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Lunifred Benjamin releases new single "Atheist Anthem"

Brooklyn-based musician, Lunifred Benjamin - who recently played Rough Trade - crosses genre lines with his mellow prog-folk, while evoking a rootsier-sounding Destroyer with a voice reminiscent of Girls’ Christopher Owens.  In his most recent release, “Atheist Anthem” Benjamin also strays away from common subjects, claiming “Nobody knows what happens when you die” and bringing up (unsurprisingly given the title) the topic of atheism in a rather casual tone.  Using strings and subtle guitar riffs, Lunifred Benjamin obviously enjoys to be in a category all his own, leaving us wondering what unexpected musical elements he can bring next. - Madeleine Grossman

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Henry Hall releases video for 'More Tiny' + starts Bowery Electric residency tonight

We've talked about Henry Hall's versatility before here at the Deli, but the NYC artist keeps impressing us in how often he manages to redefines himself. Hall worked on the Introduction EP with electronic producer Ellis, and the result was five tracks of soulful vocals supported by soaring, and at times poppy electronic arrangements. Recently, he has released a video for one of those tunes, "More Tiny," where Hall is singing around Times Square masked by various Snapchat filters. It's one of those videos that's either meant to be deeply symbolic or sardonically funny, but either way it suits the track well - check it out below. Henry Hall will kick off a monthly residency at The Bowery Electric tonight (09.07). — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Lina Tullgren plays the Middle East tonight (09.06)

Lina Tullgren is a New England-based singer-songwriter who composes raw and intimate music that seeks to find the balance between light and darkness. Tullgren’s latest EP Wishlist is a charming blend of honest folk and indie rock tunes that feature only Tullgren’s mellow, dreamy vocals and lightly strummed guitars. The album was influenced by her childhood growing up among many New England-based musicians and artists. On “Older” Tullgren sings in a hushed toned about wishing she didn’t have to grow older when its all she wanted as a kid. The track employs a minimalist style using only layered vocals and slow, dreamy guitars similar to Julien Baker. Lina Tullgren will be playing the Ian Sweet LP release show at the Middle East on September 6th! - John Honan

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Weekend Warrior, September 2 - 5

Though the corporate monstrosity known as Made In America will be taking over Center City Philly this weekend, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a safe haven away from the mainstream crap that will be flooding our streets. Tonight at Nacho House, get the feels with the warm, comforting harmonies of The Afterglows. The natural musical partnership of West Philly housemates Michael Cantor (The Goodbye Party, ex-Ambulars) and Sam Cooke-Parrott (Radiator Hospital) will be celebrating the release of their collaborative self-titled debut LP, which you will be able to purchase this evening on vinyl. It will be a “chill” night of “soft sounds” that will also include local singer-songwriter Shannen Moser and former Chumped frontwoman Anika Pyle. And you won’t have to consume any crappy, overpriced Buds! Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other places to end your summer at this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Strange Parts, Valley Exit, Emily Robb (DJ Set)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Andrew Winter/Los Campeones, Las Noches/DJ Deejay: MKOClub, SAT Toska/Loose Tooth, Shelf Life, Blue Smiley/Slow Tongued Beauty, CC, Deflector (DJ Set)/Cosenza, Shizz Lo, Gordon Bombay
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI King Azaz, Kilamanzego, Ex. by V.
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Sylk 130: King Britt
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Haddy Mack, Pedro Fresco, DJ Astro 8000, SAT La Capitaña, Greg Phoenix Experience, SUN Johnny Popcorn
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Soldier On, Pete Groch
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT F.Knitty, M Geez, Md Zeek, SUN The Philly Reggae Band, Tree Rats, Xtra Alltra
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Maria Maslin, Elissa Velveteen
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Ken James & Bridget Foley, Joshua Adair, Khalil Ali
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN King Britt, Mr. Sonny James, Cosmo Baker
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Sam Vile
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Plantation, Rogue Methods, SAT Whiskey Effect, Melissa Menago, Angelique Zuppo, The Founders
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes w/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI  American Dinosaur, Liberty Tribe, Von Roz, Cerrebelles, Harlowe Jones (EP Release show), SAT Danny Newport, Deadfellow, Banned Books
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Harmony Tividad
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Kilamanzego, Groppler Zorn, Control Top, Downtrodder, SUN Soul Glo, Sommelier, MON Whaler, The Phosphenes
 
FDR Skatepark (1800 Pattison Ave.) SAT Liberty Tribe, American Dinosaur, Mixed People, Delmont
 
Ben Franklin Parkway SAT-SUN Made In America: Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Lil Uzi Vert

 
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Paper Citizen stream "Anywhere We Want To" off their upcoming EP 'Postcards in Transit'

Boston’s Paper Citizen are preparing to release their debut EP Postcards in Transit on September 1st, and have recently shared its lead single “Anywhere We Want To”. It is a smooth track driven by twinkling guitars and keys and front-woman Claire Goh’s warm and delicate vocals. Goh reflects on the delight of meeting someone who she quickly wants to spend all of her time with, staying up late and wandering the city streets. The song’s gentle instrumentation puts the focus on Goh’s vocals before eventually unfolding into a vibey guitar solo towards the end. Paper Citizen just recently played the Quincy Arts Festival and will be playing the Midway Cafe on September 17th! - John Honan

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