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October 2014
Tetherball
"Whimsy
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com


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Congratulations to Travis Hayes and Peachelope for Winning The Deli Magazine Artist of the Month Poll

This does not happen often, but this month we have come across and occasion where we must congratulate TWO winners of The Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Month Poll! The votes were so close that it has been decided that Peachelope and Travis Hayes should both be celebrated for obtaining the most votes!

Hayes is a hardworking singer/songwriter and avid supporter of the Bay Area music scene as he works as a promoter and booker for Neck of the Woods, a music venue in inner Richmond area of San Francisco. His smooth mix of indie rock and acoustic jams swoon us to no end.

Peachelope is an experimental avant indie duo whose sultry sounds and innovative live electro-acoustic performances are entrancing and always leaving audiences wanting more. These great local artists are both super deserving of this honor.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

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Down and Outlaws Open for The Silent Comedy and Strange Vine at Bottom of the Hill - 9/18

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The Deli Magazine SF Giveaway: Win Two Tix to Split Screen's Album Release Show - 9/20

WIN TWO TICKETS to the San Francisco based avant indie rock band, Split Screens album release show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on September 20th!

Yassou Benedict​ and New Spell​ will be sharing the bill with this new local band who has been growing very quickly within the local Bay Area music scene. We're always into supporting great bands in the underground scene and Split Screens is a band who is a quintessential example of artists who do their best to put out great music and promotes their music well. We totally think you should attend this show. We'd like you to support this event so much so that we are giving away free tix!

​Email: sfeditor@thedelimagazine.com to submit your name to win! ​​We will announce the recipient of the tix on September 19th!

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The Deli Magazine SF Giveaway: Win Two Tix to Split Screen's Album Release Show - 9/20

WIN TWO TICKETS to the San Francisco based avant indie rock band, Split Screens album release at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on September 20th!

Yassou Benedict​ and New Spell​ will be sharing the bill with this new local band who has been growing very quickly within the local Bay Area music scene. We're always into supporting great bands in the underground scene and Split Screens is a band who is a quintessential example of artists who do their best to put out great music and promotes their music well. We totally think you should attend this show. We'd like you to support this event so much so that we are giving away free tix!

​Email: sfeditor@thedelimagazine.com to submit your name to win! ​​We will announce the recipient of the tix on September 19th!

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​Slowness Dead Leaf Echo Cruel Summe​r and​ Moonbeams Perform TONIGHT at Hemlock Tavern

The bi-coastal shoegaze band, Slowness has always made amazing ethereal music, and they will be accompanied by the hardworking, brilliant NYC based shoegaze band, Dead Leaf Echo tonight at Hemlock Tavern! The bill will be rounded out by Moonbeams who are a noise psych pop band currently based in San Francisco from San Diego. Cruel Summer is also a psych dream pop band whose music is steamy and will blend well with the entire line up.

We love it when shows can have a great mix of east coast and west coast bands. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some music that you wouldn't otherwise be able to experience unless you were 3,000 miles east!

​This show is going to be a lovely washed out, psyched out night of music. We recommend you expend some time and energy to make it out.​


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