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3rd Deli Showcase at the House of Blues - Boston - Front Room 7/1

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The Deli - New England will be holding our 3rd showcase at the House of Blues - Front Room on July 1st. We'll be featuring three of Massachusetts' finest. Vostok 4, a unique pop-rock band with the elastic creativity and sound of the Talking Heads. Ghost Quartet's new album is currently our featured album of the month, they hail from Western Mass. Trip-rockers, Those Wolves Actually Happened sound like Modest Mouse in outer space. Most importantly, this show is FREE! So you have no reason not to come. Take the train to Fenway. There is no Red Sox game, so if you are driving you can find parking, I'm sure.

See you there.

July 1st - House of Blues - Front Room - 15 Landsdowne St. Boston, MA - FREE - 21+

--The Deli Staff

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Interview w/ Brian King of Oranjuly - Album release 7/2 at Middle East down

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Oranjuly is releasing their self-titled album on July 2nd at the Middle East downstairs.  Brian King is the front-man for Oranjuly. As you can see above, they won the recent Band of the Month poll. Deli readers, pull up a seat and get comfortable, I have something to tell you: This is the best album I've received since working as a music journalist. I like difference, I like melody. I like good fucking music. Below Brian King answers some questions. He is a brilliant musician. It is an incredible album. I don't need to get into specifics. Listen to it! Go to the show! 

Deli: Your music transcends almost the past fifty years of surf and pop-psych rock from the Beach Boys and mid-life Beatles to Queen to the early styling of Weezer and Brian Eno in general. But your sound is unique and all the songs have their own personality. How did you develop the “sound” for the album? Where did your influence come from for Oranjuly?

Brian King: Thanks so much! The big influence for me on this record was melody as obvious as that sounds. haha. Besides the little nods to my favorite artists, I just love pretty chords and melodies and putting them together in a somewhat unpredictable way. The songs have a lot of unexpected twists and turns and that's something I always keep in mind when writing but melody always comes first and is most important. I also think the album has a cohesive sound even though some of the songs were written years ago ("Hiroshige's Japan" was probably the 3rd song I ever wrote in 2005/6 or so) because I used a lot of the same sounds and elements that carry over throughout the album - but I'll let listeners figure that out! I left off three songs or so that didn't really have the "feel" of the rest of the songs. One of them was really synthy and dancey . It's like Queen meets Muse or something... 

Deli: One of my favorite tracks on Oranjuly is Hiroshige's Japan. How’d you get your hands on a harpsichord? It is perfect for the song. I love it.

BK: Ha. My poor Bach imitation. The harpsichord on "Hiroshige's Japan" was recorded when I was in college. The school made me meet with the music department chair (Karl Berger, who actually was an arranger on a Cardigans album!) and he let me use it for only an hour or so. Pretty lame, so after my lil' hour, I did some James Bond shit and put some tape over the door lock so it couldn't automatically lock after I left, so I came back much later that night and recorded all the parts.

Deli: Where did you get your band name?

BK: It's just my birth-month and my favorite color at the time combined into one incredible word.

Deli: How many different instruments do you play/use on the album? Why did you use such a wide selection?

BK: I played everything that wasn't drums for the most part - I can play a lot of instruments but I'm far from perfect on any. I just do what's right for the songs. I wrote all the drum parts and I can keep a beat but our drummer Lou and our friend Andrew Jones nailed that stuff. I think in terms of what feels right for the song more than logically what I can get my hands on. If I want an accordion, I'll ask around. I was a film major in college so that's probably a subconscious thing. I just like different sounds I guess. You can only do so much with guitars.

Oranjuly is releasing their self-titled album on July 2nd at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge with The Everyday Visuals, The Luxury and Spirit Kid, honestly guys, if you are going to see one show this year...SEE THIS ONE! Trust me. Listen to the album HERE. Also anyone wearing orange at the show gets a free album download.

Middle East Downstairs 472 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge -- Buy tickets HERE

--Meghan Chiampa

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The Doctors Fox 6/19 at the Lizard Lounge

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The Doctors Fox will be performing this Saturday, June 19th, at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, along with Brendan Boogie and The Best Intentions and This Blue Heaven. The Doctors Fox have made their mark on the Boston scene with their mix of soul, funk, ska and jam band rock, which they blend into catchy, energizing tunes that fluidly move from one genre to the next. From vocalist/bassist’s David Ladon’s wry lyrics to violin player Ryan Aylward’s dynamic melodies, the band’s energy is intoxicating. The Doctors Fox will be performing with guest vocalist Dave Hanft, ensuring a powerhouse performance of both original songs and classic covers that’s not to be missed. Doors open at 8:30.

1667 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA $8adv/$10 dos

--Meghan Guidry

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Somerville hosts Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest June 19-27

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In his youth, Somerville Mayor Joe Curatone blew some trumpet in the Somerville High School Jazz Band. In tribute to those days, he’s invited the city’s High School Jazz Ensemble to kick off eight hours of free, live jazz and blues at Powderhouse Park, this Saturday, June 19, from 12PM-8PM. Encompassing a broad range of styles, the line-up includes Professor Harp, Brendan Hogan & Band, Evan Marien Trio, The Ben Powell Quartet, Eric Hofbauer and the Infrared Band, Peter Parcek 3 and the Camelia Latin Jazz Sextet.

The Powderhouse Park event is just the kick-off. Local jazz and blues talents will be featured throughout the following week at Somerville venues, Bloc 11, P.J. Ryan’s, Precinct, Johnny D’s and Sally O’Brien’s. On June 27 at 3PM, at the Nave Gallery, the blues will turn to green, as a set by the Ruth Ristich Trio with The Sisters of Swing, serving as a fundraiser for environmental group, Groundworks Somerville brings the festival to a close.

You can find a complete schedule with artist profiles, here.

--Jason Rabin

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Review - Jeff Gaynor - 6/10 @ Lizard Lounge

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No one can say that Jeff Gaynor isn't a team player. On any given night of the week, he's either backing up wunderkind Samantha Farrell in her band, the Love Society, or trading songs with Tom Bianchi and Hugh McGowan, among others, in the all-star mash-up Baker Thomas Band. Oh sure, the spotlight occasionally washes over Gaynor as he drops a honky-tonk piano solo here or throws in a vocal harmony there, but when he plays a solo show, it becomes clear why everybody wants this guy in their band.

Piano-key necktie swinging, Jeff Gaynor played eleven songs at the Lizard Lounge on Thursday night, ranging from the bouncy, anecdotal "Teddy Came In" to the soulful, gospel-tinged "Keep It Off" with some ragtime, blues, and boogie mixed in between. There is something unmistakably macabre about Gaynor; invariably, you find yourself musing, oh gee, I didn't know Tim Burton wrote music. Eyes wild and hands perfectly arched, yet frantic, Gaynor commands the room with a Beetlejuice-like mystique that permeates even his more streamlined pieces (like the Meatloafy "Toothpick Foundation.") Tart-tongued and laced with observational humor, songs like "How's That Workin' Out For Ya?" and "Runner Band Boob Job" display Gaynor's great aptitude for Ben Folds-style sarcasm, expertly straddling a razor-thin line between good-natured ribbing and embittered last-laughing. Gaynor is clever and spunky with lyrics that will appeal to people who were picked on in high school, people who take a principled stance against words like "bro," and people who mumble funny comments under their breath during a play instead of buying into the melodrama unfolding on stage. Bass-heavy and theatrical (Liberace's rapidly undulating wrists come to mind), Gaynor's arrangements sound so fleshed-out that it's almost hard to believe he's playing alone. His charming, oddball brew is steeped heavily in the eighties, with influences ranging from Billy Joel to Journey; in fact, his latest piece, "Wan'drin'," sounds like a distant cousin of "Faithfully" with melancholy piano and an emotive chorus ("Where do you go when you go wandering?").

Most left Jeff Gaynor's show at the Lizard Lounge realizing that he is one hell of a piano player. While it's impossible not to ooh and aah at Gaynor's intricate jazz riffs and thunderous left-hand power, his versatility as a songwriter is truly the thing to admire here. It's no wonder Jeff Gaynor is so comfortable juggling his time between bands that play vastly different styles of music--sticking to only one genre would just bore him.

--Stephie Coplan

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