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Video of Amos Lee’s Performance Last Night on The Tonight Show

Yes, we know that it’s been a long time since Amos Lee has been an independent artist so he certainly doesn’t need any exposure from us, but we couldn’t help giving a little hometown love to a guy who has been repping Philly hard on the national/international singer-songwriter scene. (And full disclosure - Lee and members of his band have crashed for a period of time at our Associate Editor’s pad earlier off in their careers so it’s hard not to wish good things for them.) His latest release Mission Bell dropped this past Tuesday, and has already topped the charts on iTunes and Amazon. Below is his performance last night of “Windows Are Rolled Down” from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Special thanks to The Audio Perv for sharing! - The Deli Staff


SunCrusher Creating a Storm of Their Own at KFN Jan. 27

Ugh - it’s shite out! I’m guessing if you were planning to go to the show this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, then you probably believe staying home because of the weather instead of going out kickin’ back a few and rockin’ balls is for pussies. I concur. Post-rock-meets-metal trio SunCrusher have an ominously patient sound creating a sonic calm before the storm. Thinking these guys and the metal version of Grimace Federation should get together soon and share a bill or just point their amps at each other and battle it out for all to see. Until one of those things happen, you can give the middle finger to Mother Nature and trek over to KFN tonight. SunCrusher will be opening for the down-tempo grime of Ominous Black climbing up from the basements of dirty South Philly. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Alexis V.

Megan McCormick, Jill Andrews @ 3rd & Lindsley, 1/23/11

Some alt-country memories were resurrected Sunday night at 3rd & Lindsley through East Tennessee singer/songwriter Jill Andrews and Megan McCormick. A lot of Andrews fans may know her best as singer for former roots band the Everybodyfields, which was based in Johnson City, TN and included McCormick’s guitar skills for the album Nothing Is Okay. But this was no reunion; each artist did what she did best, (including American Idol star Crystal Bowersox, who also shared the bill) as parts of the show were broadcast on Lightning 100.

First up was Andrews, who opened her set with a beautiful slow number, “Blue Eyes,” written about baby son Nico (who hung around in the back of the house during the show). Her voice is powerful and almost liquid in the way it embodies the lyrics, and at times – particularly in slower songs – her vocals take on a haunting yet warm quality reminiscent of Trespassers William. Standout songs were the weepy strummer “Always Be Sorry” and soft reminiscing of “City Noise,” though the set would have been even better had she thrown in a few of her covers (she does a particularly good Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” and John Lennon “Instant Karma”).

Next onstage was Crystal Bowersox who, though she was armed with a strong, dusky voice, paled in comparison to the preceding and following sets. After getting her break as a runner-up on American Idol, Bowersox recently released her debut, Farmer’s Daughter, which is rife with her personal traumas. Like her voice, her lyrics are undeniably bold, but not as hard-hitting as Andrews’ and McCormick’s, which could change with time and experience.

Megan McCormick was last, which was probably for the best, since she completely owned the show. It was my first time seeing her live, and, though I’d heard and liked the recorded material, I did not expect as much as she brought to the performance. Whether she was playing steadier slow-burners or fiery, up-tempo stuff, each song was heated and thick with the blues – hear “Shiver” or “Take Me Out.” The set stretched to 15 songs, a large part of its success due to the talent of the upright bass player and McCormick’s expressive guitar playing, not to mention poignant, even vocals that pair well with her alt-blues-folk mash-up. – Jessica Pace


Duchess Leo releases Golden Gray CD

Imagine a symphony orchestra that just took a couple hits of windowpane. The drummers start trying to kill invisible dragonflies and the strings begin to melt into themselves. Someone somewhere starts to sing...and the group pulls themselves together into a cohesive machine of beat and vibrato. First impressions matter, and Duchess Leo makes it work with their opening track, "Your Sweet Love." It's powerful but not aggressive, pretty but still has substance. It also sets the pace for the rest of Golden Gray -- a balletic audio trip into a sunshiney space – but there is just enough bite to keep it from being overtly pretentious. A dance record this is not, but the sonic prowess of Dan Ryan and Todd Buchler (the men of Duchess Leo) is clear. Buchler took composition and theory classes, while Ryan worked on the production side, mastering music software – and it paid off. Their effort is written all over Golden Gray with an elegant script and a steady hand. - allison levin

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Julia Darling releases new album + plays Rockwood on 01.28

She's a Kiwi in NYC - by way of Ozland - and after an extended break from recording, Julia Darling is back with a new album that will surely delight the fans that have been turning out in droves at the Rockwood these past few years. In "Everything That Has Happened Since Then" Julia Darling polishes her acoustic roots with lush production offered by Ken Rich and Andrew Sherman. A continuation of stark, personal, and deeply revealing songs. See her live at Rockwood Hall on January 28. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).



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