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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Branches The Lower 48 Joshua Cook & The Key of Now and Travis Hayes and the Young Daze Play Slim's - 12/4

With a nice mix of local and out of town bands, we're excited to highlight Slim's upcoming December 4th show featuring San Francisco based bands, Joshua Cook & the Key of Now and Travis Hayes and the Young Daze who will be sharing a bill with Los Angeles basedBranches and Portland based band, The Lower 48.

This line up is eclectic with styles ranging from powerpop soul to indie rock to alternative folk. The night will be packed to the brim with talent. You won't regret making your way out to Slim's tomorrow night!

Congratulations to Feather-Bright for Winning The Deli Magazine SF Artist of the Month Poll

Congratulations to Feather-Bright for winning the Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Month Poll! This talented "moon rock" band creates beautiful and bellowing rock ballads are near impossible to ignore. Their fans and the Deli SF readers have spoken and Feather-Bright completely came out on top. We wish them the very best in their future musical endeavors!


Ensemble Mik Nawooj Releases New Music Video - C.R.E.A.M

Oakland based classical folk hip hop group, Ensemble Mik Nawooj has released an innovative cover of Wu-Tang Clan's classic hip hop track, C.R.E.A.M. Although they recycle the wildly famous hook, the group's lyrics have been revamped for originality. Oakland hip hop has always been on the cutting edge and this ensemble is no exception. Enjoy this crisp black and white music video that features people of all ages, races and creeds. We really dig this diverse video and the song is highly motivating and drenched with talent.


T Sisters Perform with Shook Twins at Leo's in Oakland -12/12

Oakland based alt country band, T Sisters will be performing live at Leo's Nightclub in Oakland on December 12th with Portland based band Shook Twins. If you're in the East Bay and you're into listening to some great Americana music, you should do your best to make it out. Mix up your music taste and your favorite music venue selection this holiday season!


Down Dirty Shake and Battlehooch Throw Double Release Show at Bottom of the Hill - 11/22

The 2013 Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Year, Down Dirty Shake are finally releasing their debut self titled album! They're celebrating the release with the San Francisco based orchestral rock band, Battlehooch who is also releasing their new album, WINK. The show is going down at Bottom of the Hill this Saturday, November 22nd.

A special performance by local super group, Kokomo Hum featuring Sean Mabry of Maus Haus and members of Mwahaha, Batttlehooch, White Cloud, and Paint The Trees White will open the show. White Light Prism will be doing visuals as well!

This is going to be a really big show! If you're going to finish out the year with one major local show, this is the one to attend. Congrats to both bands on their album releases!




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