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Where Is My Mind?: Chiddy Bang

You can say that Philly’s alt-hip hop MC/producer duo Chiddy Bang is an overnight success. After releasing their first commercial single, “Opposite of Adults” - the electro-hop track (which samples MGMT’s breakout, “Kids”) - off of their 2009 18-song mixtape, The Swelly Express, they went from the local stage to international forum, signing to UK’s Parlophone Records (with backing in the states from Virgin/EMI), sharing the stage with Kid Cudi and Three 6 Mafia, and playing major festivals like this year’s Glastonbury. But after listening to a Chiddy Bang mixtape, this isn’t a surprise - producer Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Bersein and rapper Chidera “Chiddy” Anagmege blend angular synths, dancefloor pop, indie rock samples, hip hop and afro-beat with on-point spits in such flawless fashion, their eclectic sound just can’t help but be catchy. And, on October 12, they’ll digitally release their first major label record, The Preview, which will feature three old songs and five new ones (their actual, full-length major label debut has been pushed back and is now scheduled for release in 2011). Currently touring stateside and overseas for their “The Swelly Life Tour”, with a stop at the TLA tonight, The Deli had a chance to speak with the dynamic duo Chiddy and Xaphoon about their success, sound, influences, and the idea of ever returning back to school as well as much, much more. Check it all out here!
 
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An Intimate Evening w/Ursula Rucker at JB’s Sept. 2

Between her spoken word performances at Zanzibar and Painted Bride Arts Center, her contributions to Do You Want More?!!?!!, Things Fall Apart, and other classic albums from The Roots, and her own dynamic recordings, Ursula Rucker has been a poetic songbird tour de force since the 90s. And since she’s scheduled to release a forthcoming album in October titled She Said, a project for King Britt’s FiveSix Media, her fire hasn’t shown any signs of burning out just quite yet. Tonight the soulful muse will be doing an intimate performance at Johnny Brenda’s. So expect to hear favorites from albums like Supa Sista and Silver of Lead, plenty of freestyle flow, and signs of what’s to come. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
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Deathbeds, Towers and Bubonic Bear at North Star Sept.2

Deathbeds, Towers, Bubonic Bear - just their names alone make it sound like their set tonight at North Star Bar is going to be a summit of death and destruction. But that’s how I like it - intense aural beatdowns that pound and rip at your ear drums, causing you to explode in a frenzy of head bangs and body slams. Okay, so that’s a little excessive, but it’s hard not to get all extreme when you have Deathbeds’ brutal, guttural, riff-filled hardcore, Towers mile-a-minute punk metal assaults and Bubonic Bear’s crazed noise punk (plus Austin’s Today is the Day) under one roof. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar Street, 8pm, $12, 21+ (Poster by Mike Wohlberg) - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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Celebrate Strength's New Record, Friday, September 3, at Holocene!

 

It's been four long years since the synth-disco trio, Strength, self-released its debut LP, the swanky collection of love jams entitled, Going Strong, but this Friday us Portlanders who have been pining over the über-confident threesome will have to wait no more. September 3rd marks the album release party for the baby-makin'-music-makers highly anticipated sophomore effort, Mind-Reader.

If you've ever seen Strength perform, you know that Bailey Winters' sassy, sex-saturated vocals accompanied by catchy Euro-disco hooks and pelvic gyrations aplenty can get even the most tight-laced prick shakin' his groove thang. With Fake Drugs, DJ Copy and DJ Patricia Furpurse warming up the Holocene crowd, this will, without a doubt, be the sweaty dance party of the summer (or is it fall now?). If you're yet to be convinced about Strength's pure sex appeal, check out the mp3 below for the first track off Mind-Reader, "Metal".

 

 

If you're still not convinced, how about the fact that the show only costs $5? I thought that'd hook ya! See you sexy bitches on the dance floor. Show starts at 9 pm. 21+.

-Katrina Nattress

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Alexis Gideon’s Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong Premiere @ Disjecta 09.03.10

 

Two years of research and execution have gone by and finally the wait is over for Alexis Gideon’s new “Video Opera."

The one hour film, Video Musics: Sun Wu-Kong, centers on the character Sun Wu-Kong and is based on the 16th-century Chinese novel The Journey to the West. The event starts at 8 p.m., September 3, costs $5 and is open to all ages.

The film is also accompanied by an art show of “stills and fabricated characters," which started August 18, and will run through September 6. The Disjecta website questions the definition of the art and appeal of Gideon’s work with two sets of dichotomies, saying, “Is it film or music? Is it high art or pop?” We say, don’t worry about it 'cause it’s cool and engaging and fun. More info here from previous Deli blog http://portland.thedelimagazine.com/node/2127

Check out excerpts and stills from the film here.

- Joel Sommer

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