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SXSW day 3: a ton of bands from Deli-cities + some big cats!

Day three of SXSW left me speechless. A mid-day slot at Rusty Spurs with Deadbeat Darling lifted my spirits before a two hour wait for LA’s leather-and-sunglasses-clad Black Rebel Motor Cylce Club the Filter Magazine Party. I stepped foot in Hyde Park Bar and Grill ONE more time for the “NYC Mixer,” another show I had co-arranged. The gig united bands from across the country, serving Texas a sample of Miss Derringer (LA, top picture), Pearl and the Beard (Brooklyn), Middle Distance Runner (DC), Outernational (NYC, bottom picture), Milo and the Fuzz (NYC), and The Frontier Brothers (Austin). Jetting back downtown to an over-packed Ghost Room, an all-star line-up, including Middle Class Rut, Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls, Michael Stipe (REM), Chris Shifflet (The Foo Fighters), Billy Bragg, Tom Morello and Boots Riley’s project, Street Sweeper Social Club, and more played mini-sets and jammed for Jail Guitar Doors, a program that rehabilitates inmates with music. To top off the night, a photo-op with Tom Morello preceded an after party at The Belmont. – Meijin Bruttomesso






Movers and Shakers - Middle East Down 3/25 and Radio Bean 3/26

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A little rock, a little roots, Boston’s Movers & Shakers will be performing at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, Mass this Thursday, March 25th and along with the Box Elders and the Black Lips. The will be playing Radio Bean on the 26th. The Movers & Shakers are a superb Americana group. Their music combines rock and country inspired vocals with bluesy instrumentals, harnessing a sound that’s clean and defined without sounding forced. There’s an ease to the music that allows the audience to slip into bittersweet rock-inspired tracks like “Bottom of the Ocean” as easily as the twang-tinged “Boom Splat.” Be sure to check out their Mid East Down show this Thursday and their upcoming residency at the Plough and Stars this May.

--Meghan Guidry

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SXSW Day 2: NYC to ATX party + MoTel Aviv, BlackBells, Deadbeat Darling

Day 2 was the day of honing navigation skills. The Baeblemusic.com Party at the Scoot Inn lined up promising acts that alternated between indoor and outdoor stages. A park-style area was decorated with paper lanterns and framed by two bars and a food cart, and listeners relaxed on tree stumps and patches of grass. Seabear, a sextet from Iceland, melded strings and acoustic guitars into a pleasant and exotic folk rock. Inside, Washington DC’s These United States upped the energy with a Southern rock lilt and grimy Gospel flavor, and back in the sunshine, Australia’s Dappled Cities played avant guarde electro-pop. Off the main drag at the 21st Street Co-Op, a “clothing optional” shindig hosted Austin natives, MoTeL Aviv (pic below), in an abstractly painted dorm common room. I found the city’s friendliest taxi-driver en route to Hyde Park Bar and Grill (South) for The Deli’s second sponsored show, and completed my night with some 6th Street sight-seeing.

The Deli Magazine and CitizenMusic joined forces to educate Austin on some of the best artists from New York at Hyde Park Bar and Grill (South). A spacious restaurant and bar, home to the best French fries around, opened into a patio where a tent housed the live music for the evening. A SXSW suppertime party, the “NYC in ATX Showcase” entertained a group of all-aged diners, families, and rock ‘n rollers with five Big Apple acts, including Blackbells (picture below), New Madrid, The Shake, Deadbeat Darling, and Black Taxi. Blackbells offered guests free EP’s and a superb set after traveling thirty hours straight to Texas. The fiery New Madrid pushed forward with outstanding vivacity, and The Shake’s second evening at Hyde Park resulted in enthusiastic feedback and a new population of fans. The wind picked up and carried Deadbeat Darling’s blissful and stirring reggae-rock throughout venue, and Black Taxi almost blew a fuse with their high-powered instrumentation and charisma. Mission “Rock Austin” accomplished. - Meijin Bruttomesso





28 Degrees Taurus goes country (for one night only)

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It is always interesting to see a band slip away from their norm and enter the world of another music genre. It takes guts and talent and tonight 28 Degrees Taurus hits the Plough and Stars in Cambridge with their rarely-been-heard-before country set. Armed with a pedal steel, twelve string and sans drummer, the regularly psychedelic/shoegaze 28 Degrees is prepared to play some unplugged country rock. After 2 1/2 years of writing, recording and mixing there's one record due out in June and another one in the Fall sometime.  The record due in June is more upbeat, pop-oriented and catchy and the Fall one will be alot darker and more psychedelic/ambient. The show is FREE so you have no excuse. It starts at 10 and Paul Sentz (formerly of This Car Up) is playing the middle set. 

Plough and Stars 912 Mass Ave Cambridge

--The Deli Staff

 

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A voice to kill for: Lia Ices

Sometimes you stumble upon a song that literally freezes time, stops your day - I guess that's why they say "arresting". Lia Ices' voice and songs commend attention like only great singer songwriters do. If her live show delivers what this video promises, the lady is going to blow up within a year. (Lia Ices will play live at The Knit in NYC with JJ - the show is sold out).

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