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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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Amos Piper opens for Amen Dunes at Sixth & I on May 14th.

Baltimore’s Amos Piper won our recent Band of the Month Poll, and they're just getting started. They will be opening for enchanting new alt-folk star Amen Dunes at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on May 14th. It’s a great lineup that will highlight Amos Piper's chill, jazzy, dream-pop, both sets being full of soft tones and warm drones, and should make for a perfect warm Wednesday evening of music in a beautiful space. You can check out Amen Dunes’ album Love streaming on Pitchfork, and some Amos Piper tracks on Soundcloud.


Tonight at Galaxy Hut: Dead Women and Nice Breeze

There's an awesome two-band lineup at Galaxy Hut tonight (May 5th) for those interested in seeing some solid gritty garage-rock bands poised to start playing much larger venues in the near future. The Dead Women are preparing their second release (May 30th) which you can preview over on their Bandcamp. A frenetic rhythm section drives gnarly guitars and melodic vocals, propelling the band towards a sound that's a combination of early Wire and The Smiths. Nice Breeze strips their sound bare of anything but pure high volume, high gain distortion from their amps and shouting phrases. Lo-fi indie-rock and roll at its best. I'm gonna link Nice Breeze's Transparency for you, 'cause I love the vicious retro guitar sound, but don’t hesitate to check out the other links and come out to this show! --Natan Press


Hypercolor's Resonate.

I’ve been listening to Hypercolor’s second EP Resonate a lot since it was released. I was led to it while covering (DC Deli Band of the Month for April) Avers. Hypercolor is the project of Avers’ bass player Alexandra, and Adrian, one of the (many) guitar players. It shares Avers’ technical proficiency, both with the instruments, and in the studio, and the sound is reminiscent to Avers in a psychedelic/shoegazey kind of way. I think where Avers is “rock,” one would call Hypercolor “folk.”

Perhaps psych-folk? I dunno. It’s pretty, and soft, kinda chill, but purely, almost aggressively, analog, with soaring, screeching guitar riffs lifting above clouds of background harmonies, chiming and buzzing layers of rhythm guitar, fuzzy bass and occasionally thunderous drums accented tastefully with reverb. Alexandra's voice is sweet and comforting. Hypercolor is a good name for the band; the sound is vibrant. The definition of resonate is “produce or fill with a deep, full, reverberating sound.” No false advertising here. This EP is a refreshing thunderstorm passing by too quickly under a hot summer sunset. I think it’s gonna be a favorite of mine all summer, and I can’t wait for what’s next. --Natan Press 


The DC Area Deli's first Baltimore showcase at Gallery 788, May 14th.

We're proud to announce our first Baltimore showcase! Baltimore friends (and all others!), Gallery 788 is hosting a special night of music on Wednesday, May 14th. Baltimore's new favorite "ArtRockers," Playground Etiquette, are planning a special set up to match the space. Joining them will be Trabants, an intrumental surf-rock band from LA/Boston, fronted by Baltimore native Eric Penna, touring on their way to Instro Summit in North Carolina. It's been a long time since he's played in the city, and we want to throw him the best homecoming party we can. Rounding out the night is Baltimore guitar-pop and country-rock songsmith extraordinaire Andy Bopp! The diverse lineup of dedicated and talented musicians will be sure to delight and entertain rock fans of all tastes and ages. We're very thankful to Gallery 788 and all the performers for making this a great beggining to what will be a series of many similar showcases in the DMV, giving local artists the attention they deserve, and celebrating all that is great in art and music in the area. Doors at 8, All Ages, $10. Don't miss it! --Natan Press

Sun Club release new video, play Silopanna Festival in August.

Baltimore's Sun Club might be the next big thing to come out of a city that's produced a number of recent indie favorites like Future Islands and Wye Oak. After releasing Dad Claps at the Mom Prom in January, they went on a six week national tour and have scored a slot on Silopanna Music Festival, in Annapolis MD, August 16th (headlined by The Flaming Lips and Dashboard Confessional). Dad Claps at the Mom Prom is full of bouncy indie-rock fun and is sure to be a summer favorite for many. Just last Thursday, a video for the single "Cheeba Swiftkick" premiered on Impose Magazine (watch it below). Listening to Dad Claps at the Mom Prom, I imagine running willy nilly around a fair or the beach or boardwalk during the summer, and Impose describes the music and video as "sugar-buzzed" and "wacky" which is just the state of mind I find myself in at such places. If you can't wait for their set at Silopanna Music Festival, you can catch Sun Club at the Maryland Institute College of Art this Friday May 2nd, in Baltimore. --Natan Press



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