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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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Artist of the Month Nominee Technicolor Hearts at the Beauty Ballroom June 30th

Corpus Christi, a song with some Texas love in its title by Texas electro-rockers Technicolor Hearts, starts off with a juicy, thumping bass which is quickly accompanied by a duo of dissonant piano and spacy female vocals. The simple but tight drums come in a bar later to help the bass hold this one down, but it those airy, attention-grabbing vocals and keys layered on top that make this song what it is, and these guys what they are for that matter. Not afraid to experiment, and to do it big. Saturday June 30th they will be bringing their talents to Austin’s Beauty Ballroom for a can’t miss night.


Austin's Deep Time to perform at Mohawk on June 28th

 With the shining spotlight on her jazzy soprano, Jennifer Moore of Austin indie pop duo Deep Time leads the way on the group’s latest single “Clouds”, released in April on Sub Pop Records subsidiary Hardly Art. The only thing that may be more appealing than Ms. Moore’s radio-ready, born-for-art-pop voice on this track is that bass line that gets stuck in your head about 10 seconds into the song and does not leave until about 2 weeks later. Deep Time will be performing on June 28th at Mohawk with the Mynabirds, and I know one guy who simply can’t wait (it’s me).


The Deli Kansas City is born!

Deli Readers,

In our plans of constant expansion of our coverage towards new music scenes, admittedly Missouri wasn't the top priority, but since we found some seriously committed partners over there (the awesome people at the Midwest Music Foundation) we decided to launch a Deli Kansas City web page! While working on the site we have actually discovered a very lively scene with some really cool bands. Go ahead and explore it!

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Kalu James @ Hotel Vegas Next Thursday

Interesting instrumentation, powerful storytelling and a voice that can’t be forgotten. When it comes to fresh and intriguing folk music those are three qualities that separate the special ones from every other singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar and a microphone. Kalu James, Austin’s own by-way-of Africa, seems to use all three of those elements to perfection in every song he writes. His sound is enough pop that it gets stuck in your head, enough rock that that you’re happy about it and enough folk to maintain the intimacy that ties it all together. Come check him out one week from today at Hotel Vegas.


Hellfire Social Take over Hotel Vegas this Saturday

This one took me a while to pin down but I finally got it. If the Black Angels and Jack White had a baby that may or may not have been illegitimately fathered by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and that baby had spent a brief but memorable period of its life tripping acid in 1920s Mississippi... then that would be a deeply disturbed baby. It might also write a song like Hellfire Social’s Bleeding in Circles. This one combines blues-rock, psycadelic and experimental seamlessly. It’s out there, but in all the right ways. If you like what you hear (I sure did) come support these guys this Saturday at Hotel Vegas.


Love Inks Take the Stage Tonight at Mohawk with YACHT

Still have no plans for tonight? Even if you do, drop them. Local indie pop sensation Love Inks will be taking the stage at Mohawk tonight with YACHT as part of the latter’s Shangri-La World Tour. Simple in the best ways possible and always fun, Love Inks, and especially vocalist Sherry LeBlanc, always make sure that they have your attention. Off of their latest album, E.S.P, tracks like ‘Blackeye’ and ‘Skeleton Key’ show that they can balance catchy and dreamy to perfection. If all is right, these guys should keep making noise in the indie pop world for a long time.


Flesh Lights Kick Off Tour at 29th St. Ballroom this Monday

Flesh Lights. When you check them out on Google make sure to type in “Flesh Lights the Band”. Even so, I’d erase your Internet history afterwards. Just to be safe.  What you should not erase is this band from your memory. The brand of ass kicking punk rock that they churn out on a nightly basis will be on display one last time here in Austin, at the 29th Street Ballroom on Monday Night, before they take their talents on the road, supporting the Hives in 8 cities across North America.  Punk rock fans, a thank you is expected.


The Rocketboys Celebrate Their Second LP Release This Friday at ND

The Rocketboys, a staple of the Austin indie scene, will be headlining a show at ND Friday night to celebrate the release of their second LP, Build Anyway. Despite not having a full-time drummer in their lineup, the Rocketboys utilize front-man Brandon Kinder’s powerful pipes and keyboardist Justin Wiseman’s crafty melodies to deliver an effective follow-up to 2009’s 20,000 Ghosts, their debut LP. Bassist Josh Campbell ties this one together with his tight, driving grooves, leaving everyone who listens with just one question: who wouldn’t want to drum for these guys? 



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