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Blood Feathers Open for The Walkmen at The Troc Oct. 23

While October has been a most excellent month here in The Deli camp, I have to think that it has been the same if not better in the Blood Feathers camp. Our favorite local vintage rock n’ rollers just opened for Blonde Redhead at the E Factory last weekend and tonight they’ll be bringing their feel good tunes to The Troc to warm up the crowd for The Walkmen, which will be their last show in the U.S. before heading off to Europe with The Black Keys. The Phillies game will also be showing in the balcony bar and the lobby during the concert so you really have no excuses. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 9pm, $18.50 adv/$21 door, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 

CMJ Marathon Runner Alex's day #3: Alex Winston, Savoir Adoire, Ava Luna, Body Language, Titus Andronicus

As Deli runners, we are supposed to allot a day in Brooklyn during the CMJ Marathon. Yesterday was my BK day – and what a perfect day to go Williamsburg! I was ready to get my game on early, so I headed over to the Neon Gold showcase at Public Assembly. Overall, I saw a shit ton of wonderful acts. The standouts to me though were the first three of the afternoon: Savoir Adore, Body Language and Alex Winston, and then Ava Luna in the evening. All four are local, talented and extremely enthusiastic performers, in their own unique ways. Ultimately, these musicians are just happy to be up on stage, doing what they love – and as an audience member, that’s always incredible to experience.


Savoir Adore are a four-piece band but it’s the two lead singers, a girl and a guy, whom are a real delight to listen to. The girl, Deidre, has a very charmingly feminine voice: a nice addition to the upbeat, catchy instrumentals; however, for me, it was the guy, Paul, who made quite the impression. He has a gorgeous, versatile voice live - whether he’s working, flying solo, etc, he sounds great. I am really feeling this band. And I can’t get their single, “Bodies,” out of my freaking head!

Body Language was next – another 4-piece gem! BL sounds different live, better I think, than their recorded stuff. Live, the band has a very visceral presence – they really live up to their name – focusing on soulful instrumentals with lots of clapping and banging and even more soulful and funkalicious vocals, (damn those white boys got swagger!). The lead singer, Angelica, has a beautiful voice - it’s full, rich and extremely warm.  Such a stellar band.



Next up was Alex Winston, another young woman with some great pipes. She’s poppy with traces of Motown and American, with vocals kind of reminiscent of Cocorosie. Her show at Public Assembly was one of the first she has done live (which was evident in her jitteriness and cute banter with the audience). Seeing her perform for first time was refreshing; it’s clear she’s working her ass off to get heard.



Later on I saw the wondrous Ava Luna.  With comparisons to TV On the Radio, this group is pretty off the chain quirky, creative and super funky.  There’s lots of texture to their music, and very tangible range. They belt out harmonies, pump up the synth, and create some very modern, eccentric, buzzing sounds. Overall, the showcase was kickass and I saw a lot of great bands (Emil & Friends and Oberhofer as well). Woo! Later on in the night, I hit up an awesome show at an old Firehouse in LES. The headliners of the night were LA indie darlings, the Local Natives (I heart you), and Jersey-based Titus Andronicus opened up with a great set.

These indie rockers have garnered some major buzz recently, including praise from even the pickiest and snobbiest contenders (read: Pitchfork). But the praise is deserved, because these guys are very talented, emotionally intense and noise-heavy. I’ve never seen them live and am glad that I caught them for CMJ. By the time I saw them, things were hazy, but I do remember them being loud, in a good way, and some major rocking out. - Alex Vann

 

Algernon Cadwallader and Much More at DDG Oct. 23

If you want to show some city pride but dread the trek to Citizen’s Park for the Phillies or if you just don’t give a crap about baseball but wanna get out of your cramped abode, then wiggle your way to West Philly’s Danger Danger Gallery this evening for the nearly five-hour MINI FEST. It’s a night of two-tone punk appeal-meets-balls to the wall shredding hardcore that’ll represent Philly hard - on the 10-band bill, six outfits are stripped from our own junkyard (Snowing, Towers, The Joint Chiefs of Math, Gods and Queens, Pink Coffins, and Algernon Cadwallader) two Philly-by-association acts (Lancaster’s 1994! and Kresgeville’s The Greek Favourites), plus two party crashers (Syracuse’s hardcore rip tide OAK & BONE and Oakland’s melodic punk trio Big Kids). But if you only go for one band, push through the crowd for Algernon Cadwallader. Their rowdy underground indie punk is snotty, brash and super infectious, with dissonant pop melodies twirling under chorus caterwauls and screaming sing-speak strains. It’s gonna be one helluva sonic party blast that’ll leave you happily blown. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 6pm, $10 suggested donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 

Benefit for Giovanni’s Room at The Rotunda Oct. 23

Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia’s oldest gay and feminist bookstore, is is need of some help for a renovation project that involves getting a new wall. So to help some of Philly’s hottest queer musicians are coming together to give it to them in style. The end result could be the Rotunda hosting one the naughtiest benefits in its history and that might be attributed to the colorful set by quirky pop outfit, Sweatheart. The band has already gained some serious street cred by opening for the likes of Devo and Bad Brains and acquiring the services of anti-diva Amanda Blank. Joining them will be dance floor destroyers and underground hip hop crew Sgt. Sass as well as The Lesbian Dorkestra (you know what they say happens at band camp). The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 6pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 

I Luv Luv Birds @ Underground Lounge

Marc Mozga and Holly Prindle (I Luv Luv Birds) have come together again to release their full-length album in two years. The 20-track (ten original and ten dub track of those originals) album, Cleaning Lady Uprising, is available on the band's bandcamp site, but will also be sold at the release show tomorrow night (8/23) at The Underground Lounge as a 12” vinyl that comes with homemade, silk-screened cover art and download.

I Luv Luv Birds is self-produced, self-released bedroom pop at its best. These are lo-fi, but a surprising mix of sound with a few creative moody tracks like "Under Your Command" and "Power's Out". You never know what sound is coming next, and that makes this album even more enjoyable. My favorite track is the inventive "Hook & Grid".

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