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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: ‘tine-‘tine

OK, so I owe my deepest apologies to Ms. ‘tine-‘tine. She had sent me her answers to our interview questions. I just realized the other day that I forgot to post them before I left for Amsterdam (and then I forgot a lot more there). Well, better late than never - right? It’s like that period after the condom broke. Right, ladies and gents? Sorry, I was just channeling my inner ‘tine-‘tine. Here are some words from the real STDiva for you.
 
The Deli: Who is 'tine-'tine?

‘tine-‘tine: 'tine-'tine is just me, Christine Griffis. A baby at a daycare I used to work at called me it, and I liked it. I never did like "Chris" as a nickname; it seems masculine to me, and besides, it's what my parents called me when they were mad.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
‘t-‘t: Peaches, Moldy Peaches, The Blow.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
‘t-‘t: I've been fortunate to perform with really awesome guys and get free cds from doing so. Some local faves include: Chang Chang (Philly), Applejackzzz (NYC), and Social Studies (Baltimore). Also, my car CD player thinks it's 2007 and insists on playing The Dream's Love/Hate and Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna all the time.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
‘t-‘t: My first concert was Marilyn Manson when I was 14. When I was turning 7, I asked my mom for Madonna's "Immaculate Collection". I didn't think she'd buy it for me, but to my surprise, she did that and also threw me a Madonna-themed birthday party; my 1 yr. old cousin wore neglige over his onesie.

TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
‘t-‘t: The grittiness of the natives.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
‘t-‘t: The grittiness of the natives.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
‘t-‘t: Dick suckin', grad schoolin', full-time-workin', 'tine-'tinein'...mostly dick suckin' though (Shout outz to Drewpeabottom whaaaaaaaaaat).
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?

‘t-‘t: I did a show at Otto's Shrunken Head in NYC. They were playing metal in the front bar, and an industrial dance party was to take place soon in back, where I was playing. Metalheads from the bar and hippies who came to see the acoustic act before me watched my set. They laughed. Really hard. In a good way. It was the first time I remember an audience not comprised solely of my friends liking me so much.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
‘t-‘t: Huggies. DUH.
 
- Q.D. Tran
 

 

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Awake and Dreaming with Northern Valentine at M Room June 6

Shaped by the vibes of Sigur Ros and Mew, Northern Valentine’s dreamy soundscapes tactfully prove that less is more. Fronted by Robert and Amy Brown, this deliciously ambient four-piece have shared their post-rock from classrooms to clubs and even churches. Firm believers in the idea that “no venue is too large or too small,” their’08 Icelandic tour marked the first musical performance in Viðeyjarkirkja since 1774. Less sinking than Mogwai’s The Hawk Is Howling, The Browns’ and their bandmates’ instrumentation is sweeping with buzzing transitions and delicate licks of guitar. Atmospheric, tracks like “Sleeping Weapons” swell in fullness, each riff creating an arch in theme and sound. Undoubtedly cerebral, yet full of heart, Northern Valentine create a middle ground between concrete and abstract, crafting a soundtrack that leaves listeners room for their own interpretation. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 8 pm, $8, 21+ - Dianca Potts
 

 

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Levee Drivers Know Where’s the After-Party at The Khyber June 5

OK - if you haven’t figured it out yet, Levee Drivers fuckin’ rock! But I would suggest not following them to any after-parties. (Hey guys - who’s Lauren?) No, we really had a blast when they performed at our Best of Philly Showcase at The Ox w/Reading Rainbow and Grandchildren. They were also nice enough to get me home safely when the cabbies wouldn’t come pick me up in the no-man’s land neighborhood of The Ox. The Khyber is certainly an easy stroll from the Festival Pier if you’re still ready for more after The Roots Picnic. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Q.D. Tran
 

 

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New Madrid Faults Shake Things Up at Mar Bar June 5

New Madrid Faults has an eclectic sound, pulling in all sorts of influences simultaneously. Take a wistful ambience reminiscent of Broken Social Scene, add in the occasional huge, rockin' hook, and wrap it all together in a sweet pop sensibility. Then, bring in some bells, a horn section, and a trip to SXSW, and you're convinced that New Madrid Faults can go anywhere. The best example might be the seven-minute epic "To the West Goodbye," which begins with a flurry of horns and then builds up from steady atmospherics into big, anthemic chords.  Mar Bar, 200 S. 40th Street, 8:30pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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BurnDown All Stars Reunion at Grape Room June 5

Am I having flashbacks? I’ll probably be experiencing déjà vu when I step into the new/old Grape Room tonight when the BurnDown All Stars reunite. Once a promising local hip hop/rock group that fell into the trap of the music biz allowing egos and mismanagement of earnings to tear them apart. It’s been a while now since their last show, and it seems the fellas have grown a bit missing those days when they had such an organic collective. Let’s hope this won’t be a one and done. Grape Room, 105 Grape St., 10pm, $7, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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