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Fellow Boston-area blogger Bishop & Rook has been busy the past few months, starting a local media collaboration called Boston Scene Party, and partnering with Sound Lion in Harvard Square to host a series of monthly acoustic concerts. In fact, one of these performances is scheduled to take place on January 30th--how ‘bout that for a convenient coincidence?

 

Along with a live performance by The Offseason, the sketch artist Louis Roe from Squishy Sandwich Art will be drawing at the show. Still not impressed? There will be free beer (compliments of Bishop & Rook) and The Offseason will have a supply of limited-edition, totally awesome, colored vinyl for sale. Sounds like one heck of a way to say “peace-out” to January.

You can RSVP to this free event here. Music starts at 8PM. All ages.

For more info on The Offseason, check out their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


January 21, 2015
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Looking for something to help you get over hump day? Well, local promoter Boston Music Scene has you covered. This Wednesday, January 21, head to The Middle East Upstairs for a night full of upbeat pop tunes brought to you by Dominic Florio, Amy & The Engine and K.O.  Both Florio and K.O. have a knack for big, catchy hooks, while Amy and The Engine provide a lighter touch, à la Noah and the Whale. With so much talent crammed into one evening, you’ll have a hard time not getting some songs stuck in your head for work on Thursday morning.

 

Doors at 8PM, $8. 18+, proper ID required.

For further updates about the show, click here.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

January 20, 2015
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Years ago, I realized concerts had gotten boring. Why not start a vaudevillian variety show with headliners like Weezer and openers like a dancing horse? In late 2012, Erich Haygun did just that (minus the animal acts) and I've gone to many Cheap Seats since.

The show is completely inclusive, with acts ranging from Guerilla Toss to superhuman dancers to teenage poets to the indescribably hilarious Ben Hersey, and it's always pay-what-you-want. And, somehow, even the average act at Cheap Seats beats most things you'd see at The Sinclair.

Cheap Seats happens January 16th at the YMCA in Central Square.

January 10, 2015
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Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of New England Year End Poll for Emerging Artists.

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from New England: 43

Jurors: Jurors: Juan (The Deli LA), Maylis (The Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. As the Sparrow (Rootsy Pop) - 8

1. Jake McKelvie & the Countertops (Indie Pop) - 8


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3. Andre Obin (Electro) - 7.83


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4. Miss Geo (Electro-Pop) - 7.66

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5. Marina Evans (Songwriter) - 7.5


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5. Doug Tuttle (Psych Rock) - 7.5


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7. No Evil Star (Avant-Indie) - 7.33


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8. Radclyffe Hall (Electro-Pop) - 7.16


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9. Jet Black Sunrise (Alt Rock) - 7

9. Sarah Blacker (Folk Pop) - 7


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Honorable Mentions (ranked above 6.5):

Streight AngularLittle UglyEd balloonThe SymptomsPonybird.

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WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We will soon unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors, and then let our readers and our writers influence the poll with their vote.

Keep creating, keep supporting, and stay tuned for your chance to vote!  

—The Deli New England Staff

 

 

January 09, 2015
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Every year, so much amazing new music is released, and there just isn't enough time to catch it all. An intriguing record we found in our digital submissions is Tall Horse’s Ep “Glue.” The Portland, Main trio plays a brand of introspective alt folk-rock that's at once imaginative and suspenseful. The record starts off with the stand out track “Sour,” some kind of bitter anthem that mixes a spacious and borderline epic electric sound with the band's recurring Americana influences. Heavy and cathartic, the song puts us in a good headspace for the second track, “Old Gun Shot,” a more traditional folk ballad, except in the rather paradoxical, bleak lyrics. There’s never really an upper on the EP, but who needs that anyway if the music is consistently good. It's really solid and tragic song writing, and if you are strong enough to deal with that, chances are you will enjoy this record. - Paul Jordan Talbot

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

January 09, 2015
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To appreciate the brilliance of Beat Happening's "The Fall" or "In My Memory," one must look past their trademark lo-fi production, off-key singing, and simple song structures. Puppy Problems will probably elicit the same confused judgments BH did at first, and that's a real shame, because Sami Martasian's lyrics often hit the listener in the gut halfway through a seemingly simple story about getting lost or celebrating Christmas.

Puppy Problems plays Tuesday at Midway Cafe with Sports Coach, Nathan Ventura, and ACLU Benefit.

January 04, 2015
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