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August 2014
Dead Native
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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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Taylor Baker, Debut EP, Show Tonight @ Austin Ale House

“When it’s all said and done, did we really say anything at all?” What a simple question with such a rich emotional response that we can all relate to. That is the beauty of the power of song. It sparks a common ground inside all of us and singer/songwriter Taylor Baker has nailed it on the head. She recently released a self-titled debut EP with 4 tracks including the soulful song “Gold Dust” which contains the above lyric.

Influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye are what give her not only a folk flair but that deep soul flavor as well. Get in touch with your feelings and watch her video for "Gold Dust" recorded live at The Sessions. If you can't catch her show tonight at Austin Ale House, she'll be playing June 14th at Frank's. -- Written by Courtney Pierce


Hollywood Cole, Sneak Peek at Debut EP, Local Show TBA

Hollywood Cole is a burgeoning side project from local singer/soul writer, Ray Prim. With grimy guitar riffs a la Gary Clark Jr. and edgier vocals than Ray's previous work, this album is an exciting new Austin sound. From bluesy rock ballads to smooth pop grooves, I can already hear this album on the radio waves. Check out the sneak peek of the EP at the link below. First show, TBA. -- Written by Charise Sowells


Ricky Stein, New video 'Shreveport Blues' released 5/8, Show TONIGHT 5/24/13 @ Gypsy Lounge w/ The Warm Guns & The Scarlet Effect

Ricky Stein and his handsome voice are hard to resist. He has the swag of a young Elvis, the pained lyrics of an old Johnny Cash and a strong voice like Doug Sahm. Having a voice that carries him through genres with such an expansive range and raspy sex appeal, it's like a man in a fine suit with a five o'clock shadow.

"Oh" and "In the Red", two of his older songs, hold a softer indie feel both vocally and instrumentally. In his newest song, "Shreveport Blues", Ricky really breaks into a new realm as he belts out lyrics about drug induced homesickness like a classic blues singer. With such variance in his music already, I can't wait to see how much further his songs will evolve in the years to come. You can watch the video here or check him out for yourself tonight at the Gypsy Lounge! -- Written by Katy Glass

The Deli's Best of NYC Issue out! Read it online now!

Beloved Readers,

The 34th issue of The Deli - i.e. our Best of NYC 2013 issue - is out today, and you can read it online here


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The Ghost Wolves, Getchya Hip Thrust, TMW 5/24/13 @ Scoot Inn

The Ghost Wolves are like tumbleweed blowing through the swamp. There might be a layer of grime on their sheen, but it doesn’t diminish any of their beauty. In fact, it enhances it. Carley Wolf’s fuzzy guitar entwines perfectly with Jonny Wolf’s frenetic drums. And the vocals! Oh those vocals! All the bluesy swagger of Mudhoney’s Mark Arm with the coquettish lilt that only Carley can provide.

Get your hands on Getchya Hip Thrust, a two-song gem that includes the title track and the song "Black Crow" (featuring BP Fallon). Both songs are vibrant delicacies plucked from a humid marsh, so damp that you might be unable to draw a deep breath. But for the real experience, catch them on stage where their intensity and magnetism are amplified to such levels that you might just put on a mask and let Carley call you “Grandma.” See them at the Scoot Inn tomorrow with Ghostbunny and Zest of Yore. Not to be missed. – Written by Josh Denslow



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