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Boston singer/songwriter George Woods plays The Red Door on Monday (12/14)

Back in September, Boston-based singer/songwriter George Woods released 'Bedroom Demos,' an offering of two ruggedly pretty songs. Both blues-oriented folk tracks, the guitar-twined "Please Please" and "Devil's Got a Face" (streaming below) show the deep-voiced Woods candidly yet sweetly pining for romance, readily admitting his faults while devoting himself to another. Recalling a bit more of a downhome Jack White, Woods bravely shows vulnerability on these tracks, soulfully singing out pain. Reportedly at work on his sophomore studio effort (after 2012's 'Heartbeat), George Woods plays at The Red Door in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Monday (12/14). - Zach Weg

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The Right Way to Listen to The Succulents' New Tracks is with a Full Moon Blazin'

Get into The Succulents, a sparkling new band that looks like might get some traction in Austin with two new tunes of lovely lady-created, soulful Southern indie music. This trio of ladies have laid down two smoky, bluesy indie tunes, dropped 'em online for ya as a teaser taste for their upcoming album Stories from the Moon, and we’ve got each here today. There’s a nice bit of flavor coming off of these, a flavor that’s a bit dark and certainly adventurous with some real Western tones (the horns are an especially good bit of added flair), and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this group quickly rocket to the top of bills around the city if the rest of the album and their live show are as well put together as these two tracks. The fact that (full disclosure!) one of these fine, talented women was once an intern at this very site is somethin’ we are more’n a little proud of. Take yourself to a porch outside somewhere when the moon is lit up fine, and settle back with these two tracks below playing to get familiar with The Succulents, and keep an ear to the ground for their upcoming full-length. 

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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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