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Boston's Dan Masterson plays Middle East in Cambridge on Friday (2/12)

There is an earnestness in the power pop tracks of Boston-based piano man Dan Masterson that is deeply refreshing. As the flowing title track from his 2015-released third EP 'Atlas' shows, the smooth-voiced singer isn’t afraid to convey feelings of loss and restlessness in his music yet seems keen on championing a spirit of perseverance. The Billy Joel of such iconic tracks as "Piano Man" appears to be an influence on Masterson yet, as the alternative rock-tinged "Nobody I Know (Slow Down)" (streaming below) from the album shows, he impressively adds some edge to his celestial songs. Dan Masterson plays at Middle East in Cambridge, MA on Friday (2/12). - Zach Weg 

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Studio Spotlight: Pablo San Martin

Most of the time, The Deli focuses on the immense talent of the performers in the New England region, but what about the people controlling the knobs and microphones, working hard to make sure the performers sound their best? I decided to turn the spotlight behind the mixing-board for once and shine a little light on a (currently) local engineer & producer, Pablo San Martin.

Born in London, growing-up in Chile, and studying sound engineering in France, Boston-based recording engineer and producer Pablo San Martin has been interested in recording music for over a decade. “I started playing drums with a metal band when I was 13 years old”, says San Martin.  “...I was that nerd in the band that thought the best thing to do was to do it on our own. I started recording my band and realizing that the world of recording and production was extremely varied and I enjoyed it more than playing drums. I've always liked heavy and deep sounds, that's when I started to get into electronic music.”

San Martin currently has a studio inside M-Works Mastering in Cambridge, where he does most of his work. He has helped a variety of artists on different projects both locally and through collaborations abroad. “I keep a close relationship with some of my clients from Europe”, says San Martin. “[T]hey actually do come to the USA to work with me--which is amazing!”

For more info on Pablo and his studio, visit his website.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Providence's Jets Can't Land plays AS220 on 2/19

This past November, Providence power pop quartet Jets Can't Land released its ruggedly sweet debut EP, 'You Can't Linger On.' As heard in the irresistibly nostalgic, guitar-fuzzed opener “A ‘70s Photograph” (streaming below), which excitingly melds the jagged splendor of Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” with the pure warmth of The Kinks’ “Powerman,” the six-song effort shows a band not so much enslaved by past struggle but ennobled, and even strengthened, by it. Jets Can’t Land plays at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island on 2/19. – Zach Weg 

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Review: Grips on Heat, by Steep Leans

Steep Leans’ latest effort, Grips on Heat, reminds me of a drug-induced dream sequence from the movies--or just that feeling you get when you’re still awake at 4am and questioning what it is exactly that you’re doing with your life. A great combination of lo-fi production, floating vocals and fuzzy guitars, this record certainly deserves to find its way into your weekly listening rotation.

Check out the Steep Leans Facebook page for more info about the band.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Workman Song Unveils New Single 'O, To Be In Love Again'

Sean McMahon, lead singer and guitarist of local Brooklyn/Boston band Workman Song has unveiled a brand new single with a distinctly different sound from his previous material. Recorded at The Hangar in New Jersey and produced by MGMT's Will Berman, 'O, To Be In Love Again' (streaming) is a fast paced, rhythm driven song, laden with intricate guitar lines and soaring, soulful vocals. Though the song still honors McMahon's penchant for storytelling, it is a far cry from his April 2014 release 'Lamb'. 

Workman Song has recently evolved from a solo folk project into a fully fledged 'art folk rock' band - a label created by McMahon himself. While his previous EP's (specifically Lamb and Ion Zelig Vol. III) are often compared to Cat Stevens, solo Neil Young and Dylan, his new sound sits far more comfortably next to Kurt Vile & The Violators, early War on Drugs, Jefferson Airplane and Springsteen. On Wednesday 02/03 McMahon debuted the new single at Mercury Lounge alongside local songstress Katie Von Schleicher, Lip Talk and Alexander F of Rubblebucket. The set was perfectly executed in front of a packed venue and was just a taste of what is to come in the very near future for Workman Song. With a full length LP in the works as well as a national tour, Workman Song is one to watch. 

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