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Tetherball
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com


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January 13, 2015
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Check out this brand spanking new single from indie-rock outfit COIN. The song was released in conjunction with their mini-tour supporting Grizfolk kicking off January 29th.  "Run" is a bright, pop number about being young and bullheaded. Their debut album is due out this June; produced by Jay Joyce, it's sure to capture the synth-driven energy that has built COIN's reputation thus far. Keep up with the COIN crew at www.thisiscoin.com.

 

January 28, 2015
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Waterfall Wash will finally be releasing their debut EP, "Foreign Chords" on January 27th, after almost five years since their inception in 2010. Their folky storytelling has evolved over time, an assemblage of instruments have been collected (you won't find many groups with a dedicated autoharpist) and a sense of the dramatic has been honed. The handful of singles Waterfall Wash have released over 2014 are marked with flourishes from a multitude of influences, like screaming electric guitar solos in "Landmark" and a twee acoustic tune leading into fiddle and all the handclaps in their most recent tune, "Visions." Throw in their penchant for Chicago's jazz underground, and that's alot of sound to be packed into one EP. We're excited to hear how it fits.

Waterfall Wash is having an EP release show this Saturday at fooBar with kidDEAD, Rales, and The FUTURE. Show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5.

  

January 26, 2015
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We got so caught up in the launch of our Best of 2014 poll (check out our nominees in the box on your right and vote for your favorite) that we neglected to tell you about the handsome gentlemen gracing the top of our website. We first heard about Ambrose Way when they were part of a Palaver Thursday at fooBar, and cited some of their 60's-styled acoustic numbers as perfect reminders that spring is around the corner. The four have just finished an album, Pop A, and it is most definitely worthy of the term 'epic.' The album tears out of the gate with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Queen influenced instrumental, and keeps up the same vibe for the next 26 minutes through slow jams and more spirited rockers.  We're partial to "Little Mexico;" the horn-driven opening makes us think of Chicago. There's definitely some clever tag waiting to attach itself to these guys, something along the lines of "Big Band psych-rock," but, you know, cleverer. Check out the full album here. -Terra James-Jura

 

January 23, 2015
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Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of Nashville Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. We had a record number of submissions from Nashville this year - 49! - thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in his/her own scene.

Total submissions from Nashville: 49

Jurors:Travis Leipzig (The Deli Portland), Maylis Personnaz (Deli Writer), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Gunther Doug - 8 (out of 10)


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2. Vinyl Thief's - 7.88

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2. The Harmaleighs - 7.88


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4. I'm an Island - 7.66


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5. Chrome Pony - 7.5

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6. Jack Berry - 7.33

6. Smooth Hound Smith - 7.33


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8. The Cunning - 7.11

Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

Koa, Yumi And The System, Stewart Eastham, Everyone Moves Away, Creature Comfort, DEDSA, Aaron Moses, The Double Intenders, Sugar Lime Blue, David Newbould.

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WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We have already unveiled full list of nominees that also includes the artists nominated by our local jurors (see left column here). It's now time for our readers to influence this Year End Poll for Emerging Nashville Artists with their vote - look out for th readers' poll on the right column of this same page!

The Deli Nashville

 

January 21, 2015
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2015 looks like it is going to be the year year for ELEL. With their upcoming debut album to be released on Mom + Pop records and a list of dates ahead of them, it looks like some of the good vibes ELEL has been hashing out are boomeranging back to them. While we might be satisfied listening to “40 Watt” ad nauseum, we’re excited that there is more on the horizon, and we will not be surprised as the rest of the world starts freaking out over them too. The 8-piece are capping off a recent run with lo-fi pop outfit Generationals with a show at The High Watt this Monday, January 19th. –Terra James-Jura

January 18, 2015
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