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Black Label Society to play Roxy charity show 8/10

Black Label Society

Here at the Deli, we're all about local music. We, however, have to take a short break to recognize the amazingness of more prominent LA bands like Black Label Society. On August 10th they'll be playing the Roxy as charity event with all proceeds going to the Zakk and Barbaranne Wylde Foundation at St. Jude's Hospital.

Of course, that's not all that's going on. The show coincides with the release of their new album "The Order of the Black" the same day. Zakk will also be at Best Buy on Pico Blvd. from 4pm to 6pm for signings.

If you can't make it to the show, or it sells out before you have a chance to grab a ticket, consider donating the ticket price to St Jude's anyways. I promise it won't hurt one bit.


Pickathon 2010 Update/Day 1 Highlights

Backstage at a bluegrass festival at 10:00 a.m.on a Sunday morning - well, any festival really, and maybe any morning - is like treading through a zombie prom. The coffee line is long (Kleen Kanteen users are the salt of the earth), the fruit's all gone and everyone's still sporting the facepaint they raged warrior-like into the previous evening's din, the stench of decay from two days into a three-day festival becomes ever more pungent. Such is the environ I send you, dear Deli Portland readers, my first update from Pickathon 2010 at Pendarvis Farms - gloomy, overcast, humid Happy Valley, OR.

Day 1 Highlights: Friday, August 6


The day began with Weinland on the Mountain View Stage, with most festival-goers still sulking in the campground looking for a spot to hang their hat. Despite the small crowd, John Shearer executed the same moody, plaintive rock, and tactfully crafted progressions, culled from the bowels of arena rock standards. The band sifted through honest, sometimes loud refrains, and emerged as a great example of the fence-sitting parameters of Pickathon's bluegrass-meets-indie-rock milieu. Weinland ended their set with infestations of dance-folk, which consisted mostly of ingestible pellets of organ-oaked rock and gloom...maybe too dark for the very first mainstage band.

Casey McGill's Blue 4 Trio took to the Galaxy Barn stage - literally a barn, with notoriously sweltering temperatures, and intimate performances late nights with mainstage acts - toting old-timey lullaby juke-joint ditties. McGill appeared a blue-eyed dreamer in a dapper cabana suit while strumming a lonely guitar. The trio was festooned with '50s-era optimism, replete with stand-up bass and ukulele, all the while conjuring specters of crumple-sleeved working stiffs let loose for the night to get their kicks with boogie-woogie ballads.


North Carolina's Megafaun took to the Galaxy Barn later in the evening, at first employing a somewhat tame, blues-singed rock with lots of crowd involvement. With very home-y dallops of fun-lovin' rock 'n' rag, the band steadily eased into a trance-y hum, with snippets of jazz noir beginning to seep into their cacophany, like The Sea and Cake on speed. In the whip of Tibetan flags off stage-left, Megafaun slowly morphed into a psychedelic tangent, an ode to flippant sonic meandering. Shamanistic shivers were executed slip-sloppy by the shaky percussionist, like some goddamn hillbilly hypnotism. Every mouth gaped at its conclusion, and - as if they needed it - Megafaun hooked a slew of new listeners.

More updates, photos, etc. coming this week from the biggest little festival in the world.

- Ryan J. Prado





Come Join The Love Club at North Star Bar Aug. 8

The Love Club continues the great Philly psych-pop tradition, but not nearly in the way you've come to expect. Distant, soothing vocals occupy the same space as bouncy guitars, fuzzy, melodic bass lines and bleating saxophones and theremins, adding up to a looseness that's just as much 90's slacker indie as it is old-timey English pyschedelia. And man, if those saxophones don't sound like the Contortions (which is always a welcome influence). But I suppose you shouldn't expect anything less from a band that was "birthed from a lesbian cosmonaut". Also filling up the North Star tonight are Sonni Sunshine and the Underwater SoundsLost in Company and Touch. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar Street, 8pm, $8, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



Oh! Pears Headline at KFN Aug. 8

South Philly’s Oh! Pears is compellingly massive. The brainchild of ex-Pattern Is Movement guitarist Corey Duncan, the experimental collective may vary in size often reaching 13 large, hefting a throng of strings, horns, percussion, vocals and a clutch of claps. And their self-proclaimed chamber pop is just as prolific as its framework - influenced by the likes of Grizzly Bear, Beirut, and Dirty Protectors, the indie opulence of Oh! Pears’ newest three-song EP, Fill Your Lungs, is eerily melodramatic, ambitiously symphonic and brilliantly unrestricted. Like a beautiful, distressing thundershower in the desert. So go get wet tonight at KFN with Oh! Pears and stage mates Jac, Shutters and DJ Cutlery. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia



The Silence Kit Break Their Silence at The Fire Aug. 7

With dark and dreary post punk indie rock in the vein of Joy Division and Psychedelic Furs, and a strong musical background that has seen them play shows alongside the likes of Gene Loves Jezebel and I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, its only a matter of time before The Silence Kit move on to bigger things. And ever since they released Dislocations back in February on Break Even and Azteca Records, it's been as bright as melancholy can be. You might feel the burning inside when they play an intimate show at The Fire tonight. Especially since they'll be joined by Romance Is Born, an electronic outfit who hooks up synth laden beats on top of possessing uncanny similarities to Badly Drawn Boy and having illuminating melodies. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Bill McThrill


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