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Emily Reo takes her playful "Rainbow Pop" to Baby's All Right on 10.06

Some of the most imaginative music is created when musical instruments are treated like toys, rather than serious objects that require a lot of practicing to be mastered, implying that conventional instrumental technique might actually harness creativity. If that's the philosophical premise of punk and post punk, since the late '90s the DIY movement has been slowly extending its influence to other musical genres. NYC songwriter and programmer Emily Reo seem to share this approach, crafting whimsical pop songs based on simple but carefully chosen programmed sounds and drum beats, and featuring melodic vocals that, more often than not, are filtered through electronic harmonizers. The result is rather peculiar: her music is playful and ethereal to the point of sounding almost abstract - so much so that we are tempted to label it "Rainbow Pop."
Even though Reo hasn't released any new material in three years, she'll have a rather prestigious show at Baby's All Right on October 6th. Check out the video for aptly named single 'Rainbow Road.'





NAH Opening for Mykki Blanco at PhilaMOCA Sept. 15

Menacing, bombastic beats that authoritatively engulf their surroundings, shifting the dial in a raw-real street style that hits now while pointing toward the future, NAH smacks with sonics. While percussion consistently asserts its presence, atmosphere-altering, electronic sequences illustrate the morphing, combative setting in which this music resides. Simultaneously meshing dark, dramatic structures with dance grooves tying in a sense of torment with vocal aggression, the results are an ear-popping, edgy, experimental brand of hip-hop. Tonight at PhilaMOCA, he lays the groundwork, at this R5-presented show, for Mykki Blanco, whose debut solo album Mykki will be released tomorrow. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., $15, 8:30pm, All Ages (Photo by Gabe Coffey) - Michael Colavita





SUN K - TORONTO URBAN ROOTS FESTIVAL 2016

This weekend at Fort York is the Toronto Urban Roots Festival! Along with my some of my favorites Matt Mays, The Sheepdogs, The Sadies and Corb Lund is a local band from right here in Toronto creating a big buzz these days. Sun K consists of 5 talented musicians, most of whom play multiple instruments on their tunes. Influenced by the likes of Neil Young and The Band they have major roots influence in their rock n roll. Whether you wanna get messy on a Friday night or take it easy drivin' home on Sunday Sun K will have a tune for you. They play TURF on Sunday at 2:10 on the Battle of York Stage. - Kris Gies





Discovered at the Otis Mountain Get Down Fest: Khruangbin

I was at Otis Mountain Get Down this weekend in Elizabethtown, NY, and the band Khruangbin headlined Saturday night and provided me with one of the best musical experiences of my entire life. Aside from the fact that Otis is my favorite music festival, this was just the most amazing psych-rock band to see late at night. They're a trio from Houston, Texas, and they draw inspiration from the late-'60s psychedelic funk stylings of Thailand. They had an amazing vibe, and incredibly subtle-yet-tight drummer (think Bernard Purdie), and the flyest guitar sounds. 

It's also worth mentioning that Otis is an incredible music festival. The curator, Quillan George, lives in Oregon now but went to college in Burlington and was/is a big part of the music curation scene there. The whole lineup was stellar. The band Lewis Del Mar (on the cover of The Deli's 2016 SXSW issue) was also really amazing. - Dan Rome





New Track: "3000 AD" - Purling Hiss

On October 14, High Bias, the new album from Purling Hiss, will be released via Drag City. It's latest single “3000 AD” envelops with the band's customary trademark of heavy, as Mike Polizze haze-hinted subconscious vocals intermingle with a ripping combination of explosive guitar licks and the anchoring of unrelenting backend. There’s a physical power enforcing an emotive sentiment. Purling Hiss will be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday, October 30.

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