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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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Win 2 tickets to fifth annual Lucent L'amour Visionary Love Fest!

It's Valentine's week. Because The Deli loves you all so much, we're giving away a pair of tickets away to this Saturday's fift annual Lucent L'amour Visionary Love Fest, presented by The Do Lab. Made up of contemporary art fixtures, DJ sets and live burlesque and vaudeville performances by Lucent Dossier, the event (some of which isn't all that foreign to Coachella attendees) is expected to turn out thousands again, despite the storm and the relatively high price (at $65 a pop, you'd be a fool for not entering this contest).

If you'd like to go, drop a line to @TheDeliLA after you've followed us and tweet us your favorite (and ultimately all-too repeated on KOST) love song.  First person to tweet their tune of choice gets a pair to this Saturday's festival.

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One-shot pony Juliette Commagere debuts new video, sets date at El Rey


Juliette Commagere | "The Nature of Things"
Dir. by Michael Graham

With talent like singer/songwriter Juliette Commagere and filmmaker Michael Graham, who needs a second take? This video, shot in one take with only one camera and--we're not kidding--one candle for lighting simply puts the DIY-ness into an otherwise insanely expensive medium. Commagere gracefully brings down the house (and the ambience) March 5th at the El Rey, sharing the bill with Deli favorites The Bird and the Bee.

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Music-doc Map The Music set to debut

After the death of her father, filmmaker, Second City alumna and self-proclaimed "crazy person"  Samantha Hale filmed Map The Music, a road trip documentary explaining the power music has over people. Through interviews with legions of devoted live music fans and the artists who inspire them, she tries to uncover the mystery behind the music while struggling with her loss. Artists include Imogen Heap, Kate Havnevik, Zoe Keating, Rachael Yamagata, Cary Brothers, Charlotte Martin and Jim Bianco, featuring unreleased live performances and behind-the-scenes footage with some of the most unique musicians in independent music. Check back into the official site for release dates and local screenings.

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