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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!





Half Stack release single "Dually" & announce LP 'Quitting Time'

The enigmatic Oakland five-piece Half Stack have released the first single off of their forthcoming LP Quitting Time. The freak-folk track “Dually” is textured with psychedelic influences that draw out and distort the vocals into a pleasantly unique incarnation of West Coast country. The repetition of the line “Is it real at all?” invites listeners to drift into Half Stack’s dream world, and we are happy to do it. Quitting Time will be released in full on October 19 via Processional Cross. - Lilly Milman 





Curling release LP 'Definitely Band' & embark on summer tour

The sophomore LP by Berkeley band Curling, entitled Definitely Band, is a feel-good frenzy of jangly shoegaze rock. This release — a mix of Beatlesque melodies that blow up and pop like bubble gum and fervently executed guitar riffs that make your heart jitter — is entirely their own. The second track on the album, “Flutter” (streaming below), genuinely brings about a thrilling frission, even on your tenth or eleventh spin of the track. Curling have outdone themselves this time. They will be playing at The Down & Out in L.A. on August 16, and then kicking off a summer tour the following day. - Lilly Milman





A Deli Premiere: "Sunny Somewhere" video by Al Harper, to play the Knockout (8.8)

Al Harper doesn’t take herself too seriously in the video for “Sunny Somewhere” — a saccharine ballad that juxtaposes the feeling of knowing “it’s sunny somewhere” with the realization that somewhere isn’t necessarily here. While the track on its own has the potential to lean negative (“I feel like I am running out of time / and I just realized this party isn’t mind / what if I never end up with everything I want,”) the video — filled with cameos of Harper’s friends, jello shots, and karaoke — adds a certain lighthearted flair that highlights the full potential of Al Harper’s music. "I thought that since it's essentially about finding your bliss, we should just put a bunch of things in it that make me feel good,” said Harper, who will be playing her next show on August 8 at the Knockout. - Lilly Milman, photo by Kelsey McClellan

Stream an exclusive premiere of the video, directed by John Snapp, below. (And watch out for the "Semi-Charmed Life" reference.)

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Showcase Alert: Throwin' Bo's at The Elbo Room (8.2) ft. Same Girls, So Much Light & Satchy

The lineup of this month’s iteration of Throwin’ Bo’s is a melting pot of talent. First on the bill is the incomparable fuzz-pop of Oakland’s own Same Girls, who recently released the Deli-approved single “Domino.” Later in the night, Sacramento’s So Much Light — whose most recent single “Waiting For The Moment” was a collaborative effort with the formerly SF-based artist Geographer —will showcase his infectious electro-pop. Also in the mix is satchy, a neo-soul crooner hailing from L.A. supporting the release of his newest EP, The Muse. Stream our favorite tracks from each of these artists in the playlist below. - Lilly Milman

This event will be on Thursday, August 2 at 9 p.m. Throwin’ Bo’s is a monthly 21+ showcase held at The Elbo Room. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. RSVP on Facebook here.

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