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Brooklyn duo The Bright Smoke play at The Mercury Lounge tonight (7/25)

This past spring, Brooklyn duo The Bright Smoke released their sophomore LP ‘Terrible Towns.’ Upon listening to the ominous, beat-stuttered opener “Hard Pander” and the church bell wistaria of second song “Like Video” (streaming below), we wereinstantly intrigued and quickly hooked. Band founder Mia Wilson’s brusque yet sonorous timbre pleasantly recalls both Portishead’s Beth Gibbons and Florence and the Machine’s titular singer while her lyrics strike of their own sharp beauty. “I don’t wear the sun so well these days/So never mind,” she sings on “Hard Pander,” displaying songwriting that is simultaneously elegant and moving. The Bright Smoke plays at The Mercury Lounge tonight (7/25). – Zach Weg

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Mountair raises benefit for Pehrspace: The Dark Frontier

This Sunday, DIY collective Mountair hosts a benefit festival for Pehrspace dubbed The Dark Frontier — an all-day event featuring chilling '80s-inspired sounds. Performances will run the gamut of post-punk, synthpop, and electropunk with BCGs, Ghost Noise (who just released the single "Crucifix" for their upcoming double-album), Intimatchine, Terminal A, and more, with DJs Michael Fierstein (KXLU) and Carlos Rossi (Death Waltz Recording Company) playing between sets. 

The event is all ages and doors open at 3 PM. Proceeds will help maintain the art gallery/performance venue. - Ryan Mo

The Kickback

The Kickback have released a free live EP, Live At Odds, which features a live version of the first single from their forthcoming debut full-length Sorry All Over The Place. The LP will be released via Jullian Records on September 18th.

You can catch The Kickback at The Hideout on Sept 17th for a huge release party featuring The Noise FM, Mutts, Archie Powell & The Exports, The Hudson Branch, and Abraham Levitan (of Baby Teeth). The band has special packages on their website where you can preorder the album and get a ticket to the release event.


Weekend Warrior, July 24 - 26

R5 Productions presents OK FEST 2, a rocking 3-day event this weekend that runs rampant in local talent including numerous Deli Philly favorites. Both Friday and Saturday’s events will be held at PhilaMOCA. Among the host of artists scheduled to perform on those evenings are the roaring, endearing Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), pop-punk maestros Dogs on Acid (whose self-titled debut looms at August’s end), the primal, emotive noise of the duo Pinkwash, the grungy psych of The Spirit of the Beehive, and the gritty, hook-laced songs of Lithuania. Meanwhile, on Sunday, OK FEST takes us to church (First Unitarian, that is) where a pair of former year-end poll winners in Alex G and Sheer Mag will be joined by the acoustic punk of Girlpool with reinforcement from Boston post-punks Pile and the delightful pop-punk of Quarterbacks. So catch an evening or 3 stacked with great music from head to toe, and with a portion of proceeds being donated to The Attic Youth Center, help a great cause in the process! PhilaMOCA/First Unitarian Church, 531 N. 12th St./2125 Chestnut St., (Please go HERE for more info.), All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to enjoy yourself this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Moon Bounce, Dream Safari, SUN The Dove & The Wolf
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI School Dance, SAT Travel Lanes
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hivelords (Album Release)/Cadaveric Spasm/This Is Hardcore: Beware, SAT Bad Doctors, Minima Moralia, SUN This Is Hardcore: Anxiety Hammer
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI (Blackbox) This Is Hardcore: Flag of Democracy, YDi, NO
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Maggie Gabbard, Chalk and the Beige Americans, Frankie Vado, SAT Upholstery, Agent Moosehead, SUN Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, The Slicked Up 9′s
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony The Phix, Jah People, SAT (Balcony) The Whiskey Kittens, Mumblr, SUN (Balcony) Trent Vernon
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Krush, Trespass, White Limo
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT This Is Hardcore: Wisdom in Chains, Rock Bottom, Time Bomb, SUN This Is Hardcore: Disengage
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Striptease Orchestra, SAT (Downstairs) Chestnut Grove (Record Release), Seeking Valor, The Nocturnal Jocks, Local Smokes
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Ill Fated Natives, SAT (5pm) Final Showcase/(9pm) South Philly Sir, Chexwitdamack, PHL Good, SUN Darla, Second Child, Thee Idea Men, Kinyon & My Funky Brethren
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Illinois, Prowler, The Fantastic Imagination
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Stars Apart, SAT VVeed VVolf, White Lighters
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Weaks
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Candice Anitra, Dominic Tursi
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Ed Christof
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI The Unwarranted, The Sprit World/Chronostasis, SAT Eric Reavey, Brothers and Sisters, Hoochie Coochie Men, Medusa's Disco/Modern Colour, Working Class Villains, Heroes in Error, SUN Small Town Titans  
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Colour & Codeine, Lightning Arms, FTS, Cornelius The Third, Tim Allen Iverson, Bunny Savage & The Shallots, Anthony Ferrara & The South Philly Swingers, SUN Cthulhu Martini
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Ridge Summit, Creem Circus, The Raknoss, SAT Justin Phillippi
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Jim Boggia w/ The End of America
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave) SAT Socialite, Heavy Medical, Girl Dog
Spruce Caboose (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kyle Press & Martin Gottlieb-Hollis
Berks Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT R.R. Perkins, Friendship, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Hello Shark
Magic Pictures (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Evil Sword
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Edelweiss, Howlish, Blood Sound
XPN Fest FRI (Wiggins Park-Marina Stage) Cole Redding, SAT (Wiggins Park-Marina Stage) Vita & The Woolf, Son Little, (River Stage) Hop Along, SUN (Wiggins Park-Marina Stage) Cheerleader, (River Stage) Pine Barons

Three Thousand Rivers releases 'Body Aha' EP at Mercury Lounge on 08.08

Brooklyn based quintet Three Thousand Rivers plays uplifting and melodically ripe folk-pop with rock and orchestral elements (a violinist and a saxophonist are permanent band members). Their sophomore EP 'Body Aha' - which we are premiering below - boasts a remarkably organic sound and, when compared with last year's debut 'Like a What?', showcases a noteworthy growth in terms of production and songwriting. Whether you'll spend your summer stuck at work or travelling through foreign landscapes, this is a record that will entertain you and create positive vibes. Three Thousand Rivers will celebrate their release party at The Mercury Lounge on August 8.


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