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-- 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.

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NYC rapper Mike Wilson unveils video for "Red Matter"

Mike Wilson’s album "Fenix" shows an MC of venerable versatility. While many rappers discover they have a flow and stick to a single application of it, Wilson explores his flow from track to track. Hailing from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, his Native Tongue roots often show, but he also conjures equal parts LA and ATL. His new video for the track “Red Matter” is pretty much a single verse laying out his mission statement as an MC. He boasts, “I hash tag three sixes and steal police sketches to hire new priests based on police records. My goal is to implode the world. That’s one method to see your soul suffer and get one off the checklist.” From hooks borrowed from Broadway musicals to Star Trek references, Mike Wilson is reflecting on the whole spectrum. - BrokeMC


Violin based duo Chargeaux plays Coco66 on 02.22

Brooklyn based duo Chargaux is one of the most intriguing artists we discovered through our Best of NYC Poll this year. The moniker originates from the fusion of the names of the two main band members (and violin players) Charly and Margaux. Violins (plucked or bowed) are front and center in their music, often - but not always - joined by their soulful vocals. There's a lot of tasteful and sparse electronic programming in their music, which seems to be the product of collaborations with external musicians, probably the dude in this picture. Single "I'm So Pretty" (streaming), is their poppiest tune, in a repertoire that features mostly instrumental excercises flirting with eastern influences, jazz, and classical music - like the noteorthy "Lullaby." You can catch Chargeaux live at Coco 66 on February 22nd.


Stream the new Jeremy & The Harlequins' album, "American Dreamer"

The sweet, rebellious sentiment of yesteryear’s sound is alive Jeremy & The Harlequins’ new album, "American Dreamer," out Tuesday, February 10. The record, their follow-up to their self-titled EP, and debut full-length, is a raw continuation of their throwback rockabilly sound, with recurrent nods to everything from beach-rock slow jams to the rolling acoustic rhythms of Americana to dance hall swing tunes, all penetrated by Jeremy Fury’s even more heavily reverbed vocals, to give the ghostly effect of the past returning to present. The record starts with the previously released “Step into the Light,” perhaps a little more polished here, and each of the ensuing nine songs is a step further into rock ‘n roll history, and a more pronounced denunciation of modern conventions of music. The first single, “You’re My Halo” is a slow, dreamy rocker that shows the full extent of Fury’s vocal dexterity, belting out mid-range verses, entering into falsetto in the chorus, and even quieting down entirely to hush out some quiet love murmurs. Stream the full album below. – JP Basileo


Lost Boy ? unveils two singles from upcoming "Canned" album

One of the most serious problems of the music industry, today, is that it's incredibly hard for musicians to cultivate their compositional skills for long enough to reach their full potential: since the mp3 induced collapse of record sales, funds for artist development have vanished, and artists have no choice but to develop themselves, with little funds and - often - time. It really takes a lot of mental strength and self discipline to grow as an artist, in particular in a city as merciless as the Big Apple. Brooklyn Davey Jones and his indie rock project Lost Boy ?, with that name that perfectly sums up the challanges of being an "indie" musician, has been keeping at it for quite some time (at least since 2010, when we booked them at Pianos with Quilty, which then moved back to Boston and became Speedy Ortiz). In the last few weeks Lost Boy ? has been unveiling two new songs from their upcoming album (due in April), which reveal a growing songwriting confidence and an improved sound. The album, entitled "Canned" is the first release recorded as a band. Judging from these first two singles, dwelling in a sea of influences ranging from The Pixies to The Flaming Lips, it's likely to propell the band to the next level in their musical career - they would deserve it.


Brooklyn lo-fi for a better now: Baifan - live at Silent Barn on 02.10

Humans should always be appreciative of how lucky they are to have pop music, with its ability to lift spirits and create invisible suns of hope - even in the middle of this insane NYC winter. Today, pop music itself didn't shy away from reminding us of this, when a few minutes ago it unexpectedly showed up in our speakers in the shape of this gem by lo-fi Brooklyn band Baifan, entitled "Running in Slow Motion." A few carefully chosen chords and an airy melody neutralize the grittiness of the recordings, while a wailing, distorted guitar note, following the alternating chords, adds that droney element that's always a plus for true indie addicts. They'll be playing at Silent Barn tomorrow (02.10) on a bill put together by 1989 Recordings, check them out!




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