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Join The Elevator Parade's Headphone Revolution at M Room Jan. 15

 

 
What first started out as a 4 song project by guitarist Rocco Renzetti has since evolved into a full blown live freak out! The songs of The Elevator Parade are as much influenced by 1960s England as San Francisco psychedelia, with just a few choice tinges of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. The band has been hard at work with the recording and mixing of their newest album The Headphone Revolution. And all of that work is finally about to culminate with tonight’s album release party at the M Room. They’ll be joined by friends music.for.headphones who should mesh beautifully with the psychedelic shoegaze sound for the evening. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/elevatorparade - Bill McThrill

 

   

Eliza Jones Helps Celebrate All Creatures at Green Line Cafe Jan. 15

 

 
Local songbird, Eliza Jones, will be performing this evening at Green Line Café to celebrate the release of All Creatures, which you can download for FREE here. The compilation commemorates 10 years of Sherman Arts and features over a dozen local artists who have performed at Green Line over the past three years including Power Animal, The Armchairs, and Jones’ band, Buried Beds.  Jones’ lush croon drifts between Fiona Apple’s lovely melancholy to Regina Spektor’s airy hummingbird, pulling at your heartstrings from the first listen. On “Camellia”, a delicate track with the production feel of Jon Brion, it’s easy to believe Jones as she sings, “I would follow you down so far/watching you/tracing a thousand footsteps/which one will bring you closer to me”. The Philly music community certainly has been listening, and Jones’ voice has taken her onstage with the Pig Iron Theatre Company and in the studio with Man Man, Dr. Dog, and Me Without You. Green Line Café, 4426 Locust St., 8pm, $5, All Ages  myspace.com/buriedbeds - Jaime Pannone

 

   

Alec Ounsworth and Special Guest at JB's Jan. 14

 

 
Former Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth had a busy 2009. On October 20th, he released his first full length album, Mo’ Beauty, with a whole new lineup of musicians. He also unveiled Skin and Bone on August 11th with his all-star side project Flashy Python.  The new year brings a bunch of newly added dates supporting indie darlings the Cold War Kids, and far more dates after that. Needless to say, with all of the positive attention he has been getting, Ounsworth’s music is worth a listen or two, or seven. His lively folk-pop is aglow with layers of vocals and glossy guitar. Horns punch through, helped along by surprisingly propulsive drumbeats. Although many things seem out of place in the music of Mo’ Beauty, everything is tied down expertly by Ounsworth’s brilliant song crafting. The best song is the uplifting “That Is Not My Home (After Bruegel)”, filled with a reverb-drenched chorus and sporadic brass instruments that provide a wall of splendid pop sound. Catching your ears and nailing them to your headphones, Ounsworth takes you through the mind of a maestro, and you return from the journey with more than your money’s worth. Catch him at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with special guests Meth Beach and Jamey Robinson (of Buffalo Stance). Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, 21+ myspace.com/alecounsworth - James Sanderson

 

   

Cheers Elephant Havin' Fun at North Star Bar Jan. 14

 

 
Cheers Elephant provide a menagerie of psychedelic folk sounds filtered through rock drains and poured into the bodies of four talented young artists. Recognizable by their Brit-pop sound, Cheers Elephant has been making the rounds at all the local hot spots and churning up compliments all along the way. Their live sets channel a raucous party where bass lines carry your body through each song into the next without ever missing a beat as you travel through time, across genres and far and away from where you began. When you consider that they have been compared to The Kinks and Jefferson Airplane it is no wonder that Cheers Elephant is causing such a stir in our happy little town. If you love a good melody, a crazy jam session and are ready to watch four musicians have more fun on stage than you thought humanly possible, then Cheers Elephant is just the ticket. Don't be fooled when you check out their tracks on the band's MySpace page. They are not as sweet and innocent as they appear; a Cheers Elephant live show is full of rock show chaos. They’ll be joined by Sweden’s Movits! and NJ's River City Extension, a band that we wish would move to Philly already so we can write more about them. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/cheerselephant - Meaghan McCafferty

 

   

Things to Look Out for from The Deli in January!

 



We’re super busy here at The Deli in January, but in a good way. We wanted to let you know about all the fun things that we’ve planned and put together for you. Of course, there is The Deli’s Best of Philly Emerging Artist(s) Poll going on until midnight Friday, January 15th. Vote!!! It’s your right! And to celebrate the end of this exhausting process, The Deli staff is ready to throw down hard this Friday night when we present (our January CD of the Month) Orbit to Leslie’s CD Release Party at Johnny Brenda’s with our favorite why-the-fuck-aren’t-they-signed-yet-band Aderbat (they’ll also have a surprise for you about a new project that they are working on), post rockers who have been turning into balls-to-the-wall rockers as of late Grimace Federation, and most excellent experimental popster Power Animal. If you’ve ever seen these bands live, then you know why we are all so excited about this show! We almost can’t believe that this sweet, sweet bill is really happening!
 
But there is no rest for the weary because we’ll be bringing our drunken crew of misfits out next week to join one of our favorite psych-folkers Michael Johnson’s Ape School, The Deli’s January Band of the Month The Circadian Rhythms, good time boys and former "Tunes Whiz Wit" performers New Motels and Brooklyn buzz outfit Savoir Adore on Thursday, January 21st at Kung Fu Necktie. As if all this wasn’t enough for you, we will be debuting our mostly acoustic concert series of local emerging artists called “The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape” at The Bellvue Hotel - swanky. Yes, who would’ve thunk it? The Bellvue came to us about putting on a live concert series every last Friday of the month at noon to entertain the hoards of 9-to5ers that they get in their food court area, but all you unemployed Deli readers shouldn’t feel bad about swinging by and escaping with us. On January 29th, you will be treated to performances by one of the world’s premier Hang drum masters and YouTube sensation with performance videos receiving well-over 2 million views Dante Bucci, the captivatingly earnest vocals and storytelling of Andrew Conly from Holcomb Family Band, and the female reincarnation of Woody Guthrie, Spirit and Dust. Does all this sound like a lot for just the first month of 2010? Well, it is, and it’s all for you. We hope that you can make it out to enjoy! - The Deli Staff