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February 2016
Jo Kusy
"You Break Me
Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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The Final Days of SoMa's Supperclub Hosts DAYBREAKER

Are you a morning person? It's pretty standard to go out late in the evening and party until the first few hours of the morning, but how about heading out to a party at 6 am? SoMa's Supperclub will be hosing DAYBREAKER: The Last Supper Edition.

DAYBREAKER is a morning movement that will start your day off unlike anything else. It is about being in the here and now, surrounded by amazing people, beautiful music, and an incredible vibe. It is about dancing your face off before work and feeling gloriously healthy while doing so. It is about love, it is about mindfulness, and it is about mischief.

This event starts at 7:30 am tomorrow morning. It's a holiday, so hit the bed early and check out one of Supperclub's final events!


O Annie Girl & the Flight and Balms Play Rickshaw Stop TONIGHT

A great local line up has been put together for tonight's show at Rickshaw Stop. O (formally known as Black Cobra Vipers) will be headlining the show with critically acclaimed local bands, Annie Girl & the Flight and Balms. These bands are a few of the cream of crop in the Bay Area music scene. We're excited to highlight this show because we've been listening to and watching these bands grow for some time.


SF Bay Area Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2014 for emerging artists

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of SF Bay Area Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. We had a record number of submissions from SF this year - 94! - thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from SF Bay Area: 94

Jurors: Jurors: QD Tran (The Deli Philly), Jason Behrends (The Deli Chicago), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Summer Peaks - (Indie Pop) - 8 (out of 10)


2. Miss March - (Alt Folk) - 7.83


3. Goodnight, Texas - (Americana) - 7.33


3. Luke Sweeney - (Indie Pop) - 7.33


5. Builders - 7


5. Jet Trash - 7


5. Lemme Adams - 7


5. Royal Jelly Jive - 7


5. Meet Me in Orbit - 7


Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

The Galloping Sea, Rich Girls, Goose Ignite, Tremor Low, Wild Imaginaries, We Became Owls, The Union Trade, New Spell, Mammoth Life, Be Calm Honcho, French Girls, Feather-Bright, Cookie Tongue, The Treacherous French, One Hundred Percent.


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We have already unveiled full list of nominees that also includes the artists nominated by our local jurors (see left column here). It's now time for our readers to influence this Year End Poll for Emerging SF Bay Area Artists with their vote - look out for th readers' poll on the right column of this same page!

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Winter 2015. NYC Issue #41
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Con Brio Gears Up to Release New EP - Kiss The Sun - 2/3

San Francisco based R&B soul group, Con Brio is preparing to release a six track EP this winter. Their new release, Kiss The Sun is due out on February 3rd and is a smooth and sensual R&B album that is perfect for chilling with friends in an intimate setting or creating the mood for some baby makin'!

We don't get too much local rhythm and blues music that we really dig, but Con Brio's Kiss the Sun is impressively produced, sexy and modern. They're a sizzling musical group and you'll have a chance to see them perform live at their album release show on Valentine's Day (2/14), 2015!



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