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March 2014
Hands In
"Ployester Itch

Portland's Eric Crosby is blessed with musical genious. His brilliance has been showcased in various groups through the years, including Yourself & The Air, and Settlers, but his solo project Hands In is truely on point. Through a combination of loops and live perormance, he creates a blend of lo-fi psych that I could listen to on repeat for days.

The track 'Take Time Enough' off his January 2014 release Polyester Itch floats through a dreamy cloud of punching synth, sampled drums and spaced out soothing vocals that can lift the heaviest of depression on a gloomy Portland day. Listen to the full album here. - Travis Leipzig

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PUJOL Releases Single "Pitch Black"

I picked up a new word while reading up on PUJOL. A kludge is “a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem; an ill assortment of poorly matched parts, forming a distressing whole,” and also the title of the band’s new album. Slated for a May 20th release, it’s a follow-up to the acclaimed debut album “The United States of Being,” that won over listeners with smartass lyrics and Daniel Pujol’s bratty snarl. Judging by the vinegar in the shambling single “Pitch Black,” “Kludge” is sure to deliver the same punk in the face. Pujol will be at the Parish Underground On March 14th. –Terra James-Jura


Bear Hands unveils video for "Giants" + plays SXSW

Bear Hands, who graced the cover of the 23rd issue of The Deli NYC back in 2010 just came out with this new video for single "Giants" from the new album "Distraction." The band is currently co-headlining a US tour with fellow Brooklynites Miniature Tigers (coincidentially a Deli CD of the month that same year), with support from Total Slacker. The band is also performing at five showcases at this year's South By Southwest in Austin, TX, including appearances at the KCRW Showcase and at Stubbs with The 1975. 


Humming House Heads to SXSW

Humming House threw a WWII-era newsboy cap into the mess of swing revivalists with their self-titled release in 2012. Since then they have toured the world, warming up crowds with their blend of Irish folk and backwoods stomp for the likes of Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earl and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their most recent live album “Live at the Red Clay Theater” is available for free download here. SXSW appearances include Twangfest and Rowdy's Saloon on the 15th. This video for “Fly On (Forever is Better With You)” portrays the fun-loving sentimentality that makes the band so entertaining to hear. –Terra James-Jura


Weekly Feature: Sam Fermin plays SXSW + tours US and Europe

Don’t call it a rock opera. Despite his orchestral composition, lyrics that are a dialogue between characters and a “necessary” song order, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, mastermind behind San Fermin, says their self-titled debut is just, “…a sort-of indie-pop record, that's thoroughly composed.” The band had a hell of 2013, and it's ripping the rewards with a two month tour that will take them from the US to Europe, with a single appeareance at SXSW on March 15 at Latitude 30. They'll be playing the BRIC house in Brooklyn on March 28.

Links: Bianca Seidman's interview with San Fermin.


Album of the Month: Ryley Walker "All Kinds Of You"

The debut album, All Kinds of You, from Ryley Walker is impressive in its thoughtful restraint and intimate sounds and lyrics. Walker has spent years in Chicago's noise scene, but this album is a near folk masterpiece. Walker shows skill in guitar playing, singing, and writing though the album. The album opens with the track that Walker is currently known for "The West Wind". It is a solemn journey that Walker present in a video last Fall. The production value of the album shines through on a track like "Twin Oaks pt. 1" where the sounds builds into a lush down home party complete with drums, strips, and guitar picking. All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square, April 15th) presents and old soul, a journeyman in the form of this talented 24 year old singer/songwriter.

Ryley Walker will be a part of The Hideout's SXSW Send Off Party tomorrow night, March 8th, along with many other SXSW musicians. He will be performing at SXSW on Thurs. March 13th, Stephen F's, Intercontinental at 10 pm.


The Nightowls' Soulful Gift

Upon walking into Icenhaurer’s last Sunday evening, I found myself taken aback by the energy being emitted from the back patio. It passed through my ear canal, igniting an insatiable desire to jump, shout, and dance. The Nightowls’ front man, Ryan Harkrider, calls their sound a marriage of Soul with Motown, encompassing  jazz, blues, R&B, and pop. Covering greats such as Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Otis Redding, these guys and gal are filling shoes and well.

Covers are not the extent of their nine piece repertoire, they also have an impressive list of originals such as their title track "Good as Gold", and "You Don’t Have to Worry (I’ll be There)". Good as Gold, the Nightowls debut 2014 album, is a must listen. Catch these guys live every Sunday at Icenhaur’s on Rainey Street. And if you're here for SXSW, be sure to check out their first SXSW “Soulcase” March 14 at Icenhaur’s. -Written by Daniel Benjamin


Providence's The Range heads to SXSW

Providence's The Range (aka James Hinton) released his latest album, Nonfiction, on the UK label Donky Pitch last October, gaining him recognition both in the States and across the pond. The album's weirdest moments are its best: check out the dialogue that acts as a rap on "Metal Swing" and the slow ascent from spacious introduction to full-on electro jam. On March 25, he will release the EP Panasonic, but not before he makes the most out of a four-day stay in Austin for SXSW. Check out the full list of The Range’s SXSW stops above.  – Jake Reed


New TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb celebrated the release of their new album Kong and the kickoff to their SXSW tour last night at Kung Fu Necktie. Well, you can now stream and purchase the five-song EP below. It was produced and mixed by Bill Moriarty at Kawari Sound Recording Studio. Enjoy!


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