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The Deli's Austin '17 Issue is online! The Synths and Pedals Issue

Deli Readers,

We've been publishing the yearly Austin issue of The Deli (coinciding with SXSW) since 2011, and it's our only print issue that's not exclusively focused on just NYC artists. 

After last year's fun, "PsycheDelic" approach, we decided to dedicate this year's issue almost entirely to synth and pedals (and bands of course!), in an effort to promote our Austin Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Expo - which, if you are a gear geek heading to Austin next week, should not miss!

However, the highlight of this issue is an article about women and technology. Hope you enjoy it!

LISTEN TO A PLAYLIST OF THIS ISSUE HERE (or below)!

The Deli's Staff

P.S. You'll see the printed issue in Austin next week and in NYC the week after.





Best of Nashville Roots Acts: Tyler Childers and New Suede

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Roots category and, after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Tyler Childers

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): New Suede

Tyler Childers offers classic country folk songs that fit the modern context. His lyrics are imaginative and descriptive of elements of life in the country. With blue-grass oriented instrumentation including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, his style brings early Avett Brothers to mind. His songs blend the modern indie-folk impulse with the root elements of the bluegrass and country. Where his vocal tendencies and lyrics use the popular style of the alternative country/folk genre in its current form, the instrumentation and song structures harken back to truly rural country roots of his origins in a rural Kentucky coal mining town. 

New Suede is an act that's mastered the art of origin digging. "Taxi," the single they've released ahead of their new album, is a number heavily influenced by classic R&B and Jazz elements but molded into the form of an indie rock experiment with similarities to psychedelic/jazz/indie outfits like Homeshake or Mild High Club. The makeup of their work so far consists of groovy, easy rocking that dabbles in enough dissonance to keep us on our toes. Be on the lookout for their album, Ocean Drops, coming out on March 11th. 

The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks. 

 

Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Roots category and their readers' poll results: 

 

 Aubrey Peeples
  1%   3 votes
 Bird Cloud
  0%   1 vote
 Blackfoot Gypsies
  0%   0 votes
 Jillette Johnson
  0%   0 votes
 Molly Parden
  0%   1 vote
 Moon Taxi
  2%   7 votes
 New Suede
  95%   266 votes
 Panfish
  0%   1 vote
 Poly
  0%   0 votes
 Strange Rivals
  0%   0 votes
 Sisterhood
  0%   0 votes
 Tyler Childers
  0%   0 votes
 




No Ritual Hones Minimalist Bedroom Rock

No Ritual is the kind of act you'll brag about seeing in someone's basement ten years from now. Their lo-fi bedroom rock flows through the same sonic vein as Beach Fossils or early Sonic Youth. The songs are hook-heavy, pushing catchy little guitar riffs that meander and branch off in different directions. Being a three-piece band, their arrangments are decidedly minmalist. They've honed the skill of doing a lot with very little, patching song sections together with subtle accents that serve as satisfying variations. Sometimes setting limitations can open up undiscovered creative pathways, little artistic rabbit holes into which the trio dives without reservation. They know how to create high energy yields with low energy inputs, which is why No Ritual is a band we can all have faith in. Their artistic process is sustainable. 

-Andrew Strader

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Best of Nashville Alt Rock/Metal Acts: Fable Cry and Killing Grace

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Alt Rock/Metal category and, after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Fable Cry

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): Killing Grace

Fable Cry is an alternative rock act that might more accurately be characterized as horror-rock. Their string-heavy compositions and theatrical song structures could easily be soundtracks to psychological thrillers. The band's style and sound are comically dark. They create a circus-like, psychedelic atmosphere that would please any lover of the occult and revel in pure weirdness. After listening to their work it's easy to see how they've come to develop such a cult following. 

Killing Grace packs a powerful sonic punch. With hard-hitting, distorted guitars, powerful vocals, and complex rhythms and melodies, these Tennessee natives carry on a metal tradition always in search of places to manifest. Influenced by the sound of bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Seether, they maintain and defend a sonic niche in a rock genre increasingly in need of torchbearers. 

Honorable mention goes to Jay Leo Phillips (second in the overall chart).

The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks.

 

 Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Alt Rock/Metal category and their readers' poll results.                    

 Fable Cry
  40%   158 votes
 Jay Leo Phillips
  0%   3 votes
 Killing Grace
  52%   203 votes
 Kinhin
  4%   18 votes
 Loss
  0%   0 votes
 Tower Defense
  1%   5 votes
 




Lillie Mae: The New Face of Nashville's Alternative Country

Lillie Mae is the kind of woman who can knock you off your feet with a fiddle. Her new single, off the upcoming Jack White produced album, Forever And Then Some fills a void in an alternative country and folk-rock space sorely in need of female voices. "Over the Hill and Through the Woods" creates a panoramic view of a wide-open country space, which is refreshing in a music scene dominated by the urban and metropolitan. The song comes at country from a heavier rock angle. Distorted guitars and slap-happy drums carry along the simple but heavy hitting chord changes, while smooth but powerful vocals, complete with wide-panned harmonies ride the melody. If this easy country rocker, serving as a rebellious anthem against Nashville's country industrial complex, is any indication of the power of the upcoming album, we've all got a lot to look forward to from Lillie Mae this April.    

- Andrew Strader

 

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