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July 2015
Overwatcher
"Metaphysics
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Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
 
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
 
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
 
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Curious Quail Bonnie and the Bang Bang and Travis Hayes and the Young Daze Play GAMH - 6/27

The San Francisco based avant alternative rock band, Bonnie and the Bang Bang will be performing live with a really strong Bay Area based line up at Great American Music Hall on June 27th in San Francisco. The San Jose based eletro-pop band, Curious Quail will be headling the show, performing their energetic and strategically composed synth rock songs that are likely to make you bust a spontanous dance move on the GAMH venue floor!

San Francisco based, Travis Hayes and the Young Daze will be opening the night. Travis Hayes always puts on a really great show with his potent folk rock songs. He plays with different stripped down line ups, so take this opportunity to see Hayes perform with his full band. Get excited for this show and support local music!

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Floetry to Play Reunion Show at Regency Ballroom – 6/25

The Deli SF’s first priority is always to cover local emerging artists from the Bay Area. We're also interested in occasionally filling you in on cool and unique shows that bring awesome touring artists to town.

Soul artists, Floetry will be performing live at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on June 25th. This influential neo soul singer/songwriter duo made it big in the early 2000s by performing sensual, yet accessible and down to earth music for the modern generation. Electro singer/songwriter, Janine and the Mixtape will be opening the show. She’s got an awesome vibe and sounds like a futuristic Aaliyah.

Do your best to make it out to this show. There are so many options for live music in the Bay Area. We hope you’ll mix it up and enjoy different artistic and live music experiences.

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Kymberli's Music Box Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary at Brick and Mortar - 6/20

Local promoter and founder of Kymberli's Music Box Presents, Kymberli Jensen has been one of the biggest reasons why San Francisco has been inundated with neo psych rock and roll shows for the past decade. She has booked countless bands including, Dead Meadow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spindrift, Cosmonauts and The Warlocks, and has brought influential bands like Rain Parade and Mudhoney to local venues. She has also been a booking support to out- of-town bands who relocated to the Bay Area like The Asteroid #4, and has a true talent for event coordination. She has also been known to be a big support of the early careers of local bands like Cellar Doors and The Dilettantes.

In 2005, Jensen felt the local music scene needed a female voice and her first show was with The Dilettantes (which included member Joel Gion of the Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Lipo Lounge in China Town. Other shows at Cafe Du Nord, 12 Galaxies and Bottom of the Hill followed.

Kymberli is one of the first female independent bookers in the modern Bay Area rock scene and has opened doors for current female bookers like Ash Reiter of Hickey Fest, Jessie Woletz of Seaweed Sway Presents and the young women of Our House Presents. Tomorrow night Dead Meadow, White Manna, Skeletal Sykadeliks and DJ Jodie Artichoke will be performing at Kymberli's Music Box Ten Year Anniversary at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. White Light Prism will be creating the psychedelic visuals for the show.

Make your way to this auspicious event to give thanks to a promoter who has contributed to the Bay Area live music scene for 10 years! The scene wouldn't be what it is without her.

Editor's note: Kymberli was one of the first people to embrace me when I arrived to the Bay Area as a music editor and promoter. She and I have a lot of mutual friends and history in the local and national music scene, and she has been nothing but supportive. She is inspiring and has great knowledge of the history of Bay Area and southern California rock music. It's my honor to be another woman in the music scene who shares the same passion for music, art and live performance. Congrats from the Deli Magazine San Francisco! -je

 

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Con Brio Streams New EP + Performs at Stern Grove - 8/9

Mmm, R&B! Garage rock is so prevalent in the Bay Area (and is music that we LOVE) that we at The Deli SF hope and dream for the moments we can share some sexy grooves that will make you dance and sway your days and nights away. The Oakland based ensemble, Con Brio is one of the Bay Area's premiere R&B soul bands and you'll find out why when you check out their debut EP, Kiss the Sun which is streaming via soundcloud.

Along with taking the time to listen to Con Brio's album, we make a very serious suggestion that you check this energetic and entertaining band's live show out for yourselves because the 18 year old lead singer,  Ezekiel "Ziek" McCarter's lead performances resemble that of James Brown and Prince. Con Brio puts on a moving live show. The band is tight and has great chemistry and stage presence. You can see them perform for free at Stern Grove on August 9th!

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Premiere: Battlehooch - Type One Error + Plays The Independent 6/19

The San Francisco based psych-garage rock band, Battlehooch has graced us with new music! The band describes their new song, Type One Error to be a relic that took years to sculpt into a compositional form they felt was suitable enough for recording and live performances:

"This song dates all the way back to our formative college days at UCSC. "Type One Error" was always a favorite of ours and kind of an homage to our love for stuff like Brian Eno's early solo albums and other futuristic Glam Rockers. However, we were never able to nail it live or get a suitable recording back in the day. It eventually fell by the wayside until a couple years ago, we started jamming on it during band practice and it just clicked and everything fell into place. It has become a staple of our live shows ever since and has become much more of an epic beast since we've started playing it again. There's a whole section in the middle where our horn player, Tom, builds up a crazy wall of interlocking sax loops right on the spot!"

Type One Error is part of a two song digital single. It's meant to tide you over while we continue working on the follow up to our last EP, 'Wink." - Battlehooch

We love music with a backstory. Don't miss Battlehooch's live performance at The Independent on June 19th with Sun Hop Fat, Bear Lincoln and Lords Of Sealand. Support local music!

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