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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


International Experimental Electro Tonight @ Lilypad in Cambridge, MA

Seeing as The Deli New England usually covers local bands/artists, I’m excited (and a bit overwhelmed) to be announcing an experimental electro-pop show comprised of three all-female international acts. Tonight, Lilypad in Cambridge, MA will be hosting Letonia Records labelmates Alex June (French-born, raised in Chile) and EDH (Emmanuelle de Héricourt, from France). Joining them will be Camilla Sparksss, a side project from Barbara Lehnhoff (of Swiss/Canadian punk band Peter Kernel). Even though all three acts will be miles away from their respective homes, their songs will fit right in among the Greater Boston music scene.

I was particularly drawn to Camilla Sparksss and her captivating vocals on tracks such as “You Are Awesome” and “I’ll Teach You To Hunt” from her debut record For You the Wild (April, 2014, Africantape, On the Camper Records) Her use of distortion on her voice adds a harshness and abrasiveness to her songs that is so unique you can’t help but be drawn in to her music.

The Letonia crew has a knack for intricate drum loops, as is evident in EDH’s “Shall We Go.” The semi-industrial/tribal drum beat coupled with the distorted synth melody played throughout the song gives off a hauntingly-modern vibe - a feeling I found in the music of all three of these acts.

If you’re looking for an atypical way to break into the second half of the week, I’d highly suggest checking this show out. The eclectic mix of sounds and rhythms is sure to leave you with a positive impression about the state of experimental electronic music being made around the world.

Show starts early (6PM); $10 suggested donation at the door.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)   

 

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THE DELI'S 7 OFFICIAL CMJ 2014 STAGES

DELI OFFICIAL CMJ SHOWS ANNOUNCED, FULL SCHEDULE HERE 


Boston Hassle Fest 6 Indiegogo Campaign in Full Swing

Fall is in the air: the Red Sox have completely tanked, ugly sweaters are being taken out of musty closets, and “pumpkin spice” is being placed in every food and beverage known to human-kind. One of the few things I love more than pumpkin bread is music, and this year’s Boston Hassle Fest 6 has heaps of it to go around. The fest (slated to take place November 7 & 8 at Cuisine en Locale on Highland Ave. in Somerville, MA) boasts some mammoth headliners, including Body/Head (Kim Gordon/Bill Nance) and No Joy. Local and regional acts will be getting in on the action as well--Free Pizza, Downtown Boys, IAN and Pile will be there, along with a host of other regionally and nationally-known musicians.

Anyone interested in scoring advance tickets to one or both days of the shows can head over to the Boston Hassle Fest 6 Indiegogo campaign. Donating through Indiegogo is the only way to secure tickets in advance (as well as receive some other wicked cool perks), so be sure to grab your tickets early for these (most likely) sell-out performances.

For more info on Hassle Fest 6, check out the Boston Hassle Facebook page. For more info about Boston Hassle, check out their website. -Dan McMahon(@dmcmhn)
  

 


Bishop & Rook and Mutiny on the Microphone Announce Second Music Media Meet-Up

On Tuesday, September 23, Bishop & Rook and Mutiny on the Microphone’s “Getting Personal with Promotions: A Boston Music Media Event” is back for a second installment. The first “Getting Personal with Promotions” event was held back in July, but it was so well-received that the organizers decided to book a second date. The gathering is designed to bring together bookers, promoters, bands, bloggers, journalists--anyone and everyone who has an interest in or passion for the music scene in Boston and the surrounding areas. This is a great opportunity to take a couple of hours, step away from your computer and do some real social networking--I’m talking about the kind that doesn’t involve blue bird icons or a giant “Thumbs up!”


This event is free, but space is limited--in fact, July’s event sold out--so click here to reserve your space early. More info about the event can be found here.

 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


 

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Show Announcement: Elephants at O'Brien's Pub September 13

This Saturday, As Built PResents & O’Brien's in Allston, MA will play host to an evening of indie-pop bliss. Boston locals Elephants will be taking the stage in support of their upcoming album release, Strange Waves. The record, which will be the group’s second, definitely reflects all of the hard work the group has put into crafting it over the past few months. Lead singer Lauren Garant appears to have mastered the art of the pop hook with the melody on the track “The Turtles Were Right”, which I was fortunate enough to get my hands on and be able to share with the fine readers of The Deli New England. So, without any further adieu, check out the link below and get ready for Saturday night!


Elephants will be joined by bellwire, Everything and Everyone and The Original Cowards. Doors are at 8PM, $8 cover for the bands and it’s 21+ (with proper ID, of course). For more info on Elephants (and to follow updates about the release of Strange Waves), check out their Facebook page.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

 


Photos: Fourth Boston Calling Music Festival is yet another success

Despite heavy rain pausing Saturday's festivities, this year's second Boston Calling Music Festival – and the fourth overall – was once again a success. What sets the live showcase apart from other festivals, aside from its unique array of talents, is its location: instead of an open field, Boston Calling takes place on City Hall Plaza, in the heart of downtown and dwarfed by the taller buildings surrounding it.

While Saturday’s storm led to the cancellation of sets by Volcano Choir (the latest project of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) and mash-up artist Girl Talk, Lorde and Childish Gambino ended the night on a triumphant note. Each given a 50-minute set, the two boasted the most energetic performances and youngest crowds of the weekend. “What you’ve done here tonight … is pretty special,” the 17-year-old songstress told the audience after they stuck it out to see her perform.

Luckily, the inclement weather steered clear of the festival on Friday and Sunday, with Neutral Milk Hotel and The National closing Friday night each with its own brass section, while Nas and The Roots finished off the festival on Sunday. Sunday’s lineup also included punk legends The Replacements and psychedelic newcomers White Denim.

Check out The Deli New England’s photo album from the weekend over on Flickr and make sure to keep posted at the Boston Calling website so you can be amongst the first to swipe tickets for the festival’s May edition.

-Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Photos by Monica Kwan


Miss Geo Brings Their Dance Party to Great Scott September 10

You don’t have to be a seasoned electronic music aficionado to recognize that Miss Geo has a talent for writing incredibly catchy songs. Covered in 80s-style synths and sweet vocal melodies, the most recent offering from the Boston-based electro-pop duo appeals to a wide audience. My favorite track off of their self-titled EP would have to be “After School”, with it’s mesmerizing, almost hypnotic bridge/chorus of “You built this scene, You made this dream, it’s velveteen, it’s rock n’ roll.” Blended together with spacey synth lines, it practically lulled me to sleep with images of some kind of fantastic hipster dance party.

You won't find this track online though--you'll have to pick up a copy at one of their shows. And wouldn’t you know, they have one coming up soon! Their next show is September 10, at Great Scott in Allston, MA. Tickets are available online here. Be sure to stop in and pick up a copy of the EP and check out the songs for yourself!


For more information about the band, check out their website.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

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