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Stream: Priscilla Ahn, "Diana"

The new album by the soft-spoken, inventive songstress, Priscilla Ahn, 'This Is Where We Are', was released earlier this year. It's a gutsy departure from her more acoustic offerings, and our ears are delighted. Lead single, "Diana," has all the sweetness, euphoria, and mystery of paragliding across a rainbow. Quirky, and at times aggressive soundscapes dance between serenading melodies. Her intimate and heartbreaking qualities are still on full display, especially on the ballad, "Remember How I Broke Your Heart." Filled with delicate instrumentation and breathless harmonies, this is Ahn in her purest form. The entire album seems to be a push and pull between comfort and exploration. Stream "Diana" below and catch her live set at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 30. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Weekly Feature: Erin Barra releases EP "Undefined" in stereo and multi-track

Erin Barra is a musician who thinks - at least in  part - also as a technician, of the musical kind. An accomplished programmer, producer and sound engineer, Erin plays soulful pop that's at times electronic, and at others not - like in her new single 'Dear John' (listen to it here) released a few days ago. Since she's very well connected with the community of remixers, and staying true to her multi-faceted musical personality, Erin decided to make available, through a site called Blend, also the "stems" of the entire EP, i.e. not the single tracks of the recording but rather the mixed versions of the separate sections (like drums, bass, guitars, vocals, backing vocals, percussions, keys). 
You'll have a chance to see Erin Barra live at the New School on April 26 and 27.

LINK: Read Bianca Seidman's interview with Erin Barra from the 36th issue of The Deli NYC.

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Palabra Release 'Manos Luminosos y El Cubo Blanco' 4.19.14

The threat of Palabra never performing again was once alluded. Now, the jazzy latin prog trio consisting of Zach Evans, Johan Wagner and Papi Fimbres are performing at Habesha Lounge this Saturday night for the release of their second album Manos Luminosos y El Cubo Blanco which mysteriously means "luminous hands & the white cube." Palabra give off effortless vibes of an openness to whatever influences cross their path. With an emphasis on jazzy rhythm, synth and psychedelia, their experimental groovy jams are destined to cloud your mindspace. Sharing the stage with Palabra Saturday night are Elfin Elephant and the SuS Quartet.  

Watch Palabra's trippy music video for the first single, "UpStepTrep," off the new album, then make plans to attend their album release Saturday. Cut ties with distractions and don't let anyone else waste your time.
 
 - Colette Pomerleau

  


Bailiff @ 1st Ward

Tonight, April 18th, Bailiff will celebrate the release of their long-awaited LP "Remise". The album will be officially released on the 22nd. The band has release two singles from the new album, "Shake My Heart Awake" and "Helicopter".

You can catch Bailiff on April 18th with Smoker and Brother George at 1st Ward (2033 W. North Ave)

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The Donkeys unveil new track from upcoming album "Ride the Black Wave"

San Diego quartet The Donkeys previously released two sumptous, country-laden albums under the Dead Oceans imprint. Its dust-drenched melodies and stately arrangements were slack to say the least, but there was something about those twanging guitars that filled the room with a warm glow. Now under new LA-based label Easy Sound, they're making their return with Ride The Black Wave, a slightly more ambitious effort that continues their tradition of melding chiming Americana hooks with the lush swing of seventies FM radio. Take a listen to the single "Scissor Me Cigs" below, a swaying pop ballad that nestles one with effortless ease. See them live at Church on York on June 6th. 

 

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Weekend Warrior, April 18-20

There’s a battle-tested, charred aspect in Dan Bruskewicz ‘s singing ; as if his vocal chords have been marinated in whiskey, and touched with smoke giving the words he sings an experienced time-tested appeal.  His voice is coupled with heavy, heart-thumping bass, guitar that picks opportune moments to demonstrate force, but knows when to lay back and play with flow, and harmonica that lets out a charging run when called upon.  TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb blend traditional folk with an untamed country-blues revealing their internal core in the process. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their new Bill Moriarty produced EP Kong. Joining in on the festivities is Pine Barons whose exploratory folk wrap its roots around you and the ever-interesting combination of soulful siren Alison Wadsworth and the heavy blues-rocking Satellite Hearts- Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm., $10, 21+ -Michael Colavita
 
Other things about town this weekend…
 
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Philly Loves Def Jam w. Chilly Moody
 
The Boot & Saddle(1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Kewsi K (Album Release), Maitland SUN DRGN
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Satellite Hearts, Cold Roses – Mumblr SAT No Other, Hurry
    
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Kate Faust, Elegant Animals SUN Harsh Vibes, Village
  
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Black Horse Motel, Sydney Joseph and The Organic Reverb
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI New Sound Brass, The Wayside Shakeup SAT Desoto Jones
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Late Saints, Full Carbon Get Up SUN The Glitch Tape ft. Jack Deezl, Architekt
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Todd Fausnacht & The Well Whiskey SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Smoke, Sacred Cube SAT Those People, Angela Everwood
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave.) FRI David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket SAT The Great Socio, Kid Felix, Bong Hits for Jesus
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Breathing Light, Trophy Wife, Mighty Paradocs, Alex Smith, Atruth Anarchopunk
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Abi Reimold, Cold Foamers, Grim Sleeper, Slippertails 
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Weed, Gunk, Amanda X, Marge
 
Dog Morgue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Ted Nguyent, Denzell, Speed Trials, Hoser
 

Rock Bottom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Pill Friends, Soda Bomb, Besting Tensions, Boss Logic 


Goodnight Lights and Monday Appreciation Society Play The Fire April 18th

A very hip and all-local lineup graces The Fire’s stage tonight to start up a busy weekend of warm weather and live music. Planning the release of their upcoming June album If You Were Here I’d Be Home Now (in homage to the 51st and Market Love Letter mural), Monday Appreciation Society has released two catchy and smart singles under their signature lo-fi filters. Drummer/Singer Mark Rybaltowski and guitarist Dan Wisniewski joined forces and have been picking up speed since the breakup of their band The Quelle Source last year, and tonight’s show will be the duo’s first-ever performance featuring their “full band” including members of The Chairman Dances, Bird Watcher, and The Quelle Source. Headlining the show is the indie quintet Goodnight Lights playing one hit after another with their smooth alternative rock sound. Also recently added to the bill are the “post-modestmousecore” Bone Bats and the innovative folk-star Thom McCarthyThe Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ -Maggie Grabmeier 


Artist of the Month: Mufassa

It's time we set aside our previous notions that Mufassa is the King of the Jungle, or that unfortunate condition of the male genitalia that you've read about on Urban Dictionary (here).

Rather, Mufassa is one of Portland's most promising new bands who play a powerful blend of soulful, bluesy garage rock, reminiscent to the genious of King Kahn. And, as voted by the people, Mufassa is The Deli Portland's current Artist of the Month! The group is currently working on a new album, of which they gave listeners a taste last month with their single Johnny. The track is an epic dancy rocker, showcasing classic rock'n roll guitar riffage, and gentle soulful vocals like that of a higher pitch Elvis. Take a listen for yourself and keep an eye out for their next album. - Travis Leipzig 

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