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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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Songwriter Justine Lucas Kicks Off Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

Native San Franciscan folk artist Justine Lucas is using her music to raise funds for earthquake relief in a small village called Maleng, Nepal. Specifically to help the survivors of the affected area rebuild their homes that were demolished by the quake, Justine’s focus on this cause comes from her personal connection to the village. To assist her friend’s Nepalese family and all the neighboring families, in their tight-knit community, she will be donating 100% of any album download sales for the rest of July.

“I really believe in supporting this kind of small-community effort, it’s like DIY fundraising,” says Justine, “There’s no overhead and therefore it has an immediate impact on improving life for the affected victims. Because the funds are going directly to the villagers of Maleng, it allows them to rebuild their homes in a way that restores their culture and is functional for their way of life. It means they’re getting what they need, not some culturally-irrelevent version of what American government assumes they need.”

If you’re interested in helping the villagers rebuild their homes, you can go to Justine’s site and download any album for your donation:

A little about Justine’s music: her art showcases musical storytelling and an intimate approach to performance. She currently lives on tour as an independent and self-produced artist, traveling and expanding her exposure to traditional folk musics in different countries.


Video Premiere: An Intimate Evening with Michael Shaw – Now You Know

We’re proud to premiere the film noir, short film style music video for Now You Know from the San Francisco based rock musician, An Intimate Evening with Michael Shaw. Now You Know is a track from Shaw’s 2015 album, This is It which was independently released last month. The music video is shot in a thick, stark black and white tone and tells the story of the indiscretions of a young priest. The video is not your usual independent music video, choosing to embed itself within an "era ambiguous" plot of the most traditional taboo, but that's why we like it.

"The lyrics for "Now You Know" address the struggle for truth and honesty in a relationship, and the resulting fallout from such candor. The song chronicles me coming to terms with someone who had me on a pedestal.

With the video, we wanted to capture the tension of the lyrics in the song, while not being literal with the narrative. Working with the director, Ian Colon, and the producer, Jamie Shaw, we arrived at something heavily inspired by The Maltese Falcon and Lolita. The video was shot at some of the most iconic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area - a private dock in Sausalito, St. Hilary's in Tiburon and the streets of North Beach.

While shooting the hotel scene in the early hours of the morning in North Beach, our hazer set off the hotel's fire alarm. So at one in the morning, the whole hotel was evacuated. The crew threw a blanket over the hazer and took off down the street with it under their arms before anybody caught on. We found ourselves out in the street with about 100 tourists in their pajamas and the SFFD rushing up to the hotel in two fire trucks, with sirens blaring. So, who set off their fire alarm that night? Now you know.”Michael Shaw

Check out this video and purchase the album via Itunes.

"Now You Know" An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw from Ian Colon on Vimeo.


Night School Wild Honey and Pony Farm Play The Knockout -7/16

Oh, this is going to be a good show. The Oakland based dreamgaze-grunge band, Night School (Graveface Records) will be sharing a bill with the Brooklyn based minimal, art pop band, Pony Farm and the Baltimore based dreampop band, Wild Honey. This show is regionally eclectic, but the music will flow together really well.

We at The Deli Magazine have local Baltimore/DC and NYC blogs, so we’re excited to cover bands who have been written about on other local Deli sites! We like when our fave national bands tour because we get to write about them on our home turf!

If you like riot grrrl rock, shoegaze, dream pop and home grown Brooklyn lofi rock, you’ll be right at home at The Knockout on Thursday, July 16th! We recommend you make it a point to support some great underground music!


Club Violaine Show 7.14 with Plush, Pardoner, Young Lovers, and SHEER

San Francisco's PLUSH and pardoner are making rounds on their first tour together through California, and tomorrow they're hitting up Club Violaine's M-Club in Boyle Heights tomorrow, July 14. Enjoy the comforts of Sonic Youth-inspired noise-punk (pardoner), a rarity in Los Angeles, and 50's-reminisicent pop churned through fuzz and reverb aka sob rock (PLUSH).

The night will be supported by rising locals: post-rock group Young Lovers and doomgazers SHEER. If you've been to any of their recent shows you know how expansive these two can get. So you'll probably want to bring earplugs.

First band is on at 9 PM, 21+ venue and five bucks a pop. Get a taste of PLUSH and pardoner below, and gaze responsibly. - Ryan Mo

The Total Bettys Gear Up to Release New EP + Play Oakland Octopus Literary Salon- 7/24

We’ve got a fresh new band in town who has landed on our fare soil via Philidellphia! The Total Bettys are a super fun pop punk band who are gearing up to release a new EP entitled, Connect with the Couch which will be released on July 24th with a kickoff concert at the Oakland Octopus Literary Salon. They’ll be giving away a free zine at the event featuring original art and lyrics created by lead guitarist Bri Barrett.

The Total Bettys are a four piece pop-punk outfit based in San Francisco and the East Bay. Songwriter Maggie Grabmeier and guitarist Bri Barrett joined forces in March of 2015: they came for the face melting girl-power, and they stayed for the friendship. Recorded in Bri's apartment and mixed by Matt Regan of Hand and a Half Records, The Total Bettys' debut EP Connect with the Couch features fun, upbeat pop punk energy with witty, self-deprecating lyrics. The Total Bettys draw influence from bands like Bully, Chumped, and Best Coast.




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