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A Heart is a Spade: Wye Oak Debuts New Video

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The Donkeys unveil new track from upcoming album "Ride the Black Wave"

San Diego quartet The Donkeys previously released two sumptous, country-laden albums under the Dead Oceans imprint. Its dust-drenched melodies and stately arrangements were slack to say the least, but there was something about those twanging guitars that filled the room with a warm glow. Now under new LA-based label Easy Sound, they're making their return with Ride The Black Wave, a slightly more ambitious effort that continues their tradition of melding chiming Americana hooks with the lush swing of seventies FM radio. Take a listen to the single "Scissor Me Cigs" below, a swaying pop ballad that nestles one with effortless ease. See them live at Church on York on June 6th. 



Weekend Warrior, April 18-20

There’s a battle-tested, charred aspect in Dan Bruskewicz ‘s singing ; as if his vocal chords have been marinated in whiskey, and touched with smoke giving the words he sings an experienced time-tested appeal.  His voice is coupled with heavy, heart-thumping bass, guitar that picks opportune moments to demonstrate force, but knows when to lay back and play with flow, and harmonica that lets out a charging run when called upon.  TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb blend traditional folk with an untamed country-blues revealing their internal core in the process. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their new Bill Moriarty produced EP Kong. Joining in on the festivities is Pine Barons whose exploratory folk wrap its roots around you and the ever-interesting combination of soulful siren Alison Wadsworth and the heavy blues-rocking Satellite Hearts- Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm., $10, 21+ -Michael Colavita
Other things about town this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Philly Loves Def Jam w. Chilly Moody
The Boot & Saddle(1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Kewsi K (Album Release), Maitland SUN DRGN
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Satellite Hearts, Cold Roses – Mumblr SAT No Other, Hurry
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Kate Faust, Elegant Animals SUN Harsh Vibes, Village
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Black Horse Motel, Sydney Joseph and The Organic Reverb
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass, The Wayside Shakeup SAT Desoto Jones
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Late Saints, Full Carbon Get Up SUN The Glitch Tape ft. Jack Deezl, Architekt
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Todd Fausnacht & The Well Whiskey SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Smoke, Sacred Cube SAT Those People, Angela Everwood
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave.) FRI David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket SAT The Great Socio, Kid Felix, Bong Hits for Jesus
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Breathing Light, Trophy Wife, Mighty Paradocs, Alex Smith, Atruth Anarchopunk
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Abi Reimold, Cold Foamers, Grim Sleeper, Slippertails 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Weed, Gunk, Amanda X, Marge
Dog Morgue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ted Nguyent, Denzell, Speed Trials, Hoser

Rock Bottom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pill Friends, Soda Bomb, Besting Tensions, Boss Logic 

Goodnight Lights and Monday Appreciation Society Play The Fire April 18th

A very hip and all-local lineup graces The Fire’s stage tonight to start up a busy weekend of warm weather and live music. Planning the release of their upcoming June album If You Were Here I’d Be Home Now (in homage to the 51st and Market Love Letter mural), Monday Appreciation Society has released two catchy and smart singles under their signature lo-fi filters. Drummer/Singer Mark Rybaltowski and guitarist Dan Wisniewski joined forces and have been picking up speed since the breakup of their band The Quelle Source last year, and tonight’s show will be the duo’s first-ever performance featuring their “full band” including members of The Chairman Dances, Bird Watcher, and The Quelle Source. Headlining the show is the indie quintet Goodnight Lights playing one hit after another with their smooth alternative rock sound. Also recently added to the bill are the “post-modestmousecore” Bone Bats and the innovative folk-star Thom McCarthyThe Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ -Maggie Grabmeier 

Artist of the Month: Mufassa

It's time we set aside our previous notions that Mufassa is the King of the Jungle, or that unfortunate condition of the male genitalia that you've read about on Urban Dictionary (here).

Rather, Mufassa is one of Portland's most promising new bands who play a powerful blend of soulful, bluesy garage rock, reminiscent to the genious of King Kahn. And, as voted by the people, Mufassa is The Deli Portland's current Artist of the Month! The group is currently working on a new album, of which they gave listeners a taste last month with their single Johnny. The track is an epic dancy rocker, showcasing classic rock'n roll guitar riffage, and gentle soulful vocals like that of a higher pitch Elvis. Take a listen for yourself and keep an eye out for their next album. - Travis Leipzig 


Where Is My Mind?: Moon Bounce

Moon Bounce has been making a name for himself with juicy, R&B-informed electronic music that is impossible to pin down. Corey Regensburg aka Moon Bounce, is a classically trained musician who creates all of his own samples, something that is quite uncommon among electronic contemporaries. The musical shape shifter recently released his newest EP Dress Rehersal, as well as a slew of disturbing videos. Moon Bounce has a show coming up on April 20th at Silk City, so in anticipation we chatted with him about his vast influences, the new record label he started, and what the future holds for the promising young chap. Check out the entire thing HERE. - Adam G.


Interview with Moon Bounce

- by Adam G. 

Moon Bounce has been making a name for himself with juicy, R&B-informed electronic music that is impossible to pin down. Corey Regensburg aka Moon Bounce, is a classically trained musician who creates all of his own samples, something that is quite uncommon among electronic contemporaries. The musical shape shifter recently released his newest EP Dress Rehersal, as well as a slew of disturbing videos. Moon Bounce has a show coming up on April 20th at Silk City, so in anticipation we chatted with him about his vast influences, the new record label he started, and what the future holds for the promising young chap. 
The Deli: Why Moon Bounce?
Corey Regensburg: I originally wanted to name myself Moon Dreams, after the Miles Davis tune. People told me it was too girly/flowery, so now I'm Moon Bounce. It seemed to fit the music I was making.
TD: What is the most interesting thing you recorded to make a sample?
CR: Not sure how interesting it is, but I love to use staplers. They're full of wonderful little percussive ticks and scrapes.
TD: What were some non-musical influences for Dress Rehearsal EP?
CR: All of the lyrical content was based on/inspired by power struggles in all types of relationships.
TD: Who are some of your favorite voices in music?          
CR: To name a few: Andrew Bird, The Books, Tune-yards, Baths, James Blake, Radiohead, D'Angelo, Justin Timberlake, Bibio.
TD: What Philly musicians are you inspired by?
CR: Pattern Is Movement! Those dudes are just on fire. Their new self-titled is shit-hot wonderment.
TD: How did you get involved in electronic music? 
CR: I became great friends with a dude named Kyle my freshman year of college. I had always been interested in electronic music but never had any experience until he gave me a pirated piece of software.
TD: Why do you choose to make music in this style?
CR: I'm fascinated by the micromanagement of tone and percussion. It's the smaller manipulations in other people's music that I always seem to remember most vividly. Electronic production is a wonderful way to maintain complete control from moment to moment.
TD: What is your favorite instrument to play, and why?
CR: Piano. I was classically trained as a kid and it's the instrument I'm most proficient in. The piano's ability to stand on it's own is unparalleled.
TD: You started your own label, Grind Select, for this release.  How did you decide to make that move?
CR: It was almost out of necessity. My manager, Jeremy, and I were tired of waiting around for a certain label to get back to us and decided to spearhead this next release on our own. Grind Select is something we had been talking about for years, but had no idea was right around the corner. It's a dream come true!
TD: What does the name Grind Select mean to you?  
CR: We went to a summer camp together, French Woods Festival, where our relationship really blossomed. We bonded over many things, one of which being our love of grindcore.  Our love for the genre went so deep that we began to use the word "grind" for anything that we thought was bizarre/insane/just plain awesome. Whenever we used the vending machine at that camp, we would "grind select". This is the act of putting money into the machine and pressing every button at the same time. You had to settle with whatever you were given. Pretty grind, right?
TD: What do you see for the future of Grind Select?
We are already planning our move into physical releases, more details soon! We hope to bring on artists in the future that are truly magnificent at what they do regardless of genre. In fact, the weirder/harder to place they are, the better.
TD: What are Moon Bounce’s plans for the rest of the year?
CR: Definitely another EP, and perhaps an LP.
TD: Are you recording anything right now?  How does the sound compare to previous releases?
CR: Yup. The new tunes exist in the same world as the Dress Rehearsal EP. Pop/R&B music put through a blender.
TD: Describe the perfect setting to experience Moon Bounce in.
CR: Anywhere with the color purple.
TD: Any other musical project that you are working on?
CR: There are some seeds in the soil, but nothing fully realized yet.
TD: Is there a chance we will get a Grindcore side-project anytime in the future?
CR: God, I hope so.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
CR: Very affordable, don't have to work all the time. Pho.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?

 CR: Everyone is kinda lazy/goes to sleep early. Myself included. 





Moon Bounce
Dress Rehersal




Buzz Alert! Weyes Blood plays strings on NYC shows, opens for Woods on 04.22

We all know how hard it is for emerging musical acts to get any kind of recognition, and it's safe to say that making music that can be described as "mournful" doesn't help trigger word of mouth nor buzz. But then there's that crucial component that changes everything: the moving power of music - live music in particular. That's probably why these days - in spite of the mournfulness of her music - it seems like everybody wants to book Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering, who placed 34th in our latest year end Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists). 

In 2011 the then Baltimore based songstress released "The Outside Room,"a heavyhearted sounding 6 tracks mini-album filled with songs that had their ideal ambiance in decadent medieval churces - or even catacombs. After a recent move to Brooklyn, Natalie struck a deal with powerful label Mexican Summer, and now keeps landing on really good bills on an almost weekly basis. She'll be opening for Liam Finn tonight at Union Pool (where she'll be performing her soon to be released new record in its entirety), and then she'll be opening for Woods at the Red Bull sponsored show at Baby's All Right on April 22. More dates are on the horizon at The Rock Shop, Mercury Lounge and Northside Fest.

If this is not an emerging artist you want to check out now - what is? Here's a track from Weyes Blood debut album.


Kwesi K Album Release Show at Boot and Saddle April 19th

From soulful and simple tales of American heritage, to roots rock filled with melodic fervor, Kwesi K has been drawing people in with his colorful storylines and carving his niche in folk music. His latest EP Lovely dropped this week and has already been receiving a plentiful amount of praise for its smooth lyrics and musicianship. So Kwesi, and his band which features the likes of seasoned musicians Ross Bellenoit and Jaron Olevsky, have much to celebrate during tomorrow’s release party at Boot & Saddle. The show will also feature the atmospheric folk music of Maitland, and Anthony D’Amato. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 8PM, $10 21+ – Bill McThrill 



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