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A Heart is a Spade: The Range Remixes CHVRCHES

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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The Southern Belles on non-stop Mid Atlantic Tour

Richmond’s The Southern Belles have been compared to Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, and even Phish due to their live jams which blend Roots Rock and Jazz in onslaughts of technical precision. But their solid, rocking songs, steeped in Americana and Soul, flavored with psychedelic sounds and funk (and that screaming organ) make me think The Band first and foremost. This isn’t just another jam band (but they’re sure touring like one). The Southern Belles have something for everyone, and you can catch them all over the area over the next three months (I count 25 shows, from PA to NC as of this posting). For starters, check them out at Cary St. Café in Richmond on 3/19, or Ned Devine’s in Herndon on 3/20. If you’re in DC and you don’t like to drive, you can see them at Bayou on 3/21. I could keep going. Just check the links for all the dates (and music), and listen to the new track Away We Go below. --Natan Press


The Deadmen record release show at R&R Hotel on March 15th.

DC’s The Deadmen are releasing their debut EP at Rock & Roll Hotel, on March 15th. It’s an Americana rocker, flavored by the varied tastes and talents of the three songrwriters (all DC music scene veterans) Justin Jones, Josh Read, and Justin Hoben, joined by John Hutchins and Miles Nasta on bass and drums. Fans of rootsy rock genres, from indie-folk to alt-country, will find plenty to love in each of the 5 tracks, filled with bright driving guitars and crisp harmonies. If you miss seeing The Deadmen release their record at the Rock & Roll Hotel, you can catch them at Gallery 788, in Baltimore, on March 16th. Check out the lead single "Let Your Fingers Rule" below. --Natan Press


Alex Vans and the Hide Away at Iota, March 22nd.

Alex Vans is becoming a centerpiece in the DC scene, often recruiting local favorites like Margot MacDonald and Will Rast, amongst many others, to join him and his band, The Hide Away, for rollicking indie rock jam parties that leave the band and audience sweaty and gleeful. All that fun boils down to Alex and his superlative guitar skills, and you can catch the experience at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 22nd with The Beanstalk Library. --Natan Press

Modern Ruins at Holy Frijoles on March 15th

Baltimore's Modern Ruins features local power-pop/alt-country savant Andy Bopp (Lovenut, Myracle Brah, Bleaker Street Cowboys) on baritone guitar, Ken Shopf (Slide, Ligature) on cocktail drum, and Niall Hood (Sixty Acres, DREN Records) on bass. Modern Ruins is like a stripped down Big Star, with clever bare bones arrangements dressing perfect pop skeletons, or a raw roots-rock combo version of the Beatles, relying on strange instrument choices rather than studio magic to lure the audience into their catchy, and heartfelt, embrace. You can catch them at Holy Frijoles in Baltimore on March 15th. --Natan Press


Austin 2014 issue (SXSW)
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Black Girls Record Release Show!

Richmond’s beloved Black Girls started the year by announcing the impending release of their new album, Claire Sinclaire, with a video teaser.  Finally, you can pick up your first copy (and/or a limited edition cassette with bonus tracks) at the record release show at Balliceaux, in Richmond this Saturday, 3/8, where they will be joined by Sleepwalkers and DJ Rattan. Check out a new surfy instrumental B-side (not on the album) below. –Natan Press


Eternal Summers to drop The Drop Beneath tomorrow!

Eternal Summers' greatly anticipated third album, The Drop Beneath, is being released tomorrow, March 4th (via Kanine Records). The trio from Roanoke have been working hard since the release of Correct Behavior in 2012, and have gained a dedicated following. The Drop Beneath promises to be only a slight departure from their previous work, featuring lusher tones and more input from their bass player (who was a new addition to the band for Correct Behavior). The album is already being streamed exclusively on Pandora, and you can listen to a featured track, Never Enough, below. The band is touring for the album, and you can see them locally at U Street Music Hall this Thursday, March 6th (with Cheatahs), before they join Pains of Being Pure at Heart for a tour of the south starting at Baltimore Popfest this Friday, 3/7, and then in Charlottesville, at The Southern, on 3/8. --Natan Press


Interview with GEMS, the Deli's DC Area Emerging Artist of the Year.

GEMS expoloded onto the DC scene last year, winning the Deli's DC Area Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013 with almost all of the juror votes. Their chill sounds, the beautiful voice of Lindsay Pitts and solid production combine to give the local listener a band they can cheer for as GEMS speeds along towards national recognition. In this interview, we tried to find out how GEMS was able to do so much in such a short time, and how they developed their thoughtful style and professional work-ethic. You can catch GEMS tomorrow, March 1st (7pm, the early show), at U Street Music Hall as they head out on tour towards SXSW and beyond. Tour dates below: 

03.01.14 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
03.06.14 - Majestic - Madison, WI
03.07.14 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
03.09.14 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
03.11.14-03.16.14 – SXSW – Austin, TX
03.17.14 – Bronze Peacock Room – Houston, TX
03.19.14 – The Parish – Austin, TX
03.20.14 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
03.22.14 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
03.23.14 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
03.25.14 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
03.27.14 - Sinclair - Boston, MA
03.29.14 – SAT - Montreal, QC
05.10.14 - Sweetlife Festival - Columbia, MD



Which of these local acts should be The Deli New England's next Artist of the Month?

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