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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...

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Jetman Jet Team Appearing at the High Dive this Saturday

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Jetman Jet Team are in the opening slot at the High Dive this Saturday, September 13th. Kingdom of the Holy Sun are also playing the gig.

Although they do not have a full-length out currently, the three songs available on their bandcamp seem to encapsulate - if not their whole sound, per se - some of the ways in which they mill their instruments for sonic machinations.

"Candy Loop" is an engrossing example of how the harsher palatte of noise-fueled shoegaze can become a beacon for bliss. It is clear that Jetman Jet Team do not take directives from any particular band or influence; their guitars' metallic and mechanical reverberations blend with more mystical incantations to achieve a disorienting whirl of soundmaking.

In contrast, "Need Action" can recall certain experimental electronic acts like Boards of Canada or M83. Dreamy with a chit-chattering beat, the short song appeals to similar impulses as their other material while still making a distinct, floating impression.

To catch Jetman Jet Team this Saturday the 13th, make sure to get their on time - they play at 5pm. The show costs $5. Stream "Candy Loop" below and check out their bandcamp to hear several other songs.

- Cameron LaFlam


Police Teeth Headlining Black Lodge Show Later This Month

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Police Teeth are at the top of the bill for a show at The Black Lodge on Saturday, September 22nd. Special Explosion and Animal Lover are set to play too.

Their forthcoming full-length is due out next month on Latest Flame Records. The eponymously titled Police Teeth has one song up on their bandcamp; it is an indication of the grit and grime to come.

"Bellingham Media Blackout" churns with one hell of a riff, its surges of electricity pumping like a current ready to blow and overthrow your brain's synapses. They lay the buzz on thick, but the song is invariably an anthemic piece of punk. The lyrics echo a message of disaster with simple clarity.

You can hear a tinge of Ian Mackaye's earnestness in the gung-ho choruses. The guitar riffage makes a passing glance at Death From Above 1979's thunderous ways, but Police Teeth's cues are more likely to inspire sing and shout-alongs.

Check the band out at The Black Lodge on the 22nd of September starting at 9:30pm. You can listen to "Bellingham Media Blackout" below; the whole record will be available on October 16th. Check out Police Teeth's bandcamp page to stream prior releases as well.

- Cameron LaFlam


You May Die In The Desert Have New Album, Release Show Tonight

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You May Die In The Desert are poised to headline a performance at The Rat and The Raven tonight to officially release their new full-length. Imaginary Lines, The Belmont Whips, and Gerhardts are on the bill as well.

Their first original release of EP or LP content since 2008's Bears in the Yukon, International Waters is a formidable document that marks the current zenith of their sonic ambitions. After all, at over fifty minutes of instrumental navigation, the sheer scope of the project leads listeners on a moving, wayfaring journey.

"Six Horses," for example, starts off with a melodic guitar riff and matching hi hat phrase, punching out pieces of the pattern with bass guitar and bass drum entwined. A thoroughly bright and affirming track, its dynamics really push and pull you as the intensity swells.

This band has usurped the alternative rock blueprint of loud/quiet/loud (or vice versa), replacing it with song progressions that are more multi-layered and more unpredictable. Their music lends an air of spontaniety despite the clear hardworking craft behind the compositions. Like the aquatic, flowing, borderless motifs of the project, the music itself embodies a freedom of transcendence and discovery. 

Other particularly distinguishing tracks include "International Waters" and "True North." Their genre cue of 'visual' is an apt descriptor; the ineffable edge of their wordless songs could very well spread your imagination's eye all over the globe.

Be at The Rat and The Raven tonight - Saturday, September 8th - to see You May Die In The Desert and others. The show begins at 9pm and only costs $5. Stream the eponymous track "International Waters" below and check out the entirety of the album at their bandcamp. You may pick it up digitally for $9 or on CD for $10.

- Cameron LaFlam


The Deli announces the 2012 Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ!

This fall The Deli, Delicious Audio, Shure, Pedaltrain, and Main Drag Music will be presenting the 2012 edition of The NYC Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ, a free interactive display of guitar effect pedals. - More info here.

The Torn ACLS Playing The Rendezvous This Friday

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The Torn ACLS are headlining a show at the Rendezous this Friday, September 7th. Orca Team and Hounds of the Wild Hunt complete the lineup.

Their newest release is Real Risks, a five song EP they dropped back in July. Although they clearly bear the badge of indie pop, The Torn ACLS do not diverge into twee or overtly saccharine territory.

"Easy For A Reason" pulls together clever, heartfelt lyrics with a jittering beat and slightly eerie backing vocals. The latter half of the tune floats along with a generous air that is sure to lift you out of your seat.

On "Mad," they start off simple and quiet - it is the jumpy snare transition that moves The Torn ACLS into more uptempo, nuanced songwriting. The supplementary percussion, keys, and handclaps help populate the track with catchy variables. The singer's vocal style resembles Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie to some degree, but The Torn ACLS opt for understated, thoughtful melodies rather than grandiose, love-centric compositions. 

Check them out at the Rendezvous on the 7th of September - tickets are $5 for the 21+ show starting at 10pm. You can listen to "Mad" below and explore the rest of their EP on their bandcamp page. Pick up a digital copy for only $3, or a CD for $5.

- Cameron LaFlam




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