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Best of LA #44: Manhattan Murder Mystery

We continue our "Best of LA Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year Ends Best of LA Poll list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

Manhattan Murder Mystery on record might sound like a bunch of drunk people singing and playing rock'n'roll, but if you scratch under the surface you'll realize these guys have some serious songwriting chops. You don't really just want to listen to them on record anyway, as this band has a hell of a reputation for their frantic live shows. Comparisons with early The Cult seem appropriate, although the overall sound here is definitely not Goth at all but some kind of raw... let's call it "Mid-Fi"?

The band will be playing a show at the PBJ Gallery during the Pomona Artwalk on April 12th.

Don't Trust 'tine-'tine w/Her Pyramid $keem Opening for Shark Tank at DDG Feb. 10

I know Christine Griffis, a.k.a. ‘tine-‘tine (a.k.a. The Deli’s June 2010 Featured Artist of the Month) has been in the game for a hot minute, but it’s still surprising that her tiny, adorable self can pack such a dirty lyrical wallop over tattered lo-fi beat downs. You can hear her fiercely wild foul mouth at Danger Danger Gallery tonight, where she’ll take the mic alongside local hipster-hop outfit, Pyramid $keem, whose colorful assaults are one-half retro 8-bit synths and one-half witty rhyme drops. Along with Baltimore’s Gavin Riley, the two will open for hip hop super group Shark Tank (featuring Height, Mickey Free, B.Rich, and Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet), who’ll be swooping in on our favorite West Philly DIY space for their two-years-in-the-making self-titled record debut release party. Go get crunk’d, y’all. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave, 8pm, $5-$10 Donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 

El Fuego (The Band, Not the Burrito Place) at KFN Feb. 10

The fire burns at Kung Fu Necktie tonight when El Fuego, self-proclaimed “rock and roll fuck ups”, bring their vibrant, caliente melodies to one of our favorite watering holes. While the guitars rage on in heated fury, the keyboards and female vocals help help cool the burn. And since they just recently finished up an EP that’s on the verge of being released, you’ll be sure to hear some hot new jams. They’ll be joined by The MLMs, who are fronted by Grammy nominee and learned jazz musician Ben O’Neil, The Nonstop Mint, and Cold Fronts. O’Neil has worked with mainstream heavyweights like Common, Christina Aguilera, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, and Cee-Lo so expect some mass ear appeal. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

Very Fresh debut show at Bruar Falls on 02.23

Brooklyn-based band and Deli NYC favorite Very Fresh (featuring members and ex-members of Larkin Grimm, Quilty, Ava Luna, The Kitchen Cabinet, and Viva L'American Death Ray Music) will be playing their inaugural show as a full band at Bruar Falls (in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) on Wednesday, February 23rd at 8pm: 11:30 Life Size Maps 10:30 Very Fresh 9:30 Strawberry Hands 8:30 The Rex Complex $7, 21+ Very Fresh's EP 'Americana' was The Deli NYC's CD of the Month in July 2010! - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


 

News and new video from Bess Rogers

NYC singer songwriter Bess Rogers has a lot of news these days for us. She just released this new video of the song "Come Home", (directed by Molly Green); she's headed to the studio to start recording her new album; she is getting ready for SXSW where she'll be playing a bunch of unofficial shows, and for those too lazy to leave their apartments she is also preparing for a "web show" on StageIt.com on 02.13 at 5pm ET. Hey, hold on a sec, it's not free! IS THERE FREE BOOZE AT LEAST???


 

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