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The Chimeras CD Release Show at The Khyber Jan. 29

 
The Chimeras bring their fun, jangly garage rock to The Khyber tonight to celebrate their latest release, Her, aptly titled since it’s a concept album in which each song tells the story of a different girl and all the tracks have female names. We find these W. Philly stalwarts joined by Busses, whom we predict good things from once their debut album drops which was produced by our local favorite man behind the board Jeff Zeigler. I guess, ladies, this night’s for you! The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/thechimeras - Bill McThrill
 
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Victory Over Leukemia: A Benefit for the JMML Foundation at JB's Jan. 29

 

 
Like we’ve said before, WE HATE CANCER! And we do like Victory Hop Devil (well, except when it’s hand-pumped - sorry JB’s), and Golden Monkey is good to get your drunk on. So tonight you can support a worthwhile cause when Victory Brewing presents “Victory Over Leukemia: A Benefit for the JMML Foundation”. They’ll be joined by The Swimmers, Audible and East Hundred. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 pm, $10, 21+ jmmlfoundation.org - The Deli Staff
 
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Lion Versus Rises from the South at The Fire Jan. 29

 
The sticky, sweet voice of Hilary White can come from nowhere other than the deep south. Originally from Georgia, Lion Versus brings southern charm to Philly in the most unexpected of ways. The artfully crafted acoustic waves that lap on to the shore behind White’s soulful vocals are simple enough to allow the beautiful lyrics to enjoy the spotlight. The soft sounds of Lion Versus are a welcome adversary to some of the more adrenalin- fueled bands we’re used to. Let’s just say that we’re lucky Lion Versus crossed the Mason Dixon line and ended up in Philly. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $7, 21+ myspace.com/lionversus - Meaghan McCafferty
 
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The Deli Presents Lunchtime Escape at The Bellevue Jan. 29!

 

 
January is not over yet, and neither are we. Are you looking forward to the weekend already? Well, so are we. That’s why we’re happy to present to you a little Lunchtime Escape this Friday, January 29th at The Bellevue. We’ll be serving up free alcohol in The Food Court at The Bellevue! No, not really - just wanted to get your attention. Are you sad now? Well, we want to cheer you up with a healthy dose of free live music! No really - this Friday at NOON will be the debut of The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape. To take you away from that annoying 9-to-5 job, we’ll be serving up a taste of Andrew Conly from Holcomb Family Band with his earnest vocals and captivating storytelling, Dante Bucci one of the world’s premier Hang drum masters, and the female reincarnation of Woody Guthrie, Spirit and Dust. Don’t miss a great start to your weekend! The Bellevue (Downstairs in The Food Court Area), 200 S. Broad St., 12 - 2pm, FREE, All Ages - The Deli Staff
 
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Deli Top Performer: Kurt Vile

 

 
2009 will probably be a year that Kurt Vile will never forget. He had been an underground darling in the Philly indie music scene for quite some time, but he finally received what most musicians have dreamt about over and over again when Matador Records came knockin’ on his door requesting his John Hancock that made him the toast of the town. But besides all the awards, kind words and big shows, he also started down the path to the “American Dream” when he and his wife Suzanne purchased their first home (no doubt taking advantage of Obama’s first-time homeowner tax break), but nothing probably topped when he discovered that he would be bringing in another Vile into the world. When I interviewed him for the release of Childish Prodigy, he was gearing up to hit the first of what will be many long tours for Vile. While the energy seemed electric around him as I listened to the Violator’s drummer Mike Zangi gleefully talk with Vile’s father-in-law about their upcoming adventures, there was a Zen-like calm that surrounded Kurt as I watched him chat with fans after his solo acoustic set at a.k.a. Music. We snuck down an alleyway to chat and for him to grab a cigarette. He showed quite a sense of maturity as we discussed everything from his childhood to the recording process of Childish Prodigy to future plans to even strange false rumors that I had heard about him from random people (no, he isn’t a Dungeons & Dragons freak; in fact, he’s never even played the game). It doesn’t really matter what anyone says. 2009 was Kurt Vile’s year! myspace.com/kurtvileofphilly - Q.D. Tran
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