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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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Parlor Walls adds saxophonist to the mix and announces summer shows

Eula’s magnetic front woman Alyse Lamb and her musical partner/illustrator Chris Mulligan have added kickass avant-garde saxophonist Kate Mohanty to their project Parlor Walls. As great as their self-titled EP is to enjoy at loud volumes (not to mention free to download off Bandcamp), this is a band you really must experience live. Aside from rocking our favorite stages, they played a live score to a screening of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari in March. Their songs navigate through tense, distorted worlds with a driven voice, colorful brass howls and hiccups, and bouts of enthusiasm. Even if you hate moving your feet, don't be surprised if you've caught yourself with a case of bobble-head syndrome. Parlor Walls is playing a slew of shows this summer, beginning with: 6/2 at Shea Stadium, 6/5 at Big Irv's (381 Hooper St., BK), 6/10 at Alphaville, 6/25 at The Cake Shop, and Alyse's birthday show on 7/2 at Alphaville. Eula is playing Palisades 6/13 with Xiu Xiu. - Leora Mandel


A promising NYC band's live debut: Pavo Pavo plays Mercury on 05.22

This Friday May 22nd, Brooklyn’s Pavo Pavo will play their first ever show at Mercury Lounge. As heard on debut singles “Ran Ran Run”(streaming) and “Annie Hall,” the Yale-trained quintet offers spacious yet tight pop that is immediately pleasurable and continually intriguing. Their preference for mid tempo, fully arranged tunes enriched by lush vocal harmonies puts them on Grizzly Bear's musical path, although this band is not afraid to take unexpected turns - like in Ran Ran Ran's unpredictable bridge (minute 3.12). "Annie Hall" is a slower, soaring track that would find itself at home in a rock'n'roll opera's bittersweet finale, and confirms the group's remarkable musical sensibility. Cerebral and warm music like this is cause for excitement. The group’s debut album 'Young Narrator' in the Breakers is scheduled for release later this year. The band is scheduled to open for Deli favorite Lucius at Celebrate Brooklyn on 06.13, which is also a very good sign. – Zach Weg


A Deli NYC Premiere: The Black Atlas - "Black Milk"

The Black Atlas is the art rock project of NYC's multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Peter Koronios. Towards the end of 2014 the band dropped debut EP "The Other," featuring three brooding, mysterious and rather unpredictable songs, monopolized by Peter's austere tenor. We are now premiering single "Black Milk" from upcoming EP "Devils,"scheduled for a June 23rd release. The tune reveals an extra push in the band's dark, complex and imaginative sonic soundscape. After a two plus minutes long textured instrumental intro, a melody as ascetic as the one in Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" emerges, filtered through the lens of Pink Floyd's epic, post-modern psychedelic exhistentialism. The chorus unexpectedly alleviates the grieving, giving release to the verse's tension, but without losing edge, thanks to the sudden introduction of an odd tempo that keeps things subtly unsettled. The Black Atlas will be celebrating the 'Devils' EP release at The McKittrick Hotel on June 16 - the perfect venue for a band that likes to dwell in mystery.


New Music Video: "Freaking Out" - RFA

Below is a new music video from indie rockers RFA for their uber-catchy single "Freaking Out." It's the title track from their latest EP, and the video was created by Caitlin McCann (Dog Days Film). RFA will be performing next in Philly on Friday, June 5 at Mantua Yacht Club with Roof Doctor.  


Editor's Assignment: Little's Kid Rock Charity Event w/ Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Deli Magazine San Francisco celebrates Bay Area based underground and emerging artists almost every single day. I'm completely inspired by new music and what's going on in the local performance arts community, but last weekend on May 16th, I ventured out to Facebook Headquarters to talk to Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers about his work with the music education nonprofit organization, Little Kids Rock.

Music education is being taken out of the public school system, and I know this for a fact because I work with Bay Area children who don't have mandatory music programs in their standard public school curriculum. Chad Smith believes music should not be an elective, but a part of American children's day to day public school experience. You can listen in on a chat I had with him about how music education enriched his life and made him who he is today. If you want to get involved, reach out to your local community's board of education and help work to include music education in Bay Area schools.

You can donate to and/or get involved with Little Kids Rock, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp or Hip Hop for Change (Oakland, CA) to support hands on contemporary, alternative music education as well.


Publik / Private Podcast with Jordannah Elizabeth: Ep01. Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers by Jordannah Elizabeth on Mixcloud





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