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Linear Downfall hits the road; Win two tickets for their Nashville show!

If there's a soundtrack to losing your mind and loving it, Linear Downfall is the composer, the band, and the medium itself. All the symptoms are there on 2015's Sufferland: the delicate, lucid orchestral movements, feeding directly into pieces that sound like those movements were run through a random number generator and then stomped into the concrete. Needless to say, their live show is also completely nuts. That's why we're thrilled to announce that not only is Linear Downfall taking their freak-psych show on the road, but they're kicking the whole thing off with a Nashville stop on May 6 featuring Pleasures, Yumi and the System, and Carter Routh. Oh, and did we mention that a lucky fan and their plus-one will get to check that show out for free?

Enterprising Nashvillians who want TWO free tickets to the May 6 show at the High Watt oughta follow us on Twitter and then tweet with the hashtag #DeliGiveaway. It's that easy! The contest closes in one week, on April 26 at noon CST, which also happens to be when we'll notify our randomly-chosen winner. And while it's true that there's only going to be one winner, the fact that Linear Downfall is on tour should put a big ol' smile on everybody's face. Have a look at the full tour schedule below and start planning! 

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Echoscape unveils video for "March of A Lonesome Man" + plays Pianos on 05.04

We discovered Echoscape, the brainchild of NYC's dreamy acoustic guitar virtuoso Satoshi Inoue, through our latest Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists.  As you can see from his latest video for instrumental piece "March of A Lonesome Man," the young man has a rather unique way to play that instrument. His sung songs blend dream pop, folk and math rock in unexpected ways, check out his recent single 'Brightest,' below. You can catch Echoscape live at Pianos on May 4th.

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Is NYC's 'avant-indie' back? Twig Twig plays Alphaville tonight (04/12)

The Deli came up with the word "Avant-Indie" about a decade ago, and it's proud of the fact that it stuck (at least to a certain degree!). The term was coined mostly because we didn't feel comfortable using the loaded word 'experimental' for edgy indie bands. Also, since at the time NYC was experiencing an explosion of music that was truly pushing the envelope, we felt the need to create a word that could define that movement, which ended up giving us artists as relevant as Animal Collective, St. Vincent and Dirty Projectors, as separate from 'regular indie rock.' Rather heavy on the ear, those years were naturally followed by a period during which simpler musical revivals dominated our scene: the roots invasion of the early '10s, the never obsolete garage rock NYC flavor, the '80s synth-pop revival, the 90's rock renaissance...). But 'avant' inclinations are ingrained in the Big Apple's scene, and we are wondering if times are mature to give a renewed attention to acts that try their hardest to avoid the revival label. Brooklyn's Twig Twig squarely belong to this category. Their debut EP 'normal feelings,' released this past March, doesn't sound very... 'normal,' but still manages to be touching and sincere, and that's a rare form of beauty. Employing a restrained sonic palette made of granular synth sounds, aloof vocals, and simple electronic drum sounds and patterns, the band excercises their 'avant' tendencies within a song format that employs melodies ranging from the poppy (like in remarkable ambient ballad 'Fade Away,' streaming) to the out there (as in single 'Talk Go'). Don't miss their live show at Alphaville tonight (04.12) with other local forward looking bands Fieldings and Railings.

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Shanshala explores the dark corners on "Creepier Than Family"

There's something weird going on in Nashville, and I like it. Remember when the underground scene started getting some attention and everybody realized there was a rich layer of music underneath the shiny radio country exterior? That whole scene is sure no secret anymore, and we're starting to see signs of a layer growing underneath that. It's moldy, the temperature is stifling, and we have every reason to believe this is where the mole people are hiding some form of civilization.

Ace Quaalude is the first one we spotted, but that could have been an isolated incident. It's when we noticed Velcro & The Slow Children and its parent Mesoamerica Records that it became clear some kind of funky movement was brewing.  Shanshala's Creepier Than Family is the sprawling manifesto for that movement. Featuring the aforementioned misfit stalwarts, as well as fellow Deli favorites Bummr City and a handful of other contributors, the album sounds something like if Ween were raised on the garage rock ethos. Despite covering a lot of ground, Creepier Than Family keeps focus with admirable precision. The Bandcamp page notes that these songs were recorded during sessions for an official full-length debut by Shanshala. Keep an eye out for that, but hit the stream below in the meantime. -Austin Phy

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Deli Exclusive Premiere: Strange Mother Is the Smiley-est Band in Town in New 'Blueberry' Music Video

Last time we brought you the wild and irreverent sounds of Austin’s Strange Mother, they were called Gormeh Sabzi and they were singin’ about the weird American fuckery that is Black Friday. Today though, the band has taken a slightly more easy-to-spell name, and they’ve put out what is certainly the happiest song about flies and maggots and blueberries that you’ll ever damn hear.

We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the video for the aptly-named “Blueberry” here for you at The Deli Austin today, and we’re pumped to bring you a track this sunny and spazzy to kick your summer off right. I mean, just look at those grins- Strange Mother must damn well be the best, most manic smilin’ band in town, and they make music to fit that image to a strange tee. These guys quite obviously know how to have a weird, fun time, and their version of punkish synthy rock with off-kilter song subjects is a pure distillation of the kinda oldschool Austin spirit that we love to see still rockin’ around this ole town.

Get on this new video below, get ready to have the spirit of good times pumped directly into your brainbox by Strange Mother and don’t be surprised if you find yourself chanting “Blue! Ber! Ry!” for the rest of the week. Oh, and make sure to peep the appearance of Strange Mother bassist Eric Peana, who is also the crooner half of our Artist of the Year for 2015, Capyac! Austin really is a small world y’all.

"I was a maggot, now I wanna lay my maggots!"

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