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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

   

Big Fang reminds us why power pop still kicks ass in new EP, plays Cafe Nine 07.05

Connecticut's Big Fang plays pop rough, and it sounds so good: the band's distorted guitar chords, massive low end, and swift pace allow its vocal harmonies to flourish for a pure power-pop effect that delights listeners. Power pop always has a vintage feel to it, championed by bands like Cheap Trick, the style is light-hearted but has some serious muscle to it, Big Fang embraces that wholly by letting its instruments do the roaring and voices the howling. Big Fang's debut EP Human Distance has arrived, and it is a thrilling sonic sprint of intrepid guitar solos and skillfully-timed drum fills throughout. In and out of vogue, power pop seems to charm regardless, Big Fang makes it easy to see why. The band is playing Cafe Nine in New Haven on July 5th to keep the momentum going. Enjoy "Emergency" streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Hazel Bloom debuts decadently delicious EP "Space Between Words on a Page"

Boston's Hazel Bloom has created an alt-pop decadence too delicious not to indulge: once you get a taste of his EP Space Between Words on a Page you will be hooked. The richly-layered sonic confection of pop melodies is glazed with sweet R&B rhythms and topped with irresistibly syrupy synthesizer riffs. Bloom is taking the best of pop's current climate and adding whichever ingredients he sees fit to pay tribute to the recipe that makes the genre so addicting while still keeping it a signature serving of his own. The return of Madonna—for better or worse—revitalizes the genre and heats the spotlight on artists like Bloom, no matter to him though, as he has plenty of goods to bake still. "Lipstick Love" is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Luniere returns with vibrant sophomore record, plays release party at Blue 06.16

Portland, Maine's Luniere is releasing its sophomore album Leave The Light just in time for the vibrant New England summer. The band's blend of pop, rock, and folk is gorgeously displayed once again in this second entry to the group's discography. "Always" (streaming) for instance has a lax drum beat that accompanies exquisitely-timed electric guitar embellishments, a sweet hook, and a haunting chorus to finish off. The group graces pop, country, rock, and folk, it caresses these genres to produce tracks perfect for those easy-going summer evenings by the fire with friends, or for reflective times of solitude. The trio will be celebrating the release of their EP with a show in their hometown at Blue on June 16th, singer-songwriter Molly Ladd will be providing support. - Rene Cobar

   

Kwaku drops truth bombs in new single "Ties"

Kwaku’s devilish flow kills pretenders with high precision in his new single “Ties.” The Boston-based rapper is ruthless in his calling out of opportunists and lukewarm supporters, blasting them to smithereens with street probity and a booming low end. Kwaku rides the beat with style, not needing speed to break necks and blow minds, his words penetrate his targets like flaming daggers. “Ties” is the second single released by the hip-hop artist in two months, showing his intent to stay busy through the summer and get some truths out in the process. Kwaku recently showcased his style at O’Brien’s Pub and now looks poised to excite with new material at his next gig. Check out “Ties” for your daily dose of reality. - Rene Cobar