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A Heart is a Spade: Black Lips Debut New Video



December 2014
Frankie Cosmos
"Zentropy
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If you like unassuming, short and charming pop songs about high school, firemen and buses, look no further than 19 year old singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos. In her just released first full-length 'Zentropy,' (though she's put out at least 40 other digital records on Bandcamp over the years - no joke!) Greta Kline reveals much of her inner child, whether singing about what her dad is up to or how birthdays don't mean you're getting older. But 'Zentropy' equally exposes a young lady just beginning to wrestle with explorations of love and life anxieties. It's a fascinating journey just begun, and songs like "Birthday" (streaming below), showcase a melodic talent that's not afraid to experiment with tempo changes and assorted influences, without losing her signature, intimate style. 
If Frankie Cosmos manages to keep half these levels of prolificity in her 20s, we can definitely expect a bunch of hits from her. Because great music - like everything else - is all about trying hard. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

 
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Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
Honduras
true to themselves
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
Slim Wray
blues rock, happy hearts
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 4, 2014 - MORE
Tei Shi
mermaid music
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:March 17, 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!

Read it digitally here.

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


Interview with Black Girls: DC Area Deli Artist of the Month for March.

Richmond's Black Girls struck a chord with me on their newest album, Claire Sinclaire. I used to deliver a lecture/drunken musing to whoever would listen on what would make for the best sort of album. "Basically, a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack should be the goal," I would say. It's the way he puts such diverse styles of music together and yet it seems obvious they would be on the same release, and the way each track is both interesting in and of itself and a singular representation of a genre.

I have a special place in my heart for the chameleon bands, the ones that switch from sound to sound, from style to style succesfully, without missing a beat or a note, like they're 10 different practiced and proficient bands joined together on a mix tape. Claire Sinclaire is an excellent example of this ideal. The album goes from disco dance-jam to revivalist indie-rock fuzz-fest to twee psychadelic surf ballad so smoothly, without a single weak attempt, that at first I didn't realize I was listening to exactly what I wanted to listen to for years.

I was all rock-writery, trying to figure out what they were. My bad. Happily, they won our Band of the Month Poll in March, and I finally got around to doing a short interview. I'm even happier to tell you that they will be playing The DC Deli's first All DMV Night at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, May 24th (alongside Bearshark, Alex Vans and the Hide Away, and Andy Bopp).  --Natan Press

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Possibly the last show at The Dunes, featuring Pree, Native America, and the Sea Life.

Some sad news today: The Dunes might be closing. I'm pretty frustrated about it, but I think it's best to celebrate all the things the folks at The Dunes have done for music in this town and help them continue their effort in future endeavors. DC music has seen a resurgence lately; the community has grown and become more of a scene in no small part due to places like The Dunes and the people who work there, and that won’t end with a small setback like this. I strongly encourage everyone to go to what may be the final show at The Dunes tomorrow, April 23rd, when DC bands Pree and The Sea Life, join Native America (from New Orleans), and give a great space a great send-off. --Natan Press
Edit: Please read Alex Tebeleff's piece about The Dunes and the need for more space for music in DC, over at Brightest Young Things.


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Interview with Avers: DC Area Deli's Band of the Month.

Richmond's Avers won our Band of the Month Poll for the first half of April, and it's no surprise. Their debut album, Empty Light will be officially released on April 22nd (this Tuesday!), and it's a fantastic kaleidoscope of sound, light and psychedelia. The lead single, title track "Empty Light," is a gorgeous summer morning (something we've all been waiting for for far too long), and Avers' rocking live shows, skillfully played electric guitars, tasteful pedal-work, and pounding drums, have amped a growing fan base that's become impatient to take home a piece of the band. They're everything you want out of hard-rocking and hard working indie-rock. I spoke with Adrian Olsen about the band's formation, the Richmond scene, and the future, and you can read the interview here.

Avers is going on a short tour in support of the release, starting with a show on Wednesday, April 23rd, at the Black Cat backstage (with The Jackfields and The Beanstalk Library). 

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American Television's "Sorry Sara"

American Television recently released the first song off of their Sorry Sara EP, titled ‘Sorry Sara’. ‘Sorry Sara’ opens with a resonating guitar chord laying calmly below complementing fast-paced chord progressions. The lyrics figuratively scream "zero fucks given". Lead vocalist Steve Rovery is simultaneously apologizing to Sara for keeping her awake as shit hits the fan, and apologizing for the less exciting nights which presumably allows her to slip into the internal hell that a quiet night can bring. You can catch them celebrating(?) Easter on April 19th at Mackey's American Pub in Manassas. --Hannah Brady

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The Boundary Stones

Complete with entertaining, repetitive lyrics and a banjo, The Boundary Stones are truly strange, and I love it. Writing an explanation for the lyrics in their self-titled album is impossible; “jellyfish in a black hole” is repeated 12 times in under two and a half minutes in their appropriately titled song, Jellyfish In A Black Hole. Weird kid folk is officially a thing, and The Boundary Stones made it happen. Their album is available on Bandcamp and you can see them live at The Lab's Fest Too on June 26. --Hannah Brady

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BRNDA Record Release!!

It's probably the most anticipated release in DC in 2014. At least it's the release I've been anticipating with the most impatience. BRNDA has, until now, only given us a few hints of how fun and interesting they are, a short glimpse of how delightful their sound is. The few tracks released earlier this year sounded strange and familiar, jarring and accessible. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Fred Schneider singing anti-folk songs with Sebadoh! No. It's BRNDA. And now, finally, they have released their debut album, brenda. Do you see what they did there? If you aren't at the record release show, like, right now (at Rock and Roll Hotel with The Sea Life and The Walking Sticks) to pick up the album, they'll be back soon with more after a short tour (that I can't find exact details about at this point, but their website suggests I'm not lying, and it includes an instore performance at Crooked Beat Records, with Mobius Strip, on April 15th). Enjoy. --Natan Press

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Stream Canker Blossom's new Gooner.

I Hate Everyone is officially the perfect song to hate everyone to. Think of The Descendants with female vocals, and you've got Canker Blossom. Baltimore-based pop-punk band Canker Blossom brings the punk back into “pop-punk” scene. Strong female vocals run the band’s new album, Gooner, smashing their way over the fast-paced guitar riffs that punks worldwide have always loved. --Hannah Brady

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