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True Oddity Eric Carbonara at Highwire Gallery May 20

With the world of Philly music as wide open and eclectic as it is, you might feel that a true oddity is impossible. But just when you think there are no surprises, you happen to notice someone like Eric Carbonara, who's been on the scene for over a decade now, playing, producing, engineering, everything. The man is a dynamo, essentially. He's on a constant search for the purest form of "raw aural expression" and it shows. Listen to a song like "Splitting Two Into One" with its skronky drone, almost verging on doom metal, and then flip over to his newest stuff, which sounds more like a mix of flamenco and North African folk with an Eastern tint. Confused? Don't be! All of these seemingly divergent styles are united by Carbonara's dark, contemplative mysticism. All that you have to do is lay back and get lost in his world. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages (Photo by Noah Levey) - Joe Poteracki

 

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The Mural and The Mint at JB's May 20

Give of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes a couple tranquilizers and you’ve got the sound of Michael Kiley’s musical experiment, The Mural and The Mint. Kiley coats his ditties in a thick, sweet electric buzz that makes you feel like you’re seventeen again, trippin’ on acid at some folk festival. They'll be joined by Missing Palmer West who sounds like Jeff Tweedy in the days of Tupelo Honey. Craig Gonci’s band rocks a similar alt-country act as the still-kicking Wilco with a little less twang and a little more Howie Day (with less hair-gel and love-puppy lyrics!). And then there’s Strand of Oaks. With Timothy Showalter’s creation, all the power-pop ballads, grunge undertones, introspective-lost-20-something-lyrics, and acoustic guitar of the 90’s are back, dressed in your favorite pair of mom jeans, ripped plaid, and scuffed Doc Martens. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Katie Bennett
 

 

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Conservative Man Baring All at M Room May 20

The moody and lush Conservative Man is making an appearance at the M Room tonight. Conservative Man began as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ian McCarthy before being flushed out into a full band in 2008. Their sound is eloquent and energetic with stargazing synths and Brit-pop melodrama that brings to mind a bit less dreamy M83. Their latest EP, 2009’s Imaginary Forces, is steeped in longing melodies and ethereal lightness that allow for escape and respite. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.

 

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Diplo Makes His Directorial Debut

Diplo will be making his directorial debut with a documentary called Favela on Blast, which he co-directed with Leandro HBL. It’s not surprising to hear that the film will explore the music and the subculture surrounding the berserk Brazilian dance music subgenre known as funk carioca (or baile funk or favela funk), which he’s been championing for years. It features appearances made by scene figures Deize, Tigrona, Mr. Catra, and Duda Do Borell. On July 20, his Mad Decent label will be releasing the documentary on DVD and digital download, and starting July 9, you'll be able to watch the movie on Pitchfork.tv for one week only. You can check out the trailer above. - H.M. Kauffman

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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Univox

We had a hectic race a few weeks back between some great bands in our poll, but in the end the mighty Univox prevailed. We enjoy preceding their name with “mighty” because they certainly like to go BIG in their live performances transporting you into their strange little world. And when they are rockin’ out and then kick into those multi-layered harmonies, there is no doubt that you are at a rock show. We had a chance to catch up with guitarist/lead vocalist Josh “the Mongolian” Jones.
 
The Deli: How did Univox start? 
 
Josh Jones: Univox was the name of a tape of experimental recordings Joe and I made. After several years exploring different musical types Joe and I adopted the name for our new pop-group featuring Kent Boersma, Rob DeCarolis and Jim Tomlinson (RIP).
 
TD: Band names sometimes give insight into the members behind them or the type of music that we might expect to hear. How does the name Univox fit your members and/or your sound?
 
JJ: The name was originally chosen because all of the different instruments and sounds Joe and I were using for that initial recording were mixed and broadcast through a U-1061 Univox bass amplifier and then mic'd and recorded to our old TEAC 1/4" machine (RIP). One big pancake.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
JJ: Our biggest musical influences are Iggy Pop, David Bowie, the Who, Devo, 45's from the 50's through the 80's, Sonic Youth, T Rex, Eddie Gale, Queen, Nina Simone, Clinic, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, the Kinks, Simon and Garfunkel, Motown, the Police, Dave Smolen, the Zombies, Otis Redding, Ennio Morricone, Lou Reed, Nirvana and Sun Ra.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
JJ: Lately it’s been Wood-land, Beach House and Joe singing from the John.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
JJ: The first album I ever bought was Blood/Sugar/Sex/Magic by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The first concert I ever attended was Sleater Kinney with the Butchies and the Gossip with Kent and Joe during SK's tour for Dig Me Out.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
JJ: I love the diversity and economy of culture in Philadelphia. From block to block you find new and exciting creeps that are ready to get in your business and unhinge your peace of mind. The people are guarded, brooding yet mouthy. We fit in pretty well.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
JJ: The only problem with Philly is how easy it is for people to get into and flee from.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
JJ: This year we're going to try and get people to choke on our music. Our album is out this month. Choke on it.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
JJ: It's hard to say which show was most memorable. I remember them all. I guess the Lycoming College show where the whole crowd got up on the big gymnasium stage with us (about 50 people) for our last number. The song, “Evil Twin”, only has two chords so I gave my guitar to some dude and took my microphone down below.
 
What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
Chopped liver, tripe in dijon and vinegar-pickled cow tongue, whole. No bread, just stick it in my hand.
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

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