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Left Hand Does, Free Tonight @ House of Blues Restaurant

I'm still not sure what exactly the Left Hand Does, but it's always good.  And tonight, it (or they) does (do) it for free ($0!).

Once again, the House of Blues Restaurant delivers a perfect opportunity for listeners to drop in and check out a band that may be new to them.  The brother-and-sister fronted band has been making a splash in Boston for their Blur-esque genre hopping, their free mix CD giveaways, their bewitching presence, and, principally, their sneakily yet undeniably catchy and infectious songwriting.

What's more, the band has a recently-released album you can spend that extra admission cash on.  It's the last chance you'll have to buy four unique copies of the disc with four unique covers for just $10 (one copy sells for $5).  With any luck, they'll play their epic Lusica.  Cross them fingers.

Closing the night is the amazing Bearstronaut.  Get there at 9pm and bring your groove.

- The Deli Staff


New England Americana Festival's Summer Series, Part Two

New England Americana Festival's Summer Series continues this Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe.  For those who made it last time, you may remember free Narragansett, impromptu live-on-the-air interviews, incredible New England Folk Archive stories and photography, Eric Royer's mindboggling guitar machine, Jimmy Ryan's bluegrass shedding (on mandolin!), a great, social atmosphere and, of course, plenty of great music.

It's a special event that Bostonians should catch while it's local.  From their website:
Our goal is to continue building the community, energy, and camaraderie throughout the year and beyond.  To do this, New England Americana will be presenting shows all around New England with the focus on each local community, reflecting each area's rapidly growing roots music scene.

So come down to the Hard Rock at 7pm to enjoy the second of three great bills of Boston-based, grassroots-bred music!

Chris O'Brien
The Autumn Hollow Band
Jeff Byrd and the Dirty Finch
Brendan Hogan
Jenee Halstead
The Bees Knees
Dave Sammarco Band

See you there!

- The Deli Staff


Brenda release Silver Tower


Portland, Maine's Brenda have had a pretty intense summer. They played the Nateva festival and they released Silver Tower, a energizing collection of songs influenced by late 90's rock. Chock-full of delicious and emotional melodies, Silver Tower is a perfect road trip album. Some of the songs have a haunting aura to them while others are more fast-paced and dancy making a great contrast in over-all sound (think The Strokes). Brenda have a bunch of shows coming up around New England including the Wilco Solid Sound Festival at Mass MOCA.

Jul 30 2010 10:00P Bayside Bowl w/ the Rattlesnakes Portland, Maine

Aug 10 2010 7:00P hallowell waterfront Hallowell, Maine

Aug 14 2010 1:30P MASS MoCA, Solid Sound Festival North Adams, MA

Aug 27 2010 9:00P Empire w/ Metal Feathers and Doomstar! Portland, Maine

Aug 30 2010 9:00P The Red Door Portsmouth, NH

You can buy Silver Tower HERE

--The Deli Staff


Boston's The Royalty Say Goodnight

The Royalty play their last-ever shows this week - Sunday night, 7/25 at The House of Blues Restaurant, and Friday, July 30 at Providence's AS220.  Conveniently, Sunday's House of Blues show is free.  So take that extra cash to the bar and join the fun, as they may well be cruising towards a club ban.  Just kidding.  Probably.

If you haven't seen them yet and you're a fan of low-fi indie rock a la Pavement with a predilection for feedback (lots of it), incisive lyrics, sarcastic humor, heckling and cheap beer, then you owe it to yourself to make one if not both of these dates.  They also have an EP you should probably ask them about, featuring a great cover of Pavement's "Grounded."

Sunday 7/25
House of Blues Restaurant, Boston
Free, 8pm
with Quixote, Brontosaur

Friday 7/30
AS220, Providence
$6, 9pm
with Academia, Tens of Thousands, The Universes

- The Deli Staff


Exposure Opportunity for All Asia Bar, Cambridge Alums

Are you a New England band or musician?  Have you toured through Boston?  Then I'm willing to wager that unless you were put on an existing bill elsewhere in Boston, you've played at All Asia Bar in Cambridge's Central Square.  Marc Shulman, the owner, is famous for letting just about anyone onto his club's humble stage.  He also gives the hosting band each night more freedom to do what they want with their time than many other club owners in Boston would be comfortable even considering.

So it is in true Marc fashion that he embarks on a new project, entertainment-minded for him and exposure-minded for the musicians he's hosted:  a playlist, indeed a mighty one, featuring every band and musician that has played there (and who have recorded music, of course).  The playlist will then be played over the house speakers at both All Asia and Marc's restaurant in Taiwan.  That's right - passive exposure both at home and overseas.

So, if you've played All Asia in the past and would like selections of your music to be involved, head over to this blog posting to find the link and password to a web drop box to which you can submit some or all of your music.  Marc has also offered to dig through all music submitted to find his favorites, so if you don't have the time to pick any "single(s)," Marc will do so for you.  So here's hoping you trust his taste.

- The Deli Staff


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