Weekly Roundup: 10 New Acts to Watch

Spotlight Aug 28th by Mike

Finding new music on a weekly basis can be daunting but that is why we are here! We threw together a selection of ten up and coming acts to be on the lookout for from across the globe that you can now find on DeliRadio (Play above). Some weeks, newly joined artists appear in groups. This week we discovered a heavy influx of England and Seattle, WA based acts ranging from indie-pop to soul. This whole group has put out some new music, many of them for the first time, in the past year as well as have at least a few shows on the books. Check the full list below and tweet us your favorite.

Disparager (New York, NY)
Breaks and Swells (Seattle, WA)
Money (Manchester, GB)
Kins (Brighton, GB)
Jon Allen (London, GB)
Nevada Color (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nitrogen Lion Society (Seattle, WA)
Gabriel Mintz (Seattle, WA)
Billy Keane (Sudbury, MA)
Oh, My Love! (Madison, WI)

On the Road: Porter Robinson

Spotlight Aug 28th by Mike Porter Robinson tour

When 18 year old Porter Robinson exploded onto the scene many were caught off guard. Since the Spitfire EP days and supporting small time acts like Tiesto and Skrillex a lot has been building towards his first full length album. Worlds (out now) ends that wait and is matched up with a cross-continent fall tour. You can note the US cities involved in the video below and head to his profile to see the full list. To seal the deal take a look at some of the visuals accompanying the live show here.

New Music Tuesday: Rubblebucket, Will Dailey, The Griswolds

Rubblebucket - Survival Sounds
It is going to be harm to turn the new Rubblebucket album off repeat. Their horn happy indie-pop inspires dancing in excess all fueled by the increasingly powerful Kalmia Traver. Their songs are able to wind into your head and warrant a shot at competing with any mainstream pop warrior. Get yourself a sample before you become overwhelmed by starting off with "Carousel Ride" and "Sound of Erasing". The band kicks off a major fall tour with support including Body Language, Royal Canoe, and Landlady.

Will Dailey - National Throat
Boston based Will Dailey returns with his fourth album in ten years of songwriting acclaim and international touring. The new collection of songs takes you on a ride that brings forth comparisons from Tom Petty or John Melloncamp territory to Spoon and Cold War Kids. Dive into the new record with it's first single "Sunken Ship" which immediately brings you up close and personal with the songwriter. Dailey's current schedule is taking him around around New England into early September before heading to France for a month long tour.

The Griswolds - Be Aggressive
The party pop 5-piece from Down Under release their debut album off Wind Up Records. Their bouncy indie tunes gained traction becoming championed by Triple J and has since graced venues and festivals around the world including a recent tour across the US. Start your listening to "Beware the Dog" and "If You Wanna Stay" and sing away. The band is in their final two weeks of touring the US.

Weekly Roundup: 10 New Acts to Watch

Spotlight Aug 21st by Mike

Finding new music on a weekly basis can be daunting but that is why we are here! We threw together a selection of ten up and coming acts to be on the lookout for from across the globe that you can now find on DeliRadio (Play above). In this batch you'll find up and coming indie rock form both coasts of the US alongside international additions from Ireland and Spain. This whole group has put out some new music, many of them for the first time, in the past year as well as have at least a few shows on the books. Check the full list below and tweet us your favorite.

Pale Hands (Boston, MA)
Ishmael (New York, NY)
Fallings (Kerry, IR)
Split Single (Chapel Hill, NC)
The Sea The Sea (West Chatham, NY)
Chrissi Poland (New York, NY)
The Old Dance School (Birmingham, AL)
Cut Teeth (Chicago, IL)
When Nalda Became Punk (Vigo, ES)
Violent Psalms (Portland, OR)

Weekly Roundup: 10 New Acts to Watch

Spotlight Aug 15th by Mike

Finding new music on a weekly basis can be daunting but that is why we are here! We threw together a selection of ten up and coming acts to be on the lookout for from across the globe that you can now find on DeliRadio (Play above). In this batch you'll find Electro meets Hip Hop a la Chicago, Latin Rock from New England, a generous helping of the country - americana spectrum too. This whole group has put out some new music, many of them for the first time, in the past year as well as have at least a few shows on the books. Check the full list below and tweet us your favorite.

Justin Tracy (New York, NY)
Casi Joy (Kansas City, MO)
PANA! (Stamford, CT)
Vaudeville Etiquette (Seattle, WA)
Good Field (Austin, TX)
Joshua Cook and the Key of Now (San Francisco, CA)
Kyral x Banko (Chicago, IL)
Brian Dunne (New York, NY)
Lena Fayre (Los Angeles)
Mad Anthony (Cincinnati, OH)


Three Times Bad takes us on an American Sojourn

Three Times Bad is a San Francisco based bluegrass contingent led by Jesus Angel Garcia and populated by a rotating cast of characters. Garcia (who also provides guitar, banjo, and vocals) recently released his album American Sojourn but has gone above and beyond where many are forced to stop in the promotion realm. Due to budgets and hectic schedules, among other factors, many bands simply stick to creating music videos for their singles often making up for as few as one to three songs on the album. Garcia laughs maniacally at this practice. For American Sojourn it was decided each track will lead to an accompanying video, which may not be a new practice but is more refreshing from a DIY crew like 3xBad. This is something that shows how easy it is to move past the standard release timeline and be continuously feeding your fans more content. Read about how this concept came to be for the band and what it has grown into then watch the 5th video for "In Love With the Reverend's Wife" below:


Can you tell us a bit about what about American Sojourn led you on the path to creating videos?

As you can tell from our music and fashion sense, we’re really inspired by Beyonce. Her transformation from starry-eyed teenage vixen in that vacuous girl group Destiny’s Child to the surprisingly substantive Queen of Pop is truly an American journey we can all relate to. When she put out her smokin’ hot video album to accompany her latest CD, we knew we were destined to follow in her gold-plated stiletto footsteps. There’s also the Thomas Romero Booty Factor. Have you seen our mandolinist’s rump-bumping in the first American Sojourn video, “Bed o’ Cornbread Crumbs”? You can’t not want to film that and disseminate it across the universe. It’s like the gospel or something. Truth will out. That sort of thing.

I guess you could also say this ambitious multimedia project is simply a natural consequence of our calling, if you will, as 21st century transmedia artists. Music is all fine and good to just listen to in your car or on the home stereo or with those little handheld tracking devices with the earbuds, but let’s face it, we live in a hypervisual culture. When I think of that, I think of Beyonce’s bejeweled ass, and well, I’ve already explained the unbreakable spiritual bond between Beyonce and Three Times Bad.

Granted, you could argue we’re too conspicuously tethered to her boot straps, but that’s the way it goes. The booty must go where the booty must go. I believe George Clinton said it best in his existential Funkadelic treatise, “Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow.” From Thoreau and the Transcendentalists to Uncle Dave Macon’s turn-of-the-century Appalachian medicine shows to the Gospel Train of Reverend Bartholomew “Somebody Touched Me” Puck, the quintessential American Sojourn is about opening hearts and minds and getting that butt on the dancefloor. That’s what our music tries to do. And what better way to spread the word than YouTube?

Before jumping in to the first installment was there always a plan of making a video per song? If so, was there anything that helped push you from creating the standard one to one per single for the album?

Yeah, that was always the plan. Finding the time to do it, though, has been a great challenge. And working with low-end equipment. And limited skills. And no budget. That said, you learn so much when you’re poor and self-taught. You’re not restrained by someone else’s rules about what’s right or wrong. You can try anything, do whatever you want, if you can figure out how to do it. That’s probably been the biggest challenge. But I like to think I’m learning fast and getting better with each new video.

So the idea now is to keep pushing to try to make each video or short film something unique that’s also connected to the whole. It will be interesting in the end to see how the whole thing works when there’s a complete playlist that runs in the same sequence as the tunes on the album. My hope is that there will be some kind of narrative through-line that creates some kind of coherence. Maybe the music will create that illusion. There’s definitely a development or journey in the stylistic and thematic shape-shifting in the sequence of the album. I’ll probably start thinking of connective strands as the project progresses. But right now, I’m just going for it, one piece at a time… let’s see what happens if I do this, or this, or that.  

Finally, I’ll admit that the way I tend to get things done may be a bit unconventional, but it works for me. I kind of operate on this schoolyard principle of big shit-talking first, then I have to deliver. I have to. There’s no backing out once you’ve testified, ya know? And so.

Now that you are a few videos in, how has the process changed (if at all) in either the planning or execution stages. What do we have to look forward to as the series continues?

The process is always in progress. No expectations. No rules. So I guess it’s accurate to say that from the beginning nothing’s changed and yet everything’s constantly changing or evolving. Hopefully my technical skills are improving from video to video. I’ve learned some tricks along the way, though I’m still figuring out a lot as I go. Necessity is the mother of invention? Something like that.

On the plus side, I’ve been collaborating with some wonderful people, whose assistance has been invaluable. There’s this guy named Bone -- friend of a musician friend and an incredible artist from Bend, Oregon -- who graciously donated these meticulously inked Three Times Bad-inspired drawings and outrageous black-and-white caricatures for our tune, “Two-Legged Hillbilly Cyborg Dog.” I’m planning to use these images as the basis for an animated cartoon, South Park style, it seems, because that’s about the best I imagine I can pull off. My partner, poet MK Chavez, is a beautiful photographer, and she’s helped out behind the camera, capturing lots of Three Times Bad performance footage. My good Portland friend, another poet, Amy Harper, let us pillage her over-the-top shoe collection for “In Love with the Reverend’s Wife.” She’s also the dancer in that piece. Finally, we’re hoping to see something soon from the brother of our Gypsy fiddler JP. We hear he’s creating a shadow puppet play for “Southern Hospitality Gun, Knife & Doll Show.” That’s right: Shadow. Puppets.

Future plans right now include a haunting narrative film for the murder ballad, “Kaddisha Lemonade,” a textual (visual poetry) interpretation of “Resurrection Specialist,” the animated cartoon for “Cyborg Dog,” and some dark storytelling for the three “Dark Holler” themes on the album. I’d also like to do something based exclusively on the astonishing mural and graffiti art in Oakland and San Francisco. I’m interested in eyes and dancing feet. There may be sock puppets in the mix at some point. Who knows. Anything is possible. It’s an American Sojourn…

 

Weekly Roundup: 10 New Acts to Watch

Spotlight Aug 8th by Mike

Finding new music on a weekly basis can be daunting but that is why we are here! We threw together a selection of ten up and coming acts to be on the lookout for from across the globe that you can now find on DeliRadio (Play above). In this batch you'll find a mix of R&B influenced electronic and indie acts. Sprinkled amongst them are everything from a Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes side project to some 90's flavored rock by way of Great Britain. This whole group has put out some new music, many of them for the first time, in the past year as well as have at least a few shows on the books. Check the full list below and tweet us your favorite.

Lia Ices (New York, New York)
Twin Peaks (Chicago, IL)
Sealions (Atlanta, GA)
The Echo Echo Echoes (Seattle, WA)
O Conqueror (Austin, TX)
Crash (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank You Scientist (Rochelle Park, NJ)
Diogenes (Seattle, WA)
Cereus Bright (Knoxville, TN)
Horse Party (Bury St Edmunds, England)

On the Road: Front Country

EditorialSpotlight Aug 7th by Mike

Being far from new to life on the road, including the West Coast run they just sped through, we asked Jacob Groopman of San Francisco bluegrass group Front Country to give us some insight into the touring world. Jacob, who also travels with Melody Walker from Front Country as a duo, has covered every corner of the US more than a few times. Curious as to what can make those long repetitive drives continuously entertaining here's what we learned:

"Going on the road is always a new adventure and that why I love it so much. In area's we've been before you end up at many of the same travel stops, rest areas and hotel's. However there are few things that keep life inside the van interesting. We have a rule that whoever is driving get's to pick the music no questions asked. I've enjoyed discovering music I want to listen to more and music I never want to hear again. Our fiddle player sometimes enjoys thrash metal, which is not my favorite on morning drives. Melody (lead singer) will sometimes put on strange vocal music and Zach our bass player often pumps some R&B. I usually lean towards bluegrass or Grateful Dead. Podcasts are also a common choice especially for late night drives. This last trip we listened to a number of "Sporkfull" episodes about food. Either way I usually end up discovering a new band, new record or new podcast!"

Front Country just announced their next release, Sake of the Sound, set for September 16th through the teaser below. The band has dates listed continuing life on the road through October and will be announcing even more in the coming weeks. You can pre-order Sake of the Sound now.

15 Bands to Catch at Outside Lands

Hey Bay Area, you are aware Outside Lands is this weekend, right? DeliRadio staffers Jason and Mike have cut down their exhausting schedules to a mere 5 must see acts to check out over the three day musical forest walk of Golden Gate Park. We purposely subtracted the top tier headliners because life would just be easier if Kanye could play with Arctic Monkeys and The Killers with Tiesto.

We added a third group of bands that will give you a great reason to wake up and skip the two hour brunch so you can secure bragging rights. Remember before Macklemore was scheduled to headline this Saturday he had the opening noon slot on the main stage in 2011. And that, our dear friends, is why you post up early. Have an act we would be foolish to miss this weekend? Tweet us and we will drop everything and work our way to the front of the crowd.

Jason's Picks:
Holy Ghost! (Friday at 3:35, Lands End)
Dum Dum Girls (Saturday at 12:20, Lands End)
Jagwar Ma (Saturday at 2:05,Twin Peaks)
Tycho (Saturday 3:40, Twin Peaks)
Lykke Li (Sunday at 5:05, Twin Peaks)

Mike's Picks:
Typhoon (Friday at 7:50, Panhandle)
The Districts (Saturday at 1:25, Panhandle)
Vance Joy (Saturday at 4:30, Panhandle)
Lucius (Sunday at 2:30, Sutro)
Courtney Barnett (Sunday at 4:20, Panhandle)

Arguments against sleeping in:
Night Terrors of 1927 (Friday at 12:00, Panhandle)
Bleachers (Friday at 2:10, Twin Peaks)
Tumbleweed Wanderers (Saturday at 12:00, Sutro)
Trails and Ways (Saturday at 12:40, Twin Peaks)
Watsky (Sunday at 2:00, Twin Peaks)

New Music Tuesday: Twin Peaks, Goodnight Texas

Behold the triumphant return of Chicago's loud, frantic, psych-soaked Twin Peaks. Today marks the release of the young quartet's sohpmore release Wild Onion. Made of friends dating back to elementary school, bassist Jack Dolan remarks on the new feel; "It's about looking at life and smashing it in the face until you break your hand." If that doesn't convince you to go track down the new album you can sample a few tracks below and find the band taking to the road for the bulk of what is left of 2014.

Listen to Wild Onion from Twin Peaks

 

San Francisco's Goodnight, Texas began as a collaboration project between Avi Vinocur in San Francisco and Patrick Dyer Wolf in North Carolina and eventually doubled down into a four piece. The Americana rockers may have delved into a bit of weird science to explain bringing forth a style that comes rooted in the past but very much played by the hands of those that have been listening and playing styles both old and modern. We scored you a listen to the second installment from the crew which is patiently waiting for you below. You can also find them on the road traveling across the country through September after kicking things off with a release show at The Chapel in San Francisco on August 7th.

Listen to Uncle John Farqujar from Goodnight, Texas