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February 2015
Dolly Spartans
"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 Spartans; 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!

Show Alert: James Wallace and the Naked Light at The Stone Fox 5.21

We're stoked for this opportunity to see eclectic indie rocker James Wallace and the Naked Light at the Stone Fox this Thursday. With a sprawl of influences from gospel to African music to The Kinks, Wallace's creations may be some of the easiest-listening sonic schizophrenia this side of the Mississippi. This 2013 release "More Strange News from Another Star" was as proudly out there as anything from Devendra Banhart, with the same comfortable hominess as fellow Nashvillian Langhorne Slim. Being vigins to his live show, we're interested to see how it translates to the Stone Fox stage on the 21st, when he and the crew opens up for 'baroque folk" of Asheville's River Whyless. The lineup is further complimented by Southern Gothic outfit and Deli faves Honey Locust. The show kicks off at 9pm, and cover is $8.


Show Alert: Carl Anderson, Rocko Wheeler, Kyle Cox, and Molly Paren at The 5 Spot Tonight

In case our little blurb on Mr. Wheeler last week caught your ear, he's bringing his brand of revival folk to The 5 Spot tonight with a cast of friends and talented musicians. Joining the lineup are Kyle Cox, Molly Parden and Carl Anderson. We're especially excited to catch Wheeler's pal and future tourmate (tonight kicks of the two's "Southern Run" tour) Kyle Cox. This show also doubles as Cox's vinyl release show for his album "The Plan, the Mess." The Orlando, FL native is capable of offering up cheeky songwriting with some good time rock and roll, like the first track off his record, "I Ain't Been Lonely, Until I Met You." Rounding out tonight are local artists Molly Parden and Carl Anderson, making this show a steal at a $10 cover. Things kick off at 8pm, so don't miss this double header of a release show! -Terra James-Jura



Liza Anne, "Ocean"

Liza Anne's newest single "Ocean" opens with the ambient buzz of some train system, lending a sense of the impersonal to an otherwise deeply personal track. The song covers the songwriter's reaction to a sudden change in a relationship, and the common sounds of transit provide a backdrop for the resulting anxiety and turmoil that can wrack one's brain with brutal perisistence. This track dropped ahead of the May 19th release of Liza Anne's second full-length album, TWO. Produced by Zachary Dyke of COIN, TWO is a follow-up to her debut album The Colder Months, released when the Georgia-born singer was barely nineteen. TWO has Liza Anne experimenting more with instrumentation (listen for the slowly rising swell of strings in "Ocean") as well as introducing more pop into her sound (single "Take it Back" is a prime example.) While it is a few more days until the album officially drops, you can check out this freshly posted Daytrotter session with our folkstress HERE. -Terra James-Jura



Turbo Fruits: Q&A about the creative process

Turbo Fruits' new album 'No Control' sees the Nashville quartet tackle more "adult" themes like relationships, break-ups and losses, conveying a full range of not-so-fun emotion without ever giving up their signature, punchy rock'n'roll sound. While on tour with Eternal Summers and Surfer Blood, front man Jonas Stein answered a few questions about the creative process of being in a band - check out the Q&A on our sister blog Delicious Audio.



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