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SuperLiteBike, Os Ovni, No Mas Bodas All Help Raise the Rex

Eight bands for six dollars, plus the chance to contribute to a 13-foot wind-powered steel T Rex - it's not an everyday event. The upcoming Yellow Bike Project Benefit Jan.14th is centered around the construction of the T Rex (who is going to need a name, I'm just saying) at their new Eastside HQ. What this means for you: free beer, raffle, SuperLiteBike, No Mas Bodas, Os Ovni, Cowabunga Babes, Christopher Fairman (above), Art vs. Industry, Chase Frank, Shawn Matthews, and DJ Kris Bueno, all at the Art Authority/Spider House Coffee. Get your Jurassic on. 



The Davenports celebrate CD release party at The Living Room on 01.19

Members in the rotating lineup of The Davenports have rightfully played alongside such icons as They Might Be Giants, Fountains of Wayne, and Rhett Miller. Considering their peers, it’s no surprise the band’s claimed a steady fan-base. While their sound is based in power pop roots, lead singer Scott Class sounding like a mix between Ben Folds and Ok Go’s Damian Kulash, the band refuses to conform to expected composition, offering alternatively Beach Boys-y vocal arrangements, horn and accordion orchestrations in the styling of Beirut, and occasional overly saturated guitar stabs in an overall very well crafted and clean indie pop production. The band will play a release party for their latest album on January 19th at NYC’s Living Room. - Katie Bennett


Rap TV Presents Philly Slick Performing Wu-Tang at The Blockley Jan. 5

I’ve asked many emcees about where I can go to check out up-and-coming hip hop artists. I usually come across statements like “that’s a good question” or “there really isn’t one”. However, it looks like Philly hip hop has finally found a home, well, at least temporarily. I’ve noticed that more and more acts have been taking the stage at The Blockley, and now every 1st Wednesday of the month you have Rap TV, a new hip hop series to help fill that void of underground hip hop that you’ve been missing in your lives. Tonight you’ll find the live instrumentation and old school love of Philadelphia Slick. And it appears that they might have been influenced by the recent emergence of legendary hip hop warriors Wu-Tang Clan, who just graced the stage of The Troc over the holidays, so if you missed the show, shame on you. Lucky Philly Slick have some of their favorite Wu-Tang tracks all ready to unleash on you this evening. They’ll also be joined by local favorites Germantown’s Writtenhouse & Elijah and the Trees to help settle them in. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnust St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman  

SonicBids Selected DC/Baltimore Artists

It's nearing the annual Deli Magazine Best Emerging Artist of 2010 Poll, a first this year for DC/Baltimore, and with our vast jury still getting in their votes and bands continuing to send in their submissions, we thought we'd let you in on the top 3 selected artists found through our SonicBids open call. First up is the Maryland born, Virginia raised avant-garde hip-hop maestro Atari Blitzkrieg who's released 3 albums & 15 EP's (in over a 3 year time period!), and has been in the game since '95 recording and producing with many major names in underground hip-hop. He was also selected as one of Urb Magazine's Next 1000.

Atari Blitzkrieg - The Maturation of Nothingness (Produced by Daedelus) by Godsendant Music

We also dig the lovely alt. soul folk sounds of Ally Way, a native of DC born into a musical family of a gospel singer mother and instrumentalist father. Singing since a toddler, Way draws inspiration from Joni Mitchell to Nirvana and more.

 And the 5-piece pop rock DC band The Silver Liners rocked the loudest on our list of Sonicbid submissions, who've recently released their second EP (S/T). Their first EP "Just Like the Rest" came out April 2010, and critics compared it to bands like Foo Fighters, My Bloody Valentine, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Awesome.

 And a mentionable found through our open-call is the ambient new age cellist T.A. Zook, from Arlington, who creates masterpieces of ambient classical soundscapes perfect for planetarium soundtracks, and in fact is working on a soundtrack for an upcoming IMAX film, "Outside In the Movie." Party! -Dawn


The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 1/6-1/9

Happy New Year Deli readers! Hope your holiday went well. Here are a few selections from the calender for your first weekend of 2011.

Tomorrow at the Hemlock former Artist of the Month Winners Thralls and Ash Reiter will be playing with the Pentacles, 9pm.

Thursday out at the Eagle Melted Toys will be playing with Nodzzz, Mantles, and The Art Museums, 8pm.

Friday catch Silian Rail open for The Velvet Teen alongside Low-Five at Bottom of the Hill, 10pm.

Finally, on Sunday close out your weekend at Kimo's with Commissure, Crawler, and Rogue Sounds, 9pm.


-Ada Lann


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