PDX Pop Now Flitters into Day 2

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Day one has come to an end at PDX Pop Now!, with scores of rad bands being introduced to a hungry listenership. Friday night’s lineup included dallops of dance, a few minutes of metal with Witch Mountain, and current leader in the running for Best Band of the festival, AndAndAnd.

This wily five-piece thumped oddly new-wave progressions, Television-like, into danceable indie-rock inertia. The crowd inside Branx were teeming, but did little to match the energy coming from the spectacle in front of them. Armed with your standard two guitarists, bassist, singer and an incredible drummer, AndAndAnd (pictured above) have unveiled a simplistic, though no less practical mode for their craft. If you play it, they will come. Luckily "it" is a revival-busting thrust of spastic rock ‘n’ roll that left me grinning like a Cheshire.

Tu Fawning commanded the outside stage at 11:35 p.m., the decibels of the audio peaking at a level a little south of inviting (goddamn noise laws, goddamn PO-lice). But Tu Fawning’s Shamanistic shivers need not the bump of the mains to endear them to an audience. Vocalist/guitarist Corrina Repp morphed and fluttered before our eyes, swaying with invisible suitors to the trance of Joe Haege’s mystical polyrhythms and puckish guitar.

However, to save energy for today’s lineup – one that features O Bruxo at 3:25, Wampire at 8:20 and Hockey at 12:25 a.m. – we decided to saunter home abreast the spokes, frames and oily gears of our bicycles; visions of pop ‘n’ roll dancing in our heads. Will we see you there today?

Stay tuned for additional coverage, insight, thoughts, poop, etc. at the Deli Portland!

Ryan J. Prado


FREE DOWNLOAD: “Stranger” – Creepoid

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We are very excited to be able to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of “Stranger”, the new single from Creepoid’s latest two-song EP Graveblanket. If you’ve been checking out The Deli Philly, then it should be no surprise to you that we think Creepoid is creating some amazing tunes. I’ve been blown away by how much I’ve enjoyed every track from such a new band. “Stranger” is no exception. It possesses an eerie, timeless quality. Creepoid will be performing tonight at Tritone on a spectacular rockin’ bill w/Party Photographers, The Sky Drops and Frisky or Trusty, which is brought to you by Sugar Town. I am absolutely pissed that I’ll be missing this one. I’ve been planning on it for weeks now, and I just found out this week that my buddy’s bachelor party is the same evening. I know that there will be plenty of lovely females rockin’ out at Tritone, but I doubt that’s the type of entertainment that he’ll be looking for. On the bright side, I’m going to see many naked ladies tonight. DOWNLOAD “STRANGER” (just click on the arrow pointing down below on the right) and kick back some specials at Tritone! Cheers! – Q.D. Tran

New England

Sunday at The Middle East Up: The Acre, Streight Angular, Night Fruit, Rabble Rabble

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This show may prove a necessary outing if you fit into one of the following categories:

– You’re spending Sunday, 8/1 moving,
– You enjoy rock music (anything from dance-and-sing-along to psychedelic),
– You enjoy fun.

Streight Angular will be performing their new single, "Alright!", as well as the entirety of their album  "After and Before."  Chicago’s fantastic Rabble Rabble have made a name for themselves as one of the top live rock acts in their home city.  The Acre will lull with comfortable folk and rock with rollicking blues, and Night Fruit, a wonderfully noisy and driving rock force, will give you a taste of what to expect at August 7th’s Deep Heaven Now festival.

Note this show’s early start time – Streight Angular takes off at 8:30 pm, so get to the Middle East Upstairs on time!  $9.

– The Deli Staff


Weekend Warrior, July 30 – Aug. 1

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There is plenty to do this weekend, and hopefully the right weather to do it in, but if you want to be where the partay is at, then we’ll see you at the Mad Decent Block Party this Saturday! It’s a plain and simple rager folks so get ready to have some fun! Expect performances by Diplo, The Deathset, Maluca, Nadastrom, PO PO, Bosco Delrey, Paul Devro, DJ Sega & Brick Bandits, Toadally Krossed Out, Brendan BringEm plus Dirty South Joe & Flufftronix! Did we use too many exclamation points!?! No really – bring your friends, bring your kids and bring anybody who wants to dance. Make sure that you grab some yummy Sixpoints Craft Ales and always drink plenty of water to keep the party from ending a little earlier than you’d like. Mad Decent Mausoleum, 531 N. 12th St., 1pm – 8pm, FREE, ALL AGES
If you are ready for more, here ya go…
2nd Street Festival (No Libs) SUN Black Landlord, Chuck Treece, The Midnight Beat, Tough Shits, The Homophones, Post Post, Adam Arcuragi, Gildon Works, Peasant, Wes Mattheu & the New Way Down and more
Diesel Store (1507 Walnut St.) FRI Diesel Pre-Party w/Po Po
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT It’s The Year 2004 w/ Reef the Lost Cause
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Green Evening Requiem
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Surgeon
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Paper Masques and The Fleeting Ends, SUN Hezekiah Jones
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Sure Juror
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Live Not On Evil
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Creepoid, The Party Photographers, The Sky Drops, Frisky or Trusty
Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI High Kick
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Hot Guts, SAT Sgt. SASS and The Homophones
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Baptist Preachers
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Victoria Spaeth
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Nicki Jaine
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT The New Heaven and The New Earth
Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Berry Jones



The Deli is looking for a photographer for the next 4 covers

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In line with its mission to foster emerging local artists, every year The Deli Magazine gives one up and coming NYC photographer the opportunity to shoot 4 covers of its printed issue.

We are currently looking for Ryan Muir’s successor – and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his brilliant work with us.

If you are a photographer interested in submitting your pictures, please send an email here with a link to your website or alternatively to 4 pictures you want us to see. Pictures don’t need to be related to music.

If you are not a photographer but you know one, please let him/her know about this opportunity.

We will consider all submissions and choose our next photographer by September.

Submission deadline is August 10.

Thanks and Good Luck!

The Deli’s Staff
In the picture, the cover of the 1st issue of The Deli (October 2004) – Grizzly Bear shot by Jeremy Wolff.

New England

Left Hand Does, Free Tonight @ House of Blues Restaurant

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I’m still not sure what exactly the Left Hand Does, but it’s always good.  And tonight, it (or they) does (do) it for free ($0!).

Once again, the House of Blues Restaurant delivers a perfect opportunity for listeners to drop in and check out a band that may be new to them.  The brother-and-sister fronted band has been making a splash in Boston for their Blur-esque genre hopping, their free mix CD giveaways, their bewitching presence, and, principally, their sneakily yet undeniably catchy and infectious songwriting.

What’s more, the band has a recently-released album you can spend that extra admission cash on.  It’s the last chance you’ll have to buy four unique copies of the disc with four unique covers for just $10 (one copy sells for $5).  With any luck, they’ll play their epic Lusica.  Cross them fingers.

Closing the night is the amazing Bearstronaut.  Get there at 9pm and bring your groove.

The Deli Staff


NYC Artists on the rise: Daniel Wayne plays Le Poisson Rouge

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Daniel Wayne plays that steel string, sunburst Guild guitar like his mama told him not to. He dresses like Johnny Cash, has attitude like Bob Dylan and plays bar chords with his thumb. You’ll think this guy’s a real-live outlaw until he sweetens up between songs and starts calling the audience “y’all.” Sometimes bluesy, Daniel Wayne has a classic country backbone with eerie undertones: like if Jerry Reed had written the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Slow songs like “Far From Here” sound like My Morning Jacket, while “The Fool” gristles like a basey Townes Van Zant song. Check out Daniel Wayne playing an acoustic set tonight at Le Poisson Rouge where he opens for Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas. Show starts at 7:30. – Jenny Luczak


St. Vincent plays Summer Stage on August 1st

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Admittedly, one of the capital sins The Deli has committed in terms of coverage of local artists, is having TOTALLY missed the raise to fame of St. Vincent. Well, the problem might have been that it is unclear (at least to us) when she actually moved to Brooklyn from her hometown of Tulsa, which might have made it tricky for us to consider her a "coverable" artist. Nonetheless, we did fail to interview her before she reached her stardom status. This incredibly talented lady who looks like the sexiest female nerd on earth, has released two of the best pop albums we have heard in the past decade. Great songwriting is matched by stellar production, which makes her (in our eyes) the Kate Bush of the New Millennium, only with a more consistent songwriting. St. Vincent will be playing Summer Stage in Midtown Manhattan on the afternoon of Sunday 08.01 – highly recommended.

St. Vincent "Jesus Saves, I Spend" from Marc Ritzema on Vimeo.


Best of NYC #12: Midnight Masses. play Knit on September 3

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We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

Religion inspires musicians in a variety of ways. Some praise the lord (gospel); others worship the devil (death metal). Religion gifted Madonna her most memorable moment, and only last year Christopher Owens utilised his upbringing in the Children of God cult to inspire a Beach Boys-esque pop album with his band Girls. Midnight Masses are at completely the other end of the spectrum from Owens. Redemption, sin and death run through their music, reflecting leader Autry Fulbright’s upbringing as a preacher’s son. Religious imagery is rife. Their vocals often ring out which a church-like echo. No doubt the untimely death of Fulbright’s father acted as a catalyst for these meditations, but from that tragedy, something beautiful has grown. I spoke to Midnight Masses’ front man on these inspirations. – Dean Van Nguyen. Read a feature about Midnight Masses in The Deli’s last printed issue (pdf version here).


The Soldier Thread CD Release @ The Parish

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The Parish will be abuzz tonight in celebration of the release of indie-pop band The Soldier Thread‘s new album, In Spades

"We’re totally stoked," guitar/vocalist Justin McHugh says of the new release. "It’s definitely a direction we wanted to go." 

"It offers a bigger sound than the first, in addition to more guitar and more vocals from (viola/vocalist) Patricia Lynn," Justin promises. 


The second full-length record follows an EP, Fevers and Fireworks, and their debut album, Shapes. Producer Dwight Baker, who has produced Bob Schneider and Alpha Rev, had a hand in the release, and Justin believes it shows how the band has evolved  since the first record. He adds that The Soldier Thread is headed towards a "poppier" sound in order to draw more people, and this record displays that. 


The band says they are thrilled with the outcome of the new sound and are anxious to have it in people’s hands.


"We hope that people like it, and that it’s well received and can grow the fan base some. I think there’s definitely stuff on it that the fans that we do have right now will like," Justin says. 


"We’ve been sitting on this record now for some time now and it’s just going to be nice to have it out there– it’s a good release for us– both just to release the record and, well, emotionally."


The party kicks off at 8 and will feature performances from Wiretree, Quiet Company and special guest Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev, in addition to the guest of honor.


Expect Texas-wide tour dates to be announced soon following the album release show, and check thesoldierthread.com for the latest updates.


–Amanda Hensel


Rachael Sage’s NYC Video Release Party @ Best Buy Union Square

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NYC pop songstress Rachael Sage will present her new video for the song "Big Star" with a performance at Best Buy in NYC Square on July 30. The song was written years ago, but was never officially released. Then, when Sage’s friend Semi Precious Weapons‘ singer Justin Tranter became Lady Gaga’s  favorite glam-punk frontman, Sage found inspiration to give the song new life. The Deli is actually very familiar with Justin Tranter, who was featured on the cover of an issue of The Deli back in 2008. We wonder if the high heel long white boots Ms. Sage is wearing in some shots of the video are the same Tranter uses during his outregeously provocative live shows.
"Big Star" appears on her recently released album, "Delancey Street".


No Better

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White Car has been generating a fair amount of buzz for a while now, and finally we will be able to get their new ep No Better on August 31st. The ep will be released digitally and on limited 12” numbered vinyl by Hippos in Tanks. The ep finds Elon Katz and his counterpart Orion Martin in top form bringing their distinctive brand of dark electro-funk. You can feel the influence of growing up in a city that was home to Wax Trax, but their also feels so fresh and creative. There is a level of darkness in these tracks, but it feels a little tongue-in-cheek.

This is the follow up to the band’s self-titled debut ep which was released in February. The band will be at Pilsen Music Festival on July 31st. They will also be performing at Empty Bottle on Aug. 1st, and the official record release show will be at The Hideout on August 6th.