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Blayer Pointdujour, A&D’s Bloodline and Faux Slang at M Room Sept. 10

When you unleash an ambitious new eleven-piece music project onto the world you need to put out a masterful recording that gives it proper justice. And that’s exactly what dub, big beat orchestrator Blayer Pointdujour aims to do, but he might need your help tonight when he brings the party to the M Room to raise funds for this ambitious project. The artist has been involved in the Philly music scene for a good eight years now and has been a part of projects such as Phil Moore Browne, Miss Argentina and Kid Kreyol. Pointdujour will be getting by with some help from his friends tonight. And since those friends include Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, whose indie ballads get better and more addictive with each listen and catchy krautrockers Faux Slang with their heavy synth laden compositions, it’s a good thing. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

Recap: The SF Deli Presents at the Rickshaw Stop

Phantom Kicks started the night off right, getting more people to dance before 10pm than I’m used to seeing. The three-piece (two guitars, a drummer, plus laptop) delivered uptempo catchy electro pop with a heavy emphasis on the guitar. In a way they reminded me of watching Minus the Bear, where all the other parts of the songs seem to somehow serve the guitar so you find yourself staring at it most of the time. Their songs acted as an appropriate accompaniment to the almost end of summer night.

San Francisco’s Spiro Agnew took the stage next donning two laptops, guitar, and an extra keyboard for good measure. The electro drums laid down the beat for the three members to perform over, culminating in some noisy cross section between Depeche Mode, Joy Division, and New Order. They were celebrating the release of a new CD, Oh What Model Citizens We Be on Tough Sluts Records.

And with that The Dont’s (the only band to not have a laptop) took to the stage and played some energetic indie rock. Lead by a charismatic, lab coat wearing lead singer the band (also in costume) were straight up good. The Dont’s were maybe the odd band out that night, having little electronic influence to speak of, but they had no problem getting the crowd on their side and tore through a good 40 minutes of music that left those of us in front sweating.

The final band to take the stage was San Francisco’s own My First Earthquake, a four piece band that resides somewhere in the land of more 90s sounding indie rock with a happy take on dance punk. It was clear that this was the band some people had come to see, audience members could be seen/heard singing along to the songs. Frontwoman Rebecca Bortman brought enough energy for the whole band and commanded the audience’s attention save for moments such as the guitarist smacking the strings of his guitar with a drum stick. It only took a song or two, but pretty soon My First Earthquake had the Rickshaw Stop dancing (or at least enthusiastically stomping its feet) to their tales of band breakups, walking around San Francisco, and the likes.

Fun was had by all, the Rickshaw was rocked and rolled and electroed, and another great night of Bay Area music was enjoyed by some of its finest residents.

-Glenn Jackson; photos by Adam Myatt.



This week the band Fishermans released a free digital ep called Collective Vertigo. This is the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut ep. This seven-piece collective have a great sound that combines small electronics with a group rock atmosphere.


Next Big Nashville Is Fast Approaching...

Yes indeedy, the time has come for Next Big Nashville to take over the city again, and the anticipation of all the awesome showcases and panels has built to a fever pitch! We're looking forward to covering the performances of our favorite artists--since they're pretty much ALL playing, so you should be sure to check back with us frequently--like, every hour, on the hour--for updates and reviews. For the detailed schedule and lineup, (including showcases and panels at the Leadership Music Conference), you can go to http://www.nbnsummit.com/. Can't wait can't wait can't wait!--Deli Editor


Deli CD of the month: Translations - live at The Woods on 09.15

Branded as New Wave in their myspace profile, NYC based Translations is a little more complex than that. The band knows how to use reverb, clanging drum machines and lo-fi tricks in ways more interesting and sophisticated than your average Bushwick bedroom project. Most importantly, they can write good songs, and have found a strong signature sound in Andrew Fox's dark and thoughtful vocals. In this band's tracks you'll find ambient noise, rock'n'roll, great melodies, as well as alcohol-heavy inflections. The self-titled EP opener, "The Wanderer" – an electro-pop and punk mash up filled with lots of range and vocal harmonies – stands out as the album’s best track. The brand new single "Tarantella" (recorded with the help of Jeff Curtin from Small Black, not in the EP), with its evocative vocals, sudden empty breaks and a highly addictive "revolving chorus", takes us back to the summer of 1998, when everybody was in love with The Beta Band (which one year later committed artistic suicide with one of the ugliest albums ever). Check out Translations live at The Woods on September 15 and a week later at Coco66.


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