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Weekend Warrior, August 18 - 20

The Deli’s reigning Best Emerging Philly Indie Rock Artist, The Retinas, set up shop this Saturday at The Barbary. As we await the arrival of new material currently in the works and potentially on display, the band lay down a faded, fuzz-out set of well-crafted, rambunctious tunes. Filtered through a casual disenchanting haze, The Retinas cultivate unassuming, episodic adventures that tackily grab hold and gradually accelerate into anthem status without pretense. The psych-surf trio of Secret Nudist Friends twists and turns between a temperate sway to a ripping torrent. New York natives The Lounge Act channel secluded emotions into dominoing jams.

Meanwhile, many will their annual trek to Old Pool Farm, flocking for the 56th Philadelphia Folk Festival. Among the cavalcade of acts throughout the weekend, the absorbing Vita and the Woolf, the multi-dimensional, baroque folk of Hezekiah Jones, and the harmony-stacking, campfire Americana of The End of America represent a small but potent sampling of what will be a long-ass weekend of good vibes and tunes. – Michael Colavita

Other places to soak in the summer this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Spank, SAT Philly Loves Michael Jackson

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Overcoming Gravity, Camp Candle, SAT Bel Heir, Blame Candy

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Drowse, Manbeast/Big Nothing/WhiteRice, Gummibear, BeeTee Beats/The Dull Blue Lights, SAT Midwestern Exposure, Brom Bones, Canyon Ride/DJ PHSH, Low Budget, SUN Androgynous Jesus/Crazy Bull

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI McRad, Thantophobe, Barnes

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI In the Presence of Wolves

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Lucid By Midnight, Public Noise/DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, Wes Walker, Charley Coin

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dayne Jordan, DJ Ferno, Beano, The Bul Bey

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Lily Mae

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Thunderbird Divine, SAT RFA, Soraia, Ellen Siberian-Tiger/The Retinas, Secret Nudist Friends

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Nightwitch, Korine

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Barren Marys, SUN Thrills, St. James & The Apostles

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Birthday Boy, Caracara, SAT Vincent John

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI No Mere Machine, SAT Roxy Rollz, SUN Port Arthur, Cavity Kids

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Lloyd Maz, Hashland, Blaq N' Nappy, Ryze High, Zac Oracle

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ PiERSON, SAT DJ Beatstreet, SUN Burnt Sienna

The Grape Room (105 Grape St) Liberty Music Fest  FRI Chad Jenkins Band, Riverside Odds, Shadow Merchants, Lonesome Crow/Monie & Meeks, John Fahres, Mack & the Hooligans, Vinnie Paolizzi , SAT Xpresidents, The Sly Foxes, Aviance, Redux Envy, In Different Sounds, CHVNCE/Vanderlyle, E.Joseph and The Sparrows, A Better Class Of Criminal, Tyler John, Firm Taqtics, Steve Oakley Band/DJ 21HNDRD, Mike Nappi, Camp Candle, The Duke Brothers , Eloise Sharkey, Prin$e Alexander, Rotation Records Showcase, SUN Primatives, Fauxtron, Popular Creeps, Adventure Lost, Illusions Of Grandeur, Granz, A Ship Named Beagle/The Local Smokes, Bazmati Vice, Josh Nussbaum, Bluestime, Novyy Stil'

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Steal Your Peach, Brown Sugar

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Whipworm

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Crossed Keys, Peter The Pianoeater, Wax Wav / The Mellowells, Snakeboy, Twin Beds

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) SAT The Dull Blue Lights, SteveO & The Crippling Addictions

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Garden Club, Sinceres, Whine Moms

Philly Folk Festival (Old Pool Farm) FRI Andrea Nardello, Apache Trails, Ben Arnold and the 48 Hour Orchestra, A Fistful of Sugar, Anna Cecilia, Black Horse Motel, Butter Queen Sister, Chickabiddy, Dani Mari, David Amram, David C Perry, Deer Scout, Edge Hill Rounders, Gene Smith Band, Hezekiah Jones, Jessica Graae, Kicking Down Doors, Ladybird, Man About a Horse, Michael Braunfeld, No Good Sister, Rare Spirits, Ray Naylor, RUNA, Spirit Wing, Stevie and the Bluescasters, Sweetbriar Rose, The Theologicals, The End of America, SAT A Fistful of Sugar, Greg Sover Band, Hannah Taylor, Jay Smar, Jesse Hale Moore, Kalob Griffin, Lisa Chosed, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart, Michael Braunfeld, Rare Spirits, RUNA, Sarah Chodak, Silverton, Saul Broudy, The Theologicals, Two of a Kind, Vita & the Woolf, SUN Almshouse, Andrea Nardello, Boulevard Express, Courtney Malley, Dani Mari, David Amram, Dawn Hiatt, Instant Bingo Jam, Jessica Graae, John Flynn, Kicking Down Doors, Ladybird, Man About a Horse, Michael Braunfeld, Michelle Miller, No Good Sister, RUNA, Saul Broudy, Sylvia Platypus





Garage

Date New: 
Sat, 09/23/2017 (All day)
Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Pink Mexico
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/flamingpinkmexico/
Venue name: 
Rough Trade
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Garage Pop

Date New: 
Fri, 08/25/2017 (All day)
Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Leg Days
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/DayoftheLegs/
Venue name: 
BK Bazaar
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Psych Rock

Date New: 
Thu, 08/17/2017 (All day)
Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Ghost King
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/ghostkingghost/
Venue name: 
BK Bazaar
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Jeff's Plasma Blast 2.0 jumps even deeper into the plasma pool

 Last year, the first round of Jeff's Plasma Blast rolled out to overwhelming success. Its venue, the American Legion up on Alberta, filled to capacity as tickets sold like the hottest of cakes. The mini fest was started by the surfy psych band Skelevision, formally known as Thong. Since the second installment happens this Friday, we exchanged some words with Skelevision drummer Philip Zevenbergen on names, lineups and Plasma Blast details, like how it'll also be the band's release show for their new full length Inside The Horror and tour kickoff...

 

The Deli Portland: How did the band end up settling on Skelevision for the name change, from the former name Thong?

Philip Zevenbergen: It kind of just became this name that got thrown around in our desperate attempt to ditch Thong. Some weird names were considered. Chemical X (like the powerpuff girls), Warped Tape, and The Shrimpers were all top contenders for a while, but ultimately Skelevision just rolled off the tongue better and was more fitting to our sound.

The name Skelevision specifically came about out of my boredom of working at Wunderland Nickle Arcade. I would often combine random prefixes with objects I'd see around the room, "skele" and an arcade game with "vision" in the title stuck out one day and I wrote it down.

Speaking of names, how did the name for Jeff's Plasma Blast itself come about?

I am a huge fan of David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). Throughout the film Jeff Goldblum, who plays the lead role of a scientist who becomes a gross monster fly, refers to jumping into the "plasma pool". I found that to be real silly and Jeff's celebration of the plasma pool just seemed like a good name for a music fest for some reason. Originally, it was Jeff's New Years Plasma Blast when we did it in December of 2016. We just dropped the "New Years" and picked up the "2.0" and there ya have it.

What was your process for selecting the lineup for Plasma Blast 2.0?

Well, it started with just asking some bands I am close with about hopping on so I could have a good baseline of acts before reaching out to headliners. Once I had my baseline, I reached out to some more of the scene leaders about getting on, people who have been around longer in the Portland scene and have some street cred from touring or having a notable label. Once that was taken care of, I shifted into getting the headliners which was easily the hardest, most time consuming, and stressful part of the whole show. A lot of agents will lead you on and throw you back and forth on how the likely the headliner you want will take the money you've offered. However Mean Jeans and Walter TV have both been pleasures to work with and so have their agents. We are stoked to have them playing the festival and even more stoked that we get to hit Eugene the next day with Walter TV again.

Is there any particular artist(s) whose sets you're really looking forward to?

I'm most excited to see The Fabulous Downey Brothers. We played with them at the BIG BLDG BASH this year and we were totally blown away. They are going to have a crowd of totally fresh faces and I know they'll tear the house down.

I'm also stoked to see Mannequin, who are opening the festival as this will be their first show. They look like some girls who are gonna kick some serious ass.

Why did you decide to have the event be all-ages and one day long, versus spanning over two days?

When you span it over two days, you have to get the twice the artists. I see it this way only because I am a believer in the short, around 20 minute long set. Show us what you got and get off. To have the amount of artists we are having in Jeff's 2.0 would require 40 minute sets from each band over the two days. I think less people would pay attention to entire sets and the show would move a lot slower. I love this set up because it's going to pack a punch. The music will just keep going and changing rapidly, which is great for a young, unfocused mind like mine. Plus, having it be all ages was a no brainer. You don't have to be 21 to love good music, that's just silly.

You've mentioned to me how Skelevision is now a three piece. How did losing Carlo affect the writing process?

After our first tour the band came to the agreement that we wanted to move forward as a three piece without Carlo. While having to seperate ourselves from him was not something we were super happy to have to do, it really tightened us a band. Our writing sessions feel tighter and more focused on making the core structures of our songs more interesting and I think people have been really appreciating it. People are always telling us how much better of a band we are since we waddled into the Analog over a year ago for our first show. We all wish Carlo could have stuck around, but ultimately our separation with him has been better for both him and us.

What inspired some of the songs/the concept of the new album?

The lyric "Inside The Horror" specifically comes from the second track on the album, "The Sheets." The whole idea of being surrounded by horror but that we're maybe safe if we hide under our bed sheets is the visual we are playing with on our album cover. The whole album holds our psychedelic lo-fi beginnings but also mixes in our newer more punk and horror influence. I think the blend of it all came out really nicely. 

What city are you most looking forward to playing on tour and why?

Tijuana! Derek H. of On Drugs told me that it would be the most stressful and thrilling city to play, but also the most memorable and exciting too. That has me really pumped. Also, just getting to go play in Mexico is such a treat!

Doors for Jeff's Plasma Blast 2.0 are at 2:30, with music starting sharply at 3pm. Tickets are still available and reentry to the fest is allowed all day, so be sure to come early!

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