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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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The TeleVibes prepare for surfing weather with "Washed Up"

The TeleVibes’ Washed Up is the perfect merger of garage and surf rock. You can picture sitting on a driveway in lawn chairs in July while the band plays “Today” behind you, or local skaters using “Let’s Go” to soundtrack their latest film. The album begins on a light note: "Gnar'd" is a (comparatively) easy listen, with its simple chord progression, flanger-aided guitar solo and super catchy chromatic hook. As the EP progresses, the vocals slowly become more processed and muffled, as if they’re being sung through a megaphone gradually being buried in the sand, until becoming barely intelligible on "Today" and "Let's Go." The effect, however, works to the band's advantage, turning the vocals into one more instrument amongst a sea of distorted and reverb-heavy guitars. If you’re ready to start building up your playlist for the summer of 2014, Washed Up is a good place to start. – Jake Reed


The Blue Moves "Shape" up for new album

It’s hard to contemplate categorizing the Blue Moves’ sound without immediately thinking “fun” and “energetic.” On The Shape We’re In, released this month to Spotify, the Boston-based five-piece packs a punch into ten new songs. Of course, the album has its slow gems as well – check out “Come Home to Me,” which sounds like a nostalgic cover of Matchbox 20’s heyday hits. The band uses its dual lead vocalists to its advantage as well: just take a listen to Andy Reed and Megan Brown’s shared duties on the set’s title track. The Shape We’re In is available on Spotify and iTunes now. – Jake Reed


I Kill Giants takes big step with last show

As we reported last month, Boston hardcore math rockers I Kill Giants embarked on their final tour in December. For its last show, the band will return to the Democracy Center in Cambridge this Friday, and they won't be alone. The band will celebrate with Old Gray, the Hotel Year, Everything Ever and Fall Risk. Hailing from New Hampshire, Old Gray is a screamo/punk band that's gained a national (and international) following since forming in 2011. Worcester-based The Hotel Year has a similarly rough-around-the-edges sound and a new album, "Home, Like Noplace Is There," coming out in February. Everything Ever, from Staten Island, plays an energetic blend of indie rock and pop punk, and Boston's own Fall Risk describes its genre as "heartfelt frustrated punk." Witness the end of an era and a great night of music beginning January 24 at 7 p.m. – Jake Reed


Aviator lands in a city near you on new tour

Beginning January 23 in Providence, Aviator will pilot a month-long tour which will include several stops in New England. The Boston-based hardcore band recently released its “Covers” EP, adding a rougher edge to songs by bands like As Tall As Lions and LCD Soundsystem. If you want a taste of the band’s own songwriting, try out the “January 2013” EP, which includes six live recordings that showcase the band’s precision and vocalist TJ Copello’s captivating mix of speak-singing and screaming. You can check out the full list of tour dates below. – Jake Reed

1/23 @ Dusk (Providence, RI)
1/24 @ The Wood Shop (Copiague, NY)
1/25 @ The Batcave (Montclair, NJ)
1/26 @ Great Scott (Boston, MA)
1/28 @ The Bubble Bowl (New Britain, CT)
1/29 @ DAV Hall #66 (Hammonton, NJ)
1/30 @ Hostage House (Hyattsville, MD)
1/31 @ Goat House (Richmond, VA)
2/1 @ The Milestone Club (Charlotte, NC)
2/2 @ Foxfield Bar & Grille (Columbia, SC)
2/4 @ Shanghai Nobby's (St. Augustine, FL)
2/5 @ Evolution Records (Lakeland, FL)
2/6 @ The Talent Farm (Pembroke Pines, FL)
2/7 @ Goat House (Odessa, FL)
2/10 @ Rampage Extreme Park (Jackson, MS)
2/14 @ Parish Underground (Austin, TX)
2/15 @ Gatsby's Mansion (Denton, TX)
2/16 @ Creative Room (Tulsa, OK)
2/17 @ OBEC (Springfield, MO)
2/18 @ Livery Company (St. Louis, MO)
2/19 @ Error Records (Champaign, IL)
2/20 @ Owl Farm (Nashville, TN)
2/21 @ The Bazaar (Lexington, KY)
2/22 @ Elimination Chamber (Huntington, WV)
2/23 @ 222 Ormsby (Pittsburgh, PA)
2/24 @ Golden Tea House (Philadelphia, PA)


Vote for the 2013 Deli New England Emerging Artist of the Year!

Now that you've seen the results of our 2013 Open Submissions and learned a bit more about the artists that came in first place, second place and third place in that portion of the poll (and of course, the runner-ups) the Readers' Poll is now open. Fans and Deli New England readers can click the link below to cast their vote for the 2013 Deli New England Emerging Artist of the Year.





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