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Lillie Ruth Bussey’s First Philly Performance in 2011

Lillie Ruth Bussey will be performing her first show this year in Philly at The Mitten. Anytime she sets up her little world of toys it is always a treat. It’s hard to believe how this multi-talented artist can be such a one-woman experimental dance party. Be prepared for plenty of jammin’ on the one! She’ll be headlining the evening, and will be supported by Brooklyn’s Lushes and The Binary Marketing Show. Admission is pay what you want, and donations are greatly appreciated. The Mitten, 4918 Kingsessing Ave., 7pm, Donation, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Various Characters f/Ruth Elaine Bussey by Lillie Ruth Bussey


Emily Greene, The Smoking Flowers, & Melismatics @ The Basement, 3/5/11

For those of you who are intrigued by the idea of a saucy blend of St. Vincent, Adele, and maybe a touch of Tori Amos, look no further than NYC-based artist, Emily Greene. Her sound is somewhat soulful, relaxing, and fortunately, rests just outside of the typical female singer/songwriter box, so her show at The Basement on Saturday night should be a safe bet. Also playing will be funky dance/rock group, Melismatics--(who, might I add, have some pretty slick music vids)--as well as The Smoking Flowers--local husband/wife duo who play some pretty interesting Southern Gothic rock/folk/indie pop. It's difficult to describe, and it's unpredictable, but it's definitely worth giving it a listen--just like the entire Saturday night lineup. It's a somewhat strange combination of artists, but certainly respectable and interesting, so you should go, at least for the sake of getting your multi-genre fix. Doors at  8pm, $10.--Erin Manning



Heypenny's "A Jillion Kicks" release @ Mercy Lounge, 2/26/11

After a parking fee and a guest list issue took most of my drinking money, I got into Mercy Lounge as Natalie Prass was wrapping up her set. Nothing could be seen from the back except some dark bangs onstage peeking over the heads of the crowd.

Mikky Ekko, face paled with paint and clad in a D.A.R.E. shirt, took the stage next to cast a brooding audio shadow over everybody. The dark ambience of Ekko’s set put some front-of-the-house listeners in a kind of trance even stronger than my suspicion that pretty much everyone in the room was attracted to him. His eerie alt-rock resonated with Beatles-like vocal harmonies (“I Love You”), electronic glitches and tribal beats (“Who Are You, Really?”). The best out of the set was probably the gorgeous “Nothing Wrong With Your Love.”

Guitar-and-drum duo Action! were up next with guitarist/vocalist Robyn Burns’ attire resembling that of a Grimm’s fairy tale spinster (nothing wrong with that). Her piercing vocals cut prettily through guitar fuzz on songs from last year’s LP Friend Weakend, including “Sandpiper” and “This Is Your Summer.” Heypenny joined them onstage to close the set with the bouncy, key-driven, Munchkinland sort of ditty “In The Basement Corner.”

As for the gentlemen of the hour, their set was as expected. Amid piles of stacked TVs onstage, the band kicked off with the buzzing-bass anthem “Purple Street,” track one off of new LP A Jillion Kicks. Heypenny headbands circulated and at one point, an overflow of pink and blue balloons was unleashed over the crowd. Frontman Ben Elkins, dressed like some strain of a Star Trek character, delivered in his signature pinched, erratic vocals old crowd-pleasers like “CopCar” (from their last EP) and “Parade.” And pleased they were – most of the audience maintained at least a minimal shuffle throughout a set filled with the stuff of the new release. Danceable beats, outrageous vocal stamina, pretty balloons, lyrical wit and an all-around madman allure = a solid album release. – Jessica Pace


On and Off Mass Ave Presents: Dennis Brennan, Jess Tardy, Mark Erelli, Billy Beard, Jeese Dee, Zach Hickman and Margaret Glaspy on 3/8


The Cambridge music community is dazzling with the songs and voices of some of this country's finest independent musicians. The March 8th showcase features a beautiful sampler of sorts of the Cambridge area's most talented voices and musicians. This is a show for the most seasoned Camberville music fan as well as a newbie wanting to get a heaping dose of the best live music in the area. March 8th show will feature Dennis Brennan, Jess Tardy, Mark Erelli, Billy Beard, Jeese Dee, Zach Hickman and Margaret Glaspy showcased by the On and Off of Mass Ave project. The project began in 2007 by two local music devotees who continue to document and rally support for live, local music. The March 8th event will be recorded for a future documentary.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8pm

Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA

Tickets now available at www.passim.org

-- The Deli Staff

The Colors and the Kill: Sad Accordions

Limited-edition hand-designed copies of Sad Accordions' upcoming EP the colors and the kill will be available at their Mohawk show this Saturday 3/5. Sad Accordions bring you the spare, the folky and the haunting, and they've done so since 2003; qualifying them now as veterans of the Austin indie scene. They'll be joined Saturday night by two of the more exciting recent additions to the Austin music scene: Royal Forest and Black Books


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