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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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 East side indie folkers Waterfall Wash are helping us cling to the last bit of summer with a DIY lyric video for staff favorite "Foreign Chords," dropped earlier this year. Basically, two fruits enter; one frickin' adorable video leaves.

The fun, quirky video, directed by Dylan White, has all the makings of a perfect afternoon. There's Nerf gun double-crossing, hand-painted signs, cameos by friends (and some local talent) and a refreshing-beverage-off, all to a track you can't help but smile to. Boasting xylophone AND lap steel, "Foreign Chords" is full of personality, positivity and solid musicianship. 

Check out the video below and hear Waterfall Wash's recent episode of local tastemaker podcast Notable Nashville here! -Caroline Bowman


October 07, 2015

Deli Readers,

I know, it seems like we put our latest issue out just the other day - but no, we haven't switched to monthly. It's just that the fall in NYC is a busy time for us, and with CMJ week and our NYC Synth Expo (linked to BEMF) coming up, there's a lot to write about.

Here's our 44th issue of The Deli NYC (one of our finest!). Check out cover band Stolen Jars, they'll be performing at one of the (several) Deli CMJ 2015 shows!


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October 02, 2015

If you're not losing your mind with anticipation for this Sunday's show at The Basement East, you might want to check your pulse.

Tennessee Brew Works is putting on a FREE show with all your favorite TN psychedelic bands, and if we know these guys like we think we do, there will definitely be some craziness.

To kick off their Truth Tour and celebrate the upcoming release of their music video for "Shere Khan," CHALAXY have joined forces with psych/electro/rock bands Spaceface (including Jake Ingalls of The Flaming Lips,) Body of Light and New Wave Rebellion to melt our faces completely off.

We put together a little playlist to give you a taste of what the show has in store. Give it a listen, and we'll see you there!


September 30, 2015

 What's that? You love flannel, Doc Martens and cut-and-paste zines? And your heart has been yearning for a local female-fronted acid soft grunge band? Dude, us too, and we've found everything we wanted and more in pastel punk rockers Reality Something.

Keeping it raw, the Nashville three-piece puts their own spin on 90s rock with head-noddable rhythms, growling guitar and tender vocals.  And with a debut EP this strong, we can only imagine what's next.

Check out the EP below, and catch Reality Something live 12.1 at ACME for No Country for New Nashville's showcase.


September 29, 2015

 Honestly, we don't know what's going on with this band. They have a scarce online following. Their music is a big, loud collision of sludge rock and glam metal. They sing about ridiculous pop culture topics. And they're awesome.

 So awesome, in fact, that we wouldn't be surprised if Songs 2 Dance 2 end up with some kind of underground cult following, which we will gladly be a part of.

The Nashville-based 5-piece recently released a cassette with their latest single "Tinder (Swipe Right)," and a B-side "Daddy Issues." The lyrics are brash, and maybe a bit offensive, but we have a feeling Songs 2 Dance 2 know that.

Hear the single below, and see them live at their cassette release party 10.23 at fooBAR with Oli Endless and the Possibilities, Doctor Jungle Cat and Terrible. -Caroline Bowman


September 24, 2015

 Once a punk kid, always a punk kid. And in the case of Beer Head, we wouldn't have it any other way.

The emocore garage rock duo recently released a 5-track EP just angsty enough to awaken our inner bangs-slinging teenager. "Wait it Out" embodies the pop punk we all know and love without sacrificing attention to musicianship and mindfulness of modern taste.

It's loud. It's personal. It's something old with something new. And it deserves a listen. -Caroline Bowman


September 24, 2015


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