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Dion Lunadon (of A Place To Bury Strangers) shares single from debut LP

In the spaces between world-wide tours as bassist for A Place To Bury Strangers, Dion Lunadon spends time writing and recording his own solo material.  The results of those efforts will culminate in an 11 track self-titled debut album he recorded over a three-month period in Brooklyn.  The album and preview track “Fire” (streaming below) features contributions from sometimes APTBS drummer Robi Gonzalez and guitarist Blaze Bateh from Bambara on select tracks.  With live unprocessed drumming, Farfisa organ, distorted guitar bursts and Dion’s descending bassline, a noisy hybrid of punk, 60’s garage and psychedelia come together on “Fire.”  The title line chorus shares a spiritual connection with Arthur Brown’s 1968 hit of the same name.  The mood here is much heavier though, with lyrics that go “So stressed out from the negative vibes, it sounds like the truth but you know it’s a lie.”  Melodic guitar lines appear in places, adding a more traditional rock structure. The self-titled debut album will be released on June 9th via Agitated Records and will be available via his Bandcamp page. - Dave Cromwell

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Kayo Dot's Toby Driver goes to SXSW, but not to party

The thought of Austin during SXSW (read: sonic chaos with loud music coming from every direction) is inherently discordant with the music played by Kayo Dot's Toby Driver in his new solo project. If his original band was not exactly one to shatter eardrums (not a bad thing), the songwriter's new tracks available for streaming take things a couple of notches in a quieter and sparser direction, with an added mystical aura. Check out single Craven’s Dawn, streaming below, and don't miss the opportunity to take a break from SXSW's madness when Toby plays the Hideout on March 16th.

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The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Hip Hop/Funk/Electronica Artist: Moor Mother!

We just completed our final poll for the categories of Hip Hop/Funk/Electronica. After compiling the jurors', readers'/fans' and writers' votes, congrats go out to Moor Mother, a.k.a. Camae Ayewa! We first encountered the experimental musician/poet/curator/activist as Camae Defstar, co-fronting politically charged punk/hip-hop outfit The Mighty Paradocs. She later began producing and releasing her own solo material as Moor Mother Goddess, before dropping last year's critically acclaimed Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni) under her revised, current moniker. The hometown renaissance woman has been grinding away for years in the Philadelphia music scene, refining her artistic vision, while being a supportive force in the local music community, so we are very happy to see her gaining recognition and continuing to do so on her own terms - bravo!

We'd also like to send out some love to our most recent Readers'/Fans' Poll Winners, Wax Future, who also finished second overall in the Hip Hop/Funk/Electronica category. And coming in third, Hardwork Movement have proven in 2016 that their band name is more than just a name; it's their ethos. We'll be sharing our final results for this year's Best Emerging Philly Artists Poll with our list of Top Performers, so remember to check back tomorrow! 

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Polluter Named Reader's Pick for Best Emerging New England Punk/Metal Artist of 2016

 Connecticut natives, Polluter, have been named Best Emerging New England Punk/Metal Artist of 2016 by our reader's poll.  One of the tougher candidates to categorize, Polluter fits uneasily within the ranks of their punk and metal colleagues.  Showcasing elements of both genres, with splashes of jazz, R&B, spoken word poetry, and more, the six piece band creates their own definition of modern rock.  Their latest, Live Decay, is a potpourri of driving guitar riffs, sultry sax interjections, tight grooves, and pretty much anything else you could think of. -Brian Varneke 

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Adiós Ghost unveils new single "Uncanny Valley," plays Knockdown Center tomorrow (03.09)

Brooklyn's Adiós Ghost just unveiled the first single off of their upcoming debut LP, Fade Out With Your Phantoms, which is set to come out in April. While Adiós Ghost continues to embrace the West African-inspired sounds of their past, they've introduced influences of new wave and funk into "Uncanny Valley", referencing the groove-centered rock of early-80s art-rock legends such as Peter Gabriel. Those familiar with the band's 2016 release Endless Return will hear more of the signature driven vocals from Ben Sigerson, as well as other familiar voices through featured guests C.F. Watkins and Half Waif's Nandi Plunkett. The track itself was recorded at the studio of Drew Vandenberg, who's done production work for Of Montreal and Futurebirds, among others.

To celebrate the release of "Uncanny Valley", Adiós Ghost will perform at the Knockdown Center in Queens on March 9th with Shy Layers and Faten Kanaan. Stay tuned for details of Adiós Ghost's Eastern U.S. tour, which will happen this spring after the release of Fade Out With Your Phantoms. - Will Sisskind

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