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June 2014
Thomas Comerford
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Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound. II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.


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Hurt Everybody

The recent EP from Hurt Everybody is a perfect example of the current state of hip hop in Chicago. The trio of Carl, Supa, and Mulatto combine fantastic beats with inventive lyrics to entertain over all 17 tracks of the self-titled EP.

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Buffalo Stance Opening for OOIOO at JB's July 21

Buffalo Stance, the brainchild of Man Man's Jamey Robinson, has gone through many configurations throughout the years. However, with his funky, masterful keystrokes, Robinson has always managed to make the live experience one of the quirkiest dance parties in Philly. And with the project's current lineup consisting of bandmate Christopher Sean "Pow Pow" Powell and multi-instrumentalist Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires, ex-Man Man), Buffalo Stance's grooves will certainly be intesified manifold. They'll be the lone supporting act this evening at Johnny Brenda's for avant-garde Japanese collective OOIOO. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Luluc releases LP 'Passerby' + unveils video for 'Small Window'

Notwithstanding their undeniable talent, until now Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett seem to have been laying low as masters of the indie-folk scene, but have emerged with 'Passerby' as a powerful force in bottling dreams and giving them back to listeners with a lovely melancholia attached. Luluc, the now Brooklyn based Australian duo, has worked alongside The National’s Aaron Dessner to craft a wonderfully calm and lilting album that has already managed to charm fans worldwide upon its July 15th release. Dreamlike and simple, the album carries a heap of nostalgia that never exactly reveals the person or place it is nostalgic for. Alongside 'Passerby,' the band has also released an artful video for “Small Window” that embodies the same dreamy, ambient spirit of the album—watch it here. - Jillian Dooley

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New Music Video: "Call It" - French

French is the moniker used by experimental pop producer Mikey Franz. He recent drop a digital single "Call It // En Bloc," which also came with a tripped-out music video for the release's A-side (below). It was created by Nick Huhn, and you can check out more of French's catalogue HERE.

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Congratulations to Oh! Grandpa, Our New Artist of the Month!

Congratulations to Oh! Grandpa, our new artist of the month!  While Murfreesboro might conjure up associations with house shows and Glossary's skeleton friend, it's time to add Oh! Grandpa's punchy, piano-driven noise to the list.  The trio draws influence from funk, rock, and blues with a very punk rock sensibility of pleasing their own aesthetics before anything else.  Luckily, what Oh! Grandpa likes is right in line with what Deli readers like; it was an easy win for the band (that may or may not have anything to do with how fun it is to say their name.)  If you have any lingering doubt that Oh! Grandpa can jam the F out, check out the twists and turns in "Stubborn Gatekeeper" from their EP "OG." -Terra James-Jura

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Debut Freeman LP Available for Streaming

The demise of the strangely wonderful Ween definitely was taken hard by some of our Deli staff and friends, especially those who grew up or went to school in the Philadelphia/Bucks County area during the band's heyday. Admittedly, we were a bit confused by Aaron Freeman's (formerly Gene Ween) 2012 release Marvelous Clouds, a tribute album to Rod McKuen. However, with his first post-Ween LP of originals, Freeman (Partisan Records), you'll find him returning to the type of songwriting that made the band a cult favorite, albeit with even more pop leanings. Obviously, we miss Deaner's rock god guitar work, but listening to the new full-length record is giving us a warm, fuzzy feeling that we haven't had in a very long time. You can check out the album in its entirety over at Spin, and Freeman will be stopping by Johnny Brenda's on Friday, October 3. 

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Basketball Shorts Are A Slam Dunk

Basketball Shorts was born out of a passion for rocking hard and drinking lots of Lone Star.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call the makings of a true Austin party band.
Basketball Shorts come alive on stage with head-banging anthems designed for having a sweaty ball. Inspired by everything from hard partying to pizza to Forrest Gump, the trio’s songs are peppered with quips, adding to those good time party vibes.
A band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously? That’s a band you can really get down with.

If you love rocking hard and Lone Star, then check out Basketball Shorts’ saccharine new single “Candy Boys” via Austin label, Fleeting Youth Records. - Gillian Driscoll


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Red Bull Sound Select w/Spank Rock, Prowler & Mumblr at Underground Arts July 19

Spank Rock headlines a trio of local acts for the Red Bull Sound Select showcase curated by Jump Philly. The temperature will be on the rise tonight as the sensual, steamy, pulse-grinding groove is all but assured to make things hot and heavy with a lyrical flow that isn’t afraid to offer direct observations and raunchy intentions that are guaranteed to make those within the confines of Underground Arts blush, giggle and possibly get a bit horny. The moodily melodic pop-punk of Mumblr will also grace the stage with its varying levels of intensity, appropriately fuzzing out while applicably providing an air of disorder. The unfiltered psych-boogie experiment of Prowler appropriately performing underground will expand one’s expectations and wet the appetite for an evening that dares to boldly tear down boundaries. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $3 (w/RSVP, $10 w/o), 21+ - Michael Colavita

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