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The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 3/11-3/13

Of course we encourage you to check out our latest presents show this week (Thursday at El Rio featuring Le Vice, F*uck, I'm a Ghost, and Red Blue Yellow; 9pm) first and foremost; but, if you just can't make it or still looking for other shows this weekend here are some other highlights from around the Bay Area.

Local show listing site Epic Sauce has put together a fantastic line up this Thursday at Milk Bar. The first of a new weekly series Epic Sauce will be putting on at this not often traveled Upper Haight venue, this Thursday's line up features French Miami, White Cloud, and Silian Rail. Free and boasting excellent drink deals (really stiff competition for us.... oi) so if you're not at El Rio for the Deli presents show you have no excuse not to be at this one. RSVP here.

Out at the Knockout on Friday the Frankenstein band Moonman, comprised of members from various other SF bands, will be having their album release show. Head out to this Mission venue to get your weekend dose of psyched out country-rock, 9pm.

Former band of the month Dangermaker will be playing an acoustic set at the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe on Saturday at 5pm. Pop on down for an early start to your evening and catch their performance, or, if you feel like staying home tune into the podcast here.

That about covers it for this week. Bands remember: if you have an upcoming show be sure to fill it in our calender and you may be featured here. Otherwise, hopefully most of the rest of you will be making it down to our El Rio show this Thursday.

-Ada Lann

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Acoustic railcars Performance From They Shoot Music

Back now from what was hopefully a successful European tour, railcars sadly have no Bay Area dates, though Aria is diligently working on his cover of Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. Of course, having already mentioned his efforts to re-work that album, this doesn't come as breaking news; however, what we would like to share is that while they were in Vienna evidently a European site, They Shoot Music, decided to shoot an acoustic (well I suppose acoustic for them) performance of the railcars' song “There is ice; it is blue". So early in the morning, shortly after waking and baking something according to Aria, he performed a breathtakingly beautiful rendition of the song. Definitely worth a listen.

-Ada Lann

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This Thursday! The Deli SF and Studio SQ present: Le VICE!

Start your weekend early and come dance your pants off with The Deli SF and Studio SQ as we present Le VICE live at El Rio, Thursday, March 11th! Le VICE is one part electro funk, one part rootsy hip hop with some sprinklings of pop and R&B. They're the perfect solution to your next dance party and a breath of fresh air.

Le VICE took third place in our annual Best Emerging Artist of 2009 Reader's Poll and will be celebrating the release of their self titled debut along with Bay Area folks F*ck, I'm a Ghost and Red Blue Yellow.

Come out and dance with us!

Thursday, March 11th
El Rio - 9pm
Le VICE, F*uck, I'm a Ghost, Red Blue Yellow
$5

 -Nicole Leigh

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Album review: For Fear The Hearts Of Men Are Failing

Artist: For Fear The Hearts of Men Are Failing
Album: City Music

City Music, the new release from the homegrown alt-country/folk group For Fear the Hearts of Men Are Failing (FFHMRF) is an enjoyable traditional country and bluegrass-inspired romp. FFHMRF bill themselves as the "longest-named East Bay folk group," and while the name does seem to drag on forever, the record never does. It sounds like it could have been recorded on a summertime front porch in Appalachia. Twangy vocals are punctuated with rolling banjo and guitar interludes. The tracks "Whippoorwill," the mostly instrumental "The Dialog/Elzic's Farewell," and "The Death Song" stand out from the rest. If you like Punk rock jugbands like Blackbird Raum or traditional folk songs and bluegrass (a la Folkways and Alan Lomax depression-era recordings) you're sure to like FFHMRF.

Check out their set at Mama Buzz, March 19th, 8pm.

-Natalia Cooper

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Noise Pop 2010: A B & the Sea

In San Francisco, merely uttering words that suggest you perhps don't care for A B & the Sea is akin to cheating on the perfect boyfriend in high school who brought you stuffed animals as presents and called just to say he loved you [ok, I didn't have one of those boyfriends either but you get get the metaphor, yes?]. Why, why would you do that? Koley O'Brien might just be that boyfriend, or at least that's what A B & the Sea's lyrics would have you thinking. With songs like "Yellow Haired Girl" and "We Can Ride Our Bikes to the Beach," A B & The Sea brought some sweet and innocent surf rock back to California via Wisconsin last Sunday night [does that sound strange to anyone else or just to me?]. A B & the Sea are what my co-editor Ada likes to call "nice guy rock." Where their lyrics lack in depth, their music makes up for in catchy-ness and musicianship. Their Noise Pop show at Bimbo's was tight and energetic and the crowd was certainly in love. A B & the Sea made mama proud that night.

-Nicole Leigh
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