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Indie Rock

The Misters unveil "Make It Better" + play The Paper Box on May 17

The Misters just unveiled their self-produced single called "Make It Better". It's the first release from the often-glistening band since last year's debut EP Complicated People, which earned them a spot at Northside Festival. On "Make It Better", vocalist Michael Nitting delivers a performance that channels his live presence; you can imagine him singing in front of you, shirtless and shining in glitter, as the band's semi-samba rhythms and smooth harmonies sear your eardrums with their raw heat. The single marks guitarist Jim White's first foray into production; he captures the visceral experience of a Misters show in the studio recording. Catch one of those bombastic shows at Paper Box on May 17th. Until then, stream "Make It Better" below. - Will Sisskind

A Deli Premiere: "Cut it Out" by DONCAT, to play Rickshaw Stop (5.31)

Duncan Nielsen is the vocalist and guitarist behind DONCAT, the psychedelic bedroom-pop artist who is quickly rising up the ranks of the San Francisco scene. With a forthcoming LP, entitled Preservation of the Spirit, due out on May 18th and a list of shared bills that includes Ty Segall, it’s clear that Nielsen is on the brink of something big. That means his upcoming performance at Rickshaw Stop on May 31st should definitely be on your list.

The Deli SF is happy to be premiering “Cut it Out” (streaming below), a moody and memorable single that primarily revolves around the use of one minor chord -- giving the track what Nielsen described as "a kind of desolte feel." Lyrically, he sees the song as “an impetus to back up your actions and feelings with true action.” Happy streaming! - Lilly Milman

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Knifey - "Serf" Video, Rock n' Roll Blowout at Horseshoe 05.18

Toronto punk-surfers Knifey have released a new music video for their track “Serf.” Shot on a cold, windy beach earlier this year the video shows the guys wearing sweatshirts and crushing beers in interesting ways…among other things. Really catchy tune as well. Here’s what they said about the video:

When coming up with a video concept for ‘Serf’ we wanted to create something that was fun and reminded us of those almost cheesy pop punk music videos of the late 90’s and early 2000’s that we all love. We hope our suffering brings you joy.”

Knifey plays The Horseshoe Tavern on May 18th along with Beef Boys, Vypers, Lush Buffalo and The Killer Wails. – Kris Gies

Ryley Walker "Deafman Glance"

Ryley Walker is preparing to release his latest full-length album, Deafman Glance, on May 18th (Dead Oceans). The album features contributions from Cooper Cain (Bitchin’ Bajas, Cave), Bill Mackay, Brian J Sulpizo (Health&Beauty), Leroy Bach (Wilco, Five Style), Andrew Scott Young (Tiger Hatchery), Matt Lux, and others.

In a recent conversation with Laura Barton, Walker said this a more Chicago sounding record then his past two releases. In his words, "Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears. Everybody here’s always hustling….. This record is the sound of walking home late at night through Chicago in the middle of winter and being half-creeped out, scared someone’s going to punch you in the back of the head, and half in the most tranquil state you’ve been in all day, enjoying the quiet and this faint wind, and buses going by on all-night routes. That’s the sound to tune in to. That’s the sound of Chicago to me”. A love letter to Chicago, may be, may be not, but Walker shares what he has experienced on this album in a way he hasn’t before.

You can help Ryley celebrate his new album at Hungry Brain on May 18th (Sold Out!) and May 19th. (Photo by Guy Eppel)


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