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Gildon Works Building Walls of Sound at JB’s March 11

More than mere shoegaze, Philly sextet Gildon Works is a force to be reckoned with. Sincerely felt emotive nestled between deft melodies, what began as a side project between Gerard Angelini (ex-Relay) and Cody Ferdinand has evolved into a well-loved fixture of our city’s soundscape. The band composes a delicate fusion between atmospheric post-rock and chilled out indie pop with vocals reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate minus all the gloom. Paired with dreamy riffs and hushed percussion, songs like “Pity For the City” and “Artful Rifle” (the title-track of their debut), Gildon Works' sound avoids trendy cop-outs in favor of true musicianship. Headlining JB’s with Scout Niblett and Walker Lundee, Gildon Works live performance is guaranteed to please. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/gildonworks - Dianca Potts


Peasant’s Shady Retreat CD Release Party at World Café Live March 11

On the Ground and the vinyl The End were both strong releases for Damien Nicholas DeRose, the Doylestown artist otherwise known as Peasant. His gentle, wispy tunes have conjured up plenty of comparisons to the late, great Elliott Smith. He’ll be celebrating the release of his latest album Shady Retreat on Paper Garden Records at World Café Live tonight before beginning his tour down south for SXSW. Seeing him off will be the beautiful Vibewrangler Records songbirds, Sisters 3. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Ave., 8pm, $13, All Ages myspace.com/peasant (Photo by Heidi Greenwood) - Bill McThrill



Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: Attia Taylor

Attia Taylor records seductive lo-fi experimental bedroom tracks with vocals and beats that should surely get remixed over and over again, which may get you dancing alone in your room or the most packed Making Time that you’ve ever been to. But for now, let’s appreciate the intimacy of her psych-pop/art pop recordings. You can check out her sweet, sweet video for “Flash Photography Class” above and/or catch her live tonight at the M Room, but I’m already looking forward to her show at Tritone with local lo-fi dance queen Lillie Ruth Bussey (a.k.a. Bianka Brunson) and Gemini Wolf, who will be celebrating the release of their remix EP. myspace.com/attiataylor - Q.D. Tran

Algernon Cadwallader and Mose Giganticus at DDG March 10

Maybe it's a little hard to ignore the Kinsella brothers influence with Algernon Cadwallader. Many will tell you they sound like Cap'n Jazz, and the truth of the matter is, well, they do. But one quick listen to these songs, and there's clearly so much more! Elaborate guitar lines serpentine around impassioned vocals to result in something more complex and refined than their forebears, but just as immediate. And then there's Mose Giganticus, whose claim to fame - heavy metal and hardcore accompanied by retro keyboards - may seem a little odd at first, until you realize we're talking about two very 80's things right here, and it's quite perfect. "Days of Yore" almost gets into doom metal territory, with its slow, crushing riffs, while some tracks, like "My Machine", even sport a vocoder. Put these two acts in the Danger Danger Gallery with Providence, RI's Math the Band and you have quite an interesting night. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8 pm, $5 donation, All Ages myspace.com/algernoncadwallader, myspace.com/mosegiganticus - Joe Poteracki



Free Energy Releases Stuck on Nothing and Interview with Paul Sprangers

Free Energy digitally releases their debut album Stuck on Nothing today on Astralwerks/DFA Records, which was produced by DFA’s James Murphy (LCD SoundSystem). Physical copies will be available on May 4, 2010. The guys are on tour with LA’s Foreign Born, and will be rolling back into town at the MarBar this Saturday before heading off to SXSW and across the pond. Singer Paul Sprangers was nice enough to take time out from the parties, boob signings and (oh yeah) rock shows to answer a few questions from the road.
The Deli: You’ve been part of the Minneapolis music scene. How does it compare to Philly’s scene (similarities/differences)?
Paul Sprangers: The Twin Cities and Philly are similar scene-wise in that there's a lot of unconditional musical support, but also a ton of corresponding scene-drama, band-hating, and social feuds. There are way more tats in Philly. Probably more fixed gear hipsters in The Twin Cities, but I certainly could be wrong.
To conclude--both cities are rad. But we've always been outsiders. Our band has never really fit in anywhere.
TD: We’ve always thought that it was an odd pairing given the usual dance-punk music that you might find on DFA. How did you originally get hooked up with them?
PS: We've been in touch with them before "Keep Guessin" came out. So it's been a long, long process of emailing, talking and sending them demos and waiting for the time to feel right. 
TD: How did James Murphy help you with your recording process?
PS: He has a vast, vast knowledge of weird old equipment, getting good sounds, and recording a lot of different kinds of bands. He knows what will sound good on a dance floor as well as a shitty boombox. 
TD: It looks like there are many tours for your future with the upcoming release of your debut full length Stuck on Nothing on Astralwerks. What cities are you most excited about rolling into and why?
PS: I like college towns. Kids always wanna dance and party in college towns. We like the West Coast. We like the East Coast. D.C. has been really cool. Midwest is cool cause kids are so excited about anything good.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
PS: Life. Understanding the self. Non-fiction about the mind, perception, consciousness, and the evolution of humankind. Learning from mistakes. Learning from friends and teachers. Learning to forgive and accept fault. These things influence the process of making music and achieving success more than any single record or artist we've ever listened to.
TD: What local and national/international artists are you currently into?
PS: Surfer Blood!! Yeasayer. Beach House. Hot Chip. Foreign Born. Clovers. Skinny Uglies. Kurt Vile
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
PS: New Kids on the Block. Robert Palmer - Heavy Nova.
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
PS: Sign a lot of boobs. Big boobs.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
PS: We just had an awesome show in Chicago. Tons of hot girls taking pictures up front, then a bunch of frat guys doing fucking crazy dance moves. Then I jumped on one of the guys shoulders and sang from within the crowd. It was a party.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
- The Deli Staff



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