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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!





Whimsical grief twinged indie-pop on eerie Near Northeast music video

The first few seconds of Near Northeast's Indali are ethereal, almost like the sound we imagine people hear when they are approaching the gates of heaven. Slowly creeping through the ambiance are reverb heavy guitar lines, keeping the music somewhere in between shoegaze and indie pop, with the legato feel helping the music steer clear of twee.

A certain seriousness is essential for the song given its subject matter: a mother and child being dragged out to sea by riptide. The video's visuals underscore the tragedy in the music, with images of playful beachgoers intermingled with footage of people being drowned in tsunamis. As drummer Antonio Skarica put it in an interview with DC Music Download, “The line is so thin between carefree frolicking and complete destruction.”

 -Written by Michael Dranove

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Alt Pop

Date: 
05/14/2017
Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
The New Up
Band fb profile: 
facebook.com/thenewup
Venue name: 
Velvet Lounge
Date New: 
Sun, 05/14/2017 (All day)
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Dreamy witch-house on new Den-Mate EP

Haunting, gratifying, and very indie, Den-Mate's Entropii is a pleasing blend of Icelandic dream rock and the sounds of synthwave/witch-house pioneers Crystal Castles. With an eerie aesthetic that is very much 2010s-dark indie, Den-Mate is making music that is not only very trendy, but also quite high-level. This is quality material, well produced, full of crisp and clean melodies clashing with unsettling backing tracks.

The impressive craftsmanship on display here is a sign of the young Virginia native's potential, Den-Mate is definitely a band to look out for in the near future.

-Written by Michael Dranove

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DC indie-folk-rock upstarts Handsome Hound at Songbyrd this Saturday

Fresh from a weekend stint in folk friendly Charlottesville, Handsome Hound returns to their hometown this Saturday to headline Songbyrd in Adams Morgan. Well-crafted and soulfully entertaining songs are the key to this group’s success, as the indie-folk-rock outfit continues to build off of the attention garnered by the release of their first EP last year. Creative and well thought out, the music does justice to the band’s influences: Americana legends like Johnny Cash and modern folk stars Shovels and Rope.

Don’t miss Handsome Hound and Odell Fox this Saturday, April 22nd, 6:30-9 at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan.  Tickets on sale here or at the door.

-Written by Michael Dranove

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