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!
Published: February 27, 2014 |
Austin 2014 issue (SXSW)
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Black Girls Record Release Show!
Black Girls started the year by announcing the impending release of their new album, , Claire Sinclaire with a video teaser. Finally, you can pick up your first copy (and/or a limited edition cassette with bonus tracks) at the record release show at Balliceaux, in Richmond this Saturday, 3/8, where they will be joined by Sleepwalkers and DJ Rattan. Check out a new surfy instrumental B-side (not on the album) below. –Natan Press
Published: March 04, 2014 |
Eternal Summers to drop The Drop Beneath tomorrow!
Eternal Summers' greatly anticipated third album, , is being released tomorrow, March 4th (via The Drop Beneath Kanine Records). The trio from Roanoke have been working hard since the release of in 2012, and have gained a dedicated following. Correct Behavior The Drop Beneath promises to be only a slight departure from their previous work, featuring lusher tones and more input from their bass player (who was a new addition to the band for Correct Behavior). The album is already being streamed exclusively on Pandora, and you can listen to a featured track, Never Enough, below. The band is touring for the album, and you can see them locally at U Street Music Hall this Thursday, March 6th (with Cheatahs), before they join Pains of Being Pure at Heart for a tour of the south starting at Baltimore Popfest this Friday, 3/7, and then in Charlottesville, at The Southern, on 3/8. --Natan Press
Published: March 03, 2014 |
Interview with GEMS, the Deli's DC Area Emerging Artist of the Year.
GEMS expoloded onto the DC scene last year, winning the Deli's DC Area Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013 with almost all of the juror votes. Their chill sounds, the beautiful voice of Lindsay Pitts and solid production combine to give the local listener a band they can cheer for as GEMS speeds along towards national recognition. In this interview, we tried to find out how GEMS was able to do so much in such a short time, and how they developed their thoughtful style and professional work-ethic. You can catch GEMS tomorrow, March 1st (7pm, the early show), at U Street Music Hall as they head out on tour towards SXSW and beyond. Tour dates below:
03.01.14 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
03.06.14 - Majestic - Madison, WI
03.07.14 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
03.09.14 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
03.11.14-03.16.14 – SXSW – Austin, TX
03.17.14 – Bronze Peacock Room – Houston, TX
03.19.14 – The Parish – Austin, TX
03.20.14 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
03.22.14 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
03.23.14 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
03.25.14 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
03.27.14 - Sinclair - Boston, MA
03.29.14 – SAT - Montreal, QC
05.10.14 - Sweetlife Festival - Columbia, MD
Published: February 28, 2014 |
Interview with GEMS
- by Natan Press
GEMS expoloded onto the DC scene last year, winning the Deli's DC Area Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013 with almost all of the juror votes. Their solid production, chill sounds and the beautiful voice of Lindsay Pitts combine to give the local listener a band they can cheer for as GEMS speeds along towards national recognition. In this interview, we tried to find out how GEMS was able to do so much in such a short time, and how they developed their thoughtful style and professional work-ethic.
How did the band begin? What were your goals and aspirations in the beginning? Why start a band?
We've been doing music together for years. It's really the only thing I can imagine doing.
How did you develop your aesthetic (your sound, your imagery, your look)? Where does the name come from?
I think one way to be creative is to limit yourself. When you're making art, it's easy to want to do everything. We decided to work within certain constraints, I think it forces you to think outside the box a little.
Why singles, and not albums? We do all of our own production and mixing and everything. When we would finish a song we were into, I didn’t want to wait until we had a bunch of songs to share it with people. I wanted to share it right away so people could be a part of the process with us. We did put out an EP a few months ago, so we stored some songs up for that.
How has the internet and social media helped or hurt you? How have you taken advantage of it, and how has it affected your progress?
The internet is an amazing tool! Soundcloud is an awesome community of people sharing music they love. Sites like that have allowed our music to spread to people all over the world.
Who’s on your team? How did you find help (management, publicity) if you did? How do they help you? What have you been able to do on your own to help make your music a success?
We have a wonderful team. They came to us because of the hard work we did ourselves in the beginning. We held ourselves to a really high standard with the production and songwriting. I think it spoke to people and the music spread online.
How do you see GEMS progressing from here? What‘s next, both creatively and professionally?
Lots of touring, probably another EP and an album. And always challenging ourselves, working to get better every day.
The Strangest Places release debut album Premature Awakenings.
The Strangest Places is a new project by Chris Howard (with a little help from his friends). The first album, Premature Awakenings, is being released today after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The album is an exploration of mournful, fuzzy, low-fi indie-pop, with a surprisingly wide range of sound and tempo (including a cover of Robert Palmer’s Johnny and Mary). The songs are all meticulously crafted, and no two are put together exactly the same way, with a lot of effort put into the guitar sounds that are the centerpiece of most of the tracks. Check out the video for Could Someone below. --Natan Press
Published: February 25, 2014 |
Interview with Walk The Plank: Winner of the DC Area Deli's Best of 2013 Readers' Poll.
Walk the Plank won our Best of 2013 DC readers' poll, due to their ability to create a strong following in the DMV scene through an incredible DIY work ethic, and an adventurous take on the hardcore sound. They mix metal and punk in a satisfying onslaught of energy in show after show after show for two years. Hopefully this is just the beginning. In this interview, members of the band discuss what it takes to make it with a DIY mindset in the DMV. You can catch them in DC at DC9 on Tuesday, 3/11, or in Richmond at Strange Matter on Wednesday, 3/12 before they head to Texas for a number of SXSW showcases. --Natan Press
Published: February 25, 2014 |
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