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Jotto Celebrate New Century Courting at M Room April 10

Like many of the greats, Jotto formed during art school and managed to survive post-grad. Despite their quasi-cliché origin, this Brooklyn/Philly four-piece is anything but contrived. Setting to unveil their latest EP in a celebratory fashion, last March’s release of New Century Courting marks an end to countless months of recording that took place across the globe. Between Brooklyn and Tel-Aviv, Jotto’s sound remains intact, unpredictable and fresh. Lyrically fueled by their encounters with love, platonic and romantic, songs like “Little Coyotes” pay homage to city landscapes, booze and moonlight while the buzz and thump of “One Distraction” ushers a tribal backbeat into a shimmer of chants. New Century Courting is currently available for FREE download via their website. M Room. 15 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/jottomusic - Dianca Potts



‘tine - ‘tine The STDiva with a Ticket to Your Heart at JR’s April 10

'tine-'tine (a.k.a. Christine Griffis) describes her music as having "atrocious sound quality and an accent to match." Her self-deprecating humor and sharp-witted tongue aimed directly at her ex-lovers are the driving force behind her short but sweet lo-fi hip-pop songs. She's been making music since 2006 and already has two albums under her belt, so she's spent plenty of time perfecting her craft of being as foul-mouthed as possible. Yes, it sounds like all her songs are made on GarageBand, and certainly that accent hints at a Jersey/NE Philly upbringing with the manners to match, but isn't that the point? If you don't get it, then screw ya! If you do get it, then join our STDiva tonight at JR's where she'll be sharing the bill with Filmstar, D&M, and Bornpilot. JR's, 22nd and Passyunk Street, 8 pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/radicalclavicles - Joe Poteracki




Deli Metal Show at The Studio: Wizardry, Thinning the Herd + More


Here at The Deli we have organized our very first Metal show - it was right about time after 5 years of live indieness and folkyness. We have a lineup of exciting (and of course loud local artists), including, SOS, the band of the man that writes pretty much all our metal reviews (Mike SOS).
Check out the line-up and come over next week to the Studio at Webster Hall to blast your ear drums with us - yay!

07.45 SOS
08.30 Ruby Bullet
09.15 Thinning The Herd
10.00 Descender
11.00 Wizardry

April 2010
"Hang the Moon

Sodafrog’s debut release, Hang the Moon is a beautiful album, three years in the making. What amazed me about this album is that Tom Janovitz, the talent behind Sodafrog, plays eight instruments on the album including the Chinese erhu and all the lead vocals. It is meticulously written, produced and recorded by Janovitz himself at “his place in Somerville” which really adds an impressive element to the album. No, element is an understatement. The quality of the sound on this album is truly gorgeous and I am extremely impressed.  It is obvious when an artist has put tremendous effort into their work to make it perfect and the end product glows with the labor and time that went into it. It makes an album very unique and gives it a pure personality. The songs vary in styles but root in American blues and indie folk-rock. The lyrics are balladistic and the stories are emotionally dark at times. “Central Nonsense” is a story about a girl who wants “more, more, more” the glockenspiel adds a jovial accent to the keep-on-truckin’ tempo and encouraging lyrics. It’s borderline poppy and is catchy as hell, I woke up with it stuck in my head. “Chances at Sea” is my favorite track on the album, composed of dire and wintery lyrics, “Don’t matter much anymore/the TV is still broken/you’re running out of books/the guitar is still missing all its strings”. The vocals are eerie and there are ghosts in the chorus. The song is beautiful and dark and sad. It is the only song on the album where Janovitz plays everything. The album is tight and the tracks are diverse. Hang the Moon is a shining example where hard work pays off. Sodafrog will be celebrating the release of Hang the Moon with a two day extravaganza at Plough and Stars in Cambridge on Thursday April 22nd and Friday April 23rd. Sodafrog will be playing with a full band including members of Mean Creek and Molly Coddle. http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/--Meghan Chiampa

Weekend Warrior, April 9 - 11

It’s that time of year again. Can you smell it in the air? Yes, the distinct odor of burning flesh and sweaty, rabid party-goers ready to fuckin’ rock! It’s time for Pilam’s Human BBQ version XXXII! If you missed last year’s surprise performance by The Dead Milkmen, then I don’t think that you are going to want to skip this year’s celebration, especially with such a tasty lineup on the menu for this Saturday, which we so conveniently listed for you below. This is for all those who aren’t hopped up on illegal narcotics or something that you concocted out of your medicine cabinet. We know pacing yourself is key if you want to make it to the virgin sacrifices later in the evening. Are there any virgins on college campuses anymore? Well, that’s what she told you last night, right? BTW: If virgin sacrifices and hanging out with drunken underagers aren’t your thing anymore, but you still like to rock only in a slightly mellower way with your kids then we think Kidrockers on Saturday at World Café Live with Philly’s adopted sons The Spinto Band is certainly a cool option for all you aging hipsters who want to raise a generation of good music lovers. And if you still have some energy left, there is always reliving your college years up the road at Pilam after you pass the kids off to your in-laws, parents, babysitter or any who will take them. Pilam, 3914 Spruce St., 12pm - Infinity, was told $12 but poster says $13 - FREE BBQ if you get there early, All Ages myspace.com/thepilam

12:00pm - 12:30pm: Campbell Davis/Mike Murphy (Upstairs)
12:30pm - 12:45pm: Golden Ages (Upstairs)
12:45pm - 1:10pm: Slutever (Upstairs)
1:10pm - 1:25pm: MC Digga (Downstairs)
1:25pm - 2:10pm: Mr. Do (Upstairs)
2:10pm - 2:40pm: Dangerous Ponies 
2:40pm - 3:20pm: The Capstan Shafts
3:10pm - 3:50pm: Netherfriends
3:50pm - 4:35pm: These United States (Upstairs)
4:35pm - 5:10pm: Electric Jellyfish
5:10pm - 5:40pm: Dangerbird 
5:40pm - 6:00pm: My Mind (Downstairs)
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Amateur Party
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Hot Guts (Downstairs)
7:00pm - 7:40pm: Algernon Cadwallader (Upstairs)
7:40pm - 8:20pm: Miniboone (Downstairs)
8:20pm - 9:00pm: The Extraordinaires (Upstairs)
9:15pm - 10:00pm: Double Dagger (Upstairs) 
10:00pm - 10:40pm: Home Blitz (Downstairs)
10:50pm - 11:30pm: Birds of Maya (Downstairs) 
11:30pm - 12:15am: Blues Control (Upstairs)
12:15am - 1:10am: Pink Skull (Downstairs)
1:10am -2:00am: Anamanaguchi (Downstairs)
Just in case this is a little too much for you, here are some more places to do your thang…
The Ox (Just Ask) SAT Scott Churchman CD Release Party w/An American Chinese, The New Heaven & The New Earth, Snow Caps
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Thom McCarthy EP Release Party w/ Sonni Shine
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Kuf Knotz and The Lizards from Mars, SAT The Sobriquets
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Busses and Speed Skating, SAT Jotto EP Release Party, SUN Agent Moosehead and Late Night Drifters
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI The New Connection
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Stonethrown
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT American Babies

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI The Great Unknown
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Conversations with Enemies
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Lion Versus and Kettle Pot Black
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Caterpillar
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Mikey Galactic
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI ‘tine - ‘tine and Filmstar
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Xande Cruz
Fergie's (1214 Sansom St.) SAT TJ Kong and the AtomicBomb
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Toy Soldiers



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