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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
Comanchero
Jenee Halstead
The Bees Knees
Dave Sammarco Band

See you there!

- The Deli Staff

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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
 

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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

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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

July 2010
The Highway
"Forest People
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Psychedelic swirling lures, introducing Forest People with atmospheric effects, slide guitar and nebulous, distant vocals.  It builds softly before dropping dead into one crunchy, snarled-lip guitar lick.  The band kicks it aside with the verse, Daniel Tortoledo's vocals immediately in the high-register, the rhythm guitar jiving like 70's funk.  It's as hypnotizing an opener as this listener has encountered in a very long time.  But The Highway, much as the name suggests, isn't content to idle in one place.  "Frozen Sun" cruises away from a desert sunset and a troubled past; there's defeat in the lyrics, but it's accepted, calm, soothed by the breeze and the knowledge that tomorrow is a new day.  The title track reminds what a spell a well thought out chord progression and back-up vocals can weave - it's a stunning, down-tempo meditation.  "Song for the World" is utterly beautiful; if you're the type to let music touch you, this one will, and it's thanks to plumb ingenious song-writing:  An entrancingly bittersweet opening gives way to one hell of a surprising French interlude (yes, both linguistically and musically); the song loops back on itself, gaining weight and fleshing out, and by the end, you might not know whether to laugh, cry, or sing along - even though they've switched languages again, this time to Spanish.  Now, I know I'm a bit of a sap, but the raw emotionality of the record is worth noting because it's a field in which psychedelically-minded rock 'n roll rarely succeeds.  But it's rock and roll, after all, so fear not if you just want to put your fist in the air - there's attitude in abundance, sharp and edgy soloing, inspired rhythm changes; hell, there's even a sing-along drum-and-vocal break.  There's still some residue of the "rock is dead" prophesying, some grumbling that rock and roll is all, at this point, recycled goods, and that the new breed of rock is not really "rock" so much as indie, as experimental, as post-this or that-core.  Buy Forest People.  And then buy it for anyone you know who buys that sh*t.
- Cullen Corley

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