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SXSW feature: DC's velvet pop trio The Walking Sticks

The Deli Magazine's SXSW annual print issue is coming out soon and DC's The Walking Sticks are featured! If you haven't heard of this awesome indie dance band or their genre-flexing music, you've had your buried in the sand and under a rock. Vocalist Chelsea Lee has been on the scene for a few years now and her siren pipes grew a fanbase all their own. Now artfully flanked by some inventive electronica, her trained voice rings out, gripping your attention and moving your body for you. As this group has blown up, they're playing sold out shows around town, so catch them soon! -Jonathan Goodwin


SXSW feature: Baltimore's wizard pop duo New God

South by Southwest is coming up fast and The Deli Magazine is proud to release its annual print issue for the festival. Featured in the mag will be Baltimore-based New God, one of the best experimental indie groups in the city. Their music is somber and atmospheric, and you'll feel the work put into carefully constructing their albums. You'll find their tracks easy to lose yourself in, time passing you by most pleasantly. Keep an eye on them as they announce what are sure to be fantastic shows. -Jonathan Goodwin


Indie folk Wylder drop new single Swells, 2/15

If a beautiful were ever to be heard, it's certainly this new track from DC's own Wylder, a leading indie folk band in the city. Coming in hot off packed shows at the W Hotel and DC9, this friendly sextet is keeping up with their track record of great music. Swells is uplifting, sweet even, and makes full use of the band's talents - not many can pull of having a violin, mandolin, and keys on the same track, but Wylder certainly does. Throughout the song, you can hear each note struck and get lost in the melody before you realize it and it's guaranteed to make the day a better one. Catch them tomorrow night, 2/19, at the IOTA Club & Cafe in Arlington. -Jonathan Goodwin


TONIGHT, 2/14: The Milestones, The Humble, and YUM. play DC9 at 8:30

Need plans for Valentine's Day? DC9 has just the treat for you with an awesome triple feature: The Milestones, The Humble, and YUM. at 8:30 tonight! Opening the night, YUM. is one of DC's rising indie acts, excelling at creating upbeat, dreamy melodies that hook the listener very quickly. The Humble hails from Philly, but these neighbors from up north are kicking off a northeastern tour to celebrate the release of their new album, Act Accordingly. Check the first single below, which is a mighty fine example of where alternative meets melodic rock. Headlining the night, Baltimore boys The Milestones are back in DC to spread some love via their hypnotically catchy alt jams. Get on your feet, head over to DC9, and dance the night away, date or no date! Doors at 8, $8. -Jonathan Goodwin


It’s Personal: Two Inch Astronaut Release Personal Life at Black Cat, 2/7

Two Inch Astronaut, accompanied by DC’s Hemlines and Laughing Man, kicked off their new album release with an energetic attack on the senses.

Hemlines, DC’s favorite feminist punks, got things going with The Bear, a powerful shout from the recently released All Your Homes. You’re instantly connected when the lyrics register. Guitarist Katie asked the crowd what came to mind when she said “reflection cottage”. While the general response was of something tranquil, she replaces the assumption of peace with a term for juvenile solitary confinement. “This next one’s about those”, says Katie.

Laughing Man took it down a notch with OM-esque string play and flowing, seamless drum rolls. Pictures were painted right away with a story of meeting a man who introduced the Quran, not as some tool to convert, but as a piece of art to express his love and passion. The guitarist led us down winding paths of daydreams that ended with Islamic prayers reverberating through unfamiliar ears.

TIA’s frontman Sam was eternally grateful for the turnout, with his love for Hemlines and Laughing Man nervously expressed. The guys went straight to it with ‘Good Behavior’, a coming of age story of premature nostalgia and regret. Maybe I’m projecting, but this one hit some deeper notes. This was quickly followed by ‘Sexual Prince of the Universe’, which seemed to be the distant observation of that preppy dude you knew in high school. “This one’s about Limp Bizkit”, shouted bassist Andy as they finished with ‘Woodstock ‘99.’

Personal Life is a nervous reminder of growing up. It was fun, but nerve-wracking. TIA’s unique perspective on the subject, surely heightened by Sam’s views, now as a teacher, will have you scrambling for that book you read ten times in high school. You know the one. -Justin Bieggar


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