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Baltimore-based psych pop Waterplanet release new video, Kingmaker

At first listen, you’d expect a loud crash somewhere within the minute, but stick around and you’ll find mellow and soothing folk in homage to an entire decade: somewhere around the 60’s. Three-piece Waterplanet paints landscapes with one broad brush. It’s a somewhat familiar sound, but the smooth vocals and cleansing strings delivered by Millie Landrum, James Hesser, and recently added Gregtape, keep it interesting. From ‘Go Go Go’ and its nod to Violent Femmes to the Latin guitar twist and mixed lyrics of ‘Get Lost’ and the psychedelic chants in between, they’re setting your sights on Baltimore for the next gig. Check out their new entry to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series below!-Justin Bieggar

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SXSW feature: DC's velvet pop trio The Walking Sticks

The Deli Magazine's SXSW annual print issue is coming out soon and DC's The Walking Sticks are featured! If you haven't heard of this awesome indie dance band or their genre-flexing music, you've had your buried in the sand and under a rock. Vocalist Chelsea Lee has been on the scene for a few years now and her siren pipes grew a fanbase all their own. Now artfully flanked by some inventive electronica, her trained voice rings out, gripping your attention and moving your body for you. As this group has blown up, they're playing sold out shows around town, so catch them soon! -Jonathan Goodwin

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SXSW feature: Baltimore's wizard pop duo New God

South by Southwest is coming up fast and The Deli Magazine is proud to release its annual print issue for the festival. Featured in the mag will be Baltimore-based New God, one of the best experimental indie groups in the city. Their music is somber and atmospheric, and you'll feel the work put into carefully constructing their albums. You'll find their tracks easy to lose yourself in, time passing you by most pleasantly. Keep an eye on them as they announce what are sure to be fantastic shows. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Indie folk Wylder drop new single Swells, 2/15

If a beautiful were ever to be heard, it's certainly this new track from DC's own Wylder, a leading indie folk band in the city. Coming in hot off packed shows at the W Hotel and DC9, this friendly sextet is keeping up with their track record of great music. Swells is uplifting, sweet even, and makes full use of the band's talents - not many can pull of having a violin, mandolin, and keys on the same track, but Wylder certainly does. Throughout the song, you can hear each note struck and get lost in the melody before you realize it and it's guaranteed to make the day a better one. Catch them tomorrow night, 2/19, at the IOTA Club & Cafe in Arlington. -Jonathan Goodwin

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TONIGHT, 2/14: The Milestones, The Humble, and YUM. play DC9 at 8:30

Need plans for Valentine's Day? DC9 has just the treat for you with an awesome triple feature: The Milestones, The Humble, and YUM. at 8:30 tonight! Opening the night, YUM. is one of DC's rising indie acts, excelling at creating upbeat, dreamy melodies that hook the listener very quickly. The Humble hails from Philly, but these neighbors from up north are kicking off a northeastern tour to celebrate the release of their new album, Act Accordingly. Check the first single below, which is a mighty fine example of where alternative meets melodic rock. Headlining the night, Baltimore boys The Milestones are back in DC to spread some love via their hypnotically catchy alt jams. Get on your feet, head over to DC9, and dance the night away, date or no date! Doors at 8, $8. -Jonathan Goodwin

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