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A Heart is a Spade: Real Estate Visits WFUV
Drowned in Sound: Sisyphus - Sisyphus
Drowned in Sound: Two Wings - A Wake
A Heart is a Spade: Ellie Goulding Visits Ellen

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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!

Mike Sempert plays Hotel Cafe on 4.16

Mike Sempert is better known as the songwriter and frontman of Birds & Batteries, a Bay Area duo that fused slinky electro-pop with proggy, seventies soft rock. So it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Serpent has scaled down the electronic contours of that project to follow a more natural sound. In the months leading to his move from the Bay Area to Los Angeles Sempert wrote the entirety of his debut full-length Mid Dream, an introspective reflection of that transitional period. It offers a faithful portrait of a hopeful transplant determined to make his move with the drifting, shimmering sounds of Americana at his side. Sempert will be playing a couple of shows in the West Coast, starting with an appearance at Hotel Cafe on April 16. 


Artist to Watch: Girlpool

Acoustic punk duo, Girlpool, write unapologetically gut-punching songs with razor-sharp harmonies. Their debut release, the 7 song self-titled album recently released on cassette, has more depth than most over-produced rock albums that are sent straight to commercial radio. Each song clocks in at under 3 minutes, defining "leave them wanting more." Despite their lo-fi approach and punk aesthetic, the recordings are crystal clear, but still full of grit; creating punchy rhythms and plenty of groove without the use of drums. An impressive feat, these two are not to be ignored. And without sounding trite, it's impossible not to recognize the eery resemblance to an unplugged Nirvana. Standout tracks, "Paint Me Colors, and "Slutmouth," prove there is a new generation of feminists. Pulling together pieces of 80s and 90s female punk/Riot-grrrl trailblazers, Girlpool is rightfully claiming them as their own, and joining their voices to create a collective mouthpiece for gender-redefining millennials. Stream the entire album on bandcamp below and see them live tonight at The Bootleg, or April 12 at The Smell. - Jacqueline Caruso


Stream: Banta "Dark Charms"

It's still a mystery why baby boomer soft rock has become such a commodity with the younger crowd these days, but such are the effects of living in an age of pop culture that commemorates its own past. The fine-tuned midtempo singles of Echo Park troupe Banta sound like they could've followed a Steve Winwood number in the radio twenty years ago, but nevertheless, there's a good reason why they'd even be featured at all. "Dark Charms", for instance, has a stiff groove that instantly grabs you with its minimalist groove, carried by a luscious production that features the seductive vocal delivery of Sharaya Mikael. This isn't necessarily the first incarnation of Banta's sound, as their previous release through Bandcamp, "3 Feet From Gold", has more of a neo-soul feel, but the steady, bourgeois tempo of "Charms" suits them very well. Banta are hosting a residency at Silverlake Lounge throughout the month of April.


Stream: Emma Ruth Rundle, "Arms I Know So Well"

Standing well on her own two feet, Emma Ruth Rundle has released the first single from her forthcoming solo album, due out May 20 on Sargent House. She is best known for her work in Red Sparowes and Marriages, but this first listen feels like a necessary endeavor. The opening is wistful and ghostly, as her voice and guitar stand solitarily in reverberant space. The sparse arrangement pierces straight to the heart and leaves no room for doubt that her melancholy cries for comfort and redemption are an exorcism of sorts. Gently in the background, the strings moan like a tortured soul calling from the grave for deliverance. Her beautifully tortured cry of "please deliver me from all the evil I've done to myself and deliver me to arms I know so well" acts as a prologue to the story that is to unfold through the rest of her album. If these goosebumps are telling, it is sure to be amongst the top in those year end lists. - Jacqueline Caruso


Video: Mystic Braves, "Desert Island"

Psychedelia is having a serious resurgence and Mystic Braves are drawing on their west coast upbringing to make their mark in this acid-drenched landscape. Their recently released video for "Desert Island," is the first single from their forthcoming LP of the same name, due out April 29, which also happens to be the second full length release from this young band. While it may appear formulaic at first glance, frontman Julian Ducatenzeiler describes their honest approach, stating, "we simply write sensible pop songs from the heart with psychedelic textures and tones. It just comes natural to us." Anyone who has spent their formative years exploring the landscapes of Southern California can surely relate to its magical influence. Get tripped out with The Mystic Braves every Monday in April for their Residency at The Echo. - Jacqueline Caruso

Mystic Braves- Desert Island from Jenny Nirgends on Vimeo.


Terraplane Plane Sun announce new album Generation Blues, share new track "The Stone"

 Venice quintet Terraplane Sun began as loping, bluesy musicians residing in a hillside somewhere up in Laurel Canyon. That side of them will never perish, though, but there's something startingly joyful about their new track "The Stone" - the band is letting loose with a graceful fete that doesn't shy from their roots-rock breathren, sharing a more accesible, though still thoroughly complex songcraft that has the same shimmering allure of their neighbors Local Natives. The title of their latest is called Generation Blues (which comes out in July), though, and with Wilco/My Morning Jacket producer Dave Trumfio in the helm it will surely throw some curveballs. Check out a preview of their new album below, and make sure to see them at the Troubadour on April 23 before they complete their nationwide trek in May.


Stream: Gallant "Jupiter Grayscale"

R&B singer Gallant has just released a new track titled  "Jupiter Grayscale", a follow-up to his spellbinding, therapeutic single "Forfeit". His music sounds like a combination of the Weeknd and Mikky Ekko thrown into one beautiful pot. It's like a wave washing over you, his alluring voice matched perfectly with his new age synths to create beats you crave to hear when laying in bed or driving around town. - Kayla Hay



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