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VulGarrity Release "Dance 2 the Grave" Friday at Providence's Colosseum

VulGarrity, one of this month's Band of the Month nominees, release their new album, "Dance 2 the Grave," this Friday at Providence's Colosseum.  VulGarrity have always had a dark, edgy overtone to their music, and they've fully embraced it with this album.  The duo (that's right - and keep it in mind when you listen to their music!) spellbinds live:  they both sing, they rotate drum and bass duty, and they also manage to add layered and harmonizing guitar to the mix via loop pedal.  They nail the epic, swooping guitar licks and double vocals of the hair metal days of yore, while thumping drums and wildly fuzzy bass propel the songs with a more modern groove.

Check out the video for their new single, "Freakshow," here.  Then catch the CD release party - the price of the album is included in admission (which is only $8 advance and $10 at the door), and the show is also a costume party and contest!  Also performing are Echo Son, Arma, and SEXCoffee.

10/22 / Colosseum / $8 adv, $10 door / 7:30pm / All Ages

- The Deli Staff


CMJ Fundraising Party in Portland Tonight

Tonight at the Bayside Bowl in Portland, our friends at HillyTown are hosting a fundraising party for the Maine-based bands making the trek down to NYC for this year's CMJ festival.  The party will feature some of the musicians spinning DJ sets, playing solo sets and covers, and, of course, drinks and bowling.  HillyTown is shooting for $1,500; the first $1,000 will go to travel expenses for the bands, while the remainder will help to pay for sound engineering and other expenses for the "Maine vs. New York Day Party" HillyTown is hosting at CMJ in conjunction with the New York-based Battering Room.  

The Maine-based bands that will perform at CMJ are all fantastic and are deserving of every bit of help.  The Maine vs. New York Day Party is a free, afternoon showcase on Saturday, 10/23, at Brooklyn's The Rock Shop.  It will feature three Maine-based bands and four New York-based bands.  For a complete list of the bands performing at the Day Party, and for a list of the other Maine bands performing at CMJ, head over to HillyTown's Kickstarter page.  While you're at it, throw in a few bucks.

The fundraising party is tonight at 7pm, so get a move on!  But, in case you can't make it to the party (we're late on reporting this to you, we understand)... did we mention their Kickstarter page?

- The Deli Staff


The Deli NYC 24th print issue is out - check it out in pdf

Deli readers,

The 24rd issue of The Deli was delivered to the most rocking NYC neighborhoods yesterday.
If you don't live in NYC, don't dispair, because now YOU CAN NOW ALSO SEE IT ONLINE HERE!!! With interactive liks, dudes!

The Deli's Staff

Deli CMJ shows - Buke & Gass, Anni Rossi, Bear Hands, The Rassle + more

Click here for full lineup with links to music.

The Deli Staff

Spotlight: Otis Grove's "The Runk" (CD Release 10/15 @ Lizard Lounge)

What do you get when you start with funk-soul grooves, throw in some jazz stylings, add jam band sensibilities, layer on the heavy guitar and organ riffage, and finish it off with prog-rock wackiness? Oh yeah… and remove the vocals for an all-instrumental delivery. Given that mish-mash I would have guessed you’d get a train wreck. Thank God my guess would have been wrong. Otis Grove’s newest release, The Runk, is an instant classic.

The Runk opens with “Monark” and a dual barrage of guitar and organ straight out of the Deep Purple songbook. About a minute in, it takes a hard left turn into Emerson, Lake and Palmer territory with a crazy time signature shift and a Keith Emerson-style key solo. Then the tune suddenly comes back together with a meandering Santana-esque guitar solo before swinging back to the Deep Purple riffs to end the song. That’s a lot of ground covered in a single track and I knew I was in for a treat.

The next two tracks, “The Bunk” and “Basket Case," stick to a more traditional funk/jazz style, reminiscent of Fishbone mixed with Medeski, Martin and Wood. Both songs pay homage to a retro-soul sound while remaining thoroughly modern in their delivery. The album continues on this cycle through seven more tracks, alternating between heavy jam band rock-influenced tracks and classic funk/soul/jazz.

Late in the album, “I Won’t Forget” brings me back to my youth in the '70s. During my summers in New Hampshire I would frequently go roller skating at an old rink on Lake Winnipesaukee. Instead of playing Top 40 hits they instead had reel-to-reel tapes of old organ music, like some ancient form of Muzak. Listening to the keys on “I Won’t Forget” suddenly turned me into a 10 year-old klutz, circling the rink and trying desperately to look cool in a velour shirt and homemade plaid pants.

The Runk closes with “Fausto." The track highlights their drumming chops, opening with a short drum solo. Those drums remain the driving feature of the six and a half minute track and end this amazing album on a simmering groove.

- George Dow

Catch the Boston CD Release for The Runk on Friday, 10/15, at the Lizard Lounge!  Supporting the release are Club D'elf and The Squabble, and Otis Grove will perform with special guest Mr. Lif.  Friday 10/15 Lizard Lounge / Doors 8pm / $10 adv $12 door / 21+


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