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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

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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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!

Congratulations to Mos. Bros. Our New Artist of the Month!

Congratulations to the Mos. Bros. for winning our latest Artist of the Month poll! We're hoping that this was a clean match, and that no one took any advice on how to scam the system from a certain recently-run (and highly entertaining) piece.

We're not at all surprised that the Mos. Bros. won this contest. The North Carolina-born twin brothers, Will and Bobby, build their brand of indie rock on a foundation of solid songwriting with an alt-rock bent. The brothers took a step back after being flattened by the mainstream music wringer, and refocused their energy into playing songs more authentic to themselves. The pair just put out an EP this march, entitled "Three," and are preparing for a live, streaming performance of material off their upcoming full-length on May 5th (more details here.) Keep up with the siblings and their fierce crusade of independence at www.mosbrosmusic.com. 


Show Review: Koa at Exit/In on Friday, 4.10

Pardon the cliche, but it's fitting: Koa blew the roof off Exit In Friday night.

In case you thought pop music achieved total music monopoly, these Belmont music buffs have something to say. Trading off sax, nord, and guitar solos throughout upbeat barn-burners, hell even the sound booth was head-bobbing.

Jam band would be accurate, think O.A.R and Dave Matthews. But then forget I said that. Koa is no wannabe, and moreover dodges the genre’s biggest pitfall: bad songwriting. No amount of noodling creates strong lyric and arrangement. Koa puts a checkmark by it, then has you sing along.

These seven guys need to graduate, drop out, ask pops for money, whatever. It's one thing for skilled musicians to collaborate. It's another to make it work. And yet another to make it a live success. The first two are clear. The 300 in attendance Friday know the third is, too.

-Ben Neumann; Event hosted by Cause A Scene at the Exit In 4/10/15.


How The Chewers Lost to a Dog

Whether it is valued as a free way to drum up some attention for your band, or shrugged off as an unfortunate tap on the head in this perpetual game of local music Duck, Duck, Goose, The Deli’s Artist of the Month poll is a longstanding and steadfast tradition. It ain’t goin’ nowhere.

While we consider it high flattery when an act gets into the spirit and spreads the word, there is (as always) a limit to the enthusiasm. We recognize that this is a poll for nothing more than a picture on our header and a fleeting title, and realize the absurdity in trying to scam the system in order to win this, of all things. There is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, but we'll say it again: cheaters are losers, cheaters are losers, cheaters are losers.

We’re big fans of the weirdness that is The Chewers, and are dismayed to find out that they had to step over to the dark side to try to win our poll early in 2014. The place they are in is plenty dark already, thanks much. Not only did they still not win, it sounds like they burnt through a lot of fuel while failing. Luckily, member Michael Sadler submitted this short piece "How The Chewers Lost to a Dog" chronicling their efforts, and we love the band even more for it. Read a full account on how to NOT cheat in our little online contest HERE.

Then, go check out one of the Chewer’s upcoming local shows. They are playing Wednesday, April 15th at Mouthhole in East Nashville with Bandits! And Jerry Fels & the Jerry Fels, then again on April 24th with Ami Dang, GG Alien and No Milk (same venue.) They’re also planning to release their second album, “Dead Dads” on June 13, and have revamped their website to include some more nightmare-inducing content like this video for “The Lurk.” -Terra James-Jura



Wave & Rome Debut Single "Across the Map"

It took frontman Sam Tinnez three years of working, reworking and reimagining with a handful of collaborators (namely Josh Farro of Paramore repute, with mixing and mastering courtesy of Brad Bronlewee and Chad Howett.) During this time Tinnez also earned his stripes writing and producing with other Nashville acts including Young Summer, Farro, and Ruelle. The debut single of this long-simmering project, dubbed Wave & Rome. With nostalgia as an underlying theme to Wave & Rome's upcoming EP "Across the Map" (out this summer via Unsecret Music) the title track reflects on more innocent times, with driving drums and a beachy, warm weather-appropriate tone to the lead guitar. Check out the single and five remixes below, and keep up with W&R at www.waveandrome.com. -Terra James-Jura




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