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April 2015
Sandcastle
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Skull Cauldron, Sandcastle’s latest LP, is a sojourn into a dimly lit wilderness. Recorded as a quartet (with the group moving forward without Micah Edwards) at West Philly’s Sex Dungeon, these songs pull you ever deeper into the thick of it with their hauntingly infectious sense of urgency and balance.
 
Album opener, “Atlantis Trance,” percolates as the guitar, bass, and drums tightly co-exist in a relaxed yet spring-loaded groove that is reminiscent to classic Talking Heads, while the quick-paced, tongue-twisting vocals run through a hypnotic, mythical tale. Continuing in a similar vain, “Wolf With No Eyes” is led by a spiraling guitar riff, reinforced with acoustic strums and low end that conjures ups an atmosphere of danger, climbing into the chorus: “Think I’m obsessive compulsive/I think I’ll think myself to death/Need a therapist or an alchemist to toxify my mind I guess.” This subtle searching of mental anguish grabs a hold of the listener, cautiously traversing the exploratory musical terrain. Casually, one slips into “Datura” as Sam Kassel’s secretively whispered vocals gain a foothold amid an up-tempo guitar-percussion combo that runs forward in fits and then lays back before a guitar burst leads you through the finish line.
 
“Wonder Where She Goes” has that catchy, restrained guitar plucking that lays down the foundation of its composition. As Kassel contemplates, “Am I too late for the ghost train? Am I too dumb for another plane?” The song appears on the cusp of breaking loose, but then steps back for a moment, until finally the pressure boils over. “And I can’t find, I can’t find the way/the way she walks when she walks away…”
 
“Evergreen” is a multifaceted tune that initially rides its acoustic guitar riff as Kassel prophesizes, “If I were a knight, I would be the Green Knight, I would be the Green Knight, and you’d be my Green Lady,” before it lands in a full stable of smoldering instrumentation. Then, the song transitions into a higher gear, led by the quickened pace of the guitar running anxiously ahead, while being propelled forward by the bass before falling back to that almost blues-rock zone with the thudding bass invigorating the track into an open-field mad dash. “Pterodactyls” sits in the shadows, marinating in an ominous tone of preparation for battle. It’s a clear yet heart-racing endeavor as bright injections of acoustic guitar serve as glimpses of daybreak.
 
“Medicine Song” creates a stir with its immediate fresh out of the blocks surge, dashing ahead for an abbreviated sprint, tempering off and then throwing caution to the wind when the final stretch is in sight. “Souls” puts the understated spoken vocals to prime use, developing a ghostly creeping self-aware vibe as the instruments tightly pulse around the unrelenting bass. The song takes turns jolting forward while refueling with reflective cool-down breaks as the song deals with the distance game of a relationship. “Yeah, sometimes she goes far away/Sometimes I get in her face/Yeah, even though we’re jaded/I still wanna play the game.”
 
The final chapter of the record, the adventurously forest-wandering instrumental “Drink Deep of the Skull Cauldron,” quixotically bookends the album. It’s an intoxicating concoction as Sandcastle marches forward as a four-piece beyond the menacing tree line. - Michael Colavita 

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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!


The Deli's SXSW 2015 Issue is out digitally!

Ladies and Gents,

The SXSW 2015 issue of The Deli can be now read online here. 10k copies of this baby will flood the streets of Austin during SXSW Music Week.

It will be a busy time for us as usual, with the madness of the Stompbox Exhibit in full swing, joined this year by a sister expo called Synth Space!

So yeah... if you are attracted to nerds, come and see us at the SXSW Music Gear Expo inside the Austin Convention Center from March 19 to March 21 (11am-6pm)!

We'll also have a small live showcase, here are the details:

THE DELI'S SXSW 2015 SHOWCASE

FACEBOOK EVENT
WHEN: Friday 03.20, 4pm
WHERE: FLatstock Stage (Austin Convention Center)

4.00 Prinze George (DC Area)
4.45 Lazyeyes (Brooklyn, NY)
5.30 Roger Sellers (Austin)

See y'all in Austin!

The Deli's Staff


Best of New England 2014 for Emerging Artists: FINAL RESULTS: 1. Dark Rodeo, 2.Gymshorts, 3.Nathan Ventura,

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging New England Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Heavy and earthy, Dark Rodeo applies a punk attitude and and song format to country lyrical themes and guitar tones. Congrats, guys!

Gym Shorts are threw some high-energy surf punk in our laps with last years record No Backsies. Check out their tune "Viberator" and take it to the slopes while we're waiting for the snow to melt. 

Nathan Ventura's back with a band, and released Pucker Up in February 2014. It's definitely a weird one. Check out Nathan's wild vocals and the band's experimental garage feel. Definitely some novel sounds on every track of Pucker Up. 

Honorable mention to Kid Mountain, for their killer free New Years Eve show in Brighton!

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ New England scene experts (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music New England produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2014 POLL FOR EMERGING
NEW ENGLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Dark Rodeo 5.5     0.005 5.505
2
Gymshorts 4.5   1 0.003 5.503 icon
3
Nathan Ventura & The Buttercups 5.5     0.001 5.501 icon
4
Kid Mountain 3   2 0.003 5.003 icon
5
Suitcase Junket 2     1.5 3.5 icon
 
Smooth Antics 3     0.5 3.5 icon
7
Derive 3     0.096 3.096 icon
8
Particulars 3     0.041 3.041 icon
9
Jake McKelvie & the Countertops   3   0.034 3.034 icon
10
Hayley Sabella 3     0.025 3.025 icon
11
Guerilla Toss 2   1 0.017 3.017
12
Elison Jackson 3     0.011 3.011 icon
13
Alpenglow 3     0.008 3.008 icon
  As the Sparrow   3   0.008 3.008 icon
  Violent Mae 3     0.008 3.008 icon
16
Butcher Boy 3     0.006 3.006 icon
17
Mal Devisa 3     0.005 3.005
18
Biscuits & Gravy 3     0.004 3.004 icon
19
Anchors Away 3     0.003 3.003 icon
20
Paper Castles 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Rye Pines 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  samuel james 3     0.001 3.001
23
Grundlefunk 1     2 3 icon
  Miss Geo   1 1 1 3 icon
  Ben Knight 3     0 3 icon
  Michelle Chamuel 3     0 3 icon
  Sirens 3     0 3 icon
28
Clara Berry 2     0.085 2.085 icon
29
And The Kids 1   1 0.064 2.064 icon
30
BLKBX 2     0.061 2.061 icon
31
Abbie Barrett and The Last Date 2     0.044 2.044 icon
32
Daphne Lee Martin 2     0.031 2.031 icon
33
Mosey Greams 2     0.017 2.017 icon
34
Ports of Spain 2     0.009 2.009 icon
35
Elephant 2     0.006 2.006 icon
 
Neon Fauna 2     0.006 2.006 icon
37
Pile 2     0.005 2.005 icon
38
Moron 2     0.004 2.004 icon
 
Notches 2     0.004 2.004 icon
40
Dinnersss 2     0.003 2.003 icon
  Fire in the Field 2     0.003 2.003 icon
  Mini Dresses 2     0.003 2.003 icon
  The Hotelier 2     0.003 2.003 icon
  Tredici Bacci 2     0.003 2.003 icon
45
Downtown Boys 2     0.002 2.002 icon
46
Andy California 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Bell and the Bees 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Eric George 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Humanbeast 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Mendition Of The Quay 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  My Fictions 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Somos 2     0.001 2.001 icon
53
Annie Brobst 2     0 2 icon
  Eljebel 2     0 2 icon
  Life on The Sideline 2     0 2 icon
  Pours 2     0 2 icon
  Rabbit Rabbit 2     0 2 icon
  Rosie and the Rosies 2     0 2 icon
  Tom Kovacevic 2     0 2 icon
60
Andre Obin   1.5   0 1.5 icon
61
Pat and the Hats 1     0.091 1.091 icon
62
Miss Fairchild 1     0.063 1.063
63
Jet Black Sunrise   1   0.053 1.053 icon
64
Sarah Blacker   1   0.04 1.04 icon
65
Doug Tuttle   1   0.023 1.023 icon
66
Marina Evans   1   0.017 1.017 icon
67
Radclyffe Hall   1   0.014 1.014 icon
68
Plums 1     0.013 1.013 icon
69
Joe Young 1     0.012 1.012 icon
70
Tell Stories 1     0.007 1.007 icon
71
Gracie 1     0.005 1.005 icon
72
Zayde Buti 1     0.004 1.004 icon
73
Blessed State 1     0.002 1.002 icon
  Couples Counseling 1     0.002 1.002 icon
  Madaila 1     0.002 1.002 icon
  Mister Happy Cloud 1     0.002 1.002 icon
77
No Evil Star   1   0 1 icon
  Plains 1     0 1 icon
  Salitter 1     0 1 icon
  The Backyard Committee 1     0 1 icon
  The Coincidental Hour 1     0 1 icon
  We Were Astronauts 1     0 1 icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Sam Potrykus (Boston Hassle), Erich Hagan (Harlem Globetrotters), Ellie Molitor (Great Scott), Greg (The Oak and the Ax), Ryan (Salty Speakers), Lionel Train (Mid East Club), Conrad Benjamin, Jacob Nathan (AS220), Paul Mayer (Cafe Nine), Nicholas Firine (The Space, CT), Alex Lalli and Quillan George (Signal Kitchen), Joe Adler (Radio Bean, VT), Cresta (The Red Door, NH), Mariam Saleh (Fat Creeps), Noah Britton (The Deli), Erich Hagan, John Fleming (John Fleming Enterteinment), Nick (Deep Thoughts JP), Luke O'Neil (Alternative Press), Joseph Graham (NE Music Awards), Adam Tercyak-Morgan (Surviving the Golden Age), Daniel G. Kuhn, Perry Eaton, Malcolm Tent (Trash American Style).

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


Best of New England 2014 for Emerging Artists: Readers' Poll results

Deli Readers,

The Deli New England's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Here is the top ten, and streaming track of the top three bands - which we congratulate!

1. Grundlefunk


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2. Suitcase Junket


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3. Mixx Geo


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Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here.

BEST OF NEW ENGLAND 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Grundlefunk
366
2
Suitcase Junket
261
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3
Miss Geo
231
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4
Smooth Antics
193
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5
Derive
96
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6
Pat and the Hats
91
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7
Clara Berry
85
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8
And the Kids
65
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9
BLKBX
61
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10
Jet Black Sunrise
53
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Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best EmergingNew England Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff




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