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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 The By Gods for winning our latest Artist of the Month poll!  Between this victory and the June release of their debut album, "I Don't Care Who Believes Me..." this is shaping up to be the summer of The By Gods.  Their next undertaking for the hot months (besides eating a hunk of cheese like an apple) is a short jaunt to the West Coast in August to throw some feedback around.  The duo of Tye Hammond and George Pauley crank out tunes that carry the same heavy crunch of the early 90's alternative music, which should appeal to fans of Jawbreaker and Dinosaur Jr., as well as anyone who appreciates a little craftsmanship in their rock'n'roll. There's a streak of stoner ennui to opening track, "Hometown," and the album offers all manner of familiar yet long-lost sounds that make one pause and think "Wait, didn't I skate to this when I was 14?" The Deli Nashville highly recommends checking it out in its entirety on their bandcamp page: http://thebygods.bandcamp.com/and buying them a beer the next time you see them out. -Terra James-Jura



July 02, 2014

 July 1st at Exit/In marks the last show of a near month-long tour for Austin Lucas.  The former punk-rocker with a heart of gold has been hitting the road with dirty old one-man band Scott H. Biram, and heaven knows what manner of carousing the duo incited.  Here's hoping that a story or two will be shared onstage Tuesday evening.  After the tour, Lucas is ducking into the studio with The Bold Party to work on a new album.  Get a sense of his emotional but hard-bitten Southern rock with the official video for "Alone in Memphis."  The show starts at 8pm, whith Joshua Black Wilkins joing the lineup. -Terra James-Jura

July 01, 2014

 "Cat's Eye Ring" is the first track that Steelism has released in anticipation of their new album "615 to Fame." The vintage-minded pioneers of the instrumental frontier have set September 16th as the release date for their first full-length album, which will be put out by Shoals-based label Single Lock Records.  Listen to the track and see if it doesn't make your heart stop a beat from the cinematic perfection of the moment every time the lead guitar rings back out over the strings and pedal steel.  The duo will be joining Apache Relay, Promised Land Sound and ELEL for Nashville Dancin' at Riverfront Park this Thursday, July 3rd.  -Terra James-Jura

June 30, 2014

Anyone hanging out at The Basement Sunday night would have had the opportunity to catch Renee-Louise Carafice.  Fresh from a visit to her native soil of New Zealand, Carafice made her return known by knocking out a set during The Basement's Sunday Post. May saw the release of her latest album, "Power Animals." It's a catharsis cocooned in an orchestra's worth of odd and obscure instruments (ocarinas, anyone?). Track 2, "I Have Some Problems" lays the groundwork for the rest of the recording, a dense tangle of noise of which Carafice even warns "-these are not songs that you would sing in the shower." However, somehow, out of the dated synth and drum machines and droning repetition of the title line comes something stark and beautiful.  So, if you think you're ready for the journey into Carafice's head, check out "Power Animals." -Terra James-Jura

June 23, 2014

This past weekend, Nashville had its annual pride festival. It was wonderful! Publice Square Park transformed into a sea of people coming together for the same great cause. The two nights featured food trucks, businesses, and local as well as not-so-local musicians. It really was truly amazing. The Nashville artists consisted of The Harmaleighs, Ponychase, and the QDP DJs. The Harmaleighs are soulful and sweet, and will next be playing Murfreesboro Folk'n'Art Festival on July 26th. As always, Ponychase was awesome and the DJs kept things lively both days. –Amanda Aydelott

June 23, 2014

 This weekend is packed with some Deli favorites here, so if you're recovered from Bonnaroo, we strongly encourage you to venture out for some local music!


Thelma and the Sleaze, The Dead Deads, Flesh Wounds, and That's My Kid at The Basement, 9pm, $5

Deluxin', Bully, Dimples at The Stone Fox, 9pm, $5

The Vegabonds and Soul Mechanic play The End, 9pm, $8

Arkansas Elvis, Naveah and Blaine the Mono at Springwater Supper Club, 8pm, $5


The Whigs, Penicillin Baby and Moseley are at Mercy Lounge, 9pm, $12

Next door at the High Watt has Stagolee, Feedback Revival and Smooth Dialects, 9pm, $7

Mystery Twins, The Joy Kills, The Wooly Mamas, and The Switchmen play The 5 Spot, 9pm, $5

Tweens, No Regrets Coyote, and Fox Fun at The End, 9pm, $8

Brandon Brain's Album Release Party will be at Cafe Coco, with Korey Jejuan Parker, 9pm, $5


Moth of the South, Silent Planet, Rivera, Monroe play Rocketown, 6pm, $8

The Basement's Sunday Post includes Bow and Arrows, Idle Bloom, Mom and Dad, Ttotals and Renee Sparkles, 9pm, free



June 19, 2014

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