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Deli sponsored Psychedelix Americana 2 night show at The Bell House starts tonight!

There's quite a bit more to NYC folk music than the uninitiated might think. Musician, show organizer, and ex Deli distro van driver extraordinaire Alex Borsody has managed to bring a bunch of divergent folk sub-sub-genres together for Psychedelix Americana for a two night show at the Bell House on April 11/12 . From Gangstagrass' hip-hop flavored folk jams, to Andy Statman's legendary flame-throwing mandolin playing, to honky-tonk cover ladies Your Ex-Girlfriends, and West Coast alt-country guests New Riders of the Purple Sage, this show features it all. Even Alex will be joining in, with his own unique take on Folk with his band, Union Street Preservation Society. Other bands on the bill include, Scott Metzger, DEJ Superjam, Melody Allegra Band, Bennett Sullivan, Astrograss Plays John Hartford, King StorkChris Q Murphey, Seth Kessell and The Alex Mallett Band.  The show is sponsored by Relix Magazine and yours truly The Deli Rag.

Get on over to the Bell House Fri-Sat, April 11-12, and find out how much there is to NYC's myriad roots and Americana scene - ticket pre sale here. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Gangstagrass announces release of ‘Rappalachia'

Country singer Rench has been playing his unique mix of honky-tonk and trip hop for years now. From his spot in Brooklyn, you’re equally likely to find him strum a pedal steel as you are to see him looping drum samples and record scratches. But with his band Gangstagrass (who played our UN/OFF party in Austin during SXSW with Reptar and Body Language), he's something else entirely.
Rench has teamed up with Bronx rapper T.O.N.E-z to come up with a unique blend of bluegrass and hip-hop styles you probably haven't heard before (unless you’re a fan of the show ‘Justified' - then you’ve no doubt heard their emmy-nominated theme ‘Long Hard Times to Come’. This is a group that doesn't bother with distinctions between hip-hop and folk genres; both styles come together with the same attitude that Hank Williams and Chuck D share in common: placing a hard-hitting beat under an outlaw sentiment. While purists may take issue with their disregard of genre distinctions, the open-minded will revel in songs like the hard-hitting ‘Gunslinging Rambler,’ whose new video shows the band rocking out at Southpaw, Brooklyn. All of this should get you plenty excited for their upcoming record due out later this year, ‘Rappalachia,’ (out on June 5th) which promises to be an ode to the kind of mountain music Rench cut his teeth on set over the kind of beats that keep the party moving.
When it comes to mixing these traditions together, there are a lot of bad bartenders out there, but Gangstagrass picks the right ingredients that bring out the best in both of these worlds, showcasing the energy shared in common, and possibly carving out a new genre while they’re at it. - Mike Levine

Mp3: Gangstagrass: "Western"


TONIGHT! The Deli's UN/OFF party: Reptar, Body Language, The Stepkids, Lucius, Radiation City, Madi Diaz, Gangstagrass, Vacationer, ARMS, + lots more

This year The Deli is in Austin during the unmentionable festival with a 2 stage party on Thursday March 15 (that's tonight!) at the Gypsy Lounge in the East Side!

Awesome dancey bands on the outdoors stage will tempt the audience to some wild booty shakin' action, while indoors fantastic rock and alt folk acts will alternatively punch you and sooth your soul. Check this lineup out and (if you are going to be in Austin) do not miss! -

This is a free event (no badge required) but please RSVP here to get priority access.

11pm Reptar (Atlanta)
10pm Body Language (NYC/CT)
9pm The Stepkids (NYC/CT)
8pm Gangstagrass (NYC)
7pm Vacationer (Philly)

1:30 Diavel (NYC)
12:45 BK & Mr. E (Austin)
12:00 ARMS (NYC)
11:15 Madi Diaz (Nashville)
10:30 Radiation City (portland)
9:45 Lucius (NYC)
9:00 Onward Soldiers (NC)
8:20 Loquat (SF)
7:40 The Veda Rays (NYC)
7:00 Jay Stolar (NYC)


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