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March 2014
Ryley Walker
"All Kinds Of You

The debut album, All Kinds of You, from Ryley Walker is impressive in its thoughtful restraint and intimate sounds and lyrics. Walker has spent years in Chicago's noise scene, but this album is a near folk masterpiece. Walker shows skill in guitar playing, singing, and writing though the album. The album opens with the track that Walker is currently known for "The West Wind". It is a solemn journey that Walker present in a video last Fall. The production value of the album shines through on a track like "Twin Oaks pt. 1" where the sounds builds into a lush down home party complete with drums, strips, and guitar picking. All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square, April 15th) presents and old soul, a journeyman in the form of this talented 24 year old singer/songwriter.

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Free Download: "In Metal" (Low Cover) - Nothing

Nothing released a free download for their cover of Low's "In Metal," the closer to 2001's Things We Lost in the Fire, to coincide with this year's Record Store Day. Providing welcomed subtle sonic tectures to their rendition, you can stream and download the track below. The band will be back at The Boot & Saddle on Saturday, June 8. Enjoy!


New Music Video: "Goshen '97" - Strand of Oaks

A contemplative Timothy Showalter (a.k.a. Strand of Oaks) appears in the latest video for his J Mascis guitar-assisted track, "Goshen '97." It's the initial offering from his forthcoming album HEAL, due out on June 24 via Dead Oceans. The video was directed by Rick Alverson, and features some local music community pals doing a bit of rollerskating for the cameras.


Justin Kalk Orchestra Releases Video for "Dirty Thing"

The Justin Kalk Orchestra has tossed out this nugget in hopes of calming fans foaming at the mouth for the summer release of their second album, “Volcano.” “Dirty Thing” utilizes Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman (Christ, the cover. Give it to me.) and gets the band involved in the claymation on this new video. The result is fun, yet oddly nostalgic and unsettling at the same time. And rest assured, the giraffes make it in the video, and the band hits just as hard in this new single, and their accompanying haze of blues and psychedelic is just as impenetrable. Of course, hell is more likely to freeze over than Kalk walking into a project at anything less than a breakneck swagger. -Terra James-Jura


Church Bar's One Year Anniversary with The Lower 48

A good way to get yourself back on salvation’s path the Monday after 4.20 (and Easter in case you forgot) is to visit one of Portland’s churches. And fortunately, you won't feel out of place if you go to Church Bar's one-year anniversary party this Monday. Portland’s rock and roll supernovas known as the Lower 48 will be ringing in the celebration. This band has been evolving their sound for many years and has come to give themselves a defined sound consisting of vintage pop, folk, with a grunge overtone. Their vocal harmonies and exploding bass lines reel in the listener and then they hit you with a secret weapon as Nick (the drummer) overhauls the music with a trumpet. So, there’s one way to start your week on the right track. - Colin Hudson


Moon Bounce Getting Down at Silk City April 20th

Local knob-turning maestro Moon Bounce is having a 4/20 blowout tonight at Silk City.  Moon Bounce has been creating warped, multi-faceted and finely tuned electronic music for a couple years now.  The R&B informed producer has released a series of increasingly impressive EP’s leading up to his most recent, Dress Rehearsal, out now on his own label Grind Select. This rare show will also include mind-bending visuals by Jason Hsu, making the trippy set that much more trippy. Joining Moon Bounce is the chill, spacey electronic artist Telequanta, who is prepping his newest release, Metaverse, which is slated to come out on Data Garden next month.  Filling out the bill is synthwaver Lapses.  Come get down and work all that food off. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Adam G. 


New Album: "Dream Vacation" - Nicos Gun

The funky, dance-rock party-starters in Nicos Gun have a new album that they just released on the world. Their newest LP, “Dream Vacation” is certainly a great soundtrack for chillin’ outside and sippin’ some cold ones this summer, as well as just closing your eyes and drifting to your happy place if you are stuck inside. The Prince-informed, sexified vibe can be experienced in full below.  These cats are about to move to LA in May, so enjoy them now before we lose them for good. 


The Deli Magazine San Francisco Presents: Modern Man Buzzmutt and Baus at DNA Lounge - 4/18

As you may or may have not heard, The Deli Magazine San Francisco is spearheading a series of shows at the DNA Lounge. For the very first show (after our Riot Grrrl party we threw at SUB/Mission in February) April 18, we've got an excellent lineup of local bands consisting of Modern Man, Buzzmutt and Baus.

Baus is an Oakland band that made waves last month with the release of their first full-length, Idol Minds. The band blends elements of post-punk and no wave to create truly jagged and abrasive tunes. Buzzmutt is a band from San Francisco wh playing psych-tinged noise rock. And headlining is Modern Man, an Oakland-based band that weaves together drudgingly dark shoegaze. Last year the band came out with an awesome tape entitled, Small Waves.

The choice is yours: Do you want to come and celebrate a new era of The Deli Magazine San Francisco and local music, or do you want to stay at home? -Erin Dage


Weekly Feature: Honduras - live at Radio Bushwick on 04.26

Sounding like a faster punk version of the Arctic Monkeys or a mind-blowing Deerhunter/Sex Pistols fusion, Honduras (another band that's playing a lot these days) have really been stepping it up lately, especially with their latest single “Borders” (check out the video below). The Brit-sounding muffled vocals of Pat Phillips combined with the band’s knack for clean, well-tempered guitar work and percussion makes for a wild listen. Known for their energetic live performances, Honduras have a heavy Brooklyn presence and appear to be expanding pretty quickly, embracing the punk ideology without pretension while still letting you know they’re here. See them live at Radio Bushwick on April 26 and then at Pianos on May 10.

LINKS: Michael Haskoor interview with Honduras from The Deli's issue #37 (Winter 2014).

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