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The Deli's Philly Best Emerging Artists Poll - Top Performers: Party Photographers

Party Photographers is another Philly band that took the local indie music scene by storm in 2010. When the track “Piano Vache” started circulating the internet, out came the comparisons to The Jesus and Mary Chain, and their underground legion of fans started paying attention to the noisy rock outfit. Party Photographers soon released their self-titled 7” on Ian Records (our Philly Record Label of the Year 2010 which is also run by lead singer Elizabeth Rogers’ husband Ian Galloway). The band was chosen to participate in Weathervane’s “Shaking Through” (that was curated by Yvynyl’s Mark Schoneveld) as well as recorded live performance sessions with radio stations WPRB and Y-Rock on XPN. Party Photographers already digitally released the Children Of Men/Negative Space 7” to start off 2011 so you’ll be sure to hear more from them this year. - Alexis V. 

Shaking Through Vol 1 Ep 10: Party Photographers from Weathervane Music


Little Viking @ Springwater, 2/11/11

Little Viking shook the walls of Springwater Friday night. After a ballad of broken strings and early mishaps, the band finally broke the carbonated silence with their surfer garage rock harmonies and choppy riffs. What started out as a loose and sloppy representation of an underground scene soon turned into a set that can only be described as vivid . They played songs from their EP Howling at Earth, and got the crowd howling themselves with the opening riffs of "Nicole and Carl Sagan." The grungy, lo-fi punch of this band compliments other Nashville natives like Big Surr and may even have enough of a following to bring this sub-culture to the light. Plain and simple, these guys are loud and electric. Don't let the surf-rock roots mislead you; their sound is bigger than the small stage of Springwater.

Little Viking announced on stage, "This will be our last show for a long time" since they are writing new songs, and will soon be at Battle Tapes recording a new album. Seeing this four-piece live left me itching for a new album, since their cassette tape EP was only a teaser of three tunes. Their sound is nostalgic and progressive, which is just as contradicting as their band and track titles, but what their songs really lacked were endings - they would just fizzle out, along with the attention of some of the audience in the back of the room. For the most part though, heads were nodding, bodies were swaying and they kept our attention. This show left me seriously anticipating the new Battle Tapes sessions. – Beau Welsh


Buke and Gass open for Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson!

Deli Summer 2008 cover band Buke and Gass' raise to legendary status seems to proceed unstoppably. After supporting SF experimental indie masters Deerhoof, the band was asked to open for NYC scene legends Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson on Tuesday 02.15 at John Zorn's venue The Stone in the East Village.
The Brooklyn based duo of multi-instrumentalists builds their own instruments and has forged one of the most edgy, unique and innovative sounds we've heard in a long time. This show's ticket might be a little expensive for our readers ($40), but these guys play regularly regular and DIY venues in the two rock NY boroughs - if you can't afford this show, don't miss their next affordable show.
Read: The Deli's feature about Buke and Gass - Delicious Audio interview with Buke and Gass about their instruments


Hoots & Hellmouth Return Home at Tin Angel Feb. 14

Hoots & Hellmouth are returning home tonight to the Tin Angel to perform an early and a late set (well - late for the Tin Angel). They’ve been on tour so the rompin’ & stompin’ crew should be nice and warmed-up for this evening. It hasn’t been posted on the Tin Angel site yet, but both performances are most likely sold out by now so if you were hoping for them to be part of your Valentine’s plans and you haven't grabbed your tickets, sorry, you snooze; you lose. Hoots & Hellmouth are scheduled to be heading down to SXSW next month. Also expect a new full-length from them in the relatively near future that was funded by the generosity of their fans through Kickstarter. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30pm & 9:30pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

"Night of the Living DeadHead" Valentine's Show @ Zuzu -- MMOSS, Andy Maher Candy Bar, and Roland & Jane

Happy Valentine's Day! Zuzu's weekly "Night of the Living DeadHead" night features a stellar line-up tonight.

Roland & Jane -Featuring Jesse from Apollo Sunshine and Anna from Quilt
Andy Maher Candy Bar -Usually a one-man band, reminiscent of 90s alt rock (think Presidents of the USA), Maher is performing his first show tonight with a band in tow.
MMOSS -Psychedelia is back in full force. There may still be snow on the ground, but MMOSS will make you feel like it's the Summer of Love!


10pm, 21+
Zuzu, Central Sq.

--The Deli Staff


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