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Lushlife’s Shaking Through Episode Launch Party on Nov. 7 at Art in the Age

Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar, is back with a new opus that was recorded for Weathervane’s Shaking Through called “Toynbee Suite,” a track that spans four movements, clocking in at ten and a half minutes, and features contributions from rjd2, Nightlands, YIKES the ZERO and Joshua Stamper. He’ll be unveiling it at an episode launch party on Thursday, November 7 at Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd St.). There will be DJ sets by Bailiff, Tim Meskers (ex-Brown Recluse) and Lush as well as complimentary refreshments provided by Narragansett Brewery.


Inaugural Third Thursday Live and Local w/Lushlife & More at Race St. Pier June 20

It shouldn’t be a surprise to any of our more dedicated readers that we have much love for über-talented emcee/producer Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar. We were already fans of his mixtapes, and when he entered HotBox Studios and threw down for our first Choice/Cuts session, everyone in the place knew that we had just witness some real genius shit. And the fact that he was so nice and humble about his skills made us love him even more. So while we wait for the rest of the world to catch up to what we and hopefully most of you already know (which we think will happen when he finally releases his collaboration with one of our favorite local electronic outfits), we’ll gladly take advantage of watching Lush perform for free this evening at Race Street Pier as part of the new Philebrity-curated free concert series, Third Thursday Live and Local. (Ugh…this is a pretty unimaginative name, but we get the point.) He’ll also be joined on the bill by Roots affiliate Dice Raw, Jade Alston, D’Vina and DJ Benz. The inaugural event is in conjunction with Black Music Month Week Philadelphia. (“Month Week” - who named this too?) The series will feature a different genre each month as well as established performers alongside up-and-coming acts. Race Street Pier, Race St. & N. Columbus Blvd., 6pm, Free - Q.D. Tran


Weekend Warrior, April 26 - 28

It’s Philly Tech Week, and this Sunday, you have the opportunity to attend an interesting free event at Underground Arts. The evening will kick off with an hour-long Q&A with ?uestlove, which will be hosted by XPN’s Bruce Warren. There will be performances by Lushlife, Man Man’s Pow Pow (a.k.a. Christopher Sean Powell), and Khari Mateen as well as tunes being spun by DJs Dave P and PHSH. Come out and learn a few things while shakin’ your ass to some dope sounds! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 5pm, Free All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Other things to get you out and about this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Lantern, SAT Denison Witmer, Soporus
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Belgrade Record Release Show, SAT (Upstairs) The Repellers, (Downstairs) The Fantastic Imagination, Hurry, SUN Buried Beds, Auctioneer
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ginger Coyle, Katie Barbato, Echo Victory, SAT Super Galactic Expansive, SUN Lushlife, Pow Pow, Questlove, Dave Pianka, DJ PHSH Khari Mateen
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT Cheap Dinosaurs
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Great Big House, The Real Feel, SAT The LBG Project and Overlook, SUN Spirit & Dust
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Anjuli Josephine, Ella Dars, Swedeland, Sun Flights, SAT (All Ages) Brothers & Sisters, The Dingleheads, (Late) The Badlees, John & Brittany, Jacob Kulick, SUN Bubblegum Octopus, Death Leopards, 185668232, Storm Blooper
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT El Malito, Mo Lowda
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sheriff Ariff & The Walli Sanga, SAT Welter, The Moms, Nark
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Color Kingdom, Mystery Circle
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Matt Dike, Matt Santry, SAT (Early) Sue Bailey, (Late) No Good Sister
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Devise, The Great Socio
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Binary Bits
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Hooters, Good Old War
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI The Late Ancients, SAT The Keystone Mountain Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Ruder Than You, Fink's Constant
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Montoj, The Bartleby Jones, Cocktail Party Phenominon, SAT Firm Taqtics, Sound Barrier Experience, Five Times Famous, Drew Nielson Experience, Venice Sunlgiht, Beth Goldwater, Halfro, Aaron Coile, SUN (Downstairs) Supreem and The New Experience, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, Supreem Da Rezarekta, (Upstairs) Lanice London
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Raggamuffins
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Combat Crisis, Population Zero, Common Enemy, Spent Flesh
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Chelsea Kills, SAT Sunshine Acid Tabs
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) SUN The Greek Favourites, Cayetana, Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe
Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Sick Trust, Flesh Engine, Macines of Penalty, Icarus Witch, Saint Rebel, SAT Honor
Field House (1150 Filbert St.) SAT Beat City
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sonoma Sound, Stealing Fame, Sonogram, The Mighty O.V., Xerohour, Justin DePaola, SAT Looseleaf Trio, East of The West, Grip of The Gods, Astorian Stigmata
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., #3) SAT gender EDGE w/Sgt.Sass, EX. By V., Ruby L.L. Voyager, DJ Nasty Sinatra
Locust Moon Comics (34 S. 4th St.) FRI King God, Kite Party
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Glocca Morra, Luther, Grower
Michael Jordan (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Nicknames, Sovereignties
The Dream Oven (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Zach Enggleston, Wedding Favor, Kid Busy, Paige Osbourne, Ma Ja Ka
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Ugh God, Ted Nguyent
Wolf Cycles (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Spent Flesh, Bad Energy
Hausu (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hound, The Holidays, Slit Lips, Bad Doctors
Toby’s Purgatory (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Shelf Life, Deep Internet, Olive Drab

The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Poll Top Performer: Lushlife

Year in review for Lushlife (a.k.a. Raj Haldar): skilled, innovative and making waves. In 2012, this “bedroom composer” made some serious moves with his adventuresome beats and cerebral content. Lushlife was featured on YouTube’s music page for the debut session of The Deli Philly & HotBox Studio’s Choice/Cuts. Plateau Vision was released via Western Vinyl (which became our May Album of the Month). He is certainly on the radar of a number of big-name publications and critics, ranging from Pitchfork to The New York Times, and has collaborated and received the remix treatment from hip-hop stars like Das Racist’s Heems, Styles P and Shabazz Palaces. Basically, it’s not stopping in 2012 for the wildly creative yet extremely humble Deli fave. Lushlife is already on board for the Roots Picnic this summer, and we happen to know that he has a release in the works with a rad mysterious electronic outfit (which really can’t come soon enough for us). This past year was simply a coming out party for Lush, and we look forward to seeing the rest of the world getting exposed to him! - Brandi Lukas 


Free Download: “Teenage Dream” (Autoharp Remix) - Lushlife

Check out the new remix from Lushlife of his track “Teenage Dreams” off his most excellent 2011 mixtape No More Golden Days! “Instead of a Katy Perry flip, the new instrumental uses individual notes meticulously sampled from a vintage autoharp.” You can take a listen to and download it for free HERE. Enjoy!

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