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Best of NYC #14: The Dig plays two dates with Dashboard Confessional

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

When you order a drink at the bar, you want something heavy. You want good taste mixed well, and just a tiny dash of sweet. Like a Long Island Iced Tea, The Dig’s music carries a heavy bass line, drowned in equal parts melodic and heavy guitar. The soothing sounds of “Penitentiary” go down smooth, but the potency of the almost sinister sounding guitars in “She’s Gonna Kill That Boy” keep the blood flowing through your veins. Think of alternative pop/rock ballads from the early ‘90s but with a little more variety. David Baldwin and Emile Musseri alternate vocals that sound like a more sensitive Chris Cornell, and a day-dreamy Thom Yorke. At times, The Dig give off a Nirvana-esque vibe, while also channeling the power packed production sound of Coldplay. Each song is eclectic and intricate in its own way, allowing The Dig to put forth a diverse portfolio of songs. The band has just announced two new tour dates in support of Dashboard Confessional - after which they will be traveling home following a five-week national tour with Thrice, Kevin Devine, and Bad Veins,- Melissa Wong

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Univox and Conversations with Enemies at KFN July 28

Just like the legendary amps that they're named after, Univox can go from mellow to electrifying at the flip of a switch. Anchored by a quartet of distinguished voices, with Josh Jones' smooth baritone usually at the forefront, it's arguable that there's something timeless about their sound, which is unhampered by any tiring trends or made up genres, but instead relies on honest, tried-and-true songwriting. If you take a listen to their recently released ST debut, uplifting pop hooks like those in "You Don't Know" run right alongside balls-out rockers like "Pi". For a slight change of pace though, there's Conversations with Enemies, whose quirky indie pop is haunted by zombies, demons, and awkward relationships, and encompasses everything from surf riffs to gypsy rhythms. So if you want a bit of everything tonight, the Kung Fu Necktie might be your best bet. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

 

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New England Americana Festival's Summer Series, Part Two

New England Americana Festival's Summer Series continues this Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe.  For those who made it last time, you may remember free Narragansett, impromptu live-on-the-air interviews, incredible New England Folk Archive stories and photography, Eric Royer's mindboggling guitar machine, Jimmy Ryan's bluegrass shedding (on mandolin!), a great, social atmosphere and, of course, plenty of great music.

It's a special event that Bostonians should catch while it's local.  From their website:
Our goal is to continue building the community, energy, and camaraderie throughout the year and beyond.  To do this, New England Americana will be presenting shows all around New England with the focus on each local community, reflecting each area's rapidly growing roots music scene.

So come down to the Hard Rock at 7pm to enjoy the second of three great bills of Boston-based, grassroots-bred music!

Chris O'Brien
The Autumn Hollow Band
Jeff Byrd and the Dirty Finch
Brendan Hogan
Comanchero
Jenee Halstead
The Bees Knees
Dave Sammarco Band

See you there!

- The Deli Staff

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Performing Artists can promote their live shows directly on The Deli's local homepages using our "DIY Live Show Listings" section, pick your city and submit your show's info:

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The Deli allows any band or musician to submit their music for free through our open blogs. Open blog submissions are listened to and approved directly by our local editors, who often select the ones they like for publication on their main blog on the homepage. Choose your city's Open Blog here:

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Rather than just a popularity contest, our charts are thought as a service to allow bands, live show promoters and also music fans to find new promising acts. In this DIY musical era, the Deli's Charts provide an easy and fun way for emerging artists to find like-minded bands to network with.

Unlike similar charts implemented by other websites, The Deli's ones are extremely reliable in terms of rankings, which are calculated using data from the outside world - not internal artist profile counting. Also, they include not only subscribers but also bigger acts, therefore reflecting the local scenes in its entirety.

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Iron & Wine & A Western Killing Spree Rendered as Cinematic Poetry

Mr. Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, made the wise decision some years ago to homestead right around here. And so this week we get an unusual two-night offering from Iron & Wine: Tomorrow night (7/28) Iron & Wine hosts (?) or otherwise presents a special Movie Night at the Paramount, featuring the 1973 film Badlands (itself the work of another hill country denizen, Terence Malick). And the following night (7/29), along with Calexico, he'll perform as part of a benefit for both MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) and HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). All good reasons to absorb some hill country genius. 

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