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July 2015

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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Jeff Campbell Prepares to Release New Album - The Kitchen Sink

One of the great things about the San Francisco Bay Area is that there is a diverse array of music genres to choose from. Jeff Campbell is a San Francisco based pop country rock artist who will be releasing his new album, The Kitchen Sink on October 2nd. He strays light years away from the dominate youthful garage rock style of music that you typically find in Oakland and SF and chooses to make pop country rock and roll that is fresh and all his own.

Check out his new single, Fill The Spaces and keep an eye out for his upcoming full length record!

"The song was inspired by the birth of his niece and the thought of her never experiencing an iPhone, Facebook or social media free world where people are tied to and tuned into gadgets instead of each other. The song is a message to live in the moment and fill the spaces with what’s around you instead of worrying about what’s to come and how you’re going to document it." - Jeff Campbell on his song, Fill The Spaces


Amnesia Under New Ownership Successfully Renews Entertainment License

Jesse Woletz, founder of Seaweed Sway and an active booker for Amnesia Events sent us a nice letter to keep The Deli SF readers posted on the renewal of the venue's entertainment licence:

Last Tuesday, August 18th, small beloved venue in the Mission, Amnesia, renewed their entertainment license, with much support from the SF Bay Area music community.

For those interested, video and audio of the hearing, is available at the link below. There is also a great toast to Shawn Magee, the former owner, who helped to form that community that is Amnesia. After 15 years of tirelessly running the place, he decided to pass it on and move to Mexico with his family. He hand-selected Craig Wathen, as someone who cares about community and wants to keep the music going. Craig and his wife also own City Beer in SOMA. Many musicians who have played at Amnesia over the years spoke at the hearing and wrote letters of support.

All can watch and/or hear the proceedings from the hearing here. The Amnesia discussion starts at around 43 minutes:

A statement from new owner, Craig Wathen:

We are really excited to continue bringing soulful music to the Mission. It is with heartfelt gratitude we thank all the fine people who supported us through this undertaking to keep music alive at Amnesia. We greatly appreciate the San Francisco Entertainment Commission granting us this privilege, and for all the assistance the Commission provided us through the process. Thank you! Amnesia will continue to host "meet the new owner" nights here and there, for those who have any questions. You can find out who's playing at Amnesia by going to their website, facebook and instagram.


DreamGaze Collective Expands DreamGaze Festival to San Francisco Bay Area - 8/29

We're excited to share the news that a new festival will be taking place at The Cave on August 29th in San Francisco, CA!

DreamGaze Collective, a group of musicians, music lovers and promoters with a shared interest in musical genres ranging from shoegaze and dream-pop to post-punk and nugaze features members who are vested in furthering these genres. From putting on shows all around Southern California to expanding their efforts into a larger festival.

The San Francisco edition will feature local San Francisco psychedelic rock n' roll band LSD and The Search For God as headliners, and many other bands such as Balms, Crescendo, Cruel Summer, Bellavista, Golden Drugs and many more. It will be $15 for advanced tickets and $20 for door. This festival is an all ages event.

"Greg (from Los Angeles band Crescendo and I became friends and started talking about doing festival-style shows in LA/SF highlighting our favorite local dreampop / shoegaze / post-punk-ish bands. There's been a lot of really cool new bands coming out of both cities, so over all it was really easy to get everyone together and excited about it. There is still an amazing group of creative people living here, being cool as hell and making rad art/music." -Jared Padovani of Balms

Click here to RSVP to the event:

LSD and the Search for God (SF)
Balms (SF)
Cruel Summer (SF)
Golden Drugs (OAK)
Crescendo (LA)
Bellavista (SF // members of Tamaryn)
WHITE CLOUD (SF // members of Deafheaven)
Night Shapes (OAK)
Surf Club (STOCKTON // members of Craft Spells)
Mother Room (OAK)

DJ Sets by:

BABY J (Popgang)
Dometrious James (White Cloud, Mwahaha)
Greg Wilson (DKFM)
Jamie Jams (Debaser)
Jonathan Reddick (Slime City)
Joshua Yule (Cruel Summer)

Visuals by White Light Prism
Poster by Jonathan Reddick

August 29th, 2015 || 3 PM - Midnight
The Cave, SF || All Ages
$15 Adv || $20 Door


Ezra Furman Releases New Music Video - Lousy Connection

The Oakland based songwriter, Ezra Furman has released a new music video for the band's new single, Lousy Connection. Ezra's new song is their commentary on the human connection and how complicated it has become to communicate clearly with others. The video gives its starring role to a number of raw eggs, making the video a bit odd, but that's to be expected from such an out-of-the-box artist like Furman! The artist's latest album, Perpetual Motion People is now out on Bella Union.

Perpetual Motion People, Ezra Furman's first album for Bella Union delivers a cascade of memorably bristling hooks driven by a unique splicing of timeless influences, delivered with a restless urgency and combative spirit that shines through the American's vocals and lyrics. Having taken his time to work his way into the public consciousness, Furman's time is unquestionably now, as he finally faces an expectant audience hungry for the next stage of his thrilling approach, on record and on stage.

Enjoy the new music video and head out to Bender's in San Francisco to see Ezra Furman share a line up with Buzzmutt and Midgetmen on August 29th. By the way, if you're super boring or very politically correct, this may not be the show for you, but if you're looking for a unique line up and live music experience this is definitely a show to check out!


Miles Read & The Trip Supports Steven Roth at Neck of the Woods - 8/22

If you're into checking out a couple of folk rock bands this weekend, you'll have a great opportunity to see the San Francisco based band, Miles Read & the Trip support folk singer/songwriter, Steven Roth at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco this Saturday.

Since releasing his 2013 solo debut, Let It In, Roth had the honor of opening numerous shows for The Who-at the personal request of the band-playing with them at LA's Staples Center and NYC's Madison Square Garden. He also has opening gigs for artists including Audioslave, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl and Elvis Costello under his belt - as well as a headlining showcase hosted by Counting Crows' frontman Adam Duritz and recording sessions with Devo's Jerry Casale.

Head to the show early to check out some great local music and stay to see Steven Roth headline the show. It's going to be a great night!



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