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July 2014
Skull Practitioners
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Where the genre of “psych rock” will usually refer to “psychedelic rock,” Skull Practitioners take it to a level where the meaning “psychosis rock” would be more appropriate, hurling harsh guitar tones and thumping bass haunts, along with an avalanche of drum fills, into a whirlwind of amplified delirium. The NYC trio produces a heavier and more diverse wall of sound than most five-piece bands out there, swelling and punching up and down scales and arpeggios, blasting through fuzz and decay, resulting in a bleakly intense look into a mind lost. With different vocalists featured on various tracks, it might be difficult to discern an established frontman, but does it matter? The sounds coming from Jason Victor and Ken Levine’s amps, back Alex Baker’s drums are the huge focus here. – JP Basileo

 

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Zula
genre benders with hope
by: Sam Kogon date:May 16, 2014 - MORE
Shilpa Ray
finding beauty within darkness
by: John McGovern date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
Baby Alpaca
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Swans
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
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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


Hot Mess Loves You Now Stereosparks

After some soul-searching and recalibration (as every finely-tuned pop rock machine requires from time to time) Hot Mess Loves You is now operating under the moniker of Stereosparks.  The Chico, CA natives decided on the name change after coming to the realization that their sound was moving in a direction that could no longer be contained beneath the Hot Mess Loves You umbrella.  "Stereosparks" is also much easier to get tattooed across your knuckles. The trio is still going to be cranking out slick, pop-forward tunes and will not be dropping the lap steel anytime soon.  They released a 3-track EP "Secret" on July 10th;  "Secret (Say You'll Stay) is the first video under the new title.  Bounce over to stereosparks.com and update all of your HMLY feeds.  -Terra James-Jura

 

 


Grace and Tony Release Video for "Resonate"

Grace and Tony recently released this video for "Resonate" from their album "November." Saturated with candlelight and lent a potent dose of macabre by a 4-piece string section, it is exactly what a fan would expect from the duo.  The track draws a great deal of impact from the restraint in Tony White's vocals; it's one of those performances that makes a listener move in a little closer, where some of the quiet bits carry more weight than notes struck.  It's only the bearded half of the pair singing here, so this might not be a video for fans that like their punkgrass power couples locking eyes and yowling at each other for the duration of a song.  However, it ought to suit anyone that appreciates growth and organic development of artistic vision.  Grace and Tony are preparing for a tour supporting Dom Flemons in the fall; stay up to date with their activities at graceandtonymusic.com. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Jonathan Timm EP Release Show 7.26

Jonathan Timm released "These Hours" on cassette as a teaser for his upcoming EP.  The title track is vignette of haunting electric guitar and swoops of lapsteel; a perfect slice of moodiness and desolation. It's one of those trust-establishing tracks that hooks into you, and opens up your ears to whatever else he's created.  The other three tracks on the tape range from more brooding Americana to full-on traditional country, all crafted with a steady hand.  He's a seasoned perfomer with several trips across the US under his belt, so his Saturday EP Release show at Mad Donna's promises to be entertaining.  Listen to the "These Hours" below. -Terra James-Jura 

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Blue Matches at Exit/In 7.26

Where will you be Saturday July 26th? Either at Exit/Inn, or wishing you were there. The night is filled with four talented bands. The headliner is Blue Matches, a band nominated for the Nashville Independent Music Awards (vote here.) The band has been our very own Artist of the Month this past January. Also playing this night is Small Town Sleeper, Black Market Research, and Stereosparks. The lineup is great, it’s a Saturday night, and the show is only five bucks. There really is no excuse to not be supporting all of the kick ass talent going on in one night. It’s my birthday. Do me a solid, get out and celebrate. Drink till you puke; it’ll be worth it the next day. -Amanda Aydelott

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Show Alert: Kelly Ruth at fooBar 7.24

Kelly Ruth was mentioned here early this past spring, as she took up a residency at the East Room, and subsequently transformed it.  She had a hand in involving a number of local artists that we love (Honey Locust and Phantom Farmer, to name a few) for the month of April, and has earned a place in our hearts for that, because beneath our thin candy shell runs a neverending reel of new and emerging artists.  She's been playing her sweetly vintage folk rock around Nashville since, with her next performance this evening at fooBar as part of Palaver Records weekly showcase.  The evening's well-curated lineup also includes Juliana Daily and Midnight Pilot; it's going to be a great show.  Watch Ruth perform "Blue-eyed Lover" below and get a concentrated hit of her throwback style (and see if she doesn't rival Zooey Deshanel in adorable dissaffection.) Tonight's show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5.  -Terra James-Jura

http://www.kellyruthmusic.com/index

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Majestico Release Video for "Gimme Love"

Majestico, featuring Graham Fitzpenn (AKA the jungle king of Nashville) has released this video for "Gimme Love." The track is off their debut full-length, "When Kingdom Come," which came out on ATO Records this March.  The video channels the same hazy, feral vibe originally hatched behind the Grassmere Zoo; you'll want to fist pump when Fitzpenn's headdress makes its first appearance. May the gods smile upon this garage band with a tribal soul. The next chance for some of Majestico's ju-ju to rub off on you is August 8th, where they will be part of the Tomato Art Fest's lineup.  -Terra James-Jura

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The KDSML Revue Returns to Exit/In 7.24

Exit/In will be featuring some of the freshest, most innovative talent in the South this Thursday night.  The KDSML Revue is the brainchild of its namesake, a UK-born turntablist with a DJ pedigree (his father wrote Babe Ruth's "The Mexican"). The purpose of the Revue is to showcase new artists and foster a collaborative spirit that reaches beyond genre and medium boundaries; the lineup for the evening includes Atlanta's Skymatic, SOSA, Black Cat Sylvester, Audeon, and live painting on Exit/In's new patio by REX2.  Check out this video of KDSML and Black Cat Sylvester showcasing the newly-patented Synth Table.  Expect just as much noodle-y dancing and more grooves on Thursday.  The event kicks off at 9, and cover is $5 (although ladies get in free before 11.) -Terra James-Jura

 

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