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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!

   

Sneeze's turbulent genre-fusing record "Fin" delights

We cannot think of a better way to ignite your weekend than by presenting you to a group that blends the best of the '90s and '00s at the highest speed possible. Sneeze is pop-punk meets grunge vehemently and in ever-pleasing fashion: the group's brand new record Fin is filled with fuzzed-out riffs and heavy-handed drum fills that progress quickly toward mosh-inducing power-pop breakdowns. Take tracks like "Not in Service" as prime examples of the group’s ability to switch from rapid punk rhythms into intricate-swelling atmospheric segments that set up more instrumental madness. Just as you think you are catching your breath, the band has another progression too good not to bang your head to a la 2003. Tracks like "A Winter in Barcelona" flirt with nu-metal and showcase the group's instrumental proficiency and lust for noise. The Boston-based band is revving its engine for November dates throughout the West Coast, which are sure to be a good time. We are streaming the delightfully sinister track "Dark Earth" from the new record below. - Rene Cobar

   

Amanda McCarthy enchants in new single "I Love Who You Are," plays Radio Bean tonight!

Amanda McCarthy had already dazzled New England with her full-length record, Road Trip, this past summer. However, all good artists build on their successes, and Amanda is one of them: her brand new single “I Love Who You Are” is out now. The single is splendid folk-pop that is suitable for all moods; its message is of love and perseverance. The snappy snare rhythm, brilliant acoustic melodies, and larger-than-life harmonious choruses are led by McCarthy’s enchanting vocals, driving the message home. The song grows with joy and uplifts spirits in typical McCarthy fashion. If it is the end of 2019 for McCarthy, the single is a rich cadence indeed. The New Hampshire resident will be performing at Radio Bean in Burlington, Vermont, this evening. We are streaming the brand new single for your enjoyment below. - Rene Cobar

   

Won Ton Death merges past and future in new record "Bean"

Williamstown, Massachusetts’ Won Ton Death is not your typical find: his music is an irresistible and rare merger between past and future. Jake Gagne (Won Ton Death) puts together exotic tracks that are glazed with melancholy and draw from ‘80s dream-pop elements. The songs flash electronic patterns only made possible by today’s sophisticated music-making programs. The production is crisp, but the mood is that of lo-fi intimacy and secluded artistry escaping the bedroom. Bordering on neo-psychedelia, Won Ton’s latest album Bean features exquisite tracks like "Jailbreak at Doubting Castle," a song that is a true carnival of varying drum patterns, swelling atmospheric sounds, and robot-like noises. The fast and furious punk-like ending of the track is just the type of surprises you can expect in Bean. Gagne flirts with dance music in “A Letter from Bean” and reveals his commitment to having a good time in the recording process. Won Ton Death is drawing appeal from all the places he can find it, and that is excellent. Listen to the entrancing track “Dung” streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

A Deli Premiere: "In My Mind (We Were Already There)" by Devlin et. al

Sweetly-lathered in alt-soul honey is the indie music of Boston's Devlin et. al: the group's latest single “In My Mind (We Were Already There)” is sweetened by the soulful lead vocals of Amanda Lillie, which dance and sway within a brilliant indie rock vortex. The easy-listening experience brews beautifully, releasing slowly hints of the fantastic instrumental breakdown that culminates the track. Amanda, Jasper Park (bass), Andrew Vashchenko (guitar), and Pearse Devlin (drums) are all Tufts University graduates coming together from all corners of the world to create the kind of music you rarely see musicians attempt these days—classy rock. Shimmying from indie rock to indie pop to alt-soul within one track displays the group's versatility; with the glamour of groups like Alvvays and the edge of bands like The Growlers, Devlin et. al embodies indie in its way and warrants a listen or many. The group's debut record is set for October 11th, and shows throughout New England will follow. We are thrilled to premiere “In My Mind (We Were Already There)” below. - Rene Cobar