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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

John Isaac Watters chronicles a tangled love affair on 'Past Hope Now'

John Isaac Watters fills his stories with persuasive emotions. The folk crooner has raised his ambitions even further with the release of his latest EP, Past Hope Now, a conceptual piece that he's now turned into a poetic short film about a relationship challenged by seemingly unsparing circumstances. Watters utilizes striking visual motifs to capture the story's essence, utilizing his spacious, acoustic-guitar driven musings in pure and unfiltered form. His mini-song suite careens with artful finesse, elevating his quivering voice with an accented eccentricity that's rightfully his.

Check out the short film for Past Hope Now below. Juan Edgardo Rodríguez



Mt. Joy announce self-titled debut, take their amiable folk rock to The Lodge Room on 12/8

Folk rock band Mt. Joy's early singles had an amiable folk sound with a bedroom recording aesthetic. But even if they sounded brittle, they were really bursting with life, just begging for a warmer and more expansive treatment. New single "Silver Lining" fulfills that purpose - the lush and homey harmony, which packs a familiar folk-meets-roots combo, has a big-hearted, anthemic quality that, even if a tad too slick for its own good, does harbor an inviting air..

"Silver Lining" can be found on Mt. Joy's self-titled debut, which is out on March 2nd through reputable folk/Americana label Dualtone Records. You can catch them perform a hometown town - before they head out on tour with Neko Case next year - at the Lodge Room in Highland Park on December 8. Juan Rodríguez



Calamity the Kid stress our generational divides on "American Muscle"

Calamity the Kid are proud of where they come from on "American Muscle." But the indie rock trio does address how this current generational shift has had to pay for their elders' immorality, a defiant outcry that a good portion of our population could perceive as, well, unamerican. "Well you're lucky if you just survive / get arrested and you don't know why / shot down by cops in doubles," summons singer-guitarist, Sam Doniger, as a fuzz-tinged guitar taints an otherwise modern pop sheen. He's simply telling it like it is, and there's no double standard that could ever disprove the song's message.

"American Muscle" is the first single off of Calamity the Kid's debut EP, Late Bloomer," which is out on February 2. You can also watch them perform at The Mint on January 8. Juan Rodríguez 







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