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New MINKA EP Available for Streaming & Download

Born In The Viper Room is the new EP from MINKA. Channeling the casually suave voicing and insatiable funky combinations of Bowie/Byrne, the band sits in a happy medium of loose, undeniably danceable compositions. Those delightful, demanding grooves, steered by crowd-commanding, eye-connecting vocals, set the wheels in motion. You can catch them live, in the flesh, at The Barbary on Thursday, June 15.

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New Track: "Company Man" - MINKA

Calling to mind a hybrid of the Davids - Byrne & Bowie, Ari "Dick" Rubin, Max Perla, Joe Flack, and Barney Cortez (Nicos Gun, Rich Mystics), better known as MINKA, are gearing up to release their new EP Born in the Viper Room. The title gives a nod to infamous Sunset Strip club (once owned by Johnny Depp), where the late, great River Phoenix took his last breath that fateful Halloween morning of 1993 (and is supposedly where Cortez, the band's most recent addition, was born). Take a listen to the Philly electro-rockers' latest single, "Company Man," from their forthcoming album, and look out for the MINKA dance party/carnival coming to a venue near you!

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Weekend Warrior, April 14 - 16

Stinking Lizaveta commemorate their latest record, Journey to the Underworld (Translation Loss Records, with a release show this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. The well-oiled, musical machine of a trio reigns down on listeners with an adventurous heavy exactness. Under the shield of an ominous darkness, the band traverses the unknown obstacles that lie in its path. With a cold, calculated, white-hot laser tenacity, Stinking Lizaveta forge a route, trudging on the pace of the underlying heart-pumping instrumentation that is always ready to detonate. Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds and The Company Corvette will reinforce this hard-rocking, psych-tinged sonic stew.
 
 
Also, this Saturday evening, The Foundry hosts The MINKA Carnival. Insatiable, loose, funky grooves permeate from MINKA, it’s the type that dictates/demands one to slip subconsciously into the get down. Meanwhile, having recently uncorked their new EP New Age Psychedelic Experiment, The Mysteries implore a casual psych-pop framework, while the multi-genre-melding, seamless stream of beats from Attic Tapes, formerly known as Fishtown Beats, sets the night into motion. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to be weird at this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Stinking Lizaveta (Record Release),
Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, The Company Corvette
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT The MINKA Carnival: Minka, The Mysteries, Attic Tapes
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Donuts, Morning River Band, The Stammer
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Homophones, Pretty Girl/Dev79, Sideswipe/DJ Deejay, SAT Chris Sneade, Norton Scott Star Vehicle/DJ PHSH, DJ Royale, SUN Stroker, Deflector
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Cardinal Arms Tribute to the Artist: A Multi Media Show To Artist Todd Marrone: Bevan McShea, John Flagler, Craig & Olivia, Reggie Cointreau, Vessna Scheff, Luke Cleary, Pie-Eyed Preachers, The Retinas
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Horrendous
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT G-Buck
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Joshua Bation, Keely Sibilia
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Fostina Dixon/(Downstairs) Phantom of the Paradise with DJ Robert Drake
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Seoul Machine, Bludborne, SAT Urban Shaman Attack, RootSetters
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Joy Riding, SAT Tarantino Night: The Whips
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT White Cheddar Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Cthulhu Martini, Gibbous Moon, S.R. Frost & The Sanctuary Band, Fenris, SAT Somethin' Divine, Matt Kelly, Novyy Stil'
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Chad Jenkins Band, Wolf Accent, SAT Ridge Summit, Bazmati Vice, Josh Nussbaum, Justin Kerecz
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Box of Rain, Broken Arrow, SAT David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S.18th St.) FRI The Snails, Skardians of the Skalaxy/Tall Friend, Teen Spaceship, Hello Shark, SAT Mauled By A Bear, Commencement/So Totally
 
HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Planned Parenthood Benefit: Power Animal, Son Step Impresssionist
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Resilient, Burned Out, Still Glowing, Alright Junior
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mattox, Hygo, RIP Eternal
 
Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slaughter Beach Dog, John Galm, Mike Space, Sleepy Freak
 
The Storefront (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Thank You, Dark Mtns
 
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Ticket Giveaway: The MINKA Carnival at The Foundry This Saturday

It's pretty safe to say that Philly's own MINKA have a fondness for The Talking Heads. If you like to dance, who doesn't? They'll be bringing that affinity to bring the grooves to The Foundry this Saturday, April 15 with The Mysteries, Attic Tapes, and Leisure Muffin. The MINKA Carnival will also feature burlesque, sideshow performers, and visuals artists, and we'd like to send you there to party down to your heart's content. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "BIG MISTAKE". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

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Weekend Warrior, December 30 - January 1

A new year represents aesthetically a clean slate, the chance to turn the page and let the past whether, recent or not, behind. Of course, the past may also hold cherished memories that one wishes to carry into the future. Either way, Saturday night serves as an opportunity to celebrate, for some, the year that was and for others the year that one hopes 2017 will be.
 
Now, my first instinct when I enter any environment is to look and listen; if there’s music, that’s typically a solid forecaster of good fortune. With that criteria, here are a few places one should consider spending the last hours of a trying 2016. 
 
The high-octane ragged barrelhouse blues of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will be headlining Boot & Saddle, paired with the earnest Americana of Levee Drivers, and the playfully bizarre, eclectic Mercury Radio Theater. If funky R&B and soul are your aspirations, Underground Arts is the destination. The brass beacon of Balkan beats, known as West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the retrograde soul-funk engine of Johnny Showcase once again come together for sweaty, good time. And channeling the silky authoritative dance-inducing vibes of Byrne & Bowie, MINKA enters the fray, which also starts with the funky instrumental slices of Muscle Tough.
 
The spellbinding folk-psych of Kurt Vile brings his mellow/mercury-spiking spectrum to The Fillmore, where he’ll be joined by psych-folk outfit Woods and Nathan Bowles. Ortlieb’s will host the mobile-layered, grooving, melodic sojourn of Mo Lowda & The Humble, as well as the atmosphere-altering, future-traversing experimentation of Air is Human, and a DJ set from Suburban Living, who will be pulling double duty that evening performing at Franklin Hall with Vacationer and CRUISR. BTW: Speaking of DJ sets, Lushlife will also be occupying the decks at Johnny Brenda’s.
 
Wherever you’re headed, embrace the joy and stay safe. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to spend this last weekend of 2016…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Grubby Little Hands, Tutlie, SAT Kevin Manning/Lushlife (DJ Set)
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Oh, Are They? (Record Release), Belgrade, Honeytiger, SAT TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb, Mercury Radio Theater, Levee Drivers
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Riverside Odds/Momma Hankton, Rexedog, Erik Kramer, SAT Eaten Alive/Fame Lust
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase, Minka, Muscle Tough
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Making Time
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Cabinet
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Louis Futon, SAT Kurt Vile
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Philadelphia Jug Band, The Theologicals, SAT (Upstairs) Phil Nicolo’s Eve of Destruction, Darla / (Downstairs) Marc Silver
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Loud Company, Commonwealth Choir, The Last Brontosaurus
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Kingsound, GhettoSongBird
 
Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) SAT Vacationer, CRUISR, Suburban Living
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Mo Lowda and the Humble, Air is Human, Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Brown Sugar
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Laura Cheadle Family Blues Band
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Solar Circuit, Naps Past Noon, Max Seidman Band, Los Festingos, SAT Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello, Quixote Project
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Chalk & the Beige Americans, Shy Boyz, Dirty Soap Blues Band
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, SAT Start Making Sense, Band From Mars
 
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