Lying within 25 miles of Seattle, the resurgence of a music scene is inevitable, though building any community is a slow process. Led by the Everett Music Initiative, the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival is finally bringing recognition to Everett, Washington as being part of the thriving music culture in the region. The event features an intriguing lineup over the course of two days, Friday May 16th through Saturday May 17th. Performances will be at four venues: the Historic Everett Theatre, an outdoor theater called the Shipyard, the Cannery and the Bait shop at Kroakers. The bands listed cover all genres, providing a one size fits all for sound preference while maintaining an authentic Pacific Northwest flair. General admission for the weekend is under $70 and well worth the investment.
A Million Billion Dying Suns‘ new music video for Hey Man, off their 2013 release, Strawberry EP is an intensely striking modern fairy tale that will take you on a 6 minute wild ride of an Oakland hipster’s worst nightmare.
Plagued with the torment of bikers, wizards and reptiles, one ordinary man’s bike ride around town turns into a dark and violent labyrinth of events. Escape is futile until he wakes up from the spine chilling alternate reality (which could even be an alternate Bay Area), only to find himself back home, but more lost than ever.
Produced by French Press Films, directed by Andrew Juncker and gifted with a supreme performance by actor, Andrew Riddell, this video is totally impressive. The acting, twists and quality are a very pleasant surprise in a world of DIY, lo fidelity production, –not that there’s anything wrong with them. Hey Man will show you just what a little time, passion and budget can do to pump an already great band and album.
Kudos to A Million Billion Dying Suns for producing a great music video. There are a couple of chances to see them perform live in the very near future. -je
05.01 San Francisco CA – The Make-Out Room
05.10 Los Angeles CA – The Satellite
05.22 San Francisco CA – Converse Store, Downtown SF
We’re proud to announce our first Baltimore showcase! Baltimore friends (and all others!), Gallery 788 is hosting a special night of music on Wednesday, May 14th. Baltimore’s new favorite "ArtRockers," Playground Etiquette, are planning a special set up to match the space. Joining them will be Trabants, an intrumental surf-rock band from LA/Boston, fronted by Baltimore native Eric Penna, touring on their way to Instro Summit in North Carolina. It’s been a long time since he’s played in the city, and we want to throw him the best homecoming party we can. Rounding out the night is Baltimore guitar-pop and country-rock songsmith extraordinaire Andy Bopp! The diverse lineup of dedicated and talented musicians will be sure to delight and entertain rock fans of all tastes and ages. We’re very thankful to Gallery 788 and all the performers for making this a great beggining to what will be a series of many similar showcases in the DMV, giving local artists the attention they deserve, and celebrating all that is great in art and music in the area. Doors at 8, All Ages, $10. Don’t miss it! –Natan Press
Ugh…this rainfall is pretty damn ridiculous today. What are we Seattle?! Luckily, I’ve been spending the day hiding out inside and catching up on things that I’ve missed while on vacation. Record Store Day was one of them, and it makes perfect sense that Creepoid‘s new EP Wet (Graveface Records) is my soundtrack for this soggy, dreary day of a mess. You can still stream the whole record over at Alt Press.
Brooklyn via Chicago Erin Fein’s brain baby, Psychic Twin was born out of a love for electronic pop music, new wave sounds of the past, and the unattainable notion of being two places at once. Her upbeat rhythms and frantic keyboard arpeggios lay the foundation for incredibly danceable songs from another life; but it doesn’t stop there. Doubled vocals, coupled with lengthier synth drones and the backing of project-mate Sean Hutchinson, create an effect almost ghostly and disturbing, adding depth and texture to the project. Fein’s hushed singing makes the music personal and intimate, lovely as a whole atop catchy complexity. Psychic Twin is scheduled to play an all electronic Deli stage at the Northside Fest this coming June – JP Basileo
We added this song to The Deli’s playlist of Best electronic songs by emerging NYC artists – check it out!
We always welcome ridicolous video concepts here at The Deli, in particular when accompanied by good music. NJ’s The Everymen – a band featured on the cover of The Aquarian last year – is back at it with their usual sense of humor and punk rock attitude. The video for new single "Spain," from the upcoming sophomore album "Givin’ Up On Free Jazz" (out on May 20th) stars comedian Zach Garner as "professional rail-slider," and band main singer Mike V as his uber-demanding (but sympathetic and wise) coach. The band is a lot of fun live, so you don’t want to miss their CD release party at Baby’s All Right on May 19, which will be followed by a month and half long tour around the country. Here’s another track from the upcoming album available for preview.
P.S. We wonder if this video wants to be a metaphor of the life of musicians…
For starters, Cannonball Statman (who made it in our latest Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists) has got the look – with an over-sized afro of curly red hair and a commanding stage presence. The music delivers the acoustic punk attack of antifolk by way of black metal; it’s not unusual for a typical 5-minute song to run the BPM gamut and contain several distinct sections. Lyrically, he embraces smorgasbord surrealism, but the songs always resonate and the audience is never distanced from the youthful anxieties and aspiration that fuel his fervor. – Ben Krieger, photo by Herb Scher
The trio of St. James & The Apostles close out their month-long Wednesday night residency at Ortlieb’s this evening. The group takes an all-out blood, sweat, and tears approach to each performance, playing an inspired gritty blend of soulful blues-rock with psychedelic accents. The mix of smooth grooves, propelling organ, raunchy guitar licks and earnest, pulled-from-the-gut vocals are a concoction that seems to catch fire on stage. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 8:30pm, Free, 21+ (Photo by Jason Elberson) – Michael Colavita
Punk-jazz outfit Many Arms just dropped their new album Suspended Definition via John Zorn’s Tzadik Records. It’s their second release with the independent label. You can stream the mind-blending work in its entirety over at Brooklyn Vegan. Added to the lineup of Nick Millevoi on guitar, Ricardo Lagomasino on drums, and John DeBlase on bass, you’ll find saxophonist Colin Fischer (of Caribou).
Mark your calendars, May 6th is an important day. That’s when the album “…And the Walls of the City will Shake” will be coming at you. If you haven’t heard of The Colored Parade (aka the product of multi-intrumentalist Andrew Adkin’s experimentations) check it out. The newest single is called “Hysterically Speaking”. “Hysterically Speaking” has very thought provoking lyrics that are mainly sad, but a little happy, thanks to a melody and quirky instrumentation keep the tune upbeat. This song is available for free download, or you can pre-order it on Amazon. You know you want to. –Amanda Aydelott
The fellas from Think No Think have had a busy past few months. After returning home from a successful nation-wide tour in support of Black Joe Lewis, they headed immediately into the studio with Black Angels’ frontman Alex Maas to record what hopefully will become the band’s first full-length LP. They also had more people on stage than at The Last Waltz and just came short of inducing a riot at the closing of The Lustre Pearl in March. Their now infamous live shows have gained them much deserved attention and a spot on our Artist of The Month Poll.
Photo by Dave Creaney
This past weekend, Mississippi Studios was home to the third annual Stumpfest, the northwest’s best new showcasing of all things metal music. The Deli Portland got photo coverage of Friday and Saturday night’s shows, including sets from Portland’s own Red Fang, Lord Dying, Black Pussy, as well as Eugene Doom Metal YOB, and many more! Photos by Jeff Colia and Jeremiah Brunnhoelzl.
Friday 4.25: Stumpfest Night 2
Saturday 4.26: Stumpfest Night 3
– Travis Leipzig