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Joan as a Police Woman, Okay Kaya and Kelsey Lu play at The Hum on Sunday with many other NYC female artists

We've been big fans of Brooklyn based Norvwegian songwriter Okay Kaya since we saw her first video for single 'Damn Gravity,' released in the spring of 2015. We've been missing her live a couple of times (she cancelled a CMJ show on us in 2015, and we didn't cath her at SXSW in 2016, so we won't miss the oportunity to see her at The Deli's sponsored appointment with The Hum, this Sunday April 24th at Greeinpoint's Manhattan Inn, when she will be playing a semi-improvisational set with Aerial East and Kelsey Lu. We are also happy to report that she has released some new material earlier this year, which showcases a welcome orchestral development of her uber-sparse style - check out single Keep On Pushin', streaming below.

Kelsey Lu (pictured) is a NYC based artist we've never covered before that is also worthy of attention. Born in Charlotte, NC, this classically trained cellist plays with Solange among others, although her own music flirts with ambient and experimental tendencies.

At The Hum this Sunday you'll also be able to see  Joan Wasser of Joan As Police Woman (who needs no presentation) in a set with drummer Jordyn Blakely (of Stove) and Noga Shefi of Zula, who will also share the stage with Taiwanese vibraphonist Yuhan Su in a separate set. 

This is the last appointment with The Hum, a series The Deli has been sponsoring for the second year in a row - you can read about past showcase previews here.

   

SATE unveils new video for "Know My Name" + plays CMW on 05.04

Toronto's soul rock queen SATE, winner of our recent Best of Toronto 2015 poll for emerging artists, just released this new video for single "Know My Name," which confirms the lady's undeniable power and talent. Don't miss her next show at Lee's Palace during CMW on May 4th, after which she will leave for a brief East Coast tour that will take her also to NYC.

   

Beyond The Bars Fundraiser w/The Districts, Hop Along's Frances Quinlan & More at WCL April 17

World Cafe Live is hosting a fundraiser for Beyond The Bars, featuring rising local artists such as The Districts and Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan. All ticket sales will benefit the Beyond The Bars program, which provides musical education and instruments for incarcerated youth in Greater Philadelphia. The program seeks to empower these disadvantaged young men and women by equipping them with an outlet for creative expression and a sense of agency while they grapple with the frequently disorienting and dissociative bureaucracy of the criminal justice system. In support of this righteous cause, The Districts will take to the stage on Sunday evening with their universally adored, weary-plodding folk-pop/rock. Frances Quinlan will jolt you awake with her electric and hugely dynamic voice. Also pitching in for the cause will be Lushlife (DJ Set), Queen of Jeans, Ben Arnold, Milton, and The Bul Bey. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St, 4pm, $20, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock

   

Cinedelphia Film Festival Presents Chic-A-Go-Go Live Taping w/The Dead Milkmen & Bunny Sigler at PhilaMOCA April 16

Our friends at Cinedelphia Film Festival/PhilaMOCA have been doing another amazing job this year with their programming and events. This afternoon, they will be bringing us Chicago's favorite public access family dance party Chic-A-Go-Go. There will be a live taping of the show with special guests local punk legends The Dead Milkmen and Bunny Sigler, followed by a screening and discussion of highlights from the shows 20-year history, which has featured such incredible and diverse acts such as The Cramps, The Slits, ? and the Mysterians, Sonic Youth, Frank Black, Daniel Johnston and many more. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this afternoon's event - preferably in costumes of their liking. Ha..."Punk Is Dad." PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 2pm doors/2:30pm taping/3:30pm retrospective, $5 (Sold Out), All Ages - Alexis V.

   

New Tangiers/Straw Hats Split EP Available for Streaming & Download

Over the weekend, local outfits Tangiers and Straw Hats issued a split EP, Is This Split. Tangiers occupy the first half of the album the chilled-out groover "Home Invasion," the blistering "Hey Mama," and the casually intense "Marijuana USA," while Straw Hats grab the reins, weaving grunge grit with a fun twist on  "Salmon," "Neighborhood Watch," and "Drones." It’s a mesh of light and heavy that meets somewhere in the middle.