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Deli NYC Record of the Month: Ian Sweet

Trio Ian Sweet, the brainchild of Los Angelinos guitarist Jilian Medford, relocated from Boston to Brooklyn in 2016. The city has been kind to them: the group has gathered a fair amount of interest since the move, after which they released two records in quick succession (their early releases, a lot more experimental, date back as far as 2013). While the earlier of the two (a self titled mini-LP) sounds like a transitional album, 'Shapeshifter' delivers a sound that's edgy, fun and mature - within the perimeters of the DIY aesthetics, which despise maturity. It's a mix of math rock, indie pop and psychedelia that marries the cerebral and the imaginative in surprising ways. Jilian's voice, always distorted in a blurry way, conveys a violent brightness to the tracks, and is at times reminiscent of early Bjork. Breakout single #23 (streaming bewlow) is the perfect exemplification of the band's disciplinately unruly pop expressionism. The record is a constant surprise, full of incredibly vibrant sounds, often drenched with rare passion ('2soft2chew') but also prone to playfulness ('All Skaters Go To Heaven'). The feeling we get is that 'Shapeshifter' is a sonic portrait of a band in the perfect musical sweet spot (like the Pixies on 'Surfer Rosa'), that confidently balances a youthful imagination with quality songwriting, and a sound that's daring without being over-produced. 

Ian Sweet will soon be going on tour that will take them to Austin for SXSW and then to the West Coast.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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Ticket Giveaway: Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss & The Spirit of the Beehive at Underground Arts This Friday

There is a killer, not-to-be-missed, psyched-the-fuck-out, locals-only bill happening this Friday, March 10 at Underground Arts with Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, and The Spirit of the Beehive, and we'd be happy to get you in on us! To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Bring Weed". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

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New Secret Nudist Friends EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Secret Nudist Friends is made up of Matty Klauser, Andy Slepman and Brian Hullihen, who craft jaunty pop creations that draw upon elements of surf, psychedelic, and contemporary indie rock. Klauser’s background in opera and musical theatre allows him to deliver compelling vocal performances, while providing catchy guitar hooks. The band just released its new four-song EP Susan, which you can stream and purchase below. Secret Nudist Friends will also be celebrating the album’s arrival with a performance tonight at Tralfamadore, where they’ll be supported by Honeytiger, Psychiatric Metaphors, The Off White, and The Vernes, before heading on tour down south to SXSW. (Photo by Jeanette D. Moses)

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MOGO Fest Pick 3: Pynnacles, Cambrian Explosion and LiquidLight at Dante's

*photo by John Keel

MOGO Fest wouldn't be a definitive Portland faction without a little bit of psychy garage. Veronica Booking is handing this arena for the festival, with one of her bills being one of our picks for today's festivities. 

On tonight's bill at Dante's, the self proclaimed dancey "trash jewel" output of '60s throwback band The Pynnacles headlines this night of psychedelic pleasantry. This is also somewhat of a "welcome back" show for progressive stoner rock group Cambrian Explosion, who have been on the road for much of February. Rounding out this nod of a classic night is some space rock from LiquidLight, who came out on top in our Best of 2015 readers' poll

Dante's is sure to transform into a land of trippy lights, so come prepared to be immersed in impressive soundscapes and colorful visuals. Music starts at 9pm, with tickets running $10.

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Weekend Warrior, March 3 - 5

Dark-pop collective She Policeman will be celebrating the release of its debut self-titled LP tonight at Boot & Saddle. It will also mark the band’s debut live performance. Led by singer-songwriter Michelle Spano who is back by Barry Knob, Steve Quaranta, and Claire Quaranta, you’ll find the group of longtime Philly musicians transporting us back in time to what now seems like the carefree 80s compared to 2017our present day circumstances. Opening the festivities is Langor, indie pop from the oddball mind of Brian Langor (Needle Points, ex-Sw!ms), and Philly indie-rock elder statesmen, Purples, will be headlining this evening’s bill.
 
And if you can find your way to North Philly DIY space Trash House on Sunday, you’ll be treated to a rad lineup of Hello Shark, Power Animal, and The Goodbye Party, playing host to Brookyn’s Bellows. - H.M. Kauffman
 

More reasons to not sit at home this weekend…
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Purples, She Policeman (Record Release), Langor
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, SAT Hound, SUN Marge
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ BlackWidow/Backwoods Payback/DJ Deejay, SAT Stadium Armory/Geisha Façade/DJ Baby Berlin, SUN Shots Called, The One2s/In Different Sounds, FLNG, Secret Seahorse
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Anjuli Josephine (Release Show), Christine Irizarry, Katie Jo Knaub, SUN Bullbuckers
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Steal Your Face, Mikey B & Miz, SAT JJX, Senvenire, Kailey Prall, C.J. Dunleavy, Peter Mitchell, James Cannon/Eloise Sharkey, Christopher Perry, Calla Bere & The Attitude, Tony Ukes, Livvie Forbes/Flex Squad, Mookie Mook, O.T., YOG JP, Yo Astro
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) A Benefit for Living Beyond Breast Cancer: The Miners, Loose and Alright, Reckless Amateurs
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Phunkyman, Bosom Band, George Cahill, SAT The Silence (Album Release), Travel Lanes, The Donuts, SUN Kaonashi
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Little Stranger
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Bill McCloskey, Ali Wadsworth, August John Lutz II, SAT CaveWomen, SUN Owl And Wolf
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Beano, Milano, Domi Jo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Red Letter Life, Karmalatta, Effucsion 35, Elephant Odyssey, SAT The Droogettes, The End A.D., Workhorse III
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Royal Ghosts, Age of Truth, Mesmeria, Pravda, Cerebelles, SAT Trap Rabbit, The Sugarpops, Hootsie, Jonny Drucker, The Bent Benjamins
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tasty Face (Album Release), Past Life, Tucker Hill, SAT Stella Ruze, Jamie Gallagher, John Gilbride, Andrew Jude
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Pet, Arthur Shea, SAT Semiotics, Boy Lawyer, Lally, Sunshine Parker, SUN Weller, Water Temple, Sleepy Freak
 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Ste. 76) FRI Mercury Retrogsrade, Dot.gov, Sitting in Cars
 
West Kensington Ministry (2140 N. Hancock St.) FRI The Mysteries, Tangiers
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Trash Boy, Blushed, Busy Bee, Elissa Janelle Velveteen
 
Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI RFA
 
Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Hello Shark, Power Animal, The Goodbye Party
 
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