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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

 

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

 

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

 

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com

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Deleted Scenes is The Deli DC Area Best Emerging Artist of 2011

Deleted Scenes is The Deli DC Area Best Emerging Artist of 2011

They did it again!

Imaginative indie poppers Deleted Scenes won our Best of DC Area 2011 Poll for emerging artists for the second year in a row! This is the first time a band wins it twice...  They sure need to buy a beer to that ONE fan who voted for them, since that single vote (worth 0.001 points in our perverse system) avoided a tie with Sweet Leda, the funk-rock winners of the Readers' and Fans' Poll, who placed 2nd. Big Kudos also to Bluebrain, a really interesting electronic project that was rewarded in particular by the Jurors' vote.

1. DELETED SCENES

2. SWEET LEDA


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3. BLUEBRAIN

 
BAND
J
W
F
OS
TOTAL
 
1
Deleted Scenes
3
1
0.001
2
6.001
2
Sweet Leda
3
 
3
 
6
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3
Bluebrain
5
 
0.005
 
5.005
icon
4
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
5
 
0
 
5
icon
5
The Mean Season
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
6
Lower Dens
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
7
Pianos Become the Teeth
2
1
1
 
4
icon
8
Brooks Long
2
 
1.5
 
3.5
icon
 
Satori Trova
 
 
2
1.5
3.5
icon
10
Big/Bright
3
 
0.12
 
3.12
icon
11
Presto Bando
3
 
0.055
 
3.055
icon
12
Auroboros
3
 
0.017
 
3.017
icon
13
Satan's Satyrs
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
14
Storm The Beaches
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
15
Black Hills
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Mobius Strip
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Silo Halo
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Warchild
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
19
Murder
3
 
0
 
3
icon
20
Is And Of The
 
1
0.051
1.5
2.551
icon
21
Dance For the Dying
2
 
0.037
 
2.037
icon
22
Shark Week
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
23
The Blackberry Belles
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
24
Acid Queen
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
25
Birdlips
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
26
Office Of Future Plans
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
27
The Diamond Center
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
28
Miyazaki
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
29
John C
2
 
0
 
2
icon
30
The Capital Hearings
2
 
0
 
2
icon
31
The Will To Survive
 
 
0.5
1.25
1.75
icon
32
The Great Unknowns
 
 
0.008
1.5
1.508
icon
33
Kindlewood
 
 
0.078
1
1.078
icon
34
The Flying Eyes
1
 
0.068
 
1.068
icon
35
Brittany Jean
1
 
0.04
 
1.04
icon
36
White Life
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
37
Drop Electric
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
38
Borracho
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
Teen Mom
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
We Were Pirates
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
41
Ilsa
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
Spine Buster
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
The Young Ladies
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
43
Deathrats
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
Dope Body
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
45
Regents
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
The Hint
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
47
Volta Bureau
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
48
Alice Anna
1
 
0
 
1
icon
 
River James
1
 
0
 
1
icon
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W = Deli Writers - F = Fans
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