbeque. The majority of my day was spent yet again at the IHEARTCOMIX+JELLY+MAD DECENT CARNIVALLE.  The lineup was eclectic and sweet smells of funnel cake wafted through the air. Rye Rye brought her M.I.A approved booty shaking party jams all the way from Baltimore. After her was spastic NY rap group Ninjasonik led by Reverend Mcfly and Telli Federline.  They bounced around the stage spitting rhymes about PBR, skinny jeans, taking drugs and fucking, lots and lots of fucking. Their set was highlighted by their remix of Matt and Kim’s “Daylight” that showed off their rapping skills and wide range of influences. The Very Best came on and breezed through their summer jams and ushered in the only rays of sunshine of the day, quite appropriately. They also had to show up everybody by singing in five different languages throughout their set. I don’t see what the big deal is, I could be the next indie sensation if I picked up a hype man and a couple copies of Rosetta Stone. But seriously, that is some impressive shit. To close the night oout, Philly hero Diplo jumped up on stage right after The Very Best to start off the headlining Major Lazer set. After warming the crowd up for a bit, crazed hype man Skerrit Bwoy and contortionist/presumed sex-goddess Mimi bombarded the stage and brought the house down.  The crowd was treated to extended versions of “Hold the Line” and crazy dub-step freakout “Pon De Floor” while Skerrit Bwoy dry humped to the beat like the future of our time on earth depended on it. Diplo and Switch sat back modestly and let the antics of Skerrit and Mimi take center stage. At the after party, I tried to get a few words from Diplo, but it was hectic so all I remember him saying was that he likes the vegetarian subs from Subway. (Hear that Subway - you have an in with all those dance crazy vegan hipsters.) All in all - it was an appropriately sloppy albeit chilly end to my time here at SXSW. I have never looked more forward to sitting on a plane in my life. Philly, Honey, I’m comin’ home! I hope that you enjoyed reading about my journeys, and please don’t hate that I had a much, much sweeter time this week than you. I already know that the rest of The Deli staff is a little green. (Photo by Joey F.) - Adam G.



Serena Maneesh Ticket and Album Giveaway!

We’re big fans of 4AD and their roster of indie darlings! That’s why we’re happy to announce a ticket giveaway for their latest export (or should we say import) Serena Maneesh. These Norwegian shoegazey alt-rockers from Oslo recently spent SXSW fuzzing out audiences at prestigious showcases and parties like Brooklyn Vegan, Filter Magazine and PureVolume. They’ll be making a stop in our music-friendly town on Tuesday, April 6th at Kung Fu Necktie. If you’d like to win a pair of tickets and their upcoming sophomore full length Abyss in B-minor, which will be available in the U.S. this Tuesday, March 23rd (you can also check it out streaming in its entirety here), then send us an e-mail at Like the saying goes, you can’t win, if you don’t enter! - The Deli Staff



The Deli at SXSW: Part 3 - GRANDCHILDREN and MAN MAN!

Well, another day another awkward sunburn - yesterday was an extremely eventful day that had me rushing all over town to get my show on. The day began like any other since I’ve been here shoving pulled pork into our mouths while trying to get into the popular (and rightfully so) NPR day show. The lineup included The Smith Westerns, LA’s Local Natives, Alabama conscious rap group G-side, feel good rockin’ Surfer Blood, and spastic, electro-rock duo Sleigh Bells whose closing set was wrought with technical difficulties, but epic nonetheless. Quite frankly, I was happy for the difficulties because it allowed me to hear their ever too short set multiple times. And as if the show needed to be better it was hosted by PBR so I felt right at home drinking the free beers. I was feeling pretty un-American so far with all those Modelos. But again I digress. After checking out the IHEARTCOMIX + JELLY + MAD DECENT CARNIVILLE where I watched The Walkmen kill it while riding on an anti-gravity machine. From there my night full of Philly bands just got better when I headed front and center for Grandchildren’s showcase set at The Beauty Bar. They played behind some hallucinogen-inspired projections that only enhanced their driving, layered soundscapes. Grandchildren opened with pulsating “Cold Warrior” that brought in many curious listeners who, by the end of the set, were total fanboys. They blasted through the rest of the set breaking only to sip on their beers, and went out with a bang with trippy, soaring electro-folk tune “Toss and Turn”. 

Grandchildren’s Roman Salcic was kind enough to answer a few questions for us after the show. 
The Deli: When you become a grandfather, what do you want your grandchildren to call you?
Roman Salcic: Deda
TD: Chicken BBQ or Pork BBQ?
RS: Definitely Pork
TD: Favorite Philly Venue?
RS: Johnny Brenda’s
TD: What is your favorite deli in Philly (besides us, of course)?
RS: Italian Market
TD: What do you miss most about Philly?
RS: West Philly
TD: Who is your Indie rock dream girl?
RS: Kim Gordon
The night ended with an unsurprisingly raucous Man Man show at the Billboard Bungalow. I forgot how good Honus Honus looks in a dress, but I think his crotch will forever be burned into my retinas. Somehow I ended up at a Steve Aoki show and for every high five I wanted to give Steve, I wanted to give two ball taps to the lame ass crowd. I am super excited for the rest of the week, and can’t wait to catch back up with you darlings - until next time.
(Photo by Joey F.)
- Adam G.