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A Heart is a Spade: Wye Oak Debuts New Video
Drowned in Sound: Future Islands - Singles

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Dumb Waiter play Gallery 5 for New Turks send off.

Richmond’s Dumb Waiter is not the usual math-rock band and they’re not simply a jammy fusion group either. Where most math bands aim to excite (or confuse) with surprising changes, Dumb Waiter adds an unexpected element of sound. The saxophone is central to their sound, and gives every track a jazzy vibe. On their debut, Is This Chocolate, they switch from sing-songy, to dancy, to epic, often within the same song, and fans of metal or fusion or inventive and proficient indie combos will find a lot to like throughout the album. You can see their instrumental acrobatics live on February 16th at Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA, as they, and fellow Richmond band Night Idea, send of drum and bass duo New Turks on their tour of the east coast. –Natan Press


Mittenfields and Positive No at Galaxy Hut on 2/16.

DC’s Mittenfields and Richmond’s Positive No will play Arlington’s Galaxy Hut on Sunday, February 16th. Mittenfields’ sound is incredibly comforting for those feeling lost in an indie world increasingly full of solo or dueling synths/computers. Their three guitars are the focal points of a kind of sound-craft almost forgotten since its heyday with 90’s indie-rock. Positive No doesn’t shy away from noisy guitars either, and being composed of members who’ve been rocking Virginia since the 90’s, they carry that legacy incredibly well. The combination of fuzzy guitars, pounding drums and melodic but casual female vocals recall the best of the 90’s indie/alternative I grew up with in Boston, like Throwing Muses, Helium, The Blake Babies and The Breeders. This will be a great show for those of us who love the electric guitar, and Galaxy Hut will provide the sort of intimate setting you may not be able to see these band in again. --Natan Press


Winter 2013. NYC Issue #37 (CMJ)
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Amazing show at the Dunes on Saturday, 2/8!

There’s a fantastic show at The Dunes this Saturday. Previous DC Deli Band of the Month winner The Walking Sticks will be joined by previous DC Deli Album of the Month winner Klauss and the super adorbs America Hearts (The Deli hearts them too). Brooklyn based How to Be Topp completes this stellar lineup. Don’t miss it! --Natan Press

True Vine in Baltimore is throwing a show/fundraiser this Friday, 2/7, to help keep the record shop open.

It's pretty cool that artists can distribute their music on their own with the press of a button these days, but it can be a double egded sword. The less  physical records need to be sold, the less record stores stay open. Record stores are often the heart (or some important organ) of a music community. This is certainly true of True Vine Record Shop in Baltimore, a beloved "record shop/community center/walk-in therapy stand." Times are tight for the folks of True Vine, so they're throwing a fundraising party this Friday, at DIY space 5th Dimension, in the H&H Building (405 W.Franklin Street). The show will include “Rhodes Warrior” Liz Durette, Asa Osborn, Owen Gardner, Strange Times People Band, and DJ Jason Willett. True Vine has been featured by Rolling Stone as one of the best record stores in the USA, and is a Best of Baltimore Winner in the Baltimore City Paper. If you love music in Baltimore, make this your Friday night destination and bring a donation to help support both a local record store and a center for the music and art community. Check out some Rhodes magic by Liz Durette below. --Natan Press


Luray to play Iota on Friday, February 7th.

DC’s Luray is currently on tour supporting their album The Wilder. The band, fronted by Shannon Carey on banjo, takes the traditional sounds of folk and country music, mixes them up delicately with pedals and synths for their beautiful recordings, and then retranslates those sounds for their entertaining and energetic performances. You can check out an interview we did with Luray a few months ago here. After a few days in New England, Luray is passing back through the DMV to play Iota on Friday, February 7th. --Natan Press


Andrea Pais: debut ep Chasing Forever reveals a true pop talent.

DC’s pop singer/songwriter, Andrea Pais, is refreshingly much better than the usual young piano-playing songstresses on the radio. Her voice is not simply cute and youthful, but practiced, strong and evocative. The compositions on her debut EP, Chasing Forever, are interesting and complete, promising a true pop songwriting talent, both musically and lyrically. You can catch her at Bikenetic in Falls Church, VA on March 2nd, or the Jack Morton Auditorium (GW) in DC on March 8th before she heads to Austin, TX for an SXSW show at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on March 14th. Check out a video of Andrea performing one of the songs off her new EP below. --Natan Press


JDVBBS releases first album subURBAN

Northern Virginia’s JDVBBS released his first full length, subURBAN, this January. JDVBBS background includes classical piano, DJing, and A Cappella, and he lists influences as diverse as Kanye West and Bjork. The eclectic nature of JDVBBS is apparent in each of the 10 distinct tracks on his new album, which constantly surprises, forcing one to go through each track wondering “what’s next?” Self-produced, the album is indeed a “self-made symphony, ‘bout to change the industry.” The album is fun, engaging and impressive, and JDVBBS is a welcome addition to the DMV's adventurous hip-hop scene. --Natan Press



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