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Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Frank Ocean, Ezra Furman, and fast food metal from Mac Sabbath

Dan DeLuca, Music Critic

Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:42 PM

Ezra Furman.

Frank Ocean, “Moon River.” A gorgeous and typically tender and intelligent take by Ocean on the Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini aching romance first sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and previously covered by Andy Williams among so many others.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials. Turban-wearing slide guitar exemplar Lil’ Ed Williams is celebrating three decades together with his roiling Chicago blues band. They’ll get an early start at 4:30 in the afternoon on Sunday at The Reef Delaware in Wilmington.

Ratboys. Chicago indie band that calls its sweet, charming music “post-country” is fronted not by a boy but by excellent storytelling songwriter Julie Steiner. 
The brand-new four-song EP GL is the follow-up to last year’s overlooked GN. With Vundabar. Tuesday at PhilaMOCA.

Ezra Furman & the Visions. Chicago folk-punk songwriter Ezra Furman kicks out the jams on his most spirited and ambitious album yet, a beautiful loser “queer outlaw saga” called Transangelic Exodus. In it, Furman, who is writing a book about Lou Reed’s Transformer album for the 33 1/3 series, hits the road “in a car that won’t slow down, making ourselves out in the rearview mirror.” Anna Burch opens. Thursday at Underground Arts.

Mac Sabbath. Yes, they dress as McDonald’s-themed characters and play “drive-thru metal” songs about fast food that parody Black Sabbath. Who can resist? With Star Wars-themed instrumental band Galactic Empire on Wednesday at the Chameleon in Lancaster and Thursday at the Foundry.

Dan DeLuca, Music Critic

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