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Boston sextet Loose Change's sunny rock

As heard on their warm, harmonica-hinged songs "Get What You Give" and "Sun Go Down," Boston sextet Loose Change radiantly blends the bluesy rock of 'Beggars Banquet'-era The Rolling Stones and the floaty Americana of Wilco's 'Summerteeth.' Lead singer Sam Bergquist even sports the prowling voice of Mick Jagger on the latter track and, with his bandmates' tight drumming and smooth guitar strums in the background, he makes Loose Change pleasantly, wonderfully fresh. While the band doesn't currently have a forthcoming show listed, keep posted on its Facebook page. - Zach Weg

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Lovely Weirdos Tom Florida & The Episodes Release Lovely and Weird Video "True"

Rough and lo-fi are alright by us here at The Deli, especially when that rawness is coupled with some appropriately weird composition. Apropos of that, here's a new vid of retro oddness and lo-fi psych blues rock by Tom Florida & The Episodes for you out there who share our proclivity for the delicious strangeness that can come from those on the wacky lo-fi side of town. Tom’s music falls into that weird crack between genres where truly unique music is able to thrive like a flowering weed on the sidewalk, particularly playing around between the psych and electronic and folky genres, but really being all its own thing. Like many other iconoclastic acts, Tom Florida & The Episodes are obviously very familiar with their influencing sounds, but also a bit irreverent, and the resulting music is fun, freaky and far-out. We especially dig the 80s tech aesthetic in the band’s visuals and the electronic parts of their tracks (hear more at their Bandcamp here, where they have a new EP out as well), subjects that other psych bands often steer clear of, perhaps due to a misguided sense of trying to recreate the golden age of psych. You’ll get no such limits with Tom Florida and crew, who seem happy to stick just about anything they like from any genre or era into their work, which benefits from that freedom greatly. Put some weirdness in your eyes and ears below with “True,” y’all.

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Hot Cotton Drops a Bevy of Solid Singer-Songwriter Tracks on SoundCloud

Here’s a voice from the singer-songwriter and folky sides of Austin’s musicsphere to watch. Hot Cotton is the name that local musician Eva Mueller’s solo work is released under, and after a couple tracks released a few years ago, Mueller is releasing Hot Cotton tracks again in spades on her SoundCloud page. Mueller’s work is emotional and resonates with undeniable authenticity, and sound-wise it lives somewhere around Jenny Lewis or Neko Case’s more pared-down, folskier stuff, perhaps a bit more bent away from country and toward the acoustic indie of the 90s (Neutral Milk Hotel etc.). Take a listen to one of our favorite tracks from the many Hot Cotton have just put out below, and if you like what you hear, keep tabs on Hot Cotton over at her FB page. From what we can tell, these tracks are just demos, which means there will probably be some other versions and/or more tracks coming soon, which can’t be anything but good news for those of you who dig smart, well-crafted revelatory music.

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Tara Beier Wraps Recording, Gently Rocks Hugh's Room

Vancouver-born Tara Beier is an impressive tour-de-force - actor, director, and one hell of a singer-songwriter. Last year, Beier independently released her debut EP, Purple Trees, which was met with great reception and put her on the map as one of Canada’s unique folk acts. Beier’s combination of styles and sounds, ranging from simple acoustic ballads to catchy pop-like melodies prove that she can take any vibe and truly make it her own. The song Mayan Sun in particular has a sound that just sticks in your head. Earlier this year she recorded her upcoming album,  Hero & the Sage (release yet to be dated), and released the title track. It’s got a smooth and memorable acoustic melody that helps show off Beier’s impressive vocal range and talent. If I were you, I’d make sure to check out Tara Beier along with The Silverthorns at Hugh’s Room on November 30th.

Mike B

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Lindsie Feathers @ Elbo Room

Lindsie Feathers is releasing her latest full-length album, Neon Renaissance, this week. The album has been a labor of love for Feathers over the last two years, and combines an array styles and themes. The album has an overall folk and storytelling feel to it, but the stories are blanketed over developing and creative tracks. An example is the protest song that Feathers allowed us to share below, "Be Good To Me". This track has a reggae feel at its core, but filtered through rustic charm that is very refreshing.

You can catch Lindsie Feathers at Double Door on 11/24 for a free show and at Elbo Room on 11/27 for the album release event. [photo credit -- Jennifer Hardin]

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