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Amplify their Appetite @ Empty Bottle

Looking to end your Thanksgiving weekend on a high note? Then head on out to the Empty Bottle this Sunday, November 28th for Betta Promotions'  "Amplify their Appetite". Performances include: Kevin Andrew Prchal & The Wheeling Birds, Elephant Gun, Brendan Losch, and Little Light (Gia Margaret & Alain de Courtenay). Canned Goods will also be collected and donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 7pm | 21+ | $3

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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: City Rain

Our last poll was the most intense ever between City Rain and Slutever so we thought that both bands definitely deserved to share some of the honors. Below is our Q&A with City Rain’s Ben Runyan and Jarrett Z. Take a gander at what drives the duo to do what they do, or you can just catch them live tonight at Tritone and ask them yourself.
 
The Deli: How did the band start?  
 
Ben Runyan: Between a rock and a hard place - went to Temple University, broke up with girlfriends, jobless and on the down and out, we thought starting a band might be a good idea.
 
TD: Where did the band name City Rain come from?
 
Jarrett Z: City Rain was originally a solo project by Ben that consisted of downtempo electronic and dancefloor oriented techno. City Rain was a random song title.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences? 
 
BR: Talking Heads first and foremost. David Byrne is my personal jesus. After that, everything from Alphaville (Marian Gold!) to Joy Division.
 
JZ: Neil Young, Pink Floyd, classic rock and that funky ball from outer space!
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
BR: Gary Glitter, Drums of Death and Helios.
 
JZ: Flaming Lips, Phoenix, Bill Withers.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
BR: Some Mariachi band in my hometown. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
 
JZ: Probably that same Mariachi band. Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001
 
TD: What do you love about Philly? 
 
BR: The Broad Street Line.
 
JZ: The Broad Street Line.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
BR: The Broad Street Line.
 
JZ: The Broad Street Line.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2011?
 
BR: Put out a free ambient/space jam EP and play at some festivals during the summer.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
BR: Jonsi from Sigur Ros at the Electric Factory was UNREAL.
 
JZ: Radiohead and The Roots.
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
BR: Meatballs.
 
JZ: Meatballs.
 
- The Deli Staff
 
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End Your Thxgiving Weekend w/Juston Stens & tGRG at The Fire Nov. 28

If you were one of the lucky few enjoying a four-day holiday staycation, you're probably experiencing the bitter feeling of having to jump back into the daily grind come Monday. It's a painful, painful agony, but before you sulk back into work, dreading the emails you're unfortunately gonna have to actually pay attention to, extend the joy of your holiday reprieve just a little longer tonight and head over to The Fire for some rock 'n' roll and ampersand dual play. Ex-Dr. Dog drummer Juston Stens will steal the spotlight during this post-Turkey Day bash with his sweeping collective, Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang (you can check out their Daytrotter session here), and their mission of sentimental vintage alt-pop/blue-collar rock hybrid, while the mysterious noisemakers Adam & Dave's Bloodline kick it out with woolly and winsomely sharp garage-pop. Joining them will be the gifted Arrah Fisher of Philly-by way of Indiana-outfit Arrah and the Ferns. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 8pm, $7, 21+ (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney) - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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A Thousand Horses @ 12th & Porter, 11/24/10

Wednesday night at 12th and Porter was definitely one for the old school rock fans. There were no synthesizers, fog machines or any other new-age distractions. In lieu of the bravado of the glam rock scene were electric guitars, Americana music and a crowd that was socially lubricated and ready to dance. The show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., but after sound checks and waiting for the venue to slowly fill, the music didn’t start until a little before 9 p.m. After Tesla Rossa finished their set, The Grand Magnolias, an East Nashville-based band, rocked the house, sounding like a cross between Ryan Adams and Old Crow Medicine Show.


Around 10:30 A Thousand Horses took the stage to an appreciative crowd and got right down to it. They played all five of the songs off their EP, which seemed to please the crowd – many of whom had come to see them specifically, the evidence being that several people in the audience were singing along (with one girl loudly and drunkenly screaming) the words to the catchy stand-out track, “A Thousand Horses.” Front man Michael Hobby doesn’t play an instrument on stage, which works for the dynamic of the band because it makes the sound have a Guns ‘N Roses theatrical quality about it. Having already listened to their album, it was impressive that they sounded just as good live, although a little more impromptu and easygoing. Guitarist Graham De Loach played in seamless harmony with bassist Bill Satcher, especially on the bluesy and guitar-heavy “Suicide Eyes.”


While some of the music they played was simple and traditional rock and roll, like the rockabilly tune “Travelin’ Man,” other songs had a funkier, modern vibe like “Kiss Your Photograph.” Part of any good show is having a crowd that doesn’t just sway back and forth, but gets a little out of control. While there were no broken beer bottles or bar fights, there was a contagious energy to being in a room with fellow rock enthusiasts watching a kickass rock show. – Krystal Wallace

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Nicos Gun Open for Free Energy at TLA Nov. 27

The Thanksgiving Weekend certainly has been bringing home local favorites who’ve been out on the road repping the Philly music scene and doing us proud. The fun-loving Free Energy crew is ready to wrap-up a groundbreaking year by playing a string of shows with Weezer. But before that happens, they'll be winding down their Foxy & Free Tour with Foxy Shazam, which stops over at the TLA tonight. Joining them on this evening will be openers Nicos Gun who are sure to be right in their element with their infectious beats and stylish first impressions. The band consists of former members from cortez! cortez!! Barney McKenna and Nick Bockrath formerly as well as Andrew Black and Harry Zelnick. The Deli featured cortez! cortez!!’s album 8 for Infinity as our CD of the Month a long while back. Nicos Gun was also a Deli poll winner and was featured in our Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship column. I’m glad to see McKenna and Bockrath are still cranking out infectious tunes. If this show and their recent hallucinogenic zombie video below for “We Are Fluorescent” are any indication, then this might just be a preview of another breakout Philly band to come. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., 9pm, $27, All Ages (Photo by Christopher Nelson) - Bill McThrill
 

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