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Alex Winston's new single + video

I have one question about Alex Winston. Where does she hide the helium tank? Don't get me wrong, Sister Wife (download link under the video) is a light and fun jaunt, with soaring melodies and satisfying hooks...but I'm serious about that helium thing. Winston's soprano is so ethereal and high, that I feel like she's sucking birthday balloons dry before recording each track. Kate Bush fans, rejoice! Title track "Sister Wife" catches you with the "ooooh," so hard you don't even realize it's about bigamy. And let me say, it's one of the best songs about bigamy I've heard since...a while. Her debut EP is consistently filled with breathy girlpop dreamscapes that lets your mind wander, with enough of a backing beat to keep you from floating away – "Choice Notes" and "Fingers and Toes" especially. "Sweet James" is a stand-out, a sweet and pretty nostalgia-infused Motown crooner, conjuring visions of summer love and picnics in sunny parks. Put that one on your make-out playlist. And add "Sister Wife" too...y'know, if you're into bigamy. - Allison Levin

DOWNLOAD: Alex Winston - Sister Wife (MP3)

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Matt the Electrician: Accidental Thief

Ok, in our world, Matt the Electrician would play halftime, and the Black-Eyed Peas would scramble together a Kickstarter for their next effort, but...wisely, rather than dwell on this type of thing, Matt the E and family instead came up with this sweet and smart response to the plight of the indie musician...

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The Deli Magazine Presents Grimace Federation, Grandchildren, Power Animal, Ryat & Circadian Rhythms at The Ox Feb. 19!!!

We just want to give you a heads up on a KILLER local bill that The Deli will be presenting next Saturday, February 19 at The Ox w/Grimace Federation, Grandchildren, Power Animal, Ryat, and Circadian Rhythms. We really wish that we could take credit for putting together this lineup of some of our favorite Philly artists, but this honor goes to Ox resident The Armchairs’ Andy Molholt - a great dude who was smart and nice enough to bring these talented folks together. Remember to thank him with plenty of alcohol and herb that evening. We will. - The Deli Staff

 

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Best of LA #44: Manhattan Murder Mystery

We continue our "Best of LA Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year Ends Best of LA Poll list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

Manhattan Murder Mystery on record might sound like a bunch of drunk people singing and playing rock'n'roll, but if you scratch under the surface you'll realize these guys have some serious songwriting chops. You don't really just want to listen to them on record anyway, as this band has a hell of a reputation for their frantic live shows. Comparisons with early The Cult seem appropriate, although the overall sound here is definitely not Goth at all but some kind of raw... let's call it "Mid-Fi"?

The band will be playing a show at the PBJ Gallery during the Pomona Artwalk on April 12th.

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Don't Trust 'tine-'tine w/Her Pyramid $keem Opening for Shark Tank at DDG Feb. 10

I know Christine Griffis, a.k.a. ‘tine-‘tine (a.k.a. The Deli’s June 2010 Featured Artist of the Month) has been in the game for a hot minute, but it’s still surprising that her tiny, adorable self can pack such a dirty lyrical wallop over tattered lo-fi beat downs. You can hear her fiercely wild foul mouth at Danger Danger Gallery tonight, where she’ll take the mic alongside local hipster-hop outfit, Pyramid $keem, whose colorful assaults are one-half retro 8-bit synths and one-half witty rhyme drops. Along with Baltimore’s Gavin Riley, the two will open for hip hop super group Shark Tank (featuring Height, Mickey Free, B.Rich, and Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet), who’ll be swooping in on our favorite West Philly DIY space for their two-years-in-the-making self-titled record debut release party. Go get crunk’d, y’all. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave, 8pm, $5-$10 Donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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