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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

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Primaveras blooms on "Can't Undo my Love," plays at The Silverlake Lounge on 10/30

James Clifford evolves on both a personal and musical level with "Can't Undo My Love." Clifford, who now goes by Primaveras, first caught my attention in 2016 with his terrific single "2 AM Chinatown."  What once was a soft rock-informed bedroom pop project, ushered with calm reflection, now tries to capture your attention with a forthcoming embrace. He ambles with a cool confidence, taking the lusher aspects of eighties British pop and turning them into a slick, uptempo ballad which has a "driving down the PCH with the windows rolled down" kind of groove. Clifford may have released a song with a summery feel to it, but isn't the summer a state of mind, anyway? 

"Can't Undo My Love" is taken from Primaeras' debut full-length album, Echoes in the Well of Being, which came out late last month. Catch him at the Silverlake Lounge on October 30. Juan Rodríguez

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Hey, Chels' "Sludge Town, USA" is a white-knuckle ripper

Hey, Chels forge a muscular, guitar-driven ode to classic alternative rock on "Sludge Town, USA." Even the track's nondescript title gives the assumption that it could've come out of anywhere, given how the San Diego band crank up their amps with mounds of blissful, post-shoegaze distortion. But this isn't your everyday revision of a bygone nostalgic era - the four-piece revitalize a timeless sound on their own terms with great conviction. It's a visceral jammer which sends a mighty call with an urgency that is impossible to reproduce. 

"Sludge Town, USA" is the leadoff track off of Hey, Chels' recently-releeased self-titled EP. Juan Rodríguez

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Bicoastal duo EXES releases new EP "Before You Go"

In their new EP Before You Go (set for release October 5), bi-coastal duo EXES have expanded their exploratory indie-pop collection. The physical distance between these artists is certainly not palpable in this collection of cohesive, neatly produced tracks. Integrating snapshots of recent thoughts and experiences into their new work, EXES has merged their characteristic mellow pop with a noticeably more candid lyrical approach, showcasing the growth of this duo both musically as well as personally.  The duo's sound is driven by the soft, melodic vocals of Brooklyn-based singer Allie McDonald and the edgy electronic beats of LA-based producer Mike Derenzo, resulting in a soulful interpretation of clean electronica. Single “Before you Break” explores a playful staccato vocal style that, combined with a slow-burning drum track and layers of subtle ambiance, reveals the meticulous production elements of their recent work. Many of their new songs contain very visual and often experience-based lyrics. “Peckham” vividly evaluates abstract subjects such as romance, hopes and fears, showcasing this band’s equal consideration of both sound and substance. You can stream EXES’ Before You Go in full right now via Live Nation’s Ones To Watch, and be sure to keep an eye out for the official release this Friday. -Rebecca Carroll


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