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Drowned in Sound: J Mascis - Tied to a Star
                                     

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After announcing an indefinite hiatus and playing their last show for the foreseeable future, I would like to say congratulations to the Sharpest on a successful run – and good luck to drummer Matt Huszar as he tries out something new in Calgary! In Amherst, Massachusetts, the band became a staple of basement shows and had fans throughout the Pioneer Valley, especially at UMass Amherst. I had the honor of playing alongside the psychedelic indie trio at both my former band Red Panda’s album release show in 2013, during which they broke a television onstage, and at my high school graduation party, where their set was promptly ended by the police. I’ve been a fan ever since a friend showed me “She's Painting” four years ago, and the guys’ take on math rock certainly inspired a lot of our band’s writing. Although the band is calling it quits for now, you can still check out their catalog over at Bandcamp and hope that we haven't officially heard the last from them.

 

Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

September 01, 2014
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Boston’s Jenna Paone is gearing up to release her debut album, Hammers and Strings, on September 30, with a release party at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall on the first of October. Having spent time studying at Boston’s Berklee College, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy, Paone has crafted her own sound somewhere between jazz club headliner and adult alternative radio staple. Highlights include the catchy, horn-driven “Prove It” and the wary tango “Got Myself a Gun.” Be sure to give the whole disc a listen on September 30 – you won’t regret it. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

September 01, 2014
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Singer/songwriter Troy Ramey has recently announced that pre-order for his debut EP is available through Pledge Music. Currently living in NYC, Ramey is originally from Vermont and spent a significant amount of time in the Boston area (it’s where he started his first band, and also where I initially found out about him).

Earlier this week, I was able to listen to a few tracks from the forthcoming EP. Ramey’s vocals on the single “Rosary” are nothing short of impressive. He has an incredible range and such a commanding presence in his voice that I practically never hear from “unknown” artists. This guy could sing the ABCs through a tape recorder and I’d buy his songs.

 

Music is the most subjective of experiences, so don’t just blindly believe what I have to say--take a listen (and watch) for yourselves. I am proud to announce that The Deli New England has the distinct privilege of premiering the music video for “Rosary” (directed by Andrew Ralph, Rubblebucket, Owl City video credits).

 

Click the video below and try not to be moved by the images and melodies you see and hear. Troy may still be far off the radar to many, but with songs and a video like this, that will be changing quickly.

 

For more information about Troy, check out his Facebook page. If you’re curious about his Pledge Music campaign and EP funding, you can find out more here.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

Photo credit: Jackson Himonidis

 

August 26, 2014
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In the midst of its country-spanning tour, Boston darlings Air Traffic Controller have released their latest single, “The House.” The bubbly summer track details the perfect house – pretty girls playing Nintendo, a band performing in the basement – over a stuttering indie pop beat. With a hook big enough to get a stadium singing along, this song is guaranteed to be fun live, but don’t take our word for it: celebrate with the band at its tour-wrapping concert at Allston’s Great Scott tomorrow night, August 26. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

August 25, 2014
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Ahead of its debut LP, Spirit Lines, Somerville duo Pale Hands has released three groovy bits of dance-pop that will appear on the album. The dreamy “Fanatic” mixes sweeping synth chords and pulses with stuttering drums, while “No Stars” channels the synth-obsessed dance-pop of the 80s through the lens of modern alternative-R&B production. The latest, “Juventud,” combines the best parts of each track before it. While Spirit Lines won’t get dropped until October 28, you can check out Pale Hands at Boston En Masse on September 20. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

August 14, 2014
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By now I’ve heard about Free Pizza quite a bit (probably because they’ve played in my friend’s basement a few times this summer) and now I know what the hype’s all about. Premiered over at Impose Magazine, the band’s video for “Net Babes” is the perfect representation of broke 20-something romance in Boston: backyard bonfires, 40s in the park and outdoor jam sessions. The sparse, catchy bop is a great, albeit short, summer love anthem. Download it now on Bandcamp for $1 – or score a deal on the band’s Boston, MA album for just $5 – and check out the video below. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Free Pizza // "Net Babes" from BUFU Records on Vimeo.

August 12, 2014
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