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Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
the Roof Dogs
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/theroofdogs/
Venue name: 
Alphaville
Band email: 
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Aubrey Hays Band releases new single, "Isn't It Enough"

The thunderous four-piece Aubrey Hays Band, led by none other than its titular member, just released her first single, "Isn't It Enough." Produced at King Electric Studios by engineer/producer David McDonald, the song is an ethereal, vulnerable glimpse into a tender heart, one unsure of where she stands in her lover's life, and even more unsure of her own sense of belonging. Despite its angst-ridden subject matter, "Isn't It Enough" shimmers with an ineffable feeling of hope, as if, just maybe, things are going to be okay.

Hays' voice is an instrument unto itself, full of rich, varied tones, technical dexterity, and bursting with emotion. As a singer and a songwriter, she's prolific, and a force to be reckoned with on the Austin indie scene, and beyond even that, soon enough. Listen to the single below! - Ethan Ames

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A Deli Premiere: "Radio" by Dr. Nocko and Mr. Nicholas

Nico Renzulli is showing his teeth in the latest single to be spawned by his project Dr. Nocko and Mr. Nicholas. If the charming growls, and even more deadly guitar riffs, seem familiar, that may be because the song titled “Radio” is a cover of a track previously written during Renzulli's days in Boston’s electro-rock group Jack Romanov. “Radio” lets loose, with gritty power chords and high-impact drums that speed toward tumultuous breakdowns; the slightly softer touch of Renzulli’s current project still lingers in the choruses where his vocals slip and expose a more refined appearance. Renzulli explains the inspiration for the track as follows: “Radio was inspired by Denmark’s National Treasure, Lars Ulrich. In a 2015 interview, Ulrich talked about how Metallica used to fill out their early live shows by playing covers of obscure songs from metal bands that no one had heard of. The crowds never questioned it, they had no reason to.” We can’t question the symbiotic relationship that exists between an artist’s past, present, and future: all is one, and one is all. We are thrilled to premiere this single for you below! - Rene Cobar





Alt Rock

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Humilitarian
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
www.facebook.com/humilitarian.phl/
Venue name: 
Khyber Pass Pub
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Lower Dens Inspires at Barracuda

 The chilled 80s synth rock of Lower Dens and front person Jana Hunter creates a unique sort of rock enigma on stage, as evidenced by the gentle “Will you please have my babies” cried out by an audience member during their show at the Barracuda this past Friday. 

The opening bands perfectly fit the dynamics at play within Lower Den’s aesthetic. Local jangle pop band, Slideshow, maintained a good energy and experimental sitar player and vocalist Ami Dang was transcendent. Both acts worked well with the crowd’s growing anticipation and made the venue their own. 

 When Lower Dens took the stage, they did not disappoint. As great as all of the band’s records are, the songs take on an entirely different form when played live. They become more vibrant, and the energy is amped up about a thousand times. The synth packs a deeper punch underneath the drums and bass when played live. Hunter also has a strong stage presence; he held all the attention in the room without demanding it or taking up too much space. New and old songs were played with the same amount of passion. “Drive” and “Ondine” were both played beautifully and received well. 

The romantic dystopia that Lower Dens creates in their music is wonderfully replicated on stage, as well. Most of Hunter’s music deals with isolation in confrontation with desire and identity, and in doing so he creates a space for his audience to seek comfort they wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. It was easy to find that comfort on stage, with warmth emanating from each member as they performed. The live performance cuts right through the bones of the loneliness the music speaks of. If this wasn’t obvious alone from their performance, the looks of comfort and quiet rapture on the faces of more committed audience members certainly provides enough evidence for it. 

 

The quieter moments had a very 'last call at the bar' vibe. The band held intimate moments within each beat that gave people space to interpret the song however they wanted. “Suckers Shangi-la” was a perfect moment of catharsis. It was the soft, lonely fantasy world everyone needs to escape to once in awhile.

 

- Avril Carillo


 

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