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Weekend Warrior, March 22 - 24

This Saturday night, Underground Arts will play host to Lizedelise’s belated album release celebration for Holy Matrimony, The Deli Philly's March Record of the Month. A graceful, internal monologue of thoughts meets the external instrumental realization of emotion in the band’s complex, cathartic contemplations. Those bright, buoyant tones are contrasted by the thundercrack of reality, balancing the hypnotic and the heavy. They’ll be supported by the at ease, ethereal, melodic folk-pop of Strawberry Runners. Madeline Rafter (Sieve, formerly of The Original Crooks and Nannies) will also be taking the stage with material from her project Snake Boy Gang, melding genuine, observational lyricism with playfully scattered instrumental backdrops creating a poignant, personal, pop sound. The evening is presented by House Cat & The Key, as part of The House Key Showcase, and is sponsored by Founders Brewing Co. – Michael Colavita

More places where you can escape March Madness this weekend…

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Lizdelise (Album Release), Strawberry Runners, Snake Boy Gang

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Philly Loves De La Soul: DJ Mike Nyce

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI TRL Dance Party: DJ Dame Luz, SAT Catbite/Fame Lust, SUN Moons

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Karaoke Gung Show

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Jermaine Dolly

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) AllegrA (Record Release), Beach Bod, Boosegumps

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Heavensake, SAT Spinechain, Rollin Loaded, Disaster Committee, Tough Shit, SUN Project 3², Menace Of The Canvas, Theory of a King, As Annie Falls

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Jurks, The Valets, SUN Sad Actor

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Westboro Baptist Choir

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Joey Stix, Dahi Divine, Ty Lemar, SAT Rosu Lup, The Lunar Year, SUN Birthday Boy

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Paul Green Rock Academy (Adult Program Gig), SUN Paul Green Rock Academy (Adult Program Gig)/Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Blackjack Rose, Dave Cope, South on Sunday

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Becoming (A NIN Tribute), Lust For Nothing

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Stone Eye, Adder, Kingsnake, Double Planet, SAT King Slender (Tape Release), Iffy, Cocordion, Oh, Are They?

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Agent Zero, Shapesift, TheBusiness, BITSKY

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SUN WEPA! Latinx Burlesque

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Apple Juice Jones, Aquatic Ape Theory, Kingsound Vibration, SAT Kissing the Klepto, Dune Puma, Merit, Moment to Capitalize, Jac w/No K

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Darla, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise 

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Wax Wav, Party Muscles

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Camp Candle, Gender Work, Computer Dating

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Broke Body, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, The Russells, SAT CVGES, SUN Paul Harrold and the Winston Churchills, Lucky House

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Bleary Eyed, Kenduskeg, SUN So Totally

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) SAT Cyber G

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Screamcloud, Blushed, Sleepy Freak

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Internal Rhyme, OG Juan Shinobi

Lizard Lounge 215 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Coping Skills, Absinthe Father, Bleary Eyed





The Fixins release new EP, Screens, Greens and Flying Machines March 21

There’s a purity in The Fixins’ latest EP, Screens, Greens and Flying Machines. Tracks have a beachy folk rock feeling that are like a Jack Johnson-Neutral Milk Hotel hybrid but with more country feel-good vibes. Track “Dropping Bombs” has a sweet melody and lovely plucking for such a political song, which is perhaps why it’s effective. It’s not in your face--nor is the rest of the album. “Can’t Find a Reason” has a classic country baseline with a nice melody and some softer beach rock. The EP’s sweetest track is the last, “Same Old Story,” which closes out the EP with a quieter folk-pop lullaby and a guitar solo done nice n fine. Catch them at Neck of the Woods on April 6. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor





New Track: "Vintage Clothes" - Grant Pavol

Okay is the forthcoming EP from Grant Pavol, and will be released on cassette on May 17 via Shamir's fledgling indie label Accidental Popstar Records. Today, we have received a sampling of the release, with its lead single,  “Vintage Clothes”. An acoustic guitar helps to set the folk scene. There is a sense of being a fly on the wall as a connection is almost made. Learning as the moments go by, the track captures an evolving, perceptive perspective. An unguarded honesty makes the song pensively powerful.





A Deli Premiere: Stacey Randol releases music video for "Songs in the Soil"

You may have noticed -- if you're an avid reader of the Deli -- that we wrote about songwriter Stacey Randol's new LP Songs in the Soil earlier this month. We now have a special premiere to announce from that album: Randol has released the music video for the title track. You might find yourself confused watching the video, as the song's psych groove and the film grain -- along with Randol's flowing white and earth-toned floral dresses -- may make you think that you're watching something from the Sixties. But this was indeed made in the late 2010s, and it continues a trend of indie artists releasing music videos made on film. Randol's song calls for this aesthetic, and as you'll see in the music video, they make a perfect match. Take a look at the video for "Songs in the Soil" below. - Will Sisskind

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Debut Pepto Abysmal EP Available for Streaming & Download

Feel, the new release from Pepto Abysmal, is for those who are missing the brilliantly macabre songwriting stylings of Pill Friends's Ryan Wilson (like we are - RIP). Tapping into one’s inner workings, an endearing, raw vulnerability is revealed in these brutally honest bedroom recordings. The ability to create relatable, poignant lyrics from such a unique viewpoint is a rare gift.

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