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The Districts





The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!





Weekend Warrior, December 29 - 31

Over the course of two sold-out evenings, The Districts headline the locals-only billings at Johnny Brenda’s, waving goodbye to 2017. The quartet’s evolution continues as evidenced by the band’s latest album, Popular Manipulations (Fat Possum). The group reaches new depths, while still pulling from unsheathed, emotive, narrative bookmarks, with an experienced melodic refinement. Those gravitational, guttural swings and riff-fueled stompers still resound, as the collective can push the pedal to its limits, but by the same token, attention to the details that steer the sonic ship are well attended. On Saturday’s slate they’re paired with Mannequin Pussy, whose highly energized volatility galvanizes with pop-sensibilities.  Earnestly unabashed and catchy, Permanent Body will lead things off. Meanwhile, Sunday’s affair will be set off by the groove-generating folk rockers Pine Barons, whom branch off into experimental, psych trajectories while still maintaining traditional roots. With their new album White Reindeer in tow, the sticky, rumbling sensitivity of Lithuania reinforces a weekend worthy of capping off the year.  – Michael Colavita

Damn, it’s cold! Other places to stay warm and get numb this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Matt Cappy, John Train, SAT New Year's Eve Eve with The Districts, Mannequin Pussy, Permanent Body, SUN New Year's Eve with The Districts, Lithuania, Pine Barons

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Lefty's Deceiver, JJL, I Think Like Midnight, SUN Kississippi

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Sweat Daddy/Matthew Law, Astro 8000, SAT Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza, Urban Resist/Dev79, Sideswipe, SUN Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Petal

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Superweaks, Yankee Bluff, SAT The Great Enough, Andorra, Resilient, SUN West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Red 40 and the Last Groovement, Mambisa

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SUN Making Time New Year's Eve: Dave P., Zillas on Acid

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Shannen Moser

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Boy Wonder, Chris Gennett, E-Hos, Dear Forbiden, Saint Wilde, Rachael Rota, John Gilbride, SAT Band of Brewers

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Phat Geez, Pound$ide Pop, 100Proof Yannie, Reco Havoc, Lil Nizzy, ButterKnife, Lihtz Kamraz, SAT Billy Mungus Big Band, Archawah, Camera Thief

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Tiny Hueman, Past Life/(Downstairs) Bilal, SAT (Upstairs) Stu and the Gurus, SUN (Upstairs) Darla, Nik Greeley & The Operators/(Downstairs) Philly Bloco

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Promise of Redemption, Triangle Shirt Factory, SAT Promise of Redemption, Sleepy Limbs, SUN DJ Kirsh

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT No Option, SUN Imperial, DJ Ha, Left Rite

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Dave Patten, Luke O’Brien, Made Modern, SAT The Newspaper Taxis, Bickel Brothers

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Craig Dash, SAT Shawn Ryan

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Red Means Run, The Vinegar Creek Constituency, SAT Alice In Underpants: A Tim Burton Cabaret, SUN Ruby The Hatchet, Hound

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Christine Irizarry & The Foolhardy, Seth Aaron, George Engel Brooks, SAT Ringtail Howitzer, Children’s Books, Pray To Keep/Afrobear

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Nero Catalano, SUN Brown Sugar

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Menace of the Canvas, Adventure Lost

Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) SUN Vacationer, Mo Lowda & The Humble, Commonwealth Choir

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Vanderlyle, Luis, Free Pizza, SAT Slophouse, Hopscotch Jefferson, SUN Los Festingos

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Chris Forsyth, SAT Huffamoose, Rugby Road, Transistor Rodeo, SUN Start Making Sense, Swift Tchnique

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Soul Glo, DJ Haram

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Weekend Warrior, August 11 - 13

Locals via Lititz and The Deli Philly’s 2013 Emerging Artist of the Year, The Districts will be congregating at a sold-out show this evening at Union Transfer to celebrate the release of their new album Popular Manipulations (Fat Possum). Still evoking an earnest pit-in-the-stomach power, the band’s sound ventures into more polished production depths on their latest release. Utilizing control within a hallowing, personal, vocal force and the detail of densely woven instrumentation, The Districts tap into unified sonic waves. Tonight, they’ll be joined by The Spirit of the Beehive’s tumultuous torrent of psych and the enchanting yet eruptive rock of Abi Reimold. A plethora of young, Philly talent will be taking over the old Spaghetti Warehouse! – Michael Colavita

More places to be this weekend...

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Districts (Record Release), The Spirit of the Beehive, Abi Reimold

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Sad Heaven, SUN Rosu Lup

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Deadfellow, Sixteen Jackies, Emmett Drueding, SAT QQQ, SUN The Charley Few, Night Raids, Disjawn

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Weak Knees, Slophouse/Starkey, Dev79, SAT Torito/Strange Parts, The Vernes/DJSC/Wolf Dem, KT Caustic, Teknacolor Ninja, SUN Beasters, Durian, Down The Way/Honeytiger, Sublaymen, Kelsey Cork & The Swigs, Sidenail

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Ursula, Dark Web, Lizdelise, SAT Posers, Pushin' it 2 the Limit

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Kingfisher, Tucker Hill Band, OhBree, QQQ

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI George Engel Brooks, Boy In A Stitch, Saver, SAT Natalie Bermudez, Tucker Hill, SUN SkateWink, A1-Twig, Dev Leone, Geechi Gus, Trippy Drugz

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Johari Nassor & Family, Duv & RJ Revolver, SAT (Balcony) DJ RL, SUN (Balcony) Cthulhu Martini

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Snake Club

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Joey Stix

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI In The Presence of Wolves, SAT SteveO & The Crippling Addictions

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Huffamoose, Stargazer Lily, SAT Kuf Knotz

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Space Cats, Mercury Retrograde, SAT The Stammer, Summer Scouts, Last Full Measure, SUN The Sideshow Prophets

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI King Ani Mal, Atomic Cretins

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Alex Catrambone, Trey Day, Squid Mchale

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beat Street, SUN Courtney Jansen

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Ian Saint Laurent

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Stone Eye, The Mountain Chiefs

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Canyon Ride, American Dinosaur, Madame Jones, & Bluestime, SAT Max Seidman, Athensville, SUN Tektonic, Zoidzilla

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Marah, SAT Love Killed Kurt, White Limo, Purple to the Core

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Novyy Stil', SUN Heavy Harold

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Yeenar, Very Bad Vibes

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Tall Friend, MS Saint

Twilight Festival (Parks on Tap – MLK Jr. Dr.) SUN Grandchildren





Soccer Mommy release new video ahead of album release 08.04

Contrary to her bedroom pop musical style, Soccer Mommy’s new music video is all outdoors, featuring different shots of lead singer, Sophie Allison, strolling out near the water, woods, and her car over the delightful single, “Allison”. This is one of two songs released off their upcoming album, Collection, set to release on August 4th. “Allison” and “Out Worn” both share similar aspects, an introductory reverbed guitar riff, accompanied then by echo-y, dreamy layers, but the directions of both songs evolve differently, "Allison" bringing forth blissful yet melancholic aspects, and “Out Worn” sounding more upbeat, drum-driven. Soccer Mommy will be touring this summer, which will include a show at Terminal 5 with The Districts--the Philly quartet featured on the Cover of the Deli Magazine's SXSW issue a few years back, who are also set to release their album, Popular Manipulations, the following week. Come celebrate with both bands at their show on August 16th in NYC. – Pearse Devlin





New The Districts Album Available for Streaming

After multiple sneak peaks into their forthcoming LP, Philly indie rockers The Districts just premiered Popular Manipulations over at NPR's First Listen. The group worked with producer John Congleton, once again, on their third full-length album, but they also guided the project themselves with help from audio engineer Keith Abrams (of Pine Barons), creating a beautifully robust sounding record. Popular Manipulations officially comes out next Friday, August 11 via Fat Possum Records, and you can help the quartet welcome its arrival at Union Transfer that same evening on a stacked bill, which also includes talented local pals The Spirit of the Beehive and Abi Reimold.

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