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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.

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Interview with Bosley: DC Deli's Band of the Month (December)

Baltimore's Bosley is more than pop rock and r&b rolled into one. The description on his soundcloud page says it all "imagine the Rolling Stones piled into a candy-apple red 1969 Eldorado Convertible, and every girl group from the '60s Motown Stable in a Greyhound Bus --plus Louis Armstrong riding the side car of a WWII motorcycle helmed by Tom Waits all screeching tires in a torrid, fiendish, madcap car-chase tearing through downtown traffic at night." And because there are no fans like Bos fans, he skyrocketed to the top of our recent poll to be named Band of the Month, so we got a hold of him to find out more. Here he tells us about his upcoming album The Dirty Dogs Radio Show, Elvis, and how he formed his cleverly nicknamed crew. Now onto the interview…

Be sure to catch Bosley and the Beautiful Band live at the 8x10 in Baltimore on Friday Dec. 13. And get caught up with their sound from the latest LP Honey Pig below.



Interview with Bosley

- by Dawn Reed (Photo by Olivia Obineme)

The Deli: How did the band start?

Bosley: The current incarnation of 'The Beautiful Band' (as they're calling themselves now) was brought together by Divine Intervention. I had spent a few years kicking around the Baltimore Music Scene as a drunk who played music sometimes, gigging occasionally with anybody who'd put up with me. I got with a few members of the Bellevederes and wrote and recorded the songs which ended up on Honey Pig. Somewhere during that time I realized I needed a proper band of my own and put some fliers up around the local colleges, you know "Soul Singer Seeks Young Twenty-Somethings with Nothing to Lose," but I never heard anything and meanwhile I kept wearing out my welcome with the Belles for a few more months. Finally they'd had enough of me and quit on the same day. So there I was with a critically acclaimed debut album and no band to play it. How dark it is before the dawn! Then the miracle happened: The day after, no joke literally the day after, I get an email from this guitar player named Will "Led Willy" Lederer who's graduating from College with a music degree. His email says, only this "Hey I saw your flier; I play guitar. I like Curtis Mayfield." I hired him on the spot (what else could I do?) Will was a bluesman hailing from England and had been playing with a funk trio at school; he introduced me to a punk bassist turned Jazz cat, Chris "Gravy" Taylor and a Jazz drummer turned funkmaster Jake "The Sauce" Marinari. So suddenly, I had an extremely funky albeit unorthodox rhythm section. The boys suggested two friends as female vocalists who turned out to be the beautiful and talented, Caitlin 'Lil' Ceez' Donahue and Sesha "Real Talk" Shapero  The horn section is helmed by my long lost friend Ben Bor aka."Big Smoov" with whom I reconnected on the whim of a mutual friend the same week. Smoov introduced us to Erik 'Prime Time' Pearson on the trumpet. I could never have predicted how it would work out, but once all the pieces were in place the magic and potential were undeniable. Now we're like a family.

What are your biggest musical influences? 

I'm assuming you want people here not "Sunsets!" Or "Coffee!" Well... Elvis was pretty much the beginning and end for me when I discovered him at age 6. That just rocked my whole world, then Motown Harmonies, the Beatles. Tom Waits, JDilla and everyone between.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

I'm a binge listener; If I like something, I'll grind it into dust for like two straight months on repeat til I"m sick and crazy and can't touch it again. The most recent (and a slightly silly) example of this was Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, However, you caught me on a rare week when I'm actually rediscovering some old crates --usually the answer would be 'Me, myself, Bosley,' but the stack I just pulled includes the follwing: De La Soul, Tom Waits, BIg Star, Panda Bear, Beastie Boys, Lee Konitz, Knox Harrington, Dan Penn, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Hack, Martin Sexton, and JayDee is alway in the mix. Always.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Oooh. Yes! the first concert I ever went to was John Fucking Denver. That's right. My mom took me. I was 8. I don't care if it sounds lame; It ruled. And The Denv shredded on like 7 instruments that night, no Olivia Newton John though unfortunately. However, I believe it's also worth mentioning that the first concert I ever autonomously purchased tickets for and attended by myself was Cyprus Hill, age 13. The first album I ever bought was Elvis Presley. I know that for a fact. I remember it like it was yesterday and I still have the CD; it's a greatest hits with a red cover, young Elvis, handsome Elvis, not Aloha from who gives a shit, fried peanut butter banana, shaking hands with Nixon Elvis. 

What do you love about Baltimore's music scene? 


What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

We need like a really bitchin', comfortable, clean, and conveniently situated mid-sized venue; a room that sounds good with like 500-800 capacity.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

Holy Shit my new album drops in March! It's called "The Dirty Dogs Radio Show" and it's gonna be fucking rad! After that, dunno. Global Takeover I guess.

What was your most memorable live show?

We once played at 11am in a ballroom at the Four Seasons to an audience of 200 people taking a yoga class. Bizarre.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Jeffrey Chappelle is a music teacher at Goucher who's mentored nearly everyone in the band musically and spiritually.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Roxanne - my red 1962 Silvertone Hollowbody. She's my baby.






Honey Pig



Interview with Rang Rang: DC Deli's Band of the Month (November)

DC/Philly electronic duo Rang Rang has a question that needs answering. Who pawned the Dave Smith Mopho at Crown Pawn near Black Cat, because it's been a phenom addition on their s/t demo you can hear below. The impressive music this brother and sister have created lead to them being our band of the month in November, and we wanted to find out more. Here Winston and Devin Berg tell us about Chinese translations, Lady Gaga, and past indie projects. Now onto the interview...


Interview with Rang Rang

- by Dawn Reed

The Deli: How did the band start?

Rang Rang: We're brother and sister. We have independently been making our own music forever, but we were kind of moving in the same direction. We worked on a few songs together for our independent projects, but decided to release them as their own thing and started Rang Rang specifically for the music that we make together.

What's the story behind the name Rang Rang?

Devin speaks Chinese, in which “rang” is basically an onomatopoeia for yelling and loud noises. We thought it was fitting since our songs are super dramatic.

What are your biggest musical influences?

We like pop music and beat music – rap, R&B, we like musicians who take things from pop but use them in a unique way. Massive Attack and other musicians who combine hip-hop with different vocal styles were big reference points for us, as well as modern radio rap stuff.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently
listening to?

Devin has been in to Lady Gaga and 80's shimmery goth stuff lately, Winston has been listening to Yeezus and a lot of black metal. There isn't a huge electronic scene in DC so the stuff we like here isn't really the same sonically compared to us, but Winston is a huge hardcore and punk fan so it's good for that. On the local-y electronic side, we like the Postlife crew out of Pittsburgh as well as our good friend Cope Ascetic in DC.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that
you ever bought?

Devin's first concert was a huge Lady Gaga thing, and her first album was Britney Spears. Winston's first album was some skateboarding-affiliated pop punk comp, and his first show was a metalcore fest.

What do you love about DC's music scene?

It's small enough that you can go see everything and not miss out or have to ditch one thing you wanted to see for another show, but it's big enough that there's a lot of variety. We love the DIY attitude and how everyone participates, whether they're hosting, making flyers, playing in a band, taking pictures or whatever they're in to.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

More electronic bands and venues – the DIY electronic musicians here don't play out super much. We're kind of part of the problem in that respect too, though.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

Make more songs! Our schedules aren't always super compatible so it's hard to find time, but we want to maybe do a tape or something.

What was your most memorable live show?

Well, we haven't had one yet – we're just two people but our songs are very complex so we're looking for a way to adapt that to a live setting. We've very against doing a DJ style set and just singing along while playing one or two things over a backing track. That works for some people, but our songs are very traditional in terms of structure if not in terms of instrumentation, so we want that traditional band experience, it just hasn't happened yet.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Our good friend Blake who runs the DIY studio we did a lot of our recording at in Texas, he's basically been the third member of our band, he just doesn't live around here.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Almost all of the synth on the EP is the Dave Smith Mopho which we picked up from Crown Pawn (kind of by the Black Cat) last summer. To whoever sold that synth, it is absolutely phenomenal and please let us know who you are so that we can thank you.








Rang Rang




Independent Bands and Artists,

! - it's free.
(see prizes below)


coverOnce again, the big prize for the Year End Poll winners is to be featured on our upcoming SXSW issue (see last year's edition on the left, read it in pdf HERE), and this year we'll also have a bundle of recording software (to be announced soon).

The process to determine these lists is rather complicated - if you want to try and get your head around it, be our guest and go HERE. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some exposure, then read on.

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST based in one of the scenes we cover to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the "Best of" your city nominees. This phase starts right NOW! 

Submit your music to The Deli's Local Scene Year End Polls 
Deadline: 12.09.2013

A team of Deli writers will choose a minimum of 3 artists that will be added to the pool of nominees for the next phases of the poll. The bands selected  will be announced in early 2014.

Please spread the word about this and good luck!

The Deli's Staff

Mt. Royal's Video "Missing Reward"

With their s/t EP release due out Jan. 28 2014, Baltimore indie-poppers Mt. Royal (comprised of members from Big in Japan, and the Celebration,) have unveiled a teaser of a video which makes us crave more more more. Singer Katrina Ford was made the focal point of the video, styled after how videos used to be way back when, and truly sets the mood like the shimmery disco ball in the background. Check it out, and expect tons more in the coming year.


South Rail Release New Music Video

If you're looking for an Americana good time, then simply click below to check out the latest music video from DC's South Rail. The track "Alleluia," as performed here in studio, can be heard live this Friday 11/23 at DC9 where joining them on the bill are other great acts Harmonic Blue and Bosley. Doors @ 8.


Interview with Eureka Birds: DC Deli's Band of the Month (November)

One of our fav descriptions of Baltimore's indie rockers Eureka Birds comes from Those Who Dig, "The apocalypse has never sounded so catchy." The foursome just had a CD release show for their latest LP Strangers (check out a track from it below.) They also were crowned our Band of the Month via a recent poll, so we got a hold of Justin Levy, Dave Rogoza, Scott Hesel, and Dan Vellucci to find out more. Here they tell us about ghost towns, Kanye, and Smalltimore. Now onto the interview...

Catch Eureka Birds live this Saturday Nov. 16 at DC's Velvet Lounge.



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