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Best of LA 2009 - #30 Afternoons, live at Spaceland on Friday

Formerly known as Afternoons, Shadow Shadow Shade grew frustrated sharing a nearly identical name with a Welsh band and recently decided to set themselves apart from it (when the internet is the predominant launching pad for emerging bands, it would not suffice to share a Google results page.) What you will find now is a sound both refreshingly current and comfortingly nostalgic. The seven-piece, conceived in 2006 by Brian Canning and Steven Scott from the band Irving, are slowly delving into the importance of the live performance with a string of shows set in coming weeks. The operatic vocals of Claire McKeown set them apart from the others attempting to instill a charming '70s quality to a new-folk sound. Shadow Shadow Shade play Spaceland this Friday. -Kate Proto

Every week, The Deli LA will be checking in with those who broke onto the Best of 2009 poll.  View the full list of artists here.

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Freak-pop outfit The Body Parts play Echo Curio tonight

The Body Parts--freak pop project of Ryder Bach--is a tasteful combination of both intrigue and discomfort. Though completely disjointed and dissonant, it still has listenability in its role as a complete outcast who favors the pop side of punk. If you can't make last minute plans to the Echo Curio tonight for their set, settle for downloading their EP Literal Pop, available for free here.

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Local Natives play "Airplanes" on Two Meter Sessions


Local Natives | "Airplanes" (Two Meter Sessions)
[via The Music Slut]

The Deli LA's Artists of 2009 Local Natives are breaking huge, fast and now international: check out the video above of an unplugged rendition of "Airplanes," straight from their debut LP Gorilla Manor. Filmed for Amsterdam's Two Meter Sessions, the group show that even a subdued version of themselves is worthy of recognition.

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CD of the Month: AM's "Future Sons & Daughters"

Singer/songwriter AM isn't a stranger to having left his musical mark right under your nose; his last LP Troubled Times had every track licensed to all sorts of projects on television and film, an impressive feat not done since Moby's mega-hit Play. With that kind of cred, AM has already proven a strong viability with most any audience, but without the necessary weight that comes in being a well-recognized mainstay. That's about to change with his latest LP Future Sons & Daughters, a fully developed snapshot of AM in the context of, not just the single, but the lost art of the album.

Produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields), this lush and multi-faceted pop work is a testament to AM's love of retro radio, analog warmth and laser-precise melodies. Nods range from '60s Detroit to '70s Philly, but intends to be current with a modern palette in production. Highlight track "Fortunate Family Tree" revives roots melody awash with steady organs, loose snares and hallucinatingly wavey lead guitar lines, all signs that this is a worthy trip to a past sound, sans the cringing generally associated in homage attempts. This is pop music for the refined ear, or, rather, the ear that remembers what pop music was really always supposed to be. -Hugo Gomez

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Saint Motel want to feast on your blood this Saturday at The Roxy


Saint Motel's 2nd Annual Valentine's Zombie Prom
Sat., Feb. 13 | The Roxy | All Ages

Saint Motel have done well in their quest to kill the live show paper flier with viral video announcements, and they're only getting better at it. Once you've checked out the video above of their barely Thriller-esque homage in promotion for their 2nd Annual Valentine's Zombie Prom taking place this Saturday at The Roxy, save some cash by scoring advanced tickets.

And, of course, you could always check back on The Deli's Twitter page if you think this is sufficient hinting for free tickets. We might post something there today.

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