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Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Aaron Lee Tasjan is the new voice of East Nashville, and if you know what's good for you, you'll listen up.
After seeing ALT play an acoustic set in the back room of fooBar in early 2014, I knew one thing for sure: This guy is something else. With a six-string slung over his shoulder and half-an-hour's worth of clever, earnest and slightly smartass lyrics, Tasjan proved he is here for the long-haul. The overwhelming connection that brought me from approving nods to welling tears to mid-song applause and back again is something I've not felt before or since. 
Fortunately, ALT's provoking live show translates well into more polished studio recordings. After quite a few well-received releases, including an EP Telling Stories to the Wall earlier this year, Aaron Lee Tasjan is dropping his latest full-length album In the Blazes 10.6. And the music world is already buzzing. (Example: This NPR feature.)
 Give three of the new songs a listen below and pre-order In the Blazes to get it before all your friends. -Caroline Bowman



August 28, 2015

Hard rockers The Clover Club are set to release their self-titled, full length debut this Saturday 8.29 at Foobar in East Nashville.

The Clover Club's hard-hitting tunes are injected with booze and bass, and their latest single "Devil" will have you headbanging so hard, you'll wake up in their namesake, a gone-but-not-forgotten bar in McEwen, TN.

Come by Foobar on Saturday for a FREE show in the new beer garden. The show kicks off around 3PM and goes 'til 9PM.

Check out their single "Devil" below!


August 26, 2015

The South has a deeply-rooted history, and the music that draws from it contains a certain darkness that lingers under the shade of mossy oaks, at the bottom of old drinking wells and in the pages of generations-old Bibles. Music City-based Americana singer/songwriter Sara Syms has captured that Southern heritage heartache and injected it into her rendition of Robert Johnson's classic song "Crossroads."

The single showcases Syms' beautifully heavy-hearted vocals atop an acoustic guitar, distant guitar wails and the crackling of an open flame.

We at The Deli are proud to premiere the music video for Sara Syms' "Crossroads." Watch the Nashville-inspired video below and listen for Syms' upcoming album Way Back Home to be released later this year. -Caroline Bowman




August 26, 2015

 Dubbed "The festival for people who don't like festivals," Wildwood Revival is stripping down the summer fest to create a refreshing, intimate, homespun cultural experience.

Nestled in the rolling hills outside of Athens, GA, Wildwood Revival will feature local food and goods vendors, camping on a historic 30-acre farm, a Saturday night dance party and, of course, amazing live music. The lineup blurs the country/rock line with acts like American Aquarium, Water Liars, Tall Tall Trees and Nashville's very own Blackfoot Gypsies

Give the bands a listen in the Wildwood Revival playlist below. Keep an eye out for our review, and we hope to see you there! -Caroline Bowman


August 18, 2015

 You voted, now come out to Mercy Lounge to see your top 8 on Tuesday night!


Treadwell Ford









Glen Martin


Charlie Oxford



The Breathe In, Breathe Out




The Ponce Brothers



When I'm Older



August 17, 2015

 With The Deli Showcase quickly approaching, the pressure is on to put together the best local lineup with YOUR votes!

Get to know more about the bands with our fun Q&A, and vote HERE for as many bands as you'd like.

Charlie Oxford

1. Describe your sound with a movie title.

       Soul Plane

2. If your band were a drink, what would you be?


3. If you could pick any band to cover your music, who would it be?

       Sam Cooke - because no one beats Sam!


The Breathe In, Breathe Out

1. Describe your sound with a movie title.

       Bill Murray 2: The Dark Knight Rises

2. If your band were a drink, what would you be?

       Hemlock & Tonic

3. If you could pick any band to cover your music, who would it be?

       Definitely my Uncle Tommy's band. They play Blues Night every 3rd Thursday of the month at The Strike & Spare Family Fun Bowling Center. You should totally check it out! They have this great 2 for 1 deal on Boneless Buffalo Bleu Cheese Wings. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Anyway, they're sound is really eclectic, they play the greats from Stevie Ray Vaughn all the way to Eric Clapton. You should totally check them out, they're a hoot. One time they all wore these funny parrot hats that said "Margarita-ville" and then, you guessed it, they played "Margarita-ville". They're so silly!

But Uncle Tommy also writes his own tunes. Could I send you guys a demo? 


When I'm Older

1. Describe your sound with a movie title.

       Wristcutters: A Love Story

2. If your band were a drink, what would you be?

       Can we be a bong rip? If not, a Trashcan (2 oz vodka, 2 oz white rum, 2 oz gin, 2 oz triple sec, 2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur, 1 can Red Bull energy drink)

3. If you could pick any band to cover your music, who would it be?

       Either Nick Cave and The Bad Seens or Between the Buried and Me




1. Describe your sound with a movie title.

       Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2. If your band were a drink, what would you be?

       A ginger bourbon lemonade with real ginger and high quality bourbon. We have spiciness and sweetness. Our sound is raw and delicate.

3. If you could pick any band to cover your music, who would it be?

        I think Beach House would do an interesting job of covering some of our darker songs. She'd turn them into lullabies.


Check out our The Deli Showcase playlist below, find your favorites and vote!



August 13, 2015

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