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Luke Sweeney's 'Strung Together' Residency Finale – 7/26

The San Francisco based singer/songwriter, indie pop musician Luke Sweeney will be completing his residency with Miller Carr at the Make Out Room in San Francisco on Sunday, July 26th.

For the final event, Tim Cohen of Magic Trick and The Fresh & Onlys will be performing a solo set. The Chico, California based soul singer/songwriter Pat Hull will be playing the line up with musician Nicholas Campbell. This is going to be a very intimate event, showcasing some of the Bay Area's best male vocalists and guitar players.

In this rocky time in the San Francisco's arts and music scene, we should certainly pull together and support our hard working local musicians! Artists like Luke Sweeney and Tim Cohen have had staying power in the Bay Area over the years, surviving venues getting shut down, neighborhoods morphing and the depletion of resources for independent local musicians.

The best we can do for our community is show up, have fun, encourage our local artists and buy drinks and merch!

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DRINKS Releases New Single – Laying Down Rock

We’re so into Laying Down Rock, the new single from the art rock duo, DRINKS, a new music project consisting of the San Francisco based musician, Tim Presley also known as White Fence and the lovely, Wales native Cate Le Bon. If you like Violent Femmes, the Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads and oddly composed art rock in general, DRINKS’ sense of humor and quirkiness is going to quickly earn your admiration.

Presley and Le Bon switch duties as lead vocalists from one track to another. Their previous single, the title track of their upcoming album, Hermits on Holiday had Le Bon sharing her angelic voice without any presence of Presley's vocal talents.

The tongue and cheek-ness of Laying Down Rock is only appropriately enjoyed with a slightly sadistic grin drawn across your cheeks, as Tim Presley’s off putting, slightly dark confidence and vocal expression is funny, but also a bit sinister. That said, if you listen closely you'll hear a glimmer of hope and a moral in Presley's troubadour-esque declaration that affirms that true love does exist. Take a listen and look out for DRINKS’ upcoming album, Hermits On Holiday, which is due out on August 21st through Birth Records & Heavenly Recordings.

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Songwriter Justine Lucas Kicks Off Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

Native San Franciscan folk artist Justine Lucas is using her music to raise funds for earthquake relief in a small village called Maleng, Nepal. Specifically to help the survivors of the affected area rebuild their homes that were demolished by the quake, Justine’s focus on this cause comes from her personal connection to the village. To assist her friend’s Nepalese family and all the neighboring families, in their tight-knit community, she will be donating 100% of any album download sales for the rest of July.

“I really believe in supporting this kind of small-community effort, it’s like DIY fundraising,” says Justine, “There’s no overhead and therefore it has an immediate impact on improving life for the affected victims. Because the funds are going directly to the villagers of Maleng, it allows them to rebuild their homes in a way that restores their culture and is functional for their way of life. It means they’re getting what they need, not some culturally-irrelevent version of what American government assumes they need.”

If you’re interested in helping the villagers rebuild their homes, you can go to Justine’s site and download any album for your donation:
https://justinelucas.bandcamp.com

A little about Justine’s music: her art showcases musical storytelling and an intimate approach to performance. She currently lives on tour as an independent and self-produced artist, traveling and expanding her exposure to traditional folk musics in different countries.

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Video Premiere: An Intimate Evening with Michael Shaw – Now You Know

We’re proud to premiere the film noir, short film style music video for Now You Know from the San Francisco based rock musician, An Intimate Evening with Michael Shaw. Now You Know is a track from Shaw’s 2015 album, This is It which was independently released last month. The music video is shot in a thick, stark black and white tone and tells the story of the indiscretions of a young priest. The video is not your usual independent music video, choosing to embed itself within an "era ambiguous" plot of the most traditional taboo, but that's why we like it.

"The lyrics for "Now You Know" address the struggle for truth and honesty in a relationship, and the resulting fallout from such candor. The song chronicles me coming to terms with someone who had me on a pedestal.

With the video, we wanted to capture the tension of the lyrics in the song, while not being literal with the narrative. Working with the director, Ian Colon, and the producer, Jamie Shaw, we arrived at something heavily inspired by The Maltese Falcon and Lolita. The video was shot at some of the most iconic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area - a private dock in Sausalito, St. Hilary's in Tiburon and the streets of North Beach.

While shooting the hotel scene in the early hours of the morning in North Beach, our hazer set off the hotel's fire alarm. So at one in the morning, the whole hotel was evacuated. The crew threw a blanket over the hazer and took off down the street with it under their arms before anybody caught on. We found ourselves out in the street with about 100 tourists in their pajamas and the SFFD rushing up to the hotel in two fire trucks, with sirens blaring. So, who set off their fire alarm that night? Now you know.”Michael Shaw

Check out this video and purchase the album via Itunes.

"Now You Know" An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw from Ian Colon on Vimeo.

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Night School Wild Honey and Pony Farm Play The Knockout -7/16

Oh, this is going to be a good show. The Oakland based dreamgaze-grunge band, Night School (Graveface Records) will be sharing a bill with the Brooklyn based minimal, art pop band, Pony Farm and the Baltimore based dreampop band, Wild Honey. This show is regionally eclectic, but the music will flow together really well.

We at The Deli Magazine have local Baltimore/DC and NYC blogs, so we’re excited to cover bands who have been written about on other local Deli sites! We like when our fave national bands tour because we get to write about them on our home turf!

If you like riot grrrl rock, shoegaze, dream pop and home grown Brooklyn lofi rock, you’ll be right at home at The Knockout on Thursday, July 16th! We recommend you make it a point to support some great underground music!

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