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Slutty Hearts bring their noisy pop to The Trillium on July 3rd

"In the pocket" is a phrase used by music geeks to describe bands that are just... feeling it. And after a few years and some lineup changes, Portland's Slutty Hearts are there. Watch the closed-eyed communication between the band as singer Marisa Laurelle bashes a cymbal with a tambourine, smiling out lyrics about love crimes, and you'll see the prowess of musicians that have paid their dues. The confidence of their live set is obvious, yet there is a vulnerability that brings them to the level of the crowd. Combining the gritty realness of punk with the slick veneer of pop without sounding forced and pretentious isn't easy, but this band does it effortlessly - and with style. Catch them at the Trillium in Hood River July 3rd, or when they'll be covering the Kinks for Ray Davies Day at Bunk Bar July 15. - Just Dave

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Eyelid Kid's Frosting Pop Lends this Damned Hot Summer Some Future Cool

As a fuckoff big Urban Outfitters goes up on the drag, and as a seemingly endless series of articles about the death of the Austin creative class at the hands of the Big Dollar swarms at us like a nonstop sandstorm of hurtytruth, it's nice that we at The Deli keep gettin’ an equal if not even psychically stronger swarm of good Austin music flowing at us from the other sociological direction. It helps to keep our souls from burning out, and it's especially cockles-warmin' (oh them neglected cockles) to know that there are still some Austin creatives out there succeeding at that most oldschool Austin of tasks, in that they’re able to both continue to make awesome shit and actually make a functioning business of it.

Among those makers who keep the good light burnin' and the money comin' in to the ATX the right way (and for the right people) is one Paul Grant- Record Label Manager at the stellar Raw Paw records, and the creative force behind Eyelid Kid, an electronic pop music act that just released an excellent new track of bouncy, tempo-changing beats called “Shadow Talk.”

“Shadow Talk” is a bit of a conundrum in this celebration-obsessed city, in that its very “now,” airy, thoughtful electronic production is complemented by lyrics that are all about frustration with dating someone who is all party all the time, a sentiment that you don’t hear expressed out loud that much here in Party City, Texas. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being in the situation it discusses, “Shadow Talk” gets the feeling of being dead into someone while also being quite aware that they’re far more into themselves and The Party than is healthy just dead to rights. Lines like “But it’s just like you to blow me off” are almost painfully accurate that lopsided, always-doomed (but pretty thrilling while it lasts) dating set-up, but even if you’ve never been in that weird (and perhaps more Austin than we’d all like to admit) sexual limbo, the track itself is also just one gorgeously constructed piece of future pop music that should find itself buried deep in that part of the brain where ear worms live for any listeners who are into artful pop music.

Eyelid Kid himself calls it “frosting pop,” a moniker that encapsulates the “very bright and pretty and feels good right now” vibe of the track, though perhaps it undersells the somewhat outside-the-typical-pop-box thoughts in the lyrics. That fully pop-ness that also undermines pop expectations (lines could be maybe be drawn between Eyelid Kid’s approach and that of pop confusers PC Music) extends even to the album art, a manga-influenced piece by Blake Bohls that is very much in the realm of pop art but also very unlike most pop music record covers.

“Shadow Talk” is just one more piece of proof that Austin has a burgeoning pool of pop talent that is indie only in their disassociation with big labels and which fears no beat, and it is a wonderfully welcome piece of future-leaning pop music that is good for the Austinite’s soul, as it is for the soul of Austin itself. Eyelid Kid has only been performing since September, but it’s said that his shows are something magical to behold and more have been coming up of late (including a show at Empire Garage June 26th with The Deli Austin favorites Slooom and Shmu along with Hikes), so keep an eye on this entrepreneurial creator and embodier of the spirit of this city as it is when its being its true self at his Facebook page, and listen to the poplovely “Shadow Talk” below.

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Pale Hands, Skyes (NY) and Florio Play TT the Bear's June 16

TT the Bear's days may be numbered, but the club certainly isn't planning on quietly closing its doors. Tomorrow nigt, June 16, Skyes (NY) will be treated to a warm Boston welcome from Florio and Pale Hands. This bill is full of can't-miss performances for fans of huge pop hooks and incredibly talented vocalists. I could go on and on about the bands' respective pop sensibilities, but you're probably better-off just going to the show. 8PM doors, $8 cover, 18+ (proper ID required).

For more info about the gig, presented by Lysten Boston, click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 

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NXNE: June 17-21 2015

NXNE: Deli List, Here are our favorites!!

WED JUNE 17@The Painted Lady

Big Lonely

Teen Violence

WED JUNE 17@Coalition T.O.

Bike Thiefs

Catholic Girls

WED JUNE 17@Danforth Music Hall

Etiquette

WED JUNE 17@The Opera House

Anamai

WED JUNE 17@The Horseshoe

Blonde Elvis

For Esmé

 

WED JUNE 17@Lee's Palace

Doomsquad

Programm

ROLEMODEL

 

WED JUNE 17@The Drake

Prince Innocence

Bernice

 

WED JUNE 17@Bovine Sex Club

Mad Ones

 

WED JUNE 17@Handlebar

Murder Murder

 

WED JUNE 17@The Garrison

TWIST

 

WED JUNE 17@The Silver Dollar

The Corsets

 

Thursday June 18@The Horseshoe

Fake Palms

Bad Channels

Whimm

 

Thursday June 18@Handlebar

Walrus

Thursday June 18@The Opera House

Odonis Odonis

 

Thursday June 18@Smiling Buddha

Zones

 

Thursday June 18@The Cavern

Seraphic Lights

 

Thursday June 18@Silver Dollar

Comet Control

Elsa

 

Thursday June 18@The Garrison

Wrong Hole

Soupcans

Crosss

 

Friday June 19@The Garrison

Votiiv

 

Friday June 19@Lee's Palace

Fresh Snow

 

Friday June 19@Adelaide Hall

Zoo Owl

 

Friday June 19@Smiling Buddha

Foam

 

Friday June 19@The Silver Dollar

Dilly Dally

Pet Sun

 

Saturday June 20@The Bovine Sex Club

Terrorista

 

Saturday June 20@The Handlebar

Jaunt

 

Saturday June 20@Rivoli 

Sun K

 

Saturday June 20@The Silver Dollar

Mexican Slang

Beliefs

Dirty Frigs

 

Saturday June 20@Adelaide Hall

Greys

Das Rad

 

Saturday June 20@The Garrison

Darlene Shrugg

Michael Rault

Bile Sister

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Day Wave Releases New Single from Upcoming Debut EP

The Oakland based indie dream pop artist, Day Wave (aka Jackson Phillips) has released a new single entitled We Try But We Don’t Fit In. Day Wave is great at writing charming songs about being awkward. We Try But We Don’t Fit In is melodious and pleasing to the ears. The mix of self depricating lyrics and saccharin sweet tonal progressions can be considered a manifestation of what it's like to posess a soft side while having to endure the prickly, if not sharp edge of the effects of city life and maintaining balance in an outgoingly aggressive social scene. This awesome artist is set to release his debut EP, Headcase on July 17th. Until then, check out this new track.

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