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Emily Greene live review + plays Rockwood on 10.06

On Septemer 23, New York-based Emily Greene performed The Living Room on Ludlow. Singer/songwriter Greene sat poised at her keyboard, occasionally switching to the venue’s baby grand, leading her band of three gentlemen into selections from her debut album, “Is This What You Had in Mind.” Greene’s soulful voice filled the oversized coffee shop, and her emotive and nuanced demeanor infused every aspect of her performance, from her vocal dynamics down to her facial expressions. In between songs, Greene revealed a lighter side of her personality, cracking jokes about her housing situation, songwriting topics, and unglamorous life of an emerging artist. Highlights included the title track, album opener “Lily Twill,” “Oceans and Waves,” which Greene introduced with a story recounting her recent hallucinogenic state during her wisdom teeth extraction in Florida, and “Just Fine.” Several upcoming NYC gigs include four at Rockwood Music Hall on October 6, 13, 20 (CMJ), and 27, in a string of national shows sponsored by jewelry designer Katherine Sise. - Meijin Bruttomesso

NBN Highlights, Pt. 3: Friday Night @ Third Man Records

Photo by Jordan Jacquess

It was an hour later than scheduled with a line snaking down the side of the building before the show at Third Man Records was filled with the din of garage rock and snarly pop punk. It was basically punk night at Third Man, and the venue was pretty much packed for the first set. A super-elevated stage made my usual 5’3”-girl-stuck-standing-behind-a-6’-guy problem nonexistent, which was a pleasant surprise because there was a lot to see in terms of band presentation . Cy Barkley, a fairly new trio of boys who like noise, went on first. They’ve got a 7” out now and are looking for a new moniker for the band, which is currently named after their lead singer and founder. Their gritty Ramones-reminiscent punk riffs and the guttural shouts of the frontman were good, but stage presence paled in comparison to the foursome that followed.

Heavy Cream’s pixie-like frontwoman (Jessica of MEEMAW), clad in skintight leopard print, stole Karen O’s orgasmic vocals and Iggy Pop’s gyrating movements, and it was captivating throughout the entire set of under two-minute songs about stiff legs and girls named Tina. Her squeals and howls were befitting for the grating guitars and percussive rumble backing it, and as a side note: a dollar for every time she showed us the whites of her eyes would have bought everyone a beer or two.

Cheap Time’s mash of scratchy garage rock and punk sentiment with elements of ’60s pop makes for a dynamic set, and towards the end of the erratic session of stripped guitars and cymbal-heavy percussion, Jemina Pearl (formerly of Be Your Own Pet) joined them onstage for a song. That was the last set I caught at the venue, but I’ve little doubt pop-rock trio The Ettes kept up the same energy before JEFF the Brotherhood finished the night. – Jessica Pace

Rad October Events from The Deli for You!

Yes, we know. It’s October, and the fall season is upon us with plenty of darker, drearier days of winter to come. Well, we here at The Deli have been working on some sweet shows to make sure that this won’t be your season of discontent. And let us tell you that October is going to be nuts! We’ll be starting it off this weekend when we co-present with Dock Street Brewing Co. Grandchildren’s Album Release Party on Friday, Oct. 8 at JB’s with special guests San Fran’s Little Teeth, Hermit Thrushes and The Armchairs. But don’t blow your load to early and save some energy for the rest of the month because we’ll be back the following week at JB’s on Friday, Oct. 15 for The Deli’ Anniversary Party with very special guests The Extraordinaires, An American Chinese and Power Animal as well as DJ Jersey Dan and visual art by Meredith Edlow. We are super stoked about this show and will have plenty of more surprises for you! It is going to be legen-…wait for it…-dary!!! But the fun doesn’t stop there because our favorite holiday, Halloween, is coming up, and there will be no rest for the wicked that weekend. The Deli will be presenting Grimace Federation’s Album Release Party on Friday, Oct. 29 at JB’s with West Philadelphia Orchestra and Univox, and our buddy TJ Kong (a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz) has asked us to bring in this most fun and sexiest of holidays with him and a bunch of his music friends for the TJ Kong_Halloween_CostumeBall_RockandRoll_Murdershow on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Ukie Club. This is a big one to close out a most excellent October! You’ll be treated to performances by Toy Soldiers, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, The Spooks, Cheers Elephant, Busses, Ugh, God, Da Comrade!, The Powder Kegs, The Yes Way, Penrose and Flamingo as well as more special guests (if that wasn’t enough), games, costume prizes, free food and cheap beer. October is going to be RAD! - The Deli Staff

The Roots Opening for President Obama Oct. 10!

Cool - this broke earlier today on CP’s The Clog, The Roots will be opening for Barack Obama at his “Move America Forward Rally” on Sunday, Oct. 10 in the park next to Robert Fulton Elementary School. You don’t need a ticket, but you must RSVP here. Guessing this will be a mob scene (hopefully not a flash mob scene) in NW Philly after all it’s The Prez and The Roots. But if you are brave enough to maneuver yourself through the sea of people, then check out the following deets. Robert Fulton Elementary School, 60 E. Haines St., 3pm doors/4pm starts, FREE w/RSVP, All Ages - The Deli Staff

Album Review: Soars - Soars

Otherworldly shoegaze by suburban four-piece Soars feels just as haunting live as it does on their debut. Re-imagining the underpinnings of lo-fi pop, Soars’ perfectly gloomy anthems pair scratchy synth with melancholy, resulting in a sound that is simultaneously felt and heard. Half heart, half sensation, the vapid space between each note fosters longing for the next ethereal chord or riff. Nearly hush-hush vocals echo alongside reverb that shifts, sinks, and soars. It would be impossible not to think of terms like dark wave or psych pop when listening to their LP. Comparable but completely different, Soars sound settles beyond the genre’s limits, resulting in eight tracks of deliberative exploration that pushes past familiar and embarks on something further, something unpredictable, fresh, and new. Released on La Société Expéditionnaire, Soars is a transcendent full-length from oscillating intro to end.
With a quick thump and crisp clicks, “The Sun Breaks In Every Way But One” sounds out with laidback surf-like riffs and coolly calm but vibrant vocals. A relatively upbeat track, Soars first open’s the album with optimism buried beneath a weathered awareness that accompanies lessons often learned by disillusionment, loss, or pain. “Throw Yourself Apart” is rhythmically hypnotic. Washed out vocals settle above a swirl of guitar mechanical buzzed out beats. Previously released as a single, “Throw Yourself Apart” is an easy favorite and a perfect snapshot of Soars at their best. Ending in full-out distortion, this track’s final seconds defy all things sentimental, leaving listeners fumbling for afterthoughts outside the jurisdiction of its deliberately messy outro. The lengthy and dirge-like “Escape On High” gives way to “Ditches” a moody yet well-orchestrated pop ballad that ripens and blooms in its latter half, fading out atmospheric and memorable. “Ditches” unfolds like Chairlift’s “Territory” only with more emotive diligence, evident in its chorus and caustic yet symphonic swell. The psyched out start of “Figurehead” is a well-fashioned downer in comparison to the album’s start. Far from cheerful, “Figurehead” is brooding and brilliantly dark, save for its shining guitar riffs. Synthy interludes in “Young Adult” bring to mind Numan’s Pleasure Principle while the album’s final track “Monolith” sweeps in with nearly tribal backbeats that ease into mournful chords and vocals well worth the song’s namesake. A gorgeously somber debut, Soars does more than impress.
Soars’ self-titled album will be officially available tomorrow Oct. 5, but it looks like you can order it via La Société Expéditionnaire if you'd like right now.
- Dianca Potts
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