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March 2011
Wye Oak

Civilian is the third album from Baltimore's indie-folk duo Wye Oak, a collection of heart-wrenching tunes that singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner says are about "aloneness (the positive kind), loneliness (the horrible kind), moving on, and letting go (of people, places, and things.)" Every track paints those feelings vividly with Wasner's dreamy vocals and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack's layers of echoing swirly melodies, fusing noise and fuzz at all the right times.

The album cover, a still of a cannonball diver submerged in dark water, sets the mood beautifully for these songs that are ready to boom from a summer-time lake side stereo. Like "Holy Holy" and it's wailing guitar intro that returns triumphantly throughout, blending melodic rhythms and fuzz that recall the classic 90's alternative edge.

"The Altar" is a rollercoaster of sound, building you up with a soft beginning before letting you loose in the chamber of loops, 60's boardwalk/beachy keys, echoing dual vocals, and one hell of a super groovy guitar strum.

The title track "Civilian" is another killer track showcasing everything that Wye Oak is known for. Completely powerful in every way from the lyrics down to the scuzzed-out feedback, it's another soft starter with a boom that kicks in with an uprise of everything they've got from a church organ that gives it a hint of southern gospel flair to a screeching guitar solo that's ready to pull a Hendrix. This was the track that won me over fast. -Dawn

Lightfoot Opens for Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea


This Wednesday is going to be fantastic. There. I said it. Utterly fantastic.

Former Deli Artist of the Month, Lightfoot will be kicking off a kicking show at Rock and Roll Hotel that will also include Cotton Jones and Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea. Expect a night full of gospel and soul and blues and doo-wop and whiskey and just generally a whole lot of heart. Don't miss it - this show is a sell out risk, so buy your tickets now! Order them here. Doors open at 8:00. $12 if you buy ahead, $14 at the door.

Lightfoot also rocked a living room courtesy of Sofar over this past weekend. I had the privilege of catching that show and I'll have more to say on it very soon...

In the meantime, have a listen to Lightfoot's new acoustic video of their song, "City Girls."




Deli show in Austin with Fang Island, Delicate Steve, Tristen, Quiet Company + more. RSVP NOW!

Deli readers,

The Deli will travel to Austin this year for the renown music fest, and we will also present a show together with The Musebox down there - not an official show, but one that will happen during the music festival. If interested in attending please RSVP HERE. Here are the details:

Venue: Lipstick 24 (606 E. 7th St. Austin, TX 78701), 18+
Saturday afternoon March 19, 2011


1.00 The Lines (UK)
2.00 Living Days (NYC)
3.00 Delicate Steve (NYC)
4.00 Kopeky Family Band (Nashville)
5.00 Fang Island (NYC)

12.30 Quiet Company (Austin)
1.30 R.G. Morrison (UK)
2.30 Adam Cohen (LA)
3.30 Tristen (Nashville)
4.30 The Rassle (NYC)

The Deli booked 5 of the 10 artists on this bill. We also booked 3 more bands at a separate show on Tuesday 03.15 (Tech Mashup Party):
Golden Ages (Philly), The Wandas (Boston), Kendra Morris (NYC). 7 of these artists were chosen from the ones that submitted through our system in January.

The Deli's Staff

P.S. We'd like to thank in particular our sponsors Ascap and SoundToys, since their early support allowed us to organize this event.

The Tennis System's Farewell Show This Friday!

Say it ain’t so! The Tennis System are moving to L.A., and going out with a sonic bang this Friday March 4 at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Deservedly, it’s a sold out show, with Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra filling out the rest of the bill. We at the Deli just want to thank the Tennis System for an awesome year of noise, and wish them all the best on the next stage of their epic rock journey on the west side! -Dawn


From Washington DC to NYC: Screens play Glasslands, announce debut album

Screens seeped into existence in early 2009, after Washington, D.C. defectors, drummer Andrew Becker (Dischord Records’, Medications) and vocalist Breck Brunson (psych-sludge purveyors, Apes) hooked up with keyboardist, Daniel Roland Tierney (San Francisco's The Mall) and guitarist, Luke Kozikowski in New York City. The band plays dark, frantic and tense post punk with influences ranging from industrial music to The Cure's "Pornography" period, with an underlying psychedelic approach. Distorted drums, an organ that sounds more like a Farfisa than a Hammond and Brunson's filtered, falsetto vocals give this band a very recognizable signature sound, that make them a welcome addition to the NYC scene. They are playing at Glasslands in NYC on 02.18, this might be an interesting show. Their debut album "Dead House" will be released on May 17 on Delicate Recordings.


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