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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!





Bent Knee's Courtney Swain intrigues with solo record "Between Blood and Ocean"

Courtney Swain, the ever-active lead singer of the Boston-based group Bent Knee, released a solo record back in May and it takes a bite out of the New England music scene. Between Blood and Ocean is existential therapy via ethereal songs like “Snowflakes” and hard-charging alternative tracks like “I’d Kill.” Bleeding out the avant-indie influences that have helped shape Bent Knee, Swain deploys gritty guitar riffs, syncopated drum patterns, crushing electronic percussion, and tender piano melodies for a sound unlike anything else in music today. The songs were written during Swain’s stay in Martha’s Vineyard for a residency awarded by the Turkey Land Cove Foundation. The singer/songwriter thanks Asher Kurtz, Jed Lingat, Kyle Harris, and Tim Doherty for helping bring the album to life. Swain, the Providence local, has further stoked the fires of curiosity, intrigued, and innovated with this new entry. We are streaming the worldly-sounding “Sweet Snow” below. - Rene Cobar





Wyn Doran unleashes soulful new single "Spell," plays O'Brien's Pub 08.02

Yes, the rhythm is contagious, the bass real fat, the keys a bit spooky but it is the fiery vocal delivery of Nashua’s Wyn Doran that is the talisman entrancing in “Spell” her latest single. Known to a select few as Amy Wynne Doran, the singer/songwriter faces her insecurities in this single, and she incinerates them in a sonic flame of jazz, blues, and soul influences that suit her vocal prowess. “Spell” takes the listener for a ride with intervals of ambient build-ups, hard-pounding drums, brass instrumentation, and electric guitar flourishes. The New Hampshire-based artist exudes the kind of confidence necessary to drive the intricate instrumentation right through the heart. Wyn Doran will be performing at O’ Brien’s Pub in Boston on August 2nd, in the meantime we are streaming “Spell” below. - Rene Cobar 





Divey showcases serious sonic substance with new record "Beautiful Zero"

As far as DIY productions go Beautiful Zero, the latest record from Providence’s Divey (real name Alex Garzone) is a brief, but substantial listening experience carefully threaded to stimulate the mind. From the hypnotic vocal delivery and incessant electric guitar strum of “Call Me on the Phone Tonight” to the massive kick drum that drives “What U Do” the sounds stick to you as much as they stick with you. The immersive experience is generated by the smooth production of Garzone and friend Frank Mullen: the record is given an air of simplicity and bedroom-recording imagery while layering with deceptive skill. Divey is an artist on the fringe of the electro-rock revival currently spearheaded by artists like Des Rocs, which is excellent because it means he is free to go at it his way. Not easily labeled and engaging, the music of Divey is a modern treat your ears will thank you for indeed. We are streaming “What U Do” for you below. - Rene Cobar





Anyone Anyway's "If I Could Unlearn You" is a rare emo treat for gloomy minds

We miss emo, plain and simple, take it to the bank and rage (or cry) with us. Groups like Anyone Anyway are keeping the genre that burgeoned in the Midwest during the second half of the ‘90s alive. The band from Providence is adept at infusing angst and sensitivity into its cyclone of dazzling drum fills, fuzzy basslines and electrifying guitar riffs that jolt the body into chaotic movement. The vocal acrobatics from lead singer Nick McCarty complete the cathartic experience the band promotes by delivering the intensity the genre demands. The group’s latest single “If I Could Unlearn You” showcases the band’s passion and makes good on a commitment to surrender to the sound. The accompanying music video is as tragic as the song itself, and that is just perfect. Bask in the gloom of “If I Could Unlearn You” below. - Rene Cobar

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