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Best of LA 2009- #28 Dawes live at the Troubadour, March 11

I would hang out with Dawes.  What's not to like?  They make great, straight forward music that is free of pretention and full of soul.  The four gentlemen involved in Dawes are as follows:  Taylor Goldsmith, Griffin Goldsmith (fraternal duo, not a romantic couple), Wylie Gelber, and Alex Casnoff.  To be quite frank, the name Griffin was to get me on board, but if you're not as easily persuaded, let me do more to convince you.  Dawes sounds distinctly American, perhaps due to their heavy soul influence.  They also have made it their modus operandi to capture the inherent nature of their instruments.  The guitars sound like guitars, and the organs sound like organs.  No distortion, no synthesizers, and no auto-tune.  The vocals are pure and devoid and resonate perfectly with the musical backdrop.  All in all, this band is well worth your time. 


Warpaint: Female Phenoms.

Warpaint perfectly weds 70s psychedelia with the haunting female vocals of Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman. Their music is a testament to the X chromosome, creating music that is uniquely and eerily alluring. Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass also lends her voice on occasion while Stella Mozgawa sticks to the drums. Warpaint is currently on tour through March, but should be back in Los Angeles at the end of the month. Check out their debut EP Equisite Corpse out on Manimal Vinyl.



Feeling the love with Dawes.

The feisty foursome Dawes just released a spectacular music video entitled "Love Is All I Am".  It is sure to have you feeling amorous in mere seconds.  Modern scenes are juxtaposed against grainy shots that look as though they were snatched from a family's home movie collection.  Check it out!



Submit to play during SXSW! - Music Tech Mashup Party!

Deli readers who play in bands,

The Deli has reserved 3 showcase slots at Music Tech Mashup during SXSW, which will take place at Rusty Spurs in Austin, TX on 7th St. on March 17. Rusty Spurs features 3 stages with an 800 person capacity in the middle of it all and is an official SXSW venue. During SXSW it will host shows by heavy hitters like Echo and the Bunnymen, Vega (Neon Light side project) and Semi Precious Weapons (recently on tour with Lady Gaga) amongst others.

To apply to play this SXSW show all you need to do is fill in this form HERE and click on the confirmation email you'll receive (this will simply add you to our mailing list and enter your band in our fabulous charts organized by genre and region - one day we'll also create band profiles!). 3 artists will be selected by the organizers (one of them will be a local Austin, TX artist). Any band that is available to travel to Austin is eligible. Submission deadeline is Monday 02.22 at 11.59 pm.

Music Tech Mashup Showcase (hosted by Coast to Coast Models & Events and presented by The Deli, Hunnypot, GreenShoeLace) will celebrate the convergence of music and technology and the opportunities it presents for everyone involved just as SXSW itself switches gears from Interactive Week to Music Week.This is a list of some of the artists already booked: Jada - Universal Motown Records (Boston, MA) - Bamboo Shoots - Epic Records (New York) - Shinobi Ninja - (Brooklyn, NY) - McAlister Drive - (Boston, MA) - Odd Modern - (Los Angeles, CA) - Keys and Crates (Toronto, Canada) - Curtis Santiago (Toronto, Canada) - Keith Masters (Chicago, IL) - FutureCop! (UK) - Mark Foster (Los Angles, CA).

The Deli's Staff

Nicole Simone to release debut EP, featuring Jason Schwartzman

Nicole Simone | "Melt"
Dir. by Abazar Khayami

Having always been fascinated with old films and nostalgic art, singer/songwriter Nicole Simone's sound dates back to a time where vocals were the sexiest part of the show. One can only wonder how Jason Schwartzman, local raconteur of the pop rock sort, will fit drum and banjo parts into Simone's self-titled debut EP, due March 5th.

Nicole Simone plays The Bootleg Theatre on February 24.


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