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Major Lazer SOLD OUT at Club Polaris April 2

BYAP! BYAP! MAJA LAZA BE IN DI HOUSE TONIGHT BYAP! BYAP! Philly’s own Diplo teamed up last year with English fidget house DJ Switch to create what is known as Major Lazer. Major Lazer is the Jamaican commando with a laser arm, and I presume that their debut album Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do is the soundtrack that follows this guy around. Diplo’s production is evident as he forays into grimy, dub-step freak-outs that leave the listener comfortably unhinged. Most likely they will bring along hypeman/pervert Skerrit Bwoy and professional rump shaker Mimi. If you can get yourself into this sold out show, you will be sure to leave with some item of clothing missing, in a good way. Also on the bill is bombastic duo Sleigh Bells. Their jagged guitar riffs and heavy electronic blasts alongside singer Alexis Krauss’ ferocious voice prove their hype every song. Fellow Dubstepper Rusko will be filling out the bill. Club Polaris, 460 N. 9th St., 9pm, SOLD OUT, All Ages myspace.com/majorlazer - Adam G.



The Spinning Leaves Whirl into JB’s April 2

Since Barbara Gettes and Michael Baker first met in 2006, they’ve crafted a sound that can seamlessly be sewn into the proud tradition of American music which they’d humbly give credit to the assortment of 50+ musicians that they have worked with on their recordings. But at the forefront, you’ll find Michael the Baker’s heartfelt achy rasp and B the Leaf’s charming lilt playfully circling each other. However, they are excited about performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with their full band. Also on the bill with The Spinning Leaves are Oso, whose debut The Bellringer was one of my local faves last year. They’re already preparing to release a second album. Newly added to the lineup are Toy Soldiers who will surely have their army of Temple boppers hitting the dance floor. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/thespinningleaves - H.M. Kauffman



From our Open Blog: Color Card

Color Card is a three-piece experimental outfit hailing from Chicago, IL. Formed in early 2009, the band pushes the limits of the "indie" genre by incorporating various styles and instrumentation. Recently, with the help of producer/engineer Ben Kaufmann, just finished recording a few songs at Chicago's own Engine Studios. They have also just made official plans to record a full length starting in May. Listen to new songs 'Rigors' and 'Tourniquet' and stay tuned for upcoming shows at the band's myspace page.


CD of the Month: Leather Silk

The latest album from My My My, Leather Silk, looks and reads like an under produced classic porn movie from the ‘80’s. It’s complete with cheesy actors named “Big Baddy Cosgrove”, “Captain Sage Bronson”, “Silky”, “Terrycloth Jones”, and so on. However, when you put the album it is a completely different experience. This is power pop at its finest. Filled with finely tuned electronics, sweeping guitar riffs, and dueling vocals provided by Russell Baylin and Sarah Snow. I would compare their current sound to that of Headlights, especially when Snow is taking the lead.

There is not a lull in this album, which means you will never stop moving. The centerpiece of this ten-track album is the song “Swoon”, and in a way it sums up the album. The looping electronic open leading to a gritty guitar riff and atmospheric keyboards, but it is the interplay of Baylin and Snow that will make you “Swoon”. My My My have far surpassed their 2008 effort, Little Cat Plays the Alpha Rave, and Leather Silk should make them one of the more sought after Chicago bands of 2010.

My My My will be celebrating the release of Leather Silk on May 8th at Bottom Lounge.


Portland's Hottest Bands

Here at the Deli Portland, we're all about being professional. Always educational and more on the reserved side, The Deli Magazine exemplifies "serious" music blogging. We would never think of doing something immature, like, for instance, posting who we think some of the hottest local bands are - oh wait, yes we would!

Here is my list of the guys and gals from some of our favorite local bands that make my heart skip a beat. This is purely my opinion, so feel free to comment with your faves; in fact, we encourage it!



The indie/new wave band Dropa’s members look more like they belong on the cover of GQ than a record. Their tight fitted T-shirts and well groomed 5 o' clock shadows might just distract you from their true goal, which is their music. And if you need even more convincing of how hot this band is, the keyboardist and drummer are brothers, which makes them practically twins (fantasy!). They bring some major eye candy to the group and really complement singer Micah’s geek-chic look.

Nice Boys

You can tell by the smirk on these boys faces that they are anything but "nice," and I like that. Their '70s Mick Jagger style works well with their psychedelic punk sound. It takes a confident guy to pull of the white John Travolta pants, and the Nice Boys most definitely have that. I applaud them for keeping alive the '70s rock style that still makes bands like The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes so popular today.

Stephanie Schneiderman

This ambient-pop princess controls the stage with her voice, and enchants us with her girl-next-door face and feminine style. She looks equally as hot in jeans and a T-shirt as she does dressed couture. She has a mystery about her that keeps you wanting more.

Very International Love

If you are into the electronic pop style and sound, you will squeal for this baby-faced duo. Maybe it's the singer’s long eyelashes, or the guitarist/keyboardist’s perpetual curl in his hair. Whatever it is, it works, and makes female and male fans alike fight desperately to get their attention. The problem is figuring out which one you like more.

Beyond Veronica


Much like some of Bonnie Veronica's influences - like Blondie and The Yardbirds - the Beyond Veronica vocalist is a front woman through-and-through, and her male band mates don’t seem to mind that one bit. Who wouldn’t like a hot, fun rocker chick fronting them in knee-high boots and a short skirt? Punk Globe magazine called them one of the best bands they have heard all year, but I call them one of the hottest bands I have seen all year.

Toxic Zombie

The rockabilly, horror-pop band Toxic Zombie has everything I love: tattoos, zombie attire and hot go-go dancers. If you haven’t seen this band perform, you are sorely missing out. They have a fun, catchy sound that is best seen to enjoy, and once you catch a glimpse of their sexy zombie go-go dancers/back-up singers Kelly and Robyn gyrate on stage, and their sweaty, shirtless guitarist Sam jump head first into the crowd, you will understand why I call them one of the hottest bands in Portland.

Bonus Category: Hottest celebrity band

She & Him


Two words, Zooey Deschanel.

- Deanna Uutela


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