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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Tonight at Velvet Lounge: Virginia Invades DC! w/ Fall Seattle, Real Clothes, and A MARC Train Home.

Tonight, 7/24, go to Velvet Lounge to see a stellar lineup of bands from Northern Virginia. Fall Seattle from Reston headlines a bill including DC Deli Artist of the Month winner Real Clothes, and A MARC Train Home from Fairfax. Fall Seattle drenches your ears in gorgeous dream-pop: sparkling guitars, and reverbed vocals telling you how much they love you (listen to their new single below). Readers of the Deli will be familiar with Real Clothes' surprising and charming combination of sweet melodic vocals backed by a band drawing from a wide variety of influences, combining rootsy appalachia, electronic bedroom pop, and mathy indie-rock. Opening the night, A MARC Train Home is an exciting indie-rock combo, combining everything good about the 90's, with angular guitars swirling together into crescendos of shoegazy fuzz within dramatic alt-rock songs. Doors at 7:30, $8, 18+.


Martyn's The Air Between Words

Martijn Deijkers who goes by the stage name “Martyn” is no newcomer when it comes to the world of dubstep electronica. This Dutch producer and DJ currently resides right here in Washington D.C. Gracing the capitol with his sixteen plus years of experience, he presents his futuristic sets here, a pioneer who creates beats way ahead of their time. Martyn started his career back in 1996 working as a DJ for Drum and Bass. He spent time there gathering experience and confidence as a DJ and eventually broke into the world of dubstep, techno, and house music. He released his first album Great Lengths in 2009, contributing mostly of well-received experimental dubstep tracks. His second album Ghost People was released in 2011 and was comprised of an even more experimental sound.

Martyn’s sound is something that never stops changing, influenced by the melodic presence of the scenes in Chicago and Detroit, he is a true electronic vagabond. His most recent album The Air Between Words was released this summer and has a more of a deep house sound. This album is well worth a listen, as its hypnotic beats will transport you to a dark dance floor where its tracks will echo in your ears full of ambience. There is no telling where Martyn’s sounds will move to next, but for this moment lets enjoy the unique experience that is The Air Between Words. --Rohan Khanna

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Space Is The Place Baltimore Show

 

Space Is The Place Records, self described as "botique electronic music", is throwing a show at Metro Gallery in Baltimore on Friday, July 18th. "It's going to be my third time playing Baltimore. I'm really excited to do something with my homies from Space Is The Place," says performer Cakes Da Killa. "I started rapping in high school- I started recording music during my sophomore year in college though. I used to make videos of me rapping over instrumentals I found on YouTube as a joke and people seemed to like them. When I got a chance to hit the studio, I took it," he continues. When asked if he faced any challenges as a gay rapper, he replied that "When you're focusing on grinding you don't really have time to get caught up in drama like that. If something comes up, it gets addressed and I move on. That's life." The rapper wanted to tell the world to "drink more water and get a therapist," and that he thanks his mother, all of his mothers, supporters and long island iced teas for supporting his career. 

You can find Cakes Da Killa on Twitter @cakesdakilla, and keep up with all his events on http://mussymayhem.com. Meet him and many other talented performers at the 21+ show tomorrow. Links to the ticketfly and facebook information are right here. 

 


Unzip The Earth's August Benefit Shows

Local charity, Unzip The Earth, is throwing its first set of benefit shows this August. The lineup includes band of the month nominee Annie Stokes, Matt Tarka, Bus Stop Bells, J Lima Foxtrot and many more. The acoustic and rock lineups promise a good time. Deli writer and founder of Unzip The Earth, Hannah Brady, will be using the proceeds to help low-income people struggling with eating disorders afford clothing that fits throughout recovery. "I've had my own struggle with disordered eating for about four years now," says Hannah, "If I would have had these resources during the physical part of my recovery, I believe that it would have made the entire process much easier. When I learned that nobody else is out there doing this, I knew that I had to do something. Seeing that little number on the tag can be eough to make someone relapse, they don't need an added financial pressure to stay emaciated."

 

The shows will both take place at The Electric Maid in Takoma, DC. Doors open at 5pm, and pre-sale tickets can be bought if you email unziptheearth@gmail.com or contact one of the bands. You can RSVP to both shows via Facebook:

August 2nd 

August 9th 

 

--Hannah Brady


The DC Area Deli Presents: Cheers Elephant, The Trillions and DC's The Jackfields on Thursday, July 17th at DC9!

The DC Area Deli Magazine is proud to present a special night at DC9, next week on Thursday, July 17th. National touring act Cheers Elephant (from LA via Philly) will be joined by their friends The Trillions (from Richmond) and The Jackfields (featuring beloved DC musicians Mike Reina and Anthony Pirog performing as a duo), for an incredible night of catchy psychedelia laced with mind-blowing guitar wizardry.

Cheers Elephant is currently on a country-wide tour that will see them opening for the likes of The Zombies ("It's the time of the se-ea-son for looooo-ving!"), as they're
 set to become the next big thing in psychedelic guitar pop. The Trillions are Richmond favorites, named on of Virginia's top 10 bands by Paste magazine. Both Mike Reina and Anthony Pirog have absolutely ridiculous resumes, playing in numerous bands in DC, NY and beyond, including together with (Smashing Pumpkins drummer) Jimmy Chamberlain in Skysaw.

If you love fun, sun-drenched tunes, shiney, happy, guitars, and catchy, melodic, but seriously impressive musicianship, you can't miss this show.  DC9, Thursday, July 17th. 8:00 PM. $10. --Natan Press

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Avers joined by Pree and Wanted Man at RnR Hotel tomorrow night (7/9)!

Don't miss an incredible DC Area show tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 9th, at Rock and Roll Hotel, when three of the DMV's best bands join together for an amazing bill, complimentary and cohesive, yet covering a wide range of sound and style. Richmond's Avers, on tour in support of their gorgeous psyc-rock debut album Empty Light, headlines the night. They'll be joined by Pree's lo-fi alt-folk, and Wanted Man's guitars-on-fire rock and roll (check out Wanted Man's new single, "I'm Gonna Go Out With the Planet," released on DC Music Download yesterday). It's a sure-fire non-stop excellent time for anyone who's a fan of indie-rock and local music. Doors at 8:00pm. $12.

Watch a live version of Avers"The Only One" recorded for Overcoast Sessions (Overcoast Music) below. --Natan Press

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