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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.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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September 2013
"Tree Houses

Baltimore's folktronica trio Mothersday have released their debut LP Tree Houses on Aug 31 via label RatHawk Records, and mastered by Sigur Ros' Alex Somers! This release has been garnering attention all over the world months ahead of time from other awesome names including regular rotations on Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde's radio show, and the track "Cannonballs" was named "Record of the Week" on England's Amazing Radio.  

If your mind needs a palatte cleanser from the shit that's been thrown in your ears claiming to be "hits of the summer," this is the go-to dreamy field of shoegaze infused folk melodies you've been waiting for. -Dawn

Interview with South Rail: DC Deli's Band of the Month (Sept.) +Ticket Giveaway


Over the past few years, DC has definetly taken on more Americana and rootsy rockers into its musical family. South Rail blends more of their own unique influences into that Americana pot, and has caught the ears of many around the DMV, making them our Band of the Month. We caught up with Lara Supan (Keyboard, Vocals,) Jay Byrd (Guitar, Vocals,) and Ben Potok (Drums/Percussion) to find out more about them. Here they tell us about craigslist, DC's Americana Roots scene, and their upcoming tour. Now onto the interview...

South Rail will be performing with Water Liars at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Wednesday Sept 11. Sixth & I is stoked that they're our Band of the Month and have teamed up with us to make sure one lucky Deli reader gets a couple passes into this show! All you have to do is email us by 3 PM on 9/9 and let us know your favorite South Rail track. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed back to confirm.


Interview with South Rail

- by Dawn Reed

The Deli: How did the band start? 

South Rail: Funny story! We all answered individual craigslist ads for a band called Crooked Tree about two years ago. After a year of playing in Crooked Tree, Ben, Jay and I started a smaller side project to take the gigs that Crooked Tree wasn't interested in. Turned out that people really liked the stripped down sound and South Rail took off pretty quickly!

What are your biggest musical influences?

Lara (Vocal/Keys): John Hiatt and Ben Folds are probably my two biggest musical influences, along with Norah Jones, Marc Broussard and Dar Williams.

Ben (Drums): I'm mostly influenced by drummers. Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band, Dennis Chambers, Steve Jordan, Chad Smith  

Jay (guitar/vocals): So many! Just a few...on guitar, the three Kings (Freddie, B.B. and Albert), Clapton, Garcia, Marc Ford, Robert Cray, Ed Bickert, Wes Montgomery. Hendrix, of course. Muddy Waters and Delaney Bramlett are just a couple of my favorite singers. 

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Ryan Adams, American Aquarium, Jason Isbell, Wes Tucker and the Skillets, Matt Tarka, Norman Rockwell, The Walkaways, The Weathervanes, Belles and Hunters, Gov't Mule, The Tedeschi Trucks Band...

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Lara: concert- Barenaked Ladies (it was awesome) album- it was a tape, but it was Mariah Carey's "Hero". I loved that song!! 

Ben: concert - Rolling Stones, album - Green Day "Dookie" 

Jay: concert - Hank Williams, Jr and Merle Haggard; album - either Beach Boys "Endless Summer" or Beatles "Love Songs."

What do you love about DC/VA's music scene?

We especially love that Roots/Americana music is...well...taking root in DC! We live in a transitory area of the country and it's been so nice to play with such amazing bands that are either passing through or also from around here. There is a wonderful sense of camaraderie between a lot of the Americana bands in the area, so much so that we go hang out at one another's shows if we have time. It's great to be a part of a family! 

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

I think more venues would always be a good thing. Talking to the touring bands that come through here, they've got it pretty rough trying to find venues that will take them without a built in crowd. South Rail loves playing out, and we'd like to do it as often as we can! 

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

We've got big plans for this year. We're starting off with our first tour to the southern states coming up in two weeks- playing seven shows in six days through North Carolina and Tennessee and culminating back in DC at Hillcountry BBQ! Shortly after we're playing the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage (Friday 9/27) which is something all of us are extremely excited about. After September settles down we're going to get back into the recording studio for some new listening material for our fans!! 

What was your most memorable live show?

I'll preface this with saying that most of our shows are memorable because we love playing with each other, so every time we have a chance to hang out we're totally jazzed about it! Sappy, but true. In addition to that, I think my most memorable live show to date was our show with Sam Llanas, formerly of the Bo Deans, at Iota last month. Sam Llanas played before us and a lot of his fans stuck around to listen- they really enjoyed the music and were such a captive audience that it really gave us a chance to shine on stage. We also did a lot of new material that we don't normally do and it was great to get it out in a set! 

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Definitely! Our families, Kickstarter supporters, Press i.e. Chris Richards (The Washington Post), Jane Roser (That Mag), Alan Haber (Pure Pop Radio), our amazing Street Team! We are very thankful.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

I think we would obviously have to say our instruments. Voice amplifies itself but we do need instruments to make the whole experience well rounded. Lara plays a Yamaha keyboard. Jay plays Fender and Gibson electric guitars as well as Gibson and Martin acoustic guitars. Ben plays Yamaha drums.






South Rail
South Rail



Ticket Giveaway: Deathfix w/ Pinback @ 9:30 Club 9/15

(From 930.com) "Deathfix formed in 2009 after Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Rich Morel (Morel, Blowoff) met while touring in Bob Mould's band. Having discovered a shared affinity for the sounds of 1972 - particularly glam and progressive rock - they started getting together to work on music at Canty's warehouse studio space. Two years later, hoping to graduate the band from its studio-shut-in phase to its live ensemble phase, they recruited multi-instrumentalists Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, Medications) and Mark Cisneros (Medications) to hold down the rhythm section." And now they are on tour with Pinback!

9:30 has teamed up with us to get one Deli reader a couple spots on the list to this show happening on Sunday 9/15! All you have to do is email us by 3 PM on 9/9 and tell us your favorite Deathfix track. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed back. Tickets are still available here.


Summer 2013, NYC Issue #35
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Interview with Dead Fame: DC Deli's Band of the Month (August)

We need more coverage of Richmond here on DC's Deli, hands down. I mean, with bands like Dead Fame killing it down there, we know that Richmond continues to reign as one of VA's best music cities. Dead Fame's dark wave post-punk sound has been perfected and showcased on their first EP Frontiers (2011,) and a single released early 2013 that you can check out below. Oh, and as mentioned- they are our band of the month with major support from their growing fanbase. We wanted to learn more about the bunch comprised of KC Byrnes (guitar,) Eric Klemen (drums,) Sadie Powers (bass,) Michael Means (vocals,) and Christopher DeNitto (synths.) Here they tell us about chance meetings at dance parties, upcoming festival performances, and Swedish pop. Now onto the interview...

You can catch Dead Fame live on Sept. 6 at the Hippodrome Theater in Richmond at the Fall Line Fest with Cold Cave and Neon Indian.


Interview with Dead Fame

- by Dawn Reed

Deli: How did the band start?

Christopher DeNitto (synths)- I was faced with either start a new band or kill myself.

KC Byrnes (guitar)- Chris and I met up with Eric, then added Sadie.

Sadie Powers (bass)-  I ran into KC, Chris, and Eric at a dance party. They said they were looking for a bass player. I had played music with KC before and was looking to do another project with him, so I'm glad it worked out.

Michael Means (vox)- Eric kept talking about the band he had joined and how they couldn't find a good singer. I finally convinced him to let me try it out and to meet the rest of the band, still unnamed at that time.

What are your biggest musical influences?

Eric Klemen (drums)- Prior to Dead Fame, I was heavily influenced by bands like Q and Not U, Braid, Shiner, June of 44, Mercury Program, Engine Down, and others. Since Dead Fame, I've been seeking out more electronic and dance influenced music for the sounds and beats found in these genres.

Means-  That's tough: so many. I like powerful singers and performers, mostly: Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, and Tina Turner for example.

Powers-   Bauhaus, Steve Reich, Mingus, Nina Simone, Stereolab, Joan Jeanrenaud.

Byrnes-  ESG, The Clash, Sade, Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

DeNitto-  Old school goth, new romantic, post punk, synth pop, witch house, indie remixes.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Powers- Einsturzende Neubauten, Suicide, and The Birthday Party are always on steady rotation. The new Dirty Beaches is the best album I've heard this year, and SAL MINEO is also fantastic. It’s a side project of Eugene Robinson from Oxbow and Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu. Also currently revisiting PJ Harvey's early albums.

DeNitto-  Trust, Thieves Like Us, Suuns, S.C.U.M., M83, The Knife, Holy Ghost!

Byrnes- Future Islands.

Klemen-  White Lies new release, "Big TV.”

Means- It's been a lot of Ssion this past year, but I've also been listening/streaming my Tanlines station on Pandora a lot. Just this past week I've listened to a lot more from Perfume Genius because we are opening for him at the Midpoint Music Fest this September.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Byrnes-  First concert was Rod Stewart.  I think I was 12, my mom was a big fan. First album:  X,  More Fun In the New World.

Klemen- First concert: Smashing Pumpkins in high school. First album: Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet when I was 6 years old.

DeNitto-  First  concert: The Cure, First Record: Michael Jackson Thriller.

Means- I'm pretty sure it was Puff Daddy and "the family," with Lil Kim, Mase, etc. in high school. I guess that was cool then, and I'm still on team Lil Kim; she's the real queen B. I think the first album was actually the Ace of Base cd, "The Sign." I still have an affinity for pop crafted by Swedes: Robyn, Abba, Peter, Bjorn and John, Roxette, Lykki Li, Jens Lekman, The Sounds, The Knife.

Powers-  I practically stole my mom’s copy of Ziggy Stardust when I was four. Does that count? Otherwise, Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream. I saw Sting in high school. “Roxanne” is an awful song to begin with, but being subjected to a 17-minute calypso rendition in the middle of his set just took it to a whole new level. I don’t think I’ve ever fully recovered.

What do you love about Richmond's music scene?

Means- There's a good variety of bands and genres, although I believe we are the most truly unique thing happening right now. There are a lot of music lovers and people who support and like making sure music keeps happening here.

Powers- I love that people in the scene just make things happen. We have a strong and eclectic noise scene.

Klemen- The music scene reflects the size of the city itself, not too small to go unnoticed, not too large to be oversaturated. It's rich and diverse.

DeNitto- People actually go to shows, and there is a lot of diversity in styles.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

Byrnes- Less "quietly intense" boring bands wearing cut off shorts.  It is just a really lazy way to be a musician.

Powers- I think this applicable to every music scene, not just Richmond’s, but I wish that bands pushed themselves more, both in composition and performance. If the point is to connect with people on a deeper level, then why are you just going to stand around looking bored and play the some tired bar chords? I don’t have time to watch you think you look cool on stage.

Means- I guess that while there is a good variety of bands, there are still a lot of bands that are also harder to differentiate from the next. Maybe I would like to see a little less "folk" and banjo on the scene, and a bit more synth and pulse--but again, that's why we are so unique.

Klemen- People need to turn off the Top 40 tracks and experience the local venues and talent in their own back yard. Venues should run tighter shows. Richmond's pretty lax about doors at 9, but music not starting until 1-2 hours later. It messes with people's schedules when planning to go out, that it sometimes becomes a deterrent.

DeNitto- I would like to see more mid-level venues bringing bands that are too big for small clubs but not big enough for huge theaters or stadiums.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

DeNitto- Party.

Byrnes- Release a 12" vinyl EP with some great remixes. An official video and hit the road.

What was your most memorable live show?

Means-  Our first EP release was good: packed house, mirror ball full of condoms and glow sticks that was smashed like a pinata over the audience.

Klemen-  Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival last year. There's a sense of accomplishment that comes with traveling to a city far from our own, where people likely haven't heard us before, and getting an overwhelming positive response.

Powers- I'd also have to go with MidPoint. At one point, I looked over to the side and saw a couple making out under this giant portrait of a drag queen. That was probably the highlight of my career as a performer.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Klemen-  Our friends and families who have graciously let us sleep in their spare beds, basements, and kitchen floors when on the road. And of course, our local RVA fans who have been very supportive since the beginning.

Byrnes- Most everyone at the WRIR radio station has been really supportive.

Means- We've had great support from local dj's, music writers and bloggers, and definitely our friends, who have all helped spread the word about our music.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Byrnes- My guitar. I would have nothing to play in the band without it.

Klemen- Chris' computer. It controls everything - the synth, our tempo, the lights, our souls. KC and Chris made a home-made lighting rig that's lightweight and travels well. It certainly sets us apart and gives our set energy.

DeNitto-  Mainstage from Apple. It's been the best live performance tool I have ever used.

Powers- I've been playing the same bass for 15 years. It's my first and only, and I would be emotionally wrecked if anything ever happened to it. Everything else is expendable.

Means- Tape for the mic: I have a habit of pulling the mic cord from the mic during the frenzy of performances, and nothing's worse than vocals dropping in the middle of a particularly impassioned phrase.






Dead Fame
My Body My Fool




Pleasure Curses Latest Video "PNKLKR"


DC's post-punk eletro duo Pleasure Curses have recently released a cleverly creative video from Parisian director Guillaume Thuillier for their synth-wave track "PNKLKR." PC lays down a chill-pop score while life moves in reverse around the actress. Check it out...

See Pleasure Curses live Aug 24 at Comet Ping Pong and Sept 5 at DC9.



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