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Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1 out Sept. 22 on Good Sponge Records

Once dubbed 'America's best unsigned band' by CMJ, New London, CT's The Reducers spent much of their 34-year career skirting the edges of wider mainstream popularity. A brand-new international compilation, Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1 (Good Sponge Records), coming Sept. 22, features 24 tracks that pay sound tribute to the band's longstanding musical legacy.

Formed in 1978, The Reducers released three very well-received power pop "pub rock" records that propelled them to the national spotlight, where they found themselves touring the country opening for bands like The Ramones and The Replacements. Together for 34 years, the Reducers' long run ended earlier this year with the death of bass player Steve Kaika, who died after a courageous battle with cancer. Rave On features tracks performed by bands and artists touched by the The Reducers' music. Some tracks are reverent, almost note-for-note covers (particular care is paid to bassist Kaika's renown "lead bass" lines), others are re-imagined in ways that showcase the timeless impact of the band's songwriting. 

There will be a CD release party for the album on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Rose Barn in Waterford, CT. The Oneill's Rose Barn was the first venue the Reducers played together as a band in June of 1978. The CD release party will feature live performances. Doors open at 6:30pm. The show runs from 7:00-11:00pm. There is a suggested donation of $10, and CDs will be available for purchase. All profits from the event and CD sales will benefit the immediate family of Steve Kaika, who continue to work through medical bills and other challenges incurred during Kaika's illness. Beer, wine and other refreshments will be available for purchase at the show.--The Deli Staff

Frigate -- Boys Will Be Boys by chrisface

Track Listing:

1. Let's Go - The Rattlers
2. Life In The Neighborhood - The Backstabbers
3. Better Homes And Gardens - Heap
4. Boys Will Be Boys - Frigate
5. San Antone - Rockbottom
6. Fashion Of The Times - The Manchurians
7. Nothing Cool - Paul Brockett Roadshow
8. No Ambition - The Gimmies
9. Company Man - Dave Rave & Lauren Agnelli
10. Out Of Step - Fran Fried w/The Backstabbers
11. Fistfight at the Beach - The Del Crandalls
12. Black Plastic Shoes - The Dogmatics
13. Rocks - P.C.2. (a.k.a. Paychannel)
14. Real Gone - Missy Roback
15. My Problem - The Rivergods
16. Sound Of Breaking Down - Birdfeeder
17. Don't You Wanna - Tim Lee 3
18. Yeah Yeah - Big Fat Combo
19. Meltdown - Firestarter
20. All About You - Matt Gouette
21. Avoidance Factor - The Clothespins
22. Scared of Cops - Frantic Stuffs
23. Closing Time - Blonde Furniture
24. Endless Bummer - Male Curriers


Night Fruit Release "Human Touch" Single & Video, Head out on West Coast Tour

Night Fruit have released "Human Touch," the first single off their upcoming full length record due out early next year. The music video was shot and edited by Barry Marino (The Hush Now). Night Fruit is embarking on a west coast tour later this week, the full list of dates is below. Be sure to catch them when they return to Boston to play a hometown show at O'Brien's on September 29 with 3D Cosby, Battle House and Vending Machetes. --Chrissy Prisco

9/15 - Los Angeles, CA - SILVERLAKE LOUNGE - The Vespertines, The Broken Column — $5 — SHOW TIME 6-9 PM
9/16 - Long Beach, CA - QUE SERA - The Vespertines
9/17 - Long Beach, CA - HARVELLE’S - The Vespertines
9/18 - Los Angeles, CA - THE YORK - Henry Wolfe — FREE SHOW
9/19 - San Diego, CA - SODA BAR - Idyll Wild, Man Hands — $5 — 8:30 PM
9/20 - San Francisco, CA - THEE PARKSIDE - Seatraffic, Tomihira, Between the Cities are Stars — $7 — 9 PM
9/22 - Los Angeles, CA - PERMANENT RECORDS - Wreck of the Zephyr — FREE BYOB 6PM
9/29 - Boston, MA - O’BRIEN’S PUB - 3D Cosby, Battle House, Vending Machetes

 


The Deli announces the 2012 Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ!

This fall The Deli, Delicious Audio, Shure, Pedaltrain, and Main Drag Music will be presenting the 2012 edition of The NYC Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ, a free interactive display of guitar effect pedals. - More info here.


Submit to be considered to play a Deli CMJ 2012 show

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Emerging Bands and Artists living in Deliland (i.e. the 12 local US scenes we cover),

Like ever year, The Deli is going to give you the opportunity to play at one of its CMJ Music Marathon parties.

This time we have booked a bunch of shows in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, and as usual we'll have stages for all major musical genres (see last year's schedule here). See flyer above for the list of venues booked this year.

We are looking to book 5 or more artists for these shows - last year we ended up booking more than 10 from the submissions!!!

To be considered, all you need to do is to apply here - good luck!

Submission deadline: August 30, 2012.

The Deli's Staff
thedelimagazine.com 


Recap: KahBang Festival 2012 - Kick-off Party

The kick-off party for the KahBang Festival 2012 took place in and around downtown Bangor, ME last Thursday. The tucked-in but vibrant town is brought alive by KahBang each year and offers showcases at its multitude of quality bars and restaurants.  Besides Portland, Oregon, Maine has the most home-brewers per capita in the US. This prevalent DIY ethic is what has powered KahBang into its fourth year. Somewhat surprising is how many devoted supporters of the arts live and work right here to bring this understated discovery festival to the thriving yet understated city.

One of the most intriguing aspects is the familial of the affair. (Big ups to The Hornet’s Nest - our camping home at KahBang!) While many festivals are either ostracizing or overwhelming, KahBang instead focuses on exploring the vast musical spectrum of New England and bringing them together to Bangor with some heavy hitters. They celebrate (overall) bringing like-minded people together to experience art, film, and music and the connection of that common bond.

For the opening evening of the fest, we came for the music and stayed for the drinks. The beer was flowing like water at the kick-off Beer Fest with a bunch of artists, like Trisha Mason and sultry alt-rocker Valerie Orth, entertaining the drinkers on the Pickering Square Stage.

Over on the West Market Stage, we caught performances by alt-rock oufit Beach The Whale, who reminded us a bit of At The Drive-In at times, as well as KahBang headliners Deftones. They were sharply dressed, and delivered some solid, angular power rock. They also talked about seeing the night’s headliner, Jacob Augustine, a decade ago when he and his brother were cutting their teeth in metal bands. 

An exuberant Portland, ME group Sunset Hearts caught our ear and captured our hearts with their 80’s styled synthpop that Robert Smith would be proud ofThey filled the pretty big stage with lots of members who all could really shred, and looked like they were having a hell of a time doing it. Besides overflowing with soul, they also had the crowd dancing more than any other act that night.  Everyone keep an eye out for these guys. They are dope.

The night came to an official close with a blistering set by hometown hero Jacob Augustine, who is not actually from Bangor, but you get the idea. His “Family Band” consisted of his brother, sister, and girlfriend, among others. Together, they brought to life much of Jacob’s newest EP Bikini Island, as well as a rapturous version of Frontier standout “Pulse and Hum,” among others.  Jacob’s massive voice and presence was undeniable as always, and really raised the bar for the rest of the weekend.

Make sure to check out all our photos from the night right HERE.

- Adam G.

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The Deli's New DIY Show Listings - courtesy of Rukkus.com!

Musicians and Music Fans,

BIG NEWS! The Deli and Rukkus.com have partnered to create a new version of our DIY show listings (this links to the NYC listings), which allow artists and show organizers to promote their shows directly on the home pages of The Deli's 12 regional blogs - and beyond, since Rukkus covers the entire US territory!

Also! For extra exposure, from now on every Deli page will also have a direct link to the local live listings on the main navigation bar!

"Where are they?" - we hear you ask.

Widget on The Deli's Homepages  - look on the far right column in this page - scroll down a bit.

Live Listing Dedicated Pages - Click on the "Live Listings" link on the orange navigation bar under the Deli's logo.

PROMOTE YOUR NEXT SHOW NOW, HERE!

The Deli's Staff
www.thedelimagazine.com

 


KahBang Festival 2012 - Yeah, We’ll See You There!

As we sit in beautiful downtown Portland, we at The Deli are eagerly anticipating the start of the KahBang Festival 2012 up in Bangor, ME, whom we have partnered up with this year for a weekend of fun times. The festival has a strong dose of EDM and Hip-Hop, including the Maine MCs Jamezy, Spose and Educated Advocates, who are representing a somewhat strange but undeniably rich hip-hop community in the state. The headliners may be at the top of the marquee, but the focus is on the local indie music scene (and that’s what we’re all about), with a pretty large number of the artists from the New England area, bringing the heavy stuff, the breezy stuff, and everything in between.

While the whole shindig goes down from this Friday - Sunday, one of the most exciting performances is sure to be the headlining set of Lincoln, ME’s bearded prophet Jacob Augustine on Thursday at the KahBang Kickoff Concert & KahBlock Party! Fresh off a short tour armed with nothing but his guitar and voice, Augustine has compiled a monster 7-piece rock band to bring his epic folk compositions to life. He will also be playing his new Bikini Island E.P. (which, like everything else the man makes, is available for free download via his Bandcamp) in it’s entirety. Oh, did we mention that Thursday also has a beer festival? Yeah, we’ll see you there!

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What’s This?: Volcano Rabbit

As I get ready for The KahBang Festival 2012, which will be taking place August 9th - August 11thin Bangor, ME, I came across Volcano Rabbit, who are one of the many burgeoning New England bands to appear at the fest. The group itself may be young, but individually the members have been cutting their teeth for some time now. They are a collective that play with meditative harmonies placed deep in thickets of distorted guitar and percussion. The songs include atmospheric tremolo and spacey noodling, but there are still pointed and catchy melodies within. They kind of remind us of guitarmy Fang Island, who brought vocals into the mix on their new album. This band only has a couple promising demos out, which makes their future that much more exciting. - Adam G.
 
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