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Alt Rock

The Mackinaws @ Homegrown

“Holy Mackinaw” well we didn’t see that coming! With a name as witty as Joe Bowen, The Mackinaws are a band of brotherly love showcasing eclectic rock n’ roll skills. Recorded live off the floor, “The Mackinaws” is a warm, rounded record with extraordinary harmonies and exceptional guitar riffs. ‘Spending Time’ kicks the album off with spiraling guitars and catchy lyrics that have you “clenching your chest” to sweet sounds. ‘Booze’ is a drinking man's anthem, with a little bit of country food for the soul. ‘Light of My Life’ takes a soft step with romantic vocals, a banjo twang, hand beats and pretty harmonies, that have you singing right a-long. Their album as a whole is layered with rock, country and blues influences that get peeled away with every track revealing The Mackinaws talents. Don’t miss them Saturday 5/30 night @ Homegrown in Hamilton.



Boston Calling Recap: Krill and The Ballroom Thieves Showcase Wide Range of Local Talent

This past Memorial Day weekend, City Hall Plaza in Boston transformed once again from concrete wasteland into a vibrant music festival. Nestled-in among the marquee acts (Pixies, Tenacious D and My Morning Jacket, to name a few), Boston locals Krill and The Ballroom Thieves left quite an impression on the early-afternoon festival-goers.

Click here to view the rest of The Deli's Boston Calling wrap-up.

Editor's Assignment: Little's Kid Rock Charity Event w/ Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Deli Magazine San Francisco celebrates Bay Area based underground and emerging artists almost every single day. I'm completely inspired by new music and what's going on in the local performance arts community, but last weekend on May 16th, I ventured out to Facebook Headquarters to talk to Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers about his work with the music education nonprofit organization, Little Kids Rock.

Music education is being taken out of the public school system, and I know this for a fact because I work with Bay Area children who don't have mandatory music programs in their standard public school curriculum. Chad Smith believes music should not be an elective, but a part of American children's day to day public school experience. You can listen in on a chat I had with him about how music education enriched his life and made him who he is today. If you want to get involved, reach out to your local community's board of education and help work to include music education in Bay Area schools.

You can donate to and/or get involved with Little Kids Rock, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp or Hip Hop for Change (Oakland, CA) to support hands on contemporary, alternative music education as well.


Publik / Private Podcast with Jordannah Elizabeth: Ep01. Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers by Jordannah Elizabeth on Mixcloud



Kerouacs @ Johnny Jackson

Just when you though rock’n’roll was dead, The Kerouacs have found it! Dragging obvious influences from the early 60’s and 70’s tunes you grew up loving. These guys are pumping out driving rock songs, pairing them up with freight train harmonies, energetic bass lines, and a killer onstage presence. They effortlessly succeeded in knocking the roof off kilter at The Baltimore House in Hamilton last Friday night. As their set progressed, so did their energy, with each member getting increasingly more animated - most interestingly, singer/guitar player Elias Regier, whose limbs seemed to freeze up – think back to Bugs Bunny helping Yosemite Sam find gold. Not only are the dudes playing killer tunes, but they’re also having fun doing it, and it shows! If you’ve never seen ‘em, your chance is coming up soon; they’re playing 05/30 @ Johnny Jackson.-Courtney Chalapenko


Guantanamo Baywatch defies genre with new album

Portland’s favorite power trio Guantanamo Baywatch has made a big leap since the days of their previous album, Chest Crawl. Most notably, there is an almost complete disappearance of their trademark surf sound. On their new record, Darling…It’s Too Late, the band has made the transition so easily it’s as if this shift of direction was where they have always been headed.

The album is a myriad of varying genres and styles, sounding like a tribute to the golden age of early Rock ‘n’ Roll. There are still quite a few instrumentals here, even the occasional glimpse of their old selves as on “Raunch Stomp” or “Mr. Rebel,” but even then they’re injected with a grittiness closer to country-fried Rockabilly.

The production is bigger and cleaner, and the band sounds more confident than ever, with Jason Powell’s vocals coming to the forefront for the first time where it had previously been buried or served a secondary role to his guitars. The guitars, as always, still play an integral part to their sound as does the thunderous rhythm section, especially shining on “Beat Has Changed” with a solo not unlike something from early Ricky Nelson.

The record feels like a glimpse into the world of pop music and Rock ‘n’ Roll in America during the late 50s and early 60s. The band explores everything from Country gospel à la Don Gibson on “Boy Like Me” to R&B torch songs on “Too Late,” and the Live at The Whiskey a Go Go swing of Johnny Rivers on “Sea of Love.” In fact, it’s like the band’s history lesson ends just before the advent of the British Invasion. The album even closes with what appears to be the sound of the Fab Four on the not-so-distant horizon with “Do What Want You Want.”

While their albums and singles have always been stellar, Guantanamo Baywatch up until now has always been best experienced as a live band. But Darling…It’s Too Late is a statement, proving they can be just as potent of a force in the studio. Every second of the record feels like it was handled with care and made with a deep enthusiasm and love for music. Darling…It’s Too Late is out now on Suicide Squeeze. 

-Cody Alexander


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