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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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Raising the spirit of noise pop with Crown Dancer’s debut EP

Facebook likes aren't everything; just ask Crown Dancer. Formed in 2013 somewhere in South East LA, the five musicians Fernando Nunez, Keith Hernandez, Jesus Barron, Marlow Coloma, and AJ Dungo were more interested in crafting wildly poppy songs from their prismatic and far-flung influences: outwards from Japanese post-rock math group Toe and the British jazz-punk King Krule, to the hip hop messiah Kendrick Lamar and late soul wonder Lee Moses.

What came out from hours in the studio was a sound consciously inflected by emotive synth, crash, and fuzz. With noisy-yet-catchy compositions and high-energy lives fit to open for acts like No Age, Future Islands, and The War On Drugs, it’s almost heinous that they're still infants in the social media scene.

But don’t take their sparse Internet presence as a sign of youth: Crown Dancer have performed with the finest underground acts in all corners of city, sounding off with the progpunk duo The Littlest Viking, glistening noise trio Take Pictures, and the Gutter Trunk hip hop muse Bizzart aka GOTHIC CHOLO.

Crown Dancer are currently working on their first EP “Leftovers.” Recorded and mixed by Dylan Wood (Pageants, Time of Wolves, ex- 60-Watt Kidd), this year-long labor of love is slated to finish by the end of June. They have plans to begin recording a full-length soon, and will make their last appearance (for a while) tomorrow at Young Lovers’ third night of residency with The Littlest Viking. Listen to the first three demos of “Leftovers” EP and see them live tomorrow night at Pehrspace! - Ryan Mo


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The Cutting Room celebrates Culture Remixed 4th Anniversary at R Studio

Culture Remixed and Sumo Hair come together for the third Cutting Room experience, celebrating four years of beat coverage by Culture Remixed! Come early to clean it up at downtown LA’s Studio R with cuts from Sumo Hair, then get dirty with sets from Aztlan Quetzal, Luke Cage, Josh Spoon, Nite N Dae, Point 10, and Rob Bliss.

Julián Félix is the man behind Culture Remixed, covering the Los Angeles Beat scene, emerging Latina/o electronic artists, and independent labels around the globe. As a writer, community college professor, and moonlighting DJ/visual artist, Félix began covering Lincoln Height’s experimental hip hop and electronic music purveyor Low End Theory, and started Culture Remixed as a way to improve his DJing. He has since branched out to write and feature producers across the country and in LA’s backyard, including Open Mike Eagle, Bür Gür, and Kenny Segal. Along with his bread-and-butter, Félix also spins jazz, soul, funk, R&B, Afro beat, and more from Boyle Heights’ Radio Sombra.

Stream Culture Remixed at Radio Sombra every Saturday Night from 6-8pm PST, and check out the eclectic lineup tomorrow, free from 7pm – 1am! - Ryan Mo


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Melodic prog-punk duo The Littlest Viking say next LP will be "emo Santana's 'Supernatural' album"

Three years ago, The Deli caught a whiff of The Littlest Viking on their self-titled LP off Mountain Man Records. It was hairy. It was sweaty. It was 12 songs of start-stop rhythms and callus-inducing riffage that would make Pete & Pete beam with pride.

The labor and lust of Ruben "Emo" Cortez and "Metal" Christopher Gregory (first released in 2009) matches breakneck shredding and irregular time signatures that are as fun to play as they are to dance to, influenced by bands like Jawbreaker, Drive Like Jehu, and American Football. Fans of Giraffes? Giraffes! and Cinemechanica will feel right at home in TLV's whirlwind of perspiration and referential music jokes.

This year, Littlest Viking is setting out to do the near-impossible: work a new album with a well-thought out pop direction. Says Cortez:
 
"While the first album was a portrait of two young punks trying to play every lick and fill we knew with ridiculous speed and the second album was a more self-aware album where we were trying to sift through the previous work, this new album is a focused collection of songs that is more methodical and self-edited than previous. We joke around that it's going to be an emo Santana's "Supernatural" album, which will make sense once it's fully completed and we can finally get a callback from Michelle Branch."

And if you're itching to see, smell, and hear these guys perform, you're in luck: Littlest Viking will be joining Young Lovers for their third night of residency/music video premiere at Pehrspace on May 25th.

Not sold yet? Listen to "Lumpy Space Princess" off their self-titled LP below. - Ryan Mo


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Corsica Arts Club releases debut EP, play the Satellite in June

Corsica Arts Club have fully evolved into their own identity with their self-titled debut EP, four catchy tracks of spiky guitars and lush electronics that invigorate with a gentle, cool mist. The original project of Brendan Thompson and Arash Parsee, they've since matured into a thrillingly confident quintet to bring their Labrador records-recalling indie pop into a live setting. 

The band is celebrating the EP's June 9 release with an album release show at the Satellite on June 12th. 

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