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February 2015
Dolly Spartan
"self-titled EP

I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartan; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

Boy King Island

The duo of Jason Hunt & Zachary Mastoon (aka Boy King Island) have released their new LP White Mirror. The hazy dream-pop album is available on clear vinyl, CD or digitally. This is the band's follow-up the 2012 Plustape release Sun Worship. The band released a video for the album's opening track, "Constellation", last month.

Constellation from Alexandra Lewis on Vimeo.


The Luck of Eden Hall Kickstarter campaign

Psych band The Luck of Eden Hall have 6 days left on their current kickstarter campaign. The band is trying to raise funds for a UK tour this summer and in the process are rewarding fans with some pretty cool rewards including their upcoming album The Acceleration of Time to be released by Headspin Records. Check it out and support a great Chicago band!


Budway Ferris @ Quenchers Saloon

Newcomers Budway Ferris have released their first single, "Mountain Song". The band is fronted by Budway himself along with Kelsey Tortorice and backed by Jake Gold (guitar), Benji Jacobs (bass) and Elliot Borg (drums). I am not sure what mountains they are singing to here in Chicago but I love the tune and am looking forward to big things to come.

You can catch Budway Ferris at Quenchers Saloon on April 30th with Heroin Chic and The Glass Eyes.



Morris Carpool

Morris Carpool is a trio that blurs the line between Country and Americana. The debut LP, American Dreamin' was released last week and is filled with blue collar tales of love, labor, and struggle.



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