If you’re looking to dance, look no further than Flavor Raid. The Austin duo deliver hard thumping tracks with catchy and clever lyrics that guarantee a good time, be it out on the dance floor or at a house party.
While the synth beats definitely appeal to EDM ears, the Austin duo has way more going on than your typical EDM artist. Combining samples, vocals and instruments like trumpet and bass, Flavor Raid has a style that’s all their own.
Check out their recently released single “Dreams We Never Had” and be sure not to miss their next gig. If you’re looking to rage, Flavor Raid won’t let you down. -Written by Gillian Driscoll
The War on Drugs are currently trekking the country behind their fantastic new LP. Lost In The Dream. Recently, they have been doing their own spaced-out version of John Lennon’s Mind Games, but their stop in Portland included a cameo by one Jim James on vocals. The band is touring all around the world the next few months, so maybe we will get some more cool guest vocals, but until then, enjoy the video below.
Since the weather is finally giving us a break today after what felt like a decade long winter, this is probably not the ideal time to play this colorless, icy video by NYC via Australia electro goths Vows. Problem is, it’s a well done video for a well written song, and when something is beautiful you shouldn’t miss it, no matter if it’s sad, weird, or gray. Check out the band’s full self titled 2013 EP here, and see them Friday April 25th at Radio Bushwick in Brooklyn.
The Anderson Council is that missing link between flower power and thundering arena rock. From discussions about the rainbow and ufos in the psychedelic burner ‘Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours,’ to utopian visions of everlasting love in ‘Love Bomb,’ the New Brunswick group may have one of their feet planted in all things hippie dippy, but beware: there’s a dark side hiding in their tracks. Check out ‘Hole in the Sky’ below and get your own summer of love started when they announce more dates soon. – Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
Here’s a stripped-down acoustic version of “Winter War Games” by the Tom Hamilton-led Alt-Country rockers American Babies. The song is featured on the group’s new EP Stark & Red due out via Royal Potato Family. Currently on tour, American Babies will be back in town at Underground Arts with The Heavy Pets April 19th.
In the last few years – probably inspired by influential Brooklynites TV on the Radio – more and more emerging non-African American NYC bands have been embracing the influence of soul music, something that in the past was often discarded by "creative types" on the basis of its implicit connection to chart climbing aspirations. As it often happens, these Caucasian musicians are now stripping some of the passion and energy out of the African American traditional genre, replacing it with darkness, tension and varying degrees of experimentation. This musical phenomenon has already found a brand new label (Alt’n’B) – althought in our charts we simply call it Alt Soul.
Brooklyn based chanteuse Katherine Smith, under the moniker Lewis, has released a single track so far – but a good one – titled "Hunter." The song caught none other than Jay Z’s ear. This led to a remix version featuring his vocals, which is climbing the Hypem charts. Then Eric Weiner from The Wild Honey Pie – with whom we share a passion for intense and mellow female fronted artists – produced this video for the single, which was unveiled today.
We don’t know much more about Lewis – from a quick glance at the Facebook wall there aren’t any shows scheduled nor there seem to be plans for other releases – but the potential of this project can’t be ignored.
We added this song to The Deli’s playlist of Best NYC songs by emerging NYC artists – check it out!
Here we have a new video of local shoegazers Nothing performing within the walls of the The FADER FORT at this years SXSW. The band was warming up the crowd for Migos, Travi$ Scott, and Rick Ross, so a good portion of the audience looks lost during Nothing’s performance. Nonetheless, they rocked out to a packed fort, even if the sound mix was the opposite of what they are used to. The band is on tour for a while, so quench your Nothing thirst with this video until the boys are back in town.
Norman Rockwell originally played a more organic progressive folk rock in their album Fare Thee Well, released in October of 2012. After their album, Norman Rockwell began to blend a variety of genres in order to reach its own unique sound. The band owned innumerable pedals, and knew how to use them. Their funky bass-lines combined with the psychedelic-rock influenced guitar riffs, as drums play below. Joshua Johnson’s gruff vocals felt suppressed, as if they were just waiting for the right moment to have an eruption of honesty and emotion. Norman Rockwell’s live performance was as fantastic as their recorded material. The members’ technical knowledge and natural talent had given them ability to create something unique to the DC scene. Unfortunately, their album title foreshadowed their Farewell show show on May 3rd (at Jammin Java). Fare thee well, Norman Rockwell. –Hannah Brady
The first Tuesday of each month has never been more exciting in Portland, thanks to Red Bull’s new concert series Sound Select Presents: Portland. Each month, the concerts are curated by different local music aficionados, and showcase one national headlining act and two local up and comers. Past headliners of the series include Maps and Atlases, Portugal. The Man and Helio Sequence. This month’s showcase at Mississippi Studios features New Orleans’ Big Freedia, the undisputed Queen of bounce, supported by Magic Mouth and Thanks.
Main support of the evening, Magic Mouth are a hard hitting four piece that plays soulful funk music in the most rock and roll way possible. With an enthusiastic front man whose vocal range is off the musical map, the group delivers a raw and simple but huge sound. Thanks offer a soulful take on psychedelic rock. The erie, reverb soaked guitar hooks and thundering drum and bass lines are beautifully rounded out by lead singer Jimi Hendrix’s piercing vocal ability. Her jazzy voice reminisces the English soul scene (Amy Winehouse, Wayne Allen, ect.) making Thanks a truly exciting live band.
All this local music greatness leads up to one of the best rap acts in the country. Big Freedia has starred on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and made herself famous this past summer by prompting a twerking feat that made the Guiness’ Book of World Records. Freedia’s unique musical styling ‘bounce,’ is like trap but more twerktastic and bouncy.
April 1, the show starts at 9pm and costs $3 if you RSVP here in advance, or $15 at the door. – Colin Hudson
Consider this fair warning to get your chain greased and your tires pumped up; the Tour de Fun is less than two weeks away! The bike ride/rolling music festival is scheduled for April 12th. By the end of the day riders will have visited 15 venues to watch 30 bands, many of which have been featured on the Deli Nashville in some form or another (Churchyard, Chalaxy, The Prophet Nathan, kidDEAD, Meth Dad, The Joy of Painting, Josephine and the Wildfront). The event starts with a cookout at Riverside Village at 11 am, and the ride begins at 1pm, and the best part, besides promoting bicycle advocacy, fostering the local music scene, and nurturing Nashville’s community spirit, is that it’s FREE! To get more information on the schedule, artists, and locations, visit tourdefun.net. In the meantime, get a taste of the lineup by checking out "Echo On," the latest single from prog-rockers The Subnovas. -Terra James-Jura