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If you liked our recently featured artist The Rare Occasions, check out their newly released video for “Dysphoric,” the urgent opening track from May’s Feelers EP. The video is an update on the classic performance clip, with a straightjacket, claustrophobic close-up shots and the world’s most melancholy birthday celebration capturing the song’s titular mood. You can watch “Dysphoric” below. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

June 30, 2014
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Normally, The Deli New England only covers actual New England-based bands, but I went to a show a week ago at Charlie’s Kitchen in Cambridge, MA and saw a band from Philly called Push Ups, and these guys kicked enough ass to justify getting themselves on a “New England” blog. The four-piece played a short set (only about 20 minutes), but I’ll be hard-pressed to find more local bands who play with that kind of intensity. Lead singer Zac Beaver was all over the place—literally. He ran up and down the room: jumping in the air, crashing to the floor; he even laid the mic down at one point to do a cartwheel. These guys play straight-up raucous punk and it rules.

After the show, they gave me a CD, Grow Up or Try Dying (the background music to this very review), and I was impressed that their recording holds up to their live performance. The opening track on the record, "College Ruined My Life", sounds like a Bronx B-side and it is glorious. For more info about the band, check out their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 Photo Credit: Dan Cohoon

June 24, 2014
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A little over a month after a strong performance at this year’s Boston Calling, Boston natives Magic Man are hitting the road for a string of headlining dates on the West Coast. The tour kicks-off with a show at The Casbah in San Diego on July 8, then meanders north up the coast for a week before ending with a gig at Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on July 16. Weeks before the start of the tour, the band had already generated intense interest from their fans. “I’m in shock that we sold out [The Troubador in Los Angeles on July 10] in the first week of sales,” says guitarist Sam Lee. “It’s cool to go back and play a headline show at a place that has a lot of history”, he added.

 

Magic Man are no strangers to the road--they’ve played dozens of shows and spent a considerable amount of time booking their own shows and managing their own tours before they received major-label support. “Sam and Joey [Sulkowski, drums] are the ‘tour dads',” remarks lead singer Alex Caplow. “They’re the power couple of tour managing.”


For more updates about the tour (and the release of their new album, Before the Waves) visit the Magic Man website.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

Photo Credit: Gavin Thomas

 

June 23, 2014
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Released in May, The Rare Occasions’ Feelers EP kicks off with “Dysphoric,” which is equal parts psychedelic and dark-tinted surf rock, its bridge erupting from a single repeated note into a well-calculated guitar solo. Next, “Fell Through” shows off the band’s knack for odd time signatures and sets the more cheerful tone that the band maintains throughout the rest of the five-song set. The glockenspiel-aided “La Mort” bridges the band’s softer and harder sides, starting off as a soft ballad but rounding out the EP’s final minute with sweeping guitars and pained vocals. Take a listen to “La Mort” below and download Feelers for $5 at the guys’ Bandcamp page. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

June 12, 2014
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If you liked Jake McKelvie & the Countertops, whom we featured on the site last month, check out the band's newly released video for "Mini Monster." The sunny, carefree video matches the vibe of the Solid Chunks of Energy single perfectly, complete with costumed pizza shop stops and performances in a number of unlikely (and at times uncomfortable) spaces. You can watch the video below now. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

June 12, 2014
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On June 7, some of Western Massachusetts's best local acts will take the stage at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA. A fully loaded night with five bands, the show will feature the high-energy spunk of Watts' Closet and the indie rock groove of Young Tricksters, whose harmony-heavy "Twisted Love" was premiered on The Deli New England back in February. The night will also include the bare bones rock of Wydyde and the spitfire punk of Putty Head, as well as a set by yours truly. The show starts at 8 p.m. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

June 06, 2014
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