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Gorilla Vs Bear: video: Pure X – Heaven

-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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I first heard Austin singer-songwriter, Lizzy Lehman when she was with the short lived group, The Blackwells.  Her new group, Carry Illinois, is a bit of a departure from the rootsy, bluegrass dirges she was known for.  Instead Siren, the 5 track album released in March is a heavily produced pop record, that just happens to feature a banjo or two.  With any musician, the leap from band member to solo artist is sometimes a dark void, littered with acoustic revenge songs and drum-looped epics.  It's rare to come out of the gate with a fully realized vision wherein fans of your former work don't miss a beat.  And it's nice to see an artist come into themselves amidst such a lack of collective creativity.  There is a lot of that on Siren.   A lot of hopefulness and self-propulsion. Lehman herself described the sentiment of writing the songs  as "Flying out of this city to this utopia".  Springsteen may have said it best, and most frequently, but I'd like to think there is still room for songs about such transfiguration and hope. Carry Illinois play Empire Control Room April 24th with Unfaithful Servants at 9pm. 


April 23, 2014


Angel, the third album from Austin's Pure X is a remarkably immaculate 38 minutes of music, so great in fact, that it's hard to believe it was recorded in just five days.  In all its simplicity, Angel is a record that is hard to pinpoint, though the band rarely ventures off its dreamy, two-chord path.  This is due to the fact that the melancholy nature of the music is so masterfully married with lyrics soaked in sincerity and bliss and delivered without a hint of cynicism by singer Nate Grace.  What Pure X has done most successfully on Angel is hammer home a sentiment almost redundantly, to a point where listeners no longer question their conviction.  "Heaven is a feeling" could well be the overall thesis and comes as a welcomed departure from the otherwise ironic, post-modern musings we are more often exposed to.

Listen to "Heaven" and try to catch Pure X at Austin Psych Fest (May 2nd - 4th)



April 22, 2014

It isn't easy for a band to change monikers without facing the risk of losing any, if not all buzz their previous handle may have generated.  Not so, for indie pop group Young Tongue, formally The Baker Family. With the release of a digital EP "Cat Calls" the group seems to have made a solid push for relevance to an audience that may have previously dismissed them as yet another Americana family band, to which they couldn't be further from.  They are expected to release a full length LP this summer but for now we'll have to settle for the 4 track EP, full of rich percussion and dreamy omnichord backdrops. Saturday at Red 7, Young Tongue opens for UME and Megafauna. - Andy Bianculli 


April 15, 2014

When Bobby Jealousy called it quits a few months ago, fans were left scratching their collective heads.  But before there was a chance to mourn, enter Sweet Spirit.  Sabrina Ellis' newest and possibly best group to date. Combining all the urgency and attitude of Ellis' punk outfit A Giant Dog and all the catchy, pop-perfection of Bobby Jealousy, Sweet Spirit is everything we hoped would come next.  It doesn't hurt that Ellis may be the best frontwoman in town.  Recorded material is limited to the recently released "Let Me Be On Top" featured below.  You can catch Sweet Spirit in all their glory on April 20th at Hotel Vegas with Mellowphant and Dumb.  - Andy Bianculli 

April 15, 2014

Rounding up the bands highlighted in our Artist of the Month Poll is gothic electronica outfit Troller. The band seems to have found a fitting home with Austin’s Holodeck Records, through which their self-titled debut LP has already had a couple pressings.

Between official showcase spots at SXSW last month and Moogfest in Asheville, NC this month, Troller has been gaining a bit of (good) attention lately, and it’s all warranted. Through the heavy layers of synth and wide-horizoned vocals, Troller’s sound is dark yet cozy. –Written by Marie Meyers

April 14, 2014

In time for some late-night weekend listening, the third contestant in our Artist of the Month poll is Orthy. The dreamy electronic pop is the work of Ian Orth, aided live by some good friends. Orth is also one of the brains behind Learning Secrets, the local dance party which has been an Austin fixture for several years.

The band was featured last month on WXPN’s World Café, but the most recent news to come from Orthy is that they have news coming, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! –Written by Marie Meyers

April 12, 2014

Which of these local acts should be The Deli Austin's next Artist of the Month?

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