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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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Magic Island take second place in New England Open Submissions

After being featured on our site in November, Magic Island has placed second in the Open Submissions for our Year-End Poll. This year, the band made noise with its second EP, “Falling Through Space.” Opening track ”Himalayas” is layered with texture, from harmonized vocals, icy keys and gruff guitars, while “Hang High” features groovy riffs and a sneaky-catchy chorus which finds vocalist Drew Valera singing, “I just wanna get you on your own, I don’t wanna leave you all alone.” The band is hard at work on new material, so it’s pretty certain they’ll keep up the momentum in 2014, but "Falling Through Space" is available on Bandcamp and iTunes now. – Jake Reed


Big Big Buildings places third in New England Open Submissions

Scoring an 8.17 in the Open Submissions portion of our year-end poll, Big Big Buildings has placed third amongst all submissions in the first round – and will be moving ahead to the Readers/Fans Poll. In June, Big Big Buildings (real name Adam McElreath) released Full Color Pharmacy, his third full-length album, and its name is a testament to the spectrum of sounds across its twelve songs. On album opener “Just Over Young,” he touches on the sonic weirdness of Animal Collective and later the sparkling guitars of post-rock giants Explosions in the Sky. “There Is A Wall” is straight-up indie rock, while “Polyhimalayan” is pure ambient, with bubbles providing texture beneath a slow, resonating keyboard melody. Check out the album on Bandcamp to hear what other colors the album is stocked with – Jake Reed


Aloud to play at Great Scott alongside Brooklyn's Cold Blood Club

In advance of its fourth album, It’s Got to Be Now, set for release in April, Boston-based Aloud will take to Great Scott alongside Brooklyn’s Cold Blood Club. While the retro rock four-piece will likely debut some new material at the show, you can expect plenty of the classics as well: the band’s first three discs (and especially its most recent, Exile) were critically acclaimed by publications including Driftwood Magazine and Stereo Subversion. Eight-piece indie dance outfit Cold Blood Club will play in support of a new album as well, previewed by recent single “Down.” If you want to get a taste of Aloud’s sound before the show, check out Elmore Magazine’s premiere of the new single “A Little Bit Low” here, then check out both bands at Great Scott on January 11. – Jake Reed


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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



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