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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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Exclusive Premiere: Ula Ruth - "Shake It Off"

Hear it here first: Connecticut-based Ula Ruth has just released the track “Shake It Off” in advance of its upcoming EP Restless Nights, set for release on January 14. The EP has already delighted critics at the Celebrity Café and Rust Magazine, and “Shake It Off” doesn’t disappoint. With a bass line crafted for blasting through a car stereo and a growl that can compete with alternative rock’s best vocalists, the song has what it takes to dominate rock radio. Check out “Shake It Off” below and, if you’re up for a road trip, stop by Ula Ruth’s record release show at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on release day. – Jake Reed


Nashoba Hits the Road with New East Coast Dates

I'm usually not a huge fan of straight-up instrumental bands, but Massachusetts-based Nashoba has proved me wrong in a big way. Their unique guitar melodies and super-tight rhythms are quite impressive. They remind me a little bit of American Football, but without the vocals to distract the listener from the talented musicianship taking place. The band are currently touring the east coast, with a show tonight at Cold Spring Hollow in Belchertown, MA. They were supposed to play a show last night in Allston, MA at O'Brien's, but the gig was cancelled due the recent snowstorm.

For updates about that tour (and other band info), head on over to their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



Violent Mae switches up the pace on self-titled debut LP

The story of how Hartford-based Violent Mae came to be is an interesting one. Becky Kessler asked Floyd Kellogg to act as producer for her first solo album with no intention of collaborating further. Their chemistry in the studio was instantaneous, and the two quickly joined forces to create their self-titled debut LP, released in November. At times, their music is spacy, textural and discordant. For instance, take a listen to the eerie climactic bridge of the slow-moving “Man In The Country.” The pace picks up on other songs, such as the catchy indie-pop gem “Hole In My Heart.” Kessler’s deep vocals separate her from other female indie singers, sounding like a less dramatic, more authentic Lana del Rey. Download the album on Bandcamp now and check out Violent Mae at BAR in New Haven, CT, on January 15. – Jake Reed


Rich People Food kick the year off with Drake cover video

For its latest release, Rich People Food takes on one of the biggest rap songs of 2013, recently named Pitchfork’s top track of the year: “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake and Majid Jordan. The cover takes the song from sensual R&B ballad to dance-floor ready jam, aided by a sax-heavy bridge and vocalist Brian Bernhard’s rock radio croon.  Synths glitter and gleam, giving the song a new sound stripped of any shred of R&B (save for the snap percussion in its first 20 seconds). Check out the video below – Jake Reed


Chillingsworth celebrates birth of "It's a Boy" EP

Connecticut-based Chillingsworth’s name lends a hint to what it sounds like: on “It’s a Boy,” released on December 28, the band sounds, for lack of a better term, chill. Opening track “Vacillate” leans towards John Frusciante’s soft, textural guitar work on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “By the Way,” with a relaxed tempo providing the backdrop for featured rapper Billy Rodriguez-Lopez. Synth player and saxophonist Heydar Ensha adds an important element that helps the band stand apart from the pack of New England indie bands. If you don't believe me, check out the sax riff that commands all attention its way on “Bruno Mars.” The “It’s a Boy” EP is available to download on Bandcamp now – Jake Reed


2014 New England Music Awards nominees announced

Rejoice, local music fans: the 2014 New England Music Awards nominees have been announced. Local stars will align at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on February 22, and the show’s nominees include a range of talents from Harvard, Mass. singer-songwriter Ashley Jordan (Country Act of the Year) to Boston Calling openers Bad Rabbits (Best in State: Massachusetts). Deer Tick, the Mallet Brothers Band, Gentlemen Hall, Della Mea and Kingsley Flood will duke it out for the night’s top prize: Band of the Year. Hosted by comedian Steve Sweeney, the event will also feature performances by bands including Nemes, Dressed for the Occasion and recent Deli New England featured artist Sarah Borrello. Tickets for the event are available online now, and you can check out (and vote!) for the nominees here. – Jake Reed



Fresh buzz for Mutual Benefit

A set of highly orchestrated folk music, constructed from a private playground of strange and wonderful sounds, star-gazing wonder, and tear-jerking harmonies, Mutual Benefit's debut LP 'Love's Crushing Diamond' has been deservedly getting a great deal of attention from tastemakers everywhere. Taken from tales of life lived on the road from singer/songwriter Jordan Lee, the record is the first album to be named Best New Music by Pitchfork based on a Bandcamp release alone. Now the record's appearing on everyone's top ten lists, and now I'm hastily re-doing my own list to make way for this ambitious record. Listen below to fave track 'Advanced Falconry,' and see Jordan Lee and his collective of musicians gathered from all the places where he lived (Ohio, Boston, Austin) when they return from tour to play at Mercury Lounge on Feb 7. Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


The Novel Ideas come to House of Blues on January 9

While its last record, "Home," was released in April of 2012, the Brighton-based Novel Ideas is preparing for what could be a big 2014. Recent photos posted to Facebook reveal that they’ve been recording a successor to “Home,” and they’ll follow two shows in Brooklyn at the top of the year with a set at the House of Blues’s Foundation Room on January 9 alongside the Long Lost and the Adventures Of. While it would be easy to write the Novel Ideas off as just another country band, they bring together twangy electric guitars, a beautiful backdrop of fingerpicked chords and singsong melodies by a trio of vocalists – with this band, there is something for every listener. – Jake Reed




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