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The Deli's playlist of songs by emerging New England bands is updated!

Check it out HERE - it's basically the best of our New England blog in music! You can always access this playlist by clicking on "LOCAL CHANNEL" on the Navigation bar.

P.S. We couldn't add some bands because we didn't find their music on Soundcloud.


LuieGo continues shows throughout work on second mixtape

LuieGo is taking Massachusetts by storm. As a rapper based in Amherst, he stands out amongst a scene filled to the brim with folk, indie and alt-punk bands. His first mixtape, M.I.A., remains his only major release. The rapper takes on a variety of beats throughout its 12 tracks, peaking on the set’s highlight “Bangin Out,” on which he boasts his coast-to-coast appeal over piano keys and gunshots. While he continues to work on his upcoming second mixtape, Authentic Thoughts, you can catch him with his full live band, the eGOmaniAKs, during his upcoming tour dates throughout April and May. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

April 4th: Battle Of The Bands at the Student Union at UMass Amherst (MA)
April 5th: Bard College (SMOG) with eGOmaniAKs’ own Mind Of Seul (NY)
April 12th: Mount Holyoke College (MA)
April 30th: UMass Big Chill (Last Day of Classes celebration) on the North Lawn at UMass Amherst
May 1st: Hartwick College (NY)
May 2nd: Amherst College (MA)

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Tall Heights treks across New England in spring tour

After a while, folk music can all seem to blend together into one big sea of acoustic guitars and delicate voices. What makes Boston’s Tall Heights stand out is its beautiful two-part male harmonies, supplied by Tim Harrington and Paul Wright, who, in addition, play guitar and cello, respectively. “Man of Stone,” the title track of the band's latest release, reaches the emotional heights of Bon Iver’s most memorable work, complete with wailing strings and careful guitar strums. Later on the album, the duo leans more toward traditional folk music on “Flash Boom,” its flawless harmonies never faltering. If they’ve got you captivated, you can check out Tall Heights at their upcoming New England tour dates throughout the end of next month. – Jake Reed


3/27 – Colinsville, CT – Bridge Street Live (with Miss Tess)
4/09 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (with Wild Child)
4/10 – Cambridge, MA – The SInclar (with Wild Child)
4/24 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
4/26 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square (with Ryan Montbleau)

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Willow releases "Slumlord" EP, previews upcoming full-length "BlueLung"

Willow's Slumlord EP has finally been unleashed after recording delays held back its December release date. The four-song collection begins with the muffled vocals and layered guitars of “Fixtures," and things get even trippier on “Colors,” where warbling vocals and whistles fade in and out as guitars bounce off the walls of the nearly percussion-less production. The set closes with the sleepy “Breathe Water,” which also acts as the first release from BlueLung, the band's upcoming full-length debut. While a release date for the album has yet to be announced, you can keep tabs on the Providence rockers’ Facebook page to find out more about the band’s music and upcoming shows. – Jake Reed

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Pachangacha lets the fuzz run freely on "WEIRDHEAD"

The volume pedal turned to the right on WEIRDHEAD’s cover should clue you in to one thing: Pachangacha’s latest release is going to be a loud album. A sea of fuzz is consistently present but doesn’t shroud the album’s other standout moments, like the unexpected falsetto on “Amphetamine” and the “Oh yeah!” hook on “Boobies,” which seems to be a concise way to explain how the band feels about them. Hooks are certainly a strong suit for the band, whether coming from the group’s vocalist, like on “Boobies,” or guitarist, such as on “Underneath Girl.” Put them on your playlist now and check out Pachangacha at their upcoming New England tour dates, listed below. – Jake Reed

3.26.14- The Bubble Bowl, New Britain CT
3.27.14- Great Scott, Allston, MA
4.10.14- Floor Music Lounge, Florence, MA
4.13.14. Amherst, MA (with The Weaks)

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Loupo experiments with the softer side of hip-hop

If your playlist is lacking something a little more relaxed, perfect for hanging with friends or a long drive, we recommend Montpelier’s Loupo. The hip-hop producer crafts beats stuffed with samples and the production tics necessary to make an instrumental track stand out without vocals from a featured artist. On “GottaGo!!” he turns a vocal sample into its own wah-wahing instrument, and on his latest, “GritZZ,” guitar and drum loops cycle as clanking piano keys reverberate into the distance. Of course, Loupo’s experimental creations are ripe for the picking by up-and-coming rappers – take a listen to Notation and Chel Strong’s “To The Sky,” a song released earlier this month that was helmed by the Vermont producer. – Jake Reed

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d's "house sounds" shrouded in mystery

Not much information is offered about house sounds, a short gem of an EP released to Bandcamp by d (aka Danielle Capalbo). The lo-fi album features minimal production and instrumentation, mostly relying on guitar and Capalbo’s never-showy voice. Its six short songs are as beautiful as they are muddled, her harmonies often hidden beneath the thick reverb of the guitar. house sounds appears to be an intended accompaniment to “Waking Up: A Zine About Self-Discovery,” a literary magazine Capalbo created with her own writing and photography, which can be purchased on d’s Bandcamp now. – Jake Reed

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Glass Arrowhead gets serious on "The Beginning"

Glass Arrowhead explains The Beginning as an attempt to break into new, “more serious” territory after primarily pumping out trap and dubstep jams. The result is breezy and light while still showing off his skills on the boards. For instance, “C++ Shells” melds a bubbly synth with flute flourishes and drums that drop in and out with ease. The collection’s more serious direction was inspired by “Goodbye Again,” a slow-moving ambient piece, accented by an 8-bit synth that grows more present and more distorted as it moves forward. When the drums enter in the song’s final two minutes, it becomes something of a dance-floor stomper – albeit not something you might hear in your standard Top 40 DJ set. We’ll be looking forward to more from this guy in the future. – Jake Reed 

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