The Deli's Austin 2013 issue is now online - with The Lone Bellow on the cover! They are playing City Winery tomorrow by the way (03.08).
You can read it (but you can't feel it) HERE. If you want to feel it you'll have to come to Austin during Music Week (March 12-17), we'll distribute 10k of these pocket rags between Downtown, the East Side and South Congress.
If you’re planning on heading to Idaho next week for Treefort Music Festival you’ll be in good company. This year’s festival will be featuring over a dozen Portland bands including Radiation City, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Genders and Grandparents. The long weekend is going to be ripe with talent and will show all who attend exactly why Boise deserves attention on a regional and national level for its emerging arts and music scene. The festival is running from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th, for more information go to treefortmusicfest.com. – Benjamin Toledo
Portland based singer songwriter Robin Bacior has been touring for most of February promoting her new album, I Just Left You, Still in Love, and on March 8th The Piano Fort will be welcoming her back to the Bridge City with open arms. Be it playing the piano, strumming a guitar or singing her poetic lyrics, it is clear Bacior knows what she is doing. She has a way with light feminine vocals and deeply rooted instrumentation that creates an ever-changing landscape of keys, strings and harmonies. That contrast in vocal and instrumental texture echoes the theme of her latest album. The 5 track release, recorded in a single day, explores ideas of letting go and moving on in the midst of feeling tangled and frozen. As the album shifts from quick footed songs like “Box-A-Bed” to weighty and surprising “Shapes and Seasons” her emotional exploration pulls the listener in and does not let go until Prelude. Bacior will be sharing the night with Portland wonder Ryan Francesconi and the ever dreamy Sparrow Song Research. These three different and talented acts will take turns on a stage made entirely of pianos, and we can all agree that is a mighty fine way to spend a Friday night. - Joy Pearson
The Deli will be in Austin on March 15 with a two stage night party hosted at Austin's legendary gay bar Rusty's. Great lineup of artists and even greater list of Special Guests who will be announced shortly. See here for more info + band links!
Sometimes you need a little bit of variety and Battleme gives his listeners plenty of that. Even so, his music doesn’t get so vastly different that there’s no flow between songs. He has a unique way to mesh different styles in the way artists such as Beck can. The pleasantly high pitched vocals of Matt Drenik bring everything together. While one song will breakdown in an electronic rock way like the last time you heard Daft Punk, another will sit back on the acoustic guitar in folk fashion. Matt’s voice combines with carefully written songs and masterful production (with help from Timothy Turner of Ghostland Observatory) to set the stage for the three piece live band to give a phenomenal and intimate performance at the Bunk Bar this Saturday night with Bike Thief. - Colin Hudson
Slump is proof that, even with nearly a decade of experience in hip hop, Sapient can still find new ways to push the genre’s envelope. The album showcases dynamic instrumentation, shifting textures and relentless hooks through bright production that are held together by Sapient’s seamless lyrical flow. Each track has something different to offer. Whether it’s the heavy guitar leads in “Pieces of Paper”, the comedic groove of “Shotgun in my Spaceship” or the ethereal backing vocals on “Monsters Eat Bricks” the album is constantly exploring different ways to express an innovative spirit. Still, the accessible nature of the music is never lost to over-experimentation. The rhythms are contagious and the choruses so catchy that they demand the listener to sing along, even if they don’t realize they’re doing it. Slump is a refreshing break from musical imitation and shows that, above all, Sapient will never let himself be confined within the box of a single genre. - Benjamin Toledo
Despite gaining notoriety on a national level, Starfucker (or STRFKR), is still humble in their artistic approach and work ethic. Their new album, Miracle Mile, is highly dance-able with familiar twinkles and pop, but pushes deeper bass and funky tunes that could make for one dreamy, mirror ball and light saturated roller disco party (please guys do this someday). Most of the 15 track double LP was written and recorded in an Astorian Beach house here in Oregon, and has the added guitar talents of new member Patrick Morris. Tonight marks the hometown show of their tour at the Roseland Theater; there is also the opportunity to have drinks and dance with the guys from the band at the after-party/DJ set at Someday Lounge for just $3. - Brandy Crowe
If you are lucky enough to be at Backspace on March 1st, do yourself a favor: Show up early, grab a beer and get a spot at the front of the crowd because you are going to want to absorb this show in its entirety. Portland natives, Sama Dams, are simply electric on stage. Their avant-rock sound is deeply textured with digital goodness that is rivaled by front man, Sam Adams, haunting and controlled melodies. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing them live this is going to be a good night for you. Sama Dams will be sharing the stage with the upbeat and irreverent Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra, the pop-tackular hard rocking Tiananmen Bear, and the enchanting Amenta Abioto who weaves African folk music and loops so harmoniously she will get your ears high. Backspace will be alive with some of the best sounds Portland has to offer and all for a $5 cover at the door. - Joy Pearson
Sama Dams have recently launched a kickstarter campaign in order to fund their upcoming full length album. Click here to learn how you can help.
This year The Deli will present in full force in Austin during the unmentionable Live Music Fest. We were asked to help book a small room in Downtown West, and this idea became our first Deli Hangover Hideout!!! Check out this outstanding lineup of (mostly) singer songwriters and acoustic bands.