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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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Indie punk outfit Möbius Strip melts faces at The Black Cat, 8/18

When two guys start shouting, it usually spells trouble. Not so with Möbius Strip, an indie punk trio from DC. The vocals are harsh and gritty, the basslines are chunkier than Campbell’s soup, and the guitars cry out for the world to listen, all classic ingredients to a quality punk act. Möbius Strip isn’t just another punk act, however. Their latest 7” Palabras Podridas was recorded with living legend Don Zientara in his studio. You’ll be able to find these noteworthy rockers headlining at The Black Cat, 8/18. All ages, $10. -Jonathan Goodwin


CMJ Show Opportunity: Submit your band to play one of The Deli's Music Marathon 2015 shows! (FREE)

Musicians in The Deli World (i.e. the 12 local US scenes we cover - list here),

Once again, The Deli will give some emerging bands and artists the opportunity to play at one of its CMJ 2015 Music Marathon showcases.

This year we have booked a bunch of shows in the Lower East Side (Pianos on Friday night and Rockwood on Wednesday!) and Williamsburg (The Living Room on Saturday and Muchmore's on Thursday!), and - as usual - we'll have several stages for different musical genres.

We are looking to book 3 or more artists for these shows through this submissions system.

To be considered, all you need to do is to apply HERE - good luck!

Submission deadline: August 15, 2015.

The Deli's Staff

Baltimore rock trio Outer Spaces to play the Windup Space, 8/12

Put simply, Outer Spaces rocks. This Baltimore trio plots its essence in catchy riffs, classic drumbeats, and cheerfully nihilistic lyrics. Effortless transitioning is one of their specialties, slipping from folksy acoustic to grungy alt-punk without losing the listener. The gripping vocals are supplied by one Cara Beth Satalino, an experienced rocker whose pipes fall somewhere between Stevie Nicks and Courtney Barnett. Attendees won’t be disappointed when Outer Spaces heads up their gig at the Windup Space on 8/12. Doors at 9, bring a friend. -Jonathan Goodwin


Blues quartet Ezra Mae and The Gypsy Moon headline at The Pinch, 8/7

Perfect for a smoky, haze-filled cocktail lounge, Ezra Mae and The Gypsy Moon have an excellently refined grasp on backroom blues, with a touch of garage lo-fi for flavor. A rare treat, this DC-based foursome has good stage presence and the sort of sultry vocals that induce deep trances of wistfulness. Kicking it right after only two years on the scene, Ezra Mae and The Gypsy Moon have a sound modeled after the greats of blues-rock, replete with weepy guitars and thick bass lines. Do yourself a favor and catch them headlining at The Pinch, 8/7, $7. -Jonathan Goodwin

The Seeers open for Loud Boyz record party at DC9 Nightclub, 8/1

 This Saturday, they’re driving all the way from Norfolk, VA, to open for the Loud Boyz release party for their new LP. They’re called The Seeers and they have something for everyone who likes rocking out. Grinding out tasty guitar progressions and understated vocals never sounded so great. Inspiring headbanging, crowdsurfing, and casual swaying all at once, these guys have great crossover appeal in their repertoire, from garage grit to mellow indie vibes. Switching from emulating The Who to a punky REM, The Seeers will be a perfect opener for the party at DC9 on 8/1. Doors at 9, $10. -Jonathan Goodwin




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