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May 2010
Ghost Quartet
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Ghost Quartet is an anachronistic delight. Sharp, tactile, and playful, this Northfield, Massachusetts quintet (yes, you read that right—there are actually five members, none of whom are ghosts) offers up a new self-titled live EP that feels like something out of a smoke-filled 1920s nightclub. In 1975. In New Orleans. On Mars. Cacophony, chaos, and experimentation sit at the center of the five tracks on this jazz-funk treasure, transforming Ghost Quartet from a jazz recording into a piece of living, breathing art. Josh Powers weaves nimble bass lines with surgical precision under some seriously smooth vocals by Hilary Graves, whose Ella Fitzgerald-esque agility lends the group a winsome vibe with mass appeal—the same vibe, some might say, that lead singer Jenny Lewis offers Rilo Kiley. On “Catch the Funk,” guitarist Zach Holmes pays homage to 70s funk bands like Kool and the Gang and Earth Wind and Fire by digging grooves so deep, he hits rock bottom. On “Freeloader,” Graves shows off the band’s goofier side as she sarcastically taunts, “I don’t really like you much” over tubist Kevin Smith, who haphazardly blares away. Ghost Quartet sparkles not only because it embraces the unexpected; what makes it so unique is that it is a rarely-seen celebration of the raw, the unpolished, and the unperfected. While other bands reach for shiny new trumpets and fancy guitar pedals, you get the sense from these five live recordings that Ghost Quartet would rather play rusted instruments they found in an antique store. There’s something charming and wholesome about a band that sounds like it’s having fun when it performs, and by the end of Ghost Quartet, there’s no doubt that these guys (and girl) love every moment. With one foot in a speakeasy and the other in a garage, this quintet has struck a unique balance of old-timey nostalgia and youthful modernity. --Stephie Coplan





Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B.) - May 30th

Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B.) will bring together the most promising bands in the Northeast as well as nationally recognized names on May 30th at Durham Fairgrounds in Durham, CT. Frankie Bombaci states on the home site for the festival that B.O.M.B started with the small idea of "“Hey, what if I bring some up and coming local bands and let them play at the same scene with some well-known gigs?" The festival is headlined by Lupe Fiasco, Of Montreal and Jay Electronica. The festival will also feature some stellar local bands such as M.T. Bearington, (New Haven, CT) The Band Eclypse, (Scarsdale, NY) The Shills (Boston, MA) and Clarias (Boston, MA).

Another great thing about B.O.M.B festival is the inexpensive ticket price (A one-day advance ticket price of $50). What is done with the profits is even better than the price itself. A percentage of the money goes to foundations such as The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Connecticut Children’s Hospital. Last year’s festivities raised $30,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Deli will be attending this year's festival so come find us and say hello!

You can purchase tickets HERE - $50 advance $60 dos
B.O.M.B Festival - Durham Fairgrounds in Durham, CT

--Nicholas Palumbo

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Mars Pyramid CD Release Party @ Radio Bean 4/30

Tomorrow Burlington ambient/drone music label Mars Pyramid will be celebrating their Spring batchof releases with a pretty sweet lineup of people at the Radio Bean starting at 11pm and rolling until about 2am. Label owner VIKOMT will be heading up the night along side Lendway's Kevin Lynam, a collaboration between the two called Antaeus, as well as Yellow Knife, and local fuzzy alt rockers Ghost Weapons. Releases include VIKOMT's Twilight Visions, Alma Daae's Wormwood Star, and Kevin Lynam's Tune Cloud. Check the MP site for details. Going to be a pretty sweet night.

--The Deli Staff

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Brothers McCann play Radio Bean Burlington, VT 4/30, Johnny D's Somerville, MA 5/6

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Brothers McCann is a folk-pop roots group who describe themselves as "...a “ground-up” New England band through and through." Brothers McCann has influences of Ben Harper and moe. type roots, but with more funk and soul and less jamband sap. Their debut release Different Colors is made out of 100% organic materials (!!!) and they are selling it for only 10 bucks. They will be playing Radio Bean on Friday the 30th and Johnny D's on May 6th. These guys are down with the New England scene and successfully capture the beauty, energy and diversity of the area with their sound.

Radio Bean  - 8 N. Winooski Ave. Burlington, VT

Johnny D's - 17 Holland St. Davis Sq Somerville MA

---The Deli Staff

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Quiet Desperation presents the 32nd Annual WBCN Rumble!! THURSDAY AT GREAT SCOTT

 The WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble is a timeless tradition in Boston. With the recent demise of WBCN, Rob Potylo has decided to revive the contest, but in a non-traditional fashion. The WBCN Rumble had a reputation to promote local bands in a competitive way through an elimination contest even though they rarely played local music on their station. WBCN has a place in my heart. I don't know what that place looks like, possibly my bedroom at age fifteen listening to Nik Carter's show writing angry notes (that would be folded into hearts) to my friends about what a stupid bastard Nik Carter is and wondering who is picking this music? As grunge died off and corporate America consumed the music business, the station turned to crap and died. The Rumble this Thursday is in celebration of local music and the Boston music community. I will be one of the "judges". Come rejoice with the sounds of:
HUMANWINE
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Rob Potylo (Full-band)
KING HELL

Quiet Desperation is a sitcom about the Boston music scene. Check out episode nineteen above.

Great Scott - Allston MA 8pm, 8 bucks, 18+

--Meghan Chiampa

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