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The Grayces Vinyl Release w/ Mattoid & Hans Condor - 3/13/10


The Grayces' vinyl release show on Saturday night at The End proved to be one of the stranger nights we've witnessed. First, there was an inspiring performance by The Mattoid, who treated us to some sensible, nonsensical rock, one straight-faced, faux-Communist monologue, and several melodramatic ramblings by the lead singer/Pavarotti-lookalike, Villa Kiviniemi (of Finland). After he managed to get everyone in the room to listen to his dream about wishing that there were "a crack whore in heaven who can sell [him] pussy and crack," it was time to sing along to the infamous "Party Time."

Burlesque dancer, The Violet Vixxen sidled onstage for a short, sultry striptease, and then it was time for the moment that everyone had been waiting for.

The Grayces rocked everyone's faces off, (not surprisingly), grinding their way through ten energetically raw wailers, and one persnickety encore. They played their usual crowd pleasers with additional flare; we were certain that "Yep's" yodels were  shriller, "Opposite Day's" screams were lengthened, and the extra smarminess of "Needer" left the crowd lusting after lead singer Murielle Rae, and needing to hear more.

Naturally we had to get a copy of their record, whose A and B sides consist of all three of those songs. Jackpot! There were also some tunes we hadn't heard before, including the cheeky encore, whose hook consisted of lots of "la la la's," which Miss Murielle smirked through the entire time.

The Grayces truly packed the pizzazz into their performance, and after seeing more of their brilliance through a longer set list, we look forward to listening to their record, and seeing what they will do in the future. It's fairly obvious they are going to do something.

As the night came to a close, Hans Condor flew by us with such vigor, and kicked our asses so hard that we didn't have time to think about when the last time was that we saw them play. Their lineup was different, although everyone still seemed to enjoy the Detroit garage rock, and Charles' mass of hair. He and his guitar barreled off of the stage into welcoming arms during one particularly wild number - couldn't understand the words enough to guess at a song title - with just the kick drum blasting away and the distortion from his guitar seemingly propelling him along as he whirled and twirled through a solo in the middle of the crowd. Catch them playing at Foobar March 20th.

Also make a point to see the Grayces at Springwater on April 17th and the Mattoid at Little Hamilton on March 19th. 

After seeing the sights and hearing the tasty treats at The End on Saturday night, everyone can say they went to bed with "just desserts." - Erin Manning


Two Deli Sponsoerd parties at SXSW

Hey discerning eared people,

The Deli this year will sponsor two parties during SXSW:


The Music Tech Mashup Showcase is a two day/three stages event during SXSW's transition from Interactive Week to Music Week. Featuring a ton of great bands, brands, and emerging new technologies, the Mashup party celebrates the opportunities presented through the convergence of these industries.  Hosted by Shinobi Ninja and Coast to Coast Models & Events and presented by GreenShoeLace, HunnyPot, The Deli Mag and Planet Ill, this showcase will assemble the movers and shakers of these converging fields.

Artist shortlist: Shinobi Ninja, Vaxhaul Broadcast, McAlister Drive, Bamboo Shoots.




The Deli Magazine NY and CitizenMusic have teamed up to bring some of the best Alt Rock bands from New York to Austin for South By Southwest 2010! "NYC in ATX" will take place on Thursday, March 18, at Hyde Park Bar and Grill (South Location).

Music will begin prompty at 6pm!

Here's the kick-ass line up! 6.00: Blackbells
6:50: New Madrid
7:40: The Shake
8:30: Deadbeat Darling
9.20: Black Taxi

And, to make it rock even harder, it's FREE and ALL AGES. So, if you're heading down to SXSW or if you're already in Austin, come experience some of the greatest rock n roll, and best french fries [so we've been told] New York City has to offer!




McCormick, Snow & Contreras @ The Rutledge: 3/9/10

Tuesday night at the Rutledge served to transport audience members into a folk oblivion, as they listened to three memorable performances by young local artists Cruz Contreras, Angel Snow and Megan McCormick.

Cruz started the night off with a few rowdy numbers that drew from old-school country - (hot) - creating the perfect environment for Angel Snow to take the stage and smooth things out. Her velvety voice drew characteristics from the likes of folk music's most soothing songbirds, i.e. Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin (Snow's voice is more than appropriate for her name).

Her songs evocatively portrayed heartbreak in its many forms, using a surprisingly raw and organic sound - even for folk. One song in particular, "Let Me Go Tonight," sounded like Mary Timony's relaxing "In The Grass," proving to be a nice transition into the many pleasantries of Megan McCormick.

McCormick seemed to have slightly changed her sound over the past several months. At times, she has played the expected songs of a female, folk singer-songwriter, but at other times she has played straight up folk-rock. Tuesday's performance, however, featured pop- and jazz-infused folk numbers, reminding audience members more of Shelby Lynne than Grace Potter. Of course, with the way she shredded on her electric guitar (while somehow managing to effortlessly create an ambience that is rarely created by a lead singer during a performance), there were still hints of Bonnie Raitt and the old Megan McCormick we all know. And, of course, she played some of her popular ballads that never fail to make people shut the hell up and listen - or cry - including "Wasted" and the wistful "Driveway."

Both Megan and Angel Snow willb e on tour for the next several months, but until you have a chance to catch them perform live, check out their Myspaces, and also be sure to vote for The Deli's Artist of the Month Poll. (Both McCormick and Snow are in the running right now). - Erin Manning


Paper Not Plastic: New album Road to Lethologica!

Paper Not Plastic - common grocery store phrase and quirky moniker for a Murfreesboro band which has just released its debut album, Road to Lethologica. Recently the five members spent a few sessions recording in MTSU Studios to produce a six-song compilation that combines the sweet and innocent with the slightly bizarre.

Everyone remembers Modest Mouse's 1997 sophomore album The Lonesome Crowded West, right? Lethologica opens with a bang with "Human Nature," a sunny melody whose danceable percussive rhythm and simple, playful guitar parts bear a strong resemblance to Crowded West as well as the Killers' earlier endeavors. The second track, "Unfixable," contrasts with an angry riff coupled with popping bass, but upbeat melodies persist throuhgout, even when the pace slows, as demonstrated in the lazy jam "Construction Failure." It meanders for five minutes with a steady drum snap amidst front man Jessey Clark's boyish vocals proclaiming, "I'm a wrecking ball/can't keep me together/don't push me too hard/or you'll break the concrete keeping us together." In spite of a youthful sound, Lethologica demonstrates a lyrical maturity; even if the similies and metaphors sometimes border on smug, the band is refreshingly capable of exploring subjects other than relationships.

In "The Café Song," cello  and acoustic guitar are introduced into the mix in a proclamation-of-love-outside-the-window sort of ode, ending the album on a softer note that still manages not to divert drastically from the other five tracks. Paper Not Plastic knows how to line up its tracks - the band has done so with precision, in a manner that flows, and the production is polished. As opposed to the first-come-gigs, then-come-albums approach, the band has been relatively scarce in area venues, only recently beginning to book more gigs around Murfreesboro. But judging from the ever-present dancing crowd up front, it can be said that Paper Not Plastic puts on a solid performance at Murfreesboro house shows. There is nothing threatening or dangerous about the sound; it's all familiar. But Paper Not Plastic's appeal is not meant to b e an avant-garde or exotic one. Rather, the charisma comes from a whimsical and optimistic energy in the band's live shows that transcends the recording. - Jessica Pace


Alice and Wonderland bash: 2/27/10


Down the Rabbit Hole:

Last Saturday night (the 27th) I had a little rendezvous with a March hare. In honor of Tim Burton's upcoming film, "Alice In Wonderland: The Party" invited all to escape through an alternative dimension where music and mirrors made it a tea party to remember 2010 by. 

Definitely not late for this very important date, I still found myself pushing my way into a mid-sized room where Nashville band Vermicious K'nids tipped their hats to the magical night. Their vibe was Costello-esque, setting the tone especially with a cover of Elvis's "Pump It Up." An enthusiastic listener told me, a bit later, that the band had made a delicious soup of "creative synth parts, cool harmonies, awesome drumming and tight rhythms." But most importantly, their set was just "really fucking awesome."

DJ Ocuban followed the K'nids with ease. I've seen a lot of DJs in Nashville, but never have I sensed that a DJ loved his dancers more than Ocuban. He mixed instrumental beats resurrected circa 1992. He gently roped everyone in, melting together a unified body of movers and casually muttering, "Have one on me," to the whole room. Friends and strangers crowded around him like New York tourists in a street drum circle, disappointed to hear his pad controller go to bed for the night.

Between sets, party people were not left without entertainment. What's a party without pics? Local photographers of Q Avenue Photography (couple Brad Butcher and Jennifer Eden) snapped shots (such as the above picture) the entire night, while two Mad Hatters served mixed chai and peppermint drinks. 

Local DJ Fan Fiction brought the night to its prime. Know him? He has probably played in your basement. Maybe you've seen him alongside other DJs at Nashville's mainstay dance parties. He's popular for mixing pretty tracks the hipsters love and making them irresistibly danceable. My favorite from the night was Beach Boys meets Marky Mark in "Good Vibrations." Fan Fiction always serves it up right, never playing the same set twice. He flows with the vibe of the crowd; and, as you know, no two crowds vibe quite the same way. This party was definitely a variety show, allowing FF to mix just about any Animal Collective or 80s track he wanted. Turning an empty living room into a zesty wonderland of pop, Fan Fiction, as usual, left everybody spinning.

Well, there ain't no party like a Nashville party, and this house-made Wonderland was proof enough. House party throwers around the city assure us that they're going nowhere fast.

Thanks to Kaitlyn Grom, Kit Canlas, Mikayla Lewis and Laura Beam for making this a night not to forget. - Sarah Marie



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