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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
Fastball
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
Spoon
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...
   


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The Deli Philly's January Record of the Month: True Gold - True Gold

South Philly shoegazers True Gold turn up the fuzz with their debut self-titled LP. Opening with “Final Fantasies,” the album’s first is an atmospheric anthem amplified by subtle orchestration. Bringing to mind early cuts by Mogwai, the band’s buzzing riffs bend and echo with cinematic reverb as the track evolves, increasing its emotive weight and precision. A plausible yet refined throwback to acts like Pavement or Built to Spill, True Gold’s vocals in the track are equal parts brooding and earnest. Failing to feel rushed or forced, their opener cultivates catharsis in its listener while serving as a flawless start to their full-length album. 

“Undulate” is initially subdued later sounding out with meticulous melody and percussion, prefaced by intentional repetition that expands as the song progresses. By the two-minute mark, it thrives with vocal harmonies that rest beneath the crest of crashing cymbals and driving riffs that rise and fall with finesse. The track’s instrumentation seems to possess diction of its own as “Undulate” slips into “Straight Cruising.” Catchy with a memorable bass line, “Straight Cruising” ignites at a brisker pace than prior tracks. Despite its quickened tempo, True Gold’s third song proves impressive, holding its listener captive by the hypnotic harmony of its latter riffs. 

Like a psychedelic fever dream, “Poor Sentence 1” swirls from start to finish. Echoed vocals reverberate alongside trippy riffs and beats that accelerate into a plea of wanting, demanding “Do what you please, now.” Seamlessly easing into its heavier darker counterpart, “Poor Sentence 2,” the track fuzzes into a haunting aftermath. Vocally minimal, “Poor Sentence 2” showcases True Gold’s instrumental psych-rock chops, standing testament to their versatility and skill.
 
Before losing one’s self in the beautiful bittersweet chaos of “Poor Sentence 2,” “Slow and Bored” quietly unfolds, later booming into full throttle twenty seconds before its first minute. Marrying the most quintessential aesthetic aspects of shoegaze and psych, “Slow and Bored” is memorable and shaking. An epic in its own right, the album’s third to last track is quickly followed by “Honey Cat. ” Equally driving and audibly impressive, “Honey Cat” mesmerizes listeners with humming riffs followed by plucked chords that swell within a swirling soundscape that is simultaneously surreal and visceral. “Old Young,” comprised of jangly riffs and colossal melodies, is the perfect end to this astonishingly remarkable LP.
 
True Gold’s debut rings true to the outfit’s namesake from start to finish, leaving fans in anticipation of whatever comes next. - Dianca Potts

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The Deli Philly’s Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Dylan Jane

Having been influenced by Cat Stevens from the womb, Dylan Jane (which is actually an anagram for her real name) began making songs with her elementary school classmates, using any musical toys laying around their play area. But when she picked up the guitar as a teenager, she found a lifelong companion. Now, you can find Dylan Jane enjoying performing out live on stage either solo or accompanied by her backing band The Turning Leaves, which is currently made up of a rotating cast of musicians. She recently won our Featured Artist(s) Poll in a heated race, and you can learn more about the “workaholic” local area singer-songwriter from our get-to-know-ya interview HERE.

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Quality NYC Rockabilly: The Bothers

We covered extensively the NYC folk and soul revivals in the past year or so, while - more recently - we couldn't help but notice the massive resurgence of 90s inspired guitar rock... Will the 2010's be remembered as the musical decade of revivals? If that's the case, maybe bands like The Bothers, who've been playing their garage influenced rockabilly since 2011, may be seen as some kind of pioneers... In the vein of J. Roddy Walston and The Business, these lads play tunes that sound like if Nirvana was into Jerry Lee Lewis and Stray Cats - the Nirvana influence being mostly due to lead vocalist Sean McNally's grungy tenor. The band played a super fun psychobilly New Year's Eve party at Arlene's Grocery with The Spastiks and Raw Dogs, check them out live when you can. - Paul Jordan Talbot

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New Music Video: "Nancy" - Purples

Purples recently shared a more somber side than we are used to from the ex-Teeth members in their new music video for the title track to their upcoming album entitled Nancy, due out later this year. You can also stream the song and download it for free HERE. The footage was recorded at Laurel Hill Cemetery and features the band's long-haired, mustached guitarist Brian Ashby as its tortured protagonist.

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Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #5

Twin Peaks is a part of a garage-pop movement in Chicago that may have peaked in 2013. In July they released the raw and energetic album Sunken on Autumn Tone Records. The album has several great tracks, "Stand In the Sand", "Irene", but my favorite has to be "Fast Eddie".

 

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