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On a Friday night of December 2004, at Manhattan venue Sin-e' in Attorney Street, an emerging NYC band with a home recorded debut album played The Deli's launch party. It was a packed crowd and everyone was holding the first issue of The Deli, whose cover these upstarts were gracing. That band was Grizzly Bear. It remains one of the most exciting nights of my life, the night I understood that this magazine had a shot at being here to stay.

Now, this ten-year anniversary issue hopes to be a(nother) celebration of this great scene, in a less cluttered, more narratorial and visually appealing form thanks to art critic Brian Chidester's work as a guest editor. This issue also comes with my deep hope for NYC to keep churning out exceptional music of all kinds for the foreseeable future.


Paolo De Gregorio,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

The cover of the 1st Issue of The Deli (December 2004)

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Artist to Watch: Justine Lucas

San Francisco based minimalist avant singer songwriter, Justine Lucas has touched our hearts with her recordings of smooth rhythmic guitar melodies, and softly haunting atmospheric backdrops of birds singing, and natural sounds bellowing under her beautiful voice. She released an album last year entitled, Hologram Lagoon, and you can check it out in its entirety via Bandcamp.

Justine will be performing live this weekend on July 5th at the Vortex Room to celebrate, fellow musician and songwriter, Mark Nelsen’s album release. You may recognize Lucas from her work in The Jaunting Martyrs. Her solo music is a lot sweeter and calming, but her talent translates through every project she works and sings on.

We at The Deli think you should listen to her music, buy her album, and see her play live. Not everything has to be in your face to be relevant and awesome. Sometimes a subtle touch is all you need when it comes to good music. -je


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A Complete Look at the Down Dirty Shake Milk Bar Residency

The winners of 2013's The Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Year, Down Dirty Shake have organized a brilliant five week residency hosted by the Milk Bar. Handpicked and curated by Down Dirty Shake and Innerlight Presents, the line ups for each show are strong and we're totally impressed and thrilled to share a complete look at Down Dirty Shake's annual Milk Bar Residency, starting July 5th! Make sure you come out and party with us!

Nite 1 (July 2nd)
Down Dirty Shake
The Love Dimension
Talk of Shamans
Dj Niel Boyeetz
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen Artwork by Catbreast (shannon gluyas)

Nite 2 (July 9th)
Down Dirty Shake
Lemme Adams
Mark Nelsen Band
Silent Pictures
DJ Liam Caton
Beer Belly Pop Up kitchen Artwork by Scott Franklin

Nite 3 (July 16th)
Down Dirty Shake
Coo Coo Birds
Void boys
Trendy Dad
Dj Moses
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen Artwork by Shannon and the void boys.

Nite 4 (July 23rd)
Down Dirty Shake
The Electric Magpie
Autonomics/Mufassa (PDX)
DJ Bazooka Joe
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen Artwork by Breck Bronson and Roxzann De Marco

Nite 5 (July 30th)
Down Dirty Shake
Down and Outlaws
The Spiral Electric
DJ Al lover
White light prisms- visual artist all night
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen
$10 at the door no RSVP Spindrift movie screening 7-8:30 Each nite hosted by comedian Adam Pearlstein


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Balms Announces New EP + Upcoming Local Shows

San Francisco based avant psych band, Balms has announced the release of their new EP, due out later this summer. Balms played The Deli Magazine San Francisco Sponsored Event at DNA Lounge earlier this month, and we love their washed out, shoegazey psych sound. We're super excited to announce this band's new release, and we'll keep you posted when their upcoming music video and single are ready for your eyes and ears to experience.

Until then, you have a couple of chances to see Balms live in the Bay Area:




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Future Twin and Sweat Lodge support The Garden at Bottom of the Hill – 6/24

Future Twin will be supporting The Garden tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, along with Austin, TX based Sweat Lodge.

This is going to be thrilling show. The line up is well curated, and will flow well throughout the night. While Sweat Lodge’s sound is closer to doom and stoner rock, San Francisco based Future Twin embodies a crisp post punk sound, touched with dark and twisted musical undertones. The Garden has a similar style, and this combination will make the energy and sounds of the night swell and blend in and through your ears and the venue. We recommend you check out this show! You won’t regret it.


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Keith Alan Mitchell Celebrates Album Release at Hotel Utah - 6/20

San Francisco based indie folk musician, Keith Alan Mitchell will performing live at Hotel Utah on June 20th. This upcoming show will be in celebration of the release of Mitchell's upcoming full length album, This Clumsy World. The album is a classic sounding American folk record that gives nods to '60 and 70s era folk music, but Michell's rich voice gives depth to his self produced musical release. You can't go wrong with this album if you're looking for a laid back reminiscent album to enjoy. He will be sharing the bill with Grand Avenue Sound with special guest, Tia Carroll and Katja Davis. Make sure you don't miss this local line up of sensuous folk musicians.


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A Comprehensive Guide to Hickey Fest

From Friday, June 20th through Sunday, June 22nd, Hickey Fest will be highlighting some of the best and brightest independent bands in California. Some of our favorite Bay Area based bands will be performing, including the festival's coordinator, Ash Reiter. We're excited to share a comprehensive look at who is playing the fest so you know when and where to be to catch your favorite bands! We're going to highlight a few bands we think you shouldn't miss, but the full schedule is posted below for you pleasure.

"I dreamed up Hickey Fest because I liked the people in my music community, but felt that many of us never had the opportunity to just hang with each other. We admired each other from somewhat of a distance and tried to connect over the din of rock and roll clubs or between sets for a couple minutes while people smoke out in the cold. But for me this was a hard environment to really get to know anybody. With Hickey Fest I've tried to create a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere where our community of musicians and friends can forge meaningful relationships or even meet for the first time. I've seen these relationships carry over from last year's fest and people are constantly telling me how it was the highlight of the summer. I encourage folks to unplug for a weekend, leave their phones, computers and jobs behind for a couple days and immerse themselves in some real California magic. In fact, what could be more quintessentially Californian than an old fashioned rock and roll concert in the redwoods on the river? I really think Hickey Fest is the type of thing you might look back on 20 years from now and proudly tell your kids "I was there. I was part of that," because the west coast really does have some cool stuff brewing and its wonderful to be able to shine a light on all these great artists." - Ash Reiter


4-4:40 Foxtails Brigade
5-5:40 Cellar Doors
6-6:40 Black Cobra Vipers
7-7:40 Mike Sempert (of Birds and Batteries)
8-8:40 B Hamilton
9-9:40 Annie Girl and The Flight
10-10:40 Old Testament
11-12am Harry and The Hitmen


Cellar Doors

Black Cobra Vipers

B Hamilton

SATURDAY, June 21st

10-10:40 SHOWGA (Yoga accompanied by live music)
11-11:40 Shimmering Leaves
12-12:40 Assateague
1-1:40 TV Mike and the Scarecrowes
2-2:40 The Memories
3-3:40 Indianna Hale
4-4:40 Waterstrider
5-5:40 Deep Ellum
6-6:40 Graves
7-7:40 Sandys
8-8:40 Tommorows Tulips
9-9:40 Sugar Candy Mountain
10-10:40 Sonny and The Sunsets
11-12am Allah-Las



Sugar Candy Mountain​

Sonny and The Sunsets


10-10:40 SHOWGA (Yoga accompanied by live music)
11- 11:40 DRMS
12-12:40 Tambo Rays
1-1:40 Sparrows Gate
2-2:40 Farallons
3-3:40 Michael Musika
4-4:40 Mark Matos
5-5:40 Odawas
6-6:40 Everyone is Dirty
7-7:40 Ash Reiter
8-8:40 Papercuts
9-9:40 Chris Cohen ​
10-10:40 The Blank Tapes
11-12am Duke


Ash Reiter

Mark M​atos


​Tambo Rays​


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The Deli Magazine SF Presents: The Greening Balms The Other Tones and NVS at DNA Lounge TONIGHT

San Francisco! We're throwing a party tonight at DNA Lounge. For the final show of our Deli Magazine San Francisco Sponsored Show Series at DNA Lounge, (we'll be announcing the next venue we'll be infiltrating soon!) we're going to be throwing a stellar Friday the 13th show! This line up was curated by the headlining band, The Greening and it's going to be loud, pulsating and geared to make you lose a bit of your hearing!

San Francisco based rock band, The Greening has invited, The Other Tones, Balms and NVS to join them in the unlucky madness of this show. Make it out and celebrate our final night at DNA Lounge with some killer bands. The event is all ages. Bring your friends, and let's have a blast!!!



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