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Fax Holiday Release Big Fear

Last month, I posted an article hyping the long-awaited release of Fax Holiday’s new EP, Big Fear. This month, I’m wicked excited to be able to post a review of the EP. The Fax Holiday guys have definitely stepped-up their game with these songs--each one sounds incredibly polished and well-balanced. The band really let their emotions come through on this record; there’s much more feeling in these tracks than in previous recordings.

The one aspect that really sets Fax Holiday apart for me is their choice of instrumentation--I love their autoharp. That being said, “Ears and Teeth” is probably my favorite track from Big Fear. The jangle from the autoharp adds an eerie/hypnotic feel to this Elliott Smith-meets-Wilco tune.

You can stream (and download for only $4!) Big Fear on Fax Holiday’s bandcamp page. Check out their Facebook for band news and show announcements.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

  

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New England Music Awards Week: Ashley Jordan

New England Music Awards Week continues with Ashley Jordan, a country vocalist from Harvard, MA. After releasing two records, she joined forces with Big Crush Records to release her third, Nothing in Doubt, last December. The album and its lead single, “If I Had You,” helped the songstress earn her second nomination for Country Act of the Year. We spoke to Ashley to learn more about her music and how she views her success.

To read the interview, click here.

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New England Music Awards Week: Dan & the Wildfire

With the New England Music Awards set to take place in Lowell on February 22, we begin New England Music Awards Week with Dan & the Wildfire, a five-piece folk band from Boston nominated for Indie/Pop Act of the Year. The band released Smoke Signals, its first album under the name Dan & the Wildfire (and second overall) in 2012, and is currently hard at work on its follow-up record. To learn more about the band and what got them recognized this year, we spoke to frontman Dan Htoo-Levine himself.

 

To read the interview, click here.

 

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Miss Geo, Rich People Food, Kitschenettes and Elsewhere at TT the Bear's Place This Wednesday

For anyone sadly unaware of the aural bliss that will be coming from TT the Bear’s Place this Wednesday night, February 12, fear not; I will now fill you in on a show you simply cannot miss. Dance-pop duo Miss Geo will be playing their synth grooves alongside Rich People Food, Kitschenettes and Elsewhere. This bill is sure to brighten up even the most dreary of winter weekday moods. If you’re free (and why wouldn't you be--it’s a Wednesday night!), come by Central Square in Cambridge and check it out.

Doors are at 8:30, with Elsewhere kicking it off at 9PM. $9 cover, 18+. Proper ID required.

 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 


Getting to know Mals Totem, the winners of 2013's Best New England Emerging Artist Readers' Poll

This year, Mals Totem’s eponymous debut EP put them on the map. Need proof? Well, the band won The Deli New England’s Best Emerging Artists Readers’ Poll for 2013, which was – you guessed it – voted on by you, our readers. Despite (for the most part) relocating to Brooklyn, the band’s still got strong ties to New England. Vocalist Dave Vives is completing a degree at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and the band promises to continue playing shows in the city beginning with a gig at the Middle East Upstairs on April 3, alongside Bent Knee. We spoke to Asher Kurtz and Mike Lostica, the band’s respective lead and rhythm guitarists, to learn a little bit more about the band.

To read the interview, click here.

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Shambles, Rebuilder, Save Ends and Laureate to Play Bishop and Rook Birthday Show on February 15

Fellow Boston-area blogger Kristin Nicholls (who operates the local music review Bishop and Rook) will be hosting a night of punk rock on February 15th in conjunction with RTT Presents and Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, MA. The lineup is packed with energy from start to finish with performances from Shambles, Rebuilder, Save Ends and Laureate (Montreal). The show also happens to fall on Kristin’s 30th birthday, so stop by, wish her a happy birthday, drink some PBRs and listen to some totally rad local (and international) tunes.

The show starts at 8PM. $8 cover, 21+. Proper ID required.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 




Winter 2013. NYC Issue #37 (CMJ)
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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging New England Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging New England Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Kudos to indie rock slackers Krill (pictured) for winning it hands down!

Thumbs up to multifaceted blues rock songwriter Sarah Borriello and to pop experimenters And the Kids.

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free) and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ New England scene experts (our jury) and asked them to nominate three more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music New England produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING NEW ENGLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
W
OS
R
TOT
 
1
KRILL
9
1
 
0.005
10.005
2
Sarah Borrello
3
1
 
0.004
4.004
icon
3
And The Kids
3
 
 
1
4
icon
4
Animals and Shapes
2
1
 
0.114
3.114
icon
5
Pale Cowboy
 
 
3
0.077
3.077
icon
6
Violent Mae
3
 
 
0.054
3.054
icon
7
Magic Island
 
1
2
0.047
3.047
icon
8
Alpenglow
3
 
 
0.03
3.03
icon
9
Speedy Ortiz
3
 
 
0.014
3.014
icon
10
Will Dailey
3
 
 
0.011
3.011
icon

11

Ovlov
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
12 
Kal Marks
2
1
 
0.003
3.003
icon
13
Dust Witch
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
icon
14
Grass is Green
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
15
Hayley Sabella
3
 
 
0
3
icon
 16
Bearstronaut
3
 
 
0
3
icon
17 
Mals Totem
 
 
1
2
3
icon
 18
Harpoons
3
 
 
 
3
?
19
Rusty Belle
1
 
 
1.5
2.5
icon
20
The Box Tiger
2
 
 
0.173
2.173
21
Miss Geo
 
1
1
0.062
2.062
icon
22
Jesse Dee
2
 
 
0.048
2.048
icon
 23
Bella's Bartok
2
 
 
0.047
2.047
icon
24
Paper Castles
2
 
 
0.013
2.013
icon
 25
Consuelo's Revenge
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
icon
26
Guerilla Toss
2
 
 
0.006
2.006
icon
27
Bent Shapes
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
28
Daphne Lee Martin
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
 29
Blue Button
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
 30
Dan & the Wildfire
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
31
Fear the Masses
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 32
Ashley Jordan
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 33
The Range
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
34
Big Big Buildings
 
 
1.5
0.032
1.532
icon
35
Contrapposto
1
 
 
0.032
1.032
icon
36
Tomboy
1
 
 
0.031
1.031
icon
37
Jatoba
1
 
 
0.017
1.017
icon
38
Art Decade
1
 
 
0.014
1.014
icon
39
Frank Viele
1
 
 
0.011
1.011
icon
 40
You Won't
1
 
 
0.008
1.008
icon
41
Civil Pilots
1
 
 
0.007
1.007
icon
42
Home Body
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
icon
 43
Atlantic Thrills
 
 
1
0.004
1.004
icon
44
Ryan Montbleau Band
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
45
Barika
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

List of jurors: Vern (The Room, CT); Christie Leigh (CNC Music Productions); Adam Morgan (blogger); Lev McCarthy (WRUV); Jackie Indrisano (Cafe 939, MA); Trevor Morrison (WHUS); John Fleming (The Colosseum, RI); Ellie Molitor (Allston Pudding); Joe (Radio Bean, VT); Dan Kuhn (WWPV); John (The Elevens, MA); Liz Pelly (fvckthemedia.com); Bryan (Hillytown music blog); Joseph Graham (New England Music Awards); Perry Eaton (BDCWire.com)

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


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