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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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November 24, 2015

Emerging Bands and Artists,

The Deli's Regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists are back!



Ugh, do you REALLY want to know? The process to determine these lists is rather complicated, and occurred to The Deli's fouding fathers during a collective nightmare back in 2006 - if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some free exposure, then STAY AWAY FROM THAT PAGE!!!

Eligibility: To be eligible, your band needs to 
1. be based in one of the scenes we cover (list here), 
2. have music available online
3. have played live at least once in 2013
4. Have less than 15k Facebook friends. By the way, fake Facebook friends make us angry. 

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the Best of your city nominees. This phase starts right now! 


The Deli Peeps

November 20, 2015

Philly indie-pop duo-turned-trio Bridge Underwater just shared a new single called "I Don't Know." (We're feeling a combination of CRUISR/Cold Fronts vibes on this one.) It's the lead track and opener to the band's forthcoming EP Still Run, which was mixed by Uniform Recording's Jeff Zeigler. The album officially drops on January 8, and Bridge Underwater will be celebrating its arrival on Saturday, January 12 at The Fire.

November 30, 2015

Here is a new music video from recent Pittsburgh-via-NYC transplant Roger Harvey for the track "City Deer." The masked courtship was directed by John Skip Volcsko. The single is off Harvey's latest album Twelve Houses, which was recorded with J. Vega and is available via Black Numbers.

November 30, 2015

As the weekend sputters to a conclusion, the weeklong reality looms. But, there’s still time for some quality communion. This one at West Philly's Beaumont Warehouse reunites progressive punk compatriots Red Devil and pairs them with the raucous, deeply-embedded prog-metal jams of Stinking Lizaveta, hypnotically hovering in a heavy space. The Invasive Species, who dropped a self-titled record earlier this fall, deliver an unfiltered, expressive punk that ruminates gradually seeping into your system, while the adrenalized aggression of Corrupt Justin aid in the throwback to the present scenario delivering a blistering stomp. Get there early - it’s a matinee. Beaumont Warehouse, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 4:30pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving seems to a have a residual fatigue, which temporarily knocks me out. But it’s Saturday, and the rust is coming off. The assemblage, formerly known as Snoozer, has reawakened as Pet. The trio throttles between a booming, full-on rush forward, with an internal edge. The outward instrumental push provides the primary jolt, but it’s reinforced by a pensive lyrical pull. That near-and-far sound holds you in limbo. Tonight at Boot & Saddle, they bridge the gap between the punk meets shoegazing, spacey synths of Janelle and the trio of Remote Player’s Club, featuring a pair of former State Radio members, Mike Najarian and Chuck Fay. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita 

November 28, 2015

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