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4th Annual New England Americana Festival

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The 4th annual New England Americana festival kicks-off today at Church in Boston and runs through Saturday. There is an amazing line up for this event. Guns, Girls and Glory, Jimmy Ryan and Hayride, Three Day Threshold, The Bees Knees, Movers and Shakers and many more will be celebrating the very American genre in with the spirit of the Northeast. They have different ticket bundles and you can check those out here.

--The Deli Staff

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Forest Fires at TT's 2.16

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Christopher Pappas’s solo project Forest Fires is an organic incarnation of this preternaturally gifted musician. The show at TT the Bear’s on Tuesday, February 16th consisted of seven songs from Forest Fires’ debut album Hark! And Other Lost Transmissions. Backed by a full band, Pappas blended his bittersweet lyrics with master showmanship to build his venue into an atmosphere fitting for the music he plays: something familiar and accessible while also testing the audience’s willingness to open themselves to the implications itinerant in his music.

Pappas played a tight seven-song set showcasing Forest Fires’ range from the tender, lulling opener “Lost at Sea” to the show closer “The Dying Physicist”, a tongue-in-cheek anthem to quantum physics, foregone opportunities and squandered time. There’s a controlled grittiness in Forest Fires, something gleaned even in more upbeat tracks like “Sweet Tooth” and “Static Gloom.” In “Son Son (Son)”, a tender apology to an unborn child, Pappas’s voice wavers between seduction and guilt, enough so to make the audience suspend the knowledge supplied by Pappas himself, “This is about the son I never had, not one I abandoned.”

Throughout, what ties the music together is Pappas’s ability to experiment with variations on melody, theme and genre conventions. The result is ultimately catchy, alluring and accessible while maintaining an impish degree of challenge. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the song “Fooling Everybody, All of the Time,” a coy, catchy dirge about the ubiquitous need to be accepted that began with Pappas near-cooing into the microphone and ended with the proclamation, “There’s no song to sum up the way you feel.” The music captures the sense of ongoing loss and elation inherent in any innocuous moment. Forest Fires hints at complex ideas through pristine songs, music that cycles back to key concepts and chords alike. Ultimately, Forest Fires strives to expose the bittersweet revelation of everyday experience and the mark it leaves upon us.

--Meghan Guidry

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Submit to play during SXSW! - Music Tech Mashup Party!

Deli readers who play in bands,

The Deli has reserved 3 showcase slots at Music Tech Mashup during SXSW, which will take place at Rusty Spurs in Austin, TX on 7th St. on March 17. Rusty Spurs features 3 stages with an 800 person capacity in the middle of it all and is an official SXSW venue. During SXSW it will host shows by heavy hitters like Echo and the Bunnymen, Vega (Neon Light side project) and Semi Precious Weapons (recently on tour with Lady Gaga) amongst others.

To apply to play this SXSW show all you need to do is fill in this form HERE and click on the confirmation email you'll receive (this will simply add you to our mailing list and enter your band in our fabulous charts organized by genre and region - one day we'll also create band profiles!). 3 artists will be selected by the organizers (one of them will be a local Austin, TX artist). Any band that is available to travel to Austin is eligible. Submission deadeline is Monday 02.22 at 11.59 pm.

Music Tech Mashup Showcase (hosted by Coast to Coast Models & Events and presented by The Deli, Hunnypot, GreenShoeLace) will celebrate the convergence of music and technology and the opportunities it presents for everyone involved just as SXSW itself switches gears from Interactive Week to Music Week.This is a list of some of the artists already booked: Jada - Universal Motown Records (Boston, MA) - Bamboo Shoots - Epic Records (New York) - Shinobi Ninja - (Brooklyn, NY) - McAlister Drive - (Boston, MA) - Odd Modern - (Los Angeles, CA) - Keys and Crates (Toronto, Canada) - Curtis Santiago (Toronto, Canada) - Keith Masters (Chicago, IL) - FutureCop! (UK) - Mark Foster (Los Angles, CA).

The Deli's Staff





Interview with Mikey Holland of Mikey French Fries

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Mikey French Fries recently served up an enigmatic set at the Middle East Upstairs opening for Drug Rug.  The band fills the stage both literally and figuratively with an energy that the audience can’t help but find contagious.  The set was a refreshing mix of upbeat and somber tunes with elements of both pop and folk rock undertones.  Mikey Holland (Mean Creek, Movers and Shakers), frontman of the group was nice enough to sit down for a little interview. Be sure to check out his solo set at the Plough and Stars February 18.

Deli: What was your inspiration for forming Mikey French Fries?

Mikey Holland: The inspiration for starting the band is also the ideology of the band. It's all about friends and fun. I'm so fortunate so have so many wonderfully talented friends who make time in their busy schedule to back up my little honky-tonk rock 'n' roll band. But the main thing is just spontaneous fun. You go to a show of ours and you will see a lot of smiling faces on stage and some "Oh shit, when did that change?" kind of looks

--Read the full interview by Sheen Dorci HERE

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Michael Bernier & The Uprising in Portland, ME - Tonight at The Big Easy

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Michael Bernier & The Uprising will be playing his last show before he leaves the country to go to Belize to explore more about hand-drumming. Bernier won 2nd place in the overall year end contest and 2nd place in the reader's poll. We will be featuring an interview with him when he returns from his travels. Supporting at The Big Easy, Station 85, Div Kid  and People With Instruments.

--The Deli Staff

 

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