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Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival

The Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival returns again this afternoon. For over 40 years, the West Philly community has been putting on special events at the beloved neighborhood meeting place. Today, you'll find an eclectic mix of music, dance and theater performances, arts and craft vendors, and children's activities. Headlining the fest will be Cheap Dinosaurs, Philly's premier chiptune outfit, led by Dino Lionetti. You'll also find garage-pop crew Frontyards, folk-pop singer-songwriter Liz de Lise, powerpopsters Sidewalk Atlas, and many others. Hopefully the festival gods will keep the rain away, but it's not looking promising so don't forget to bring your gear. Clark Park Bowl, 43rd St. & Chester Ave, 12pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Eyelid Kid's Frosting Pop Lends this Damned Hot Summer Some Future Cool

As a fuckoff big Urban Outfitters goes up on the drag, and as a seemingly endless series of articles about the death of the Austin creative class at the hands of the Big Dollar swarms at us like a nonstop sandstorm of hurtytruth, it's nice that we at The Deli keep gettin’ an equal if not even psychically stronger swarm of good Austin music flowing at us from the other sociological direction. It helps to keep our souls from burning out, and it's especially cockles-warmin' (oh them neglected cockles) to know that there are still some Austin creatives out there succeeding at that most oldschool Austin of tasks, in that they’re able to both continue to make awesome shit and actually make a functioning business of it.

Among those makers who keep the good light burnin' and the money comin' in to the ATX the right way (and for the right people) is one Paul Grant- Record Label Manager at the stellar Raw Paw records, and the creative force behind Eyelid Kid, an electronic pop music act that just released an excellent new track of bouncy, tempo-changing beats called “Shadow Talk.”

“Shadow Talk” is a bit of a conundrum in this celebration-obsessed city, in that its very “now,” airy, thoughtful electronic production is complemented by lyrics that are all about frustration with dating someone who is all party all the time, a sentiment that you don’t hear expressed out loud that much here in Party City, Texas. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being in the situation it discusses, “Shadow Talk” gets the feeling of being dead into someone while also being quite aware that they’re far more into themselves and The Party than is healthy just dead to rights. Lines like “But it’s just like you to blow me off” are almost painfully accurate that lopsided, always-doomed (but pretty thrilling while it lasts) dating set-up, but even if you’ve never been in that weird (and perhaps more Austin than we’d all like to admit) sexual limbo, the track itself is also just one gorgeously constructed piece of future pop music that should find itself buried deep in that part of the brain where ear worms live for any listeners who are into artful pop music.

Eyelid Kid himself calls it “frosting pop,” a moniker that encapsulates the “very bright and pretty and feels good right now” vibe of the track, though perhaps it undersells the somewhat outside-the-typical-pop-box thoughts in the lyrics. That fully pop-ness that also undermines pop expectations (lines could be maybe be drawn between Eyelid Kid’s approach and that of pop confusers PC Music) extends even to the album art, a manga-influenced piece by Blake Bohls that is very much in the realm of pop art but also very unlike most pop music record covers.

“Shadow Talk” is just one more piece of proof that Austin has a burgeoning pool of pop talent that is indie only in their disassociation with big labels and which fears no beat, and it is a wonderfully welcome piece of future-leaning pop music that is good for the Austinite’s soul, as it is for the soul of Austin itself. Eyelid Kid has only been performing since September, but it’s said that his shows are something magical to behold and more have been coming up of late (including a show at Empire Garage June 26th with The Deli Austin favorites Slooom and Shmu along with Hikes), so keep an eye on this entrepreneurial creator and embodier of the spirit of this city as it is when its being its true self at his Facebook page, and listen to the poplovely “Shadow Talk” below.

MUNA bring an edge to mainstream pop in "So Special"

Melodic simplicity suits recent Artist of the Month winners MUNA - the pop trio's latest single, "So Special", is imbued with a sparkling effervescence that befits its sweetened brand of soft rock. The song's chiaroscuro ambience gives the impression that things don't bode well - this is a song about a complicated pairing , after all - though once it kicks in into its contagious chorus they prove their hooks are tightly in place. Their first singles may have caught a whiff of that eighties synth cool Haim popularized a few years ago, not to mention that their ability to keep us guessing with each new track follows a similar path to superstardom. But that shouldn't in any way impair their confidence; if anything, they're playing it smart. 


Members of Dum Dum Girls, Blouse, Terry Malts performing jangle-pop covers at Sarah Records Nite 6.21.15

Members of Dum Dum Girls, SISU, and Blouse go halfsies on a new band, Boys Will Be Girls, for Part Time Punks' Sarah Records Nite at The Echo this Sunday night.

Watch Boys Will Be Girls performing covers of the twee outfits Heavenly and Field Mice to commemorate Sarah Records, one of the seminal labels that carried DIY spirit and anti-capitalist politics through the wake of the '90s with the power of guitar jangle.

There will be no creative liberties taken with these covers, as Sandra Vu (Dum Dum Girls/SISU) mentions: "We are staying faithful to the originals, so you can expect lots of harmonies and jangly guitars."

Corey, composed of Terry Malts members, will also perform select songs from the Sarah Records catalogue. Hungry Beat! DJs and Michael Stock of KXLU 88.9 FM/Part Time Punks will be spinning choice picks from the label, too.

Sarah Records was notable for its main contributors Clare Wadd and Matt Haynes and short-lived span from 1987 to 1995, effectively shutting down after its 100th release, the compilation album and booklet There And back Again Lane. The Bristol-based label survived a period of transition in music formats (vinyl to CD) and criticized the then-sexist attitudes of the music press. A history of Sarah Records can be found on their updated official site. Sarah Records Nite begins 10 PM with $8/$10 Advance/Door cover. - Ryan Mo


EDM producer Stratus (aka Patrick Stratton) released a free three track EP this week called Juiced.

You can catch Statrus at many of the big festivals this summer, Lollapalooza, Northcoast, Summer Camp and Spring Awakening.


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