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Sun Airway to Perform at Pitchfork’s Offline Festival for CMJ

It was just announced that Sun Airway will be part of Pitchfork’s Offline Festival. They are scheduled to perform at 3:30pm on Friday, Oct. 22 at Brooklyn Bowl. The three-day festival will feature performances by such acts as Marnie Stern, Matthew Dear, Glasser, and Wild Nothing as well as DJ sets by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and TVOTR’s David Sitek. You can purchase tickets for $10 here. Sun Airway will release their debut album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier on Oct. 26 via Dead Oceans. - The Deli Staff
 
Update: Sun Airway also just released a new video for "Put the Days Away" on Pitchfork.tv. It was directed by Klip Kollective's Ricardo Rivera (we've been big fans of his work for years - absolute genius with lighting as you will see). 

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The War on Drugs - Pre-order & Download New EP Now and Also New "Single" Available

The War on Drugs released the second single from their upcoming EP Future Weather today called “The History of Plastic”, its closing track. This is why we fuckin’ love The War on Drugs. We know that they can write a catchy tune that can burrow into our brains with its poetic verses. But leave it up to the Philly boys to drop an eight minute plus experimental slow burner as a "single". If you just can’t wait for the EP’s official release on Oct. 26, then you can pre-order the album here, and you'll get an instant download of the record. You can also enjoy the newly released track for the price of your e-mail or just listen to it over and over on our site. - The Deli Staff

History of Plastic by The War on Drugs

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Review of Denitia Odigie's, "VITALITY"

After last year’s release of Denitia Odigie’s “Brick By Brick” EP, her fans were probably expecting something a little different from her recent full-length debut, “Vitality.” There is a major departure from Odigie’s previous soul-infused folk-pop sound, confidently heading in the direction of soul-pop and RnB.

Basically everything that Denitia writes or records is “soulful” in some respect, but damn… “Vitality” has got soul. We’re talking Erykah Badu-meets-Chaka Khan, then throw in the most tasteful elevator music, with a little bit of Shelby Lynn—(if the girl had some class)—and that’s what Denitia has dished out. From start to finish, this record is in a constant state of grooving; relaxed or raunchy; sweet or sultry. It’s all there. At the same time, “Vitality” manages to be what is probably the most laid-back set of recordings I’ve heard all year. Few artists can actually accomplish creating a record that not only grooves, but relaxes, from start to finish.

While old Odigie seemed to favor the “acoustic route,” “Vitality” does the opposite with a lushness of layered padding and a fusion of jazz/RnB instrumentation; (think flutes, saxophone, and strings). You can easily hear all of these additional instruments on, “Always Be With You,” where they are almost made more of a focal point; the sweet, softness of Denitia’s voice seems to carry the music right along, rather than the music carrying the singer. This song is a hidden gem in an album that I would already deem as a treasure trove of material. There are 6 tracks in a row that knock you over with solid quality.

Starting with “Tightrope,” (the standout track, in my opinion), listeners are jerked in a surprisingly different direction from the first track with a sound that isn’t heard anywhere else on the album. This is the real “foot-stomper,” centered around a catchy, grinding guitar riff, combined with a style that is similar to Jack White’s bluesy folk-rock, and the approach of a songstress like Grace Potter.

While “Tightrope” has the most “exceptional” sound on the album, the majority of the other songs are equally as strong in different ways. Odigie channels Rosario Flores or Suzanne Vega on “In Flames,” with a Latin-infused feel, while the ethereal ambience of “Sold” is incomparable. Even the tunes that were previously used on “Brick by Brick” were revamped, and have become considerably different versions from the previous ones, while the other remaining tracks surprisingly lean towards being a bit more experimental. Some of the songs even sound borderline industrial, such as, “What Is It Like,” which is, yet again, another interesting and pleasant contrast.

Denitia Odigie has reached a new level of maturity with the sound and direction she has taken with “Vitality,” yet she still manages to sound fresh and classic at the same time. You should hear her for yourself at her Nashville CD Release Show, which is taking place on October 17th at the Hard Rock Cafe. You can snag a copy of her album here.--Erin Manning

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Deli CMJ Marathon Runners! Submit to get your CMJ show covered.

Once again, during the CMJ week The Deli will unleash 2 Deli Marathon Runners on the streets of NYC, armed with the mission to report about all the most exciting emerging artists and bands playing during the CMJ fest.

This year Alex and Dale have offered to take this Herculean task on their shoulders. Their sole purpose in life - for those 5 days - will be to attend 26 shows each (the number of miles in a marathon) and report about them on this blog.

ATTENTION NYC BANDS! This year 6 of the best emerging artists covered by Dale and Alex will get a print feature in the winter issue of The Deli!!!

ATTENTION NON-NYC BANDS! For the first year, our marathon runners will be allowed to cover a percentage of artists based in the other scenes covered by The Deli

Therefore any band or solo artist playing an official or unofficial CMJ show interested in being featured on the Deli online (and possibly in print) should contact ONE (and only one) of our marathon runners to try and persuade him/her to go to see their live show.

Some of the shows covered by Dale and Alex will be selected from the list of bands and artists that will submit for coverage from now until October 15.

HOW TO APPLY!

To apply please leave a message using the comment feature under their profiles posted here and here.

Alex and Dale will choose which artists they will try to see perform live (we say try because anything can happen during CMJ because of delays, sold out shows and cancellations).

Don't forget to specify your website or myspace address in the comment! Our Marathon Runners will compile the list of their marathon itinerary a few days before the CMJ Festival kicks off.

Thanks and Good luck!
The Deli Staff

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Deli CMJ Marathon Runner #1: Alex

Hi all! I’m really looking forward to checking out this year’s kick ass medley of bands. First off, I am an indie music junkie: I love bands that are creative, distinctive and willing to go balls-out-crazy during live shows. I do not have a specific taste; instead, I am attracted to a wide range of unique sounds – anything ranging from the fuzzy, lo-fi stuff to ear blowing rock. I’m not into bands that are weird for the sake of being “weird” – music does not need to be in-your-face bizarre to be cool. Ultimately, I’m looking for bands that are focused on making good music and having a good time doing it. So send away! Cheers, Vann Alexandra (but you can call me Alex).
To submit your CMJ show for coverage please post a note in the comment section below specifiyng the date and location of your CMJ shows.

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