Artist of the Month

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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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Exclusive Premiere: Ladyhips – "What's That Racket"

After previously unveiling the video for “In the Ballroom,” Ladyhips is ready to release its next clip, “What’s That Racket” – and The Deli New England has its exclusive premiere. Both cuts are from the band’s upcoming Live at Farmtone EP, set for release on April 22. For the funky “Racket,” the band returns to the Connecticut farm where they shot their previous clip, and once again the result is cinematic beauty. Check out “What’s That Racket” below. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

What's That Racket from Ladyhips on Vimeo.


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Ladyhips releases B-side, previews upcoming EP

Hartford funk-pop-jazz quintet Ladyhips started off the year with two new releases for its loyal fans – with even more soon to come. The first is “The Crows,” a B-side from 2012’s Best Friends that deviates from the upbeat sound that encapsulated the album. The track is slow-burning, with lyrics to match its apocalyptic, world-is-ending climax: “It’s scary to think that the sand in our hands is fading away,” sings vocalist Sean Rubin, later quipping, “We cannot be trusted … we must stop our beasts from getting the best of us.” The band's latest release came earlier this month in the form of a music video for “In the Ballroom,” shot in a Connecticut farm that makes for an unorthodox but beautiful setting for a performance. “In the Ballroom” is the first of two videos that will preview the band’s upcoming Live at Farmtone EP, set for release on April 22, and given what we’ve seen so far, you’ll want to mark that date on your calendar. – Jake Reed


In the Ballroom from Ladyhips on Vimeo.


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Dancer and Gravy's Drop Play a Free Show at Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT

Dancer and Gravy's Drop are playing for free tonight at the Hemlock Tavern! Dancer is a hook-filled power pop band that also shares in the tradition of '77 punk artists like Johnny Thunders. This month, the band released its newest 7" dubbed Bitchin' Heat on Grazer Records. Managing to be saccharine sweet, but with an aggressive edge - the song Heart Failure off their newest release is worth checking out.

Borrowing from bands of the '50s and '60s, Gravys Drop is pure, unabashed rock n' roll. Last year, the band came out with their LP, Gumball on Burger Records, Spot-on Sound and Cut-Rate Records. It's packed to the brim with solid jams, that are influenced by doo-wop and surf rock of yore.

Make sure you make it out to the Hemlock Tavern tonight! - Erin Dage



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