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Brooklyn soul group Zenizen to play SXSW on 03.13

Zenizen's Opal Hoyt has taken her musical journey from her native Alaska to Vermont, DC, Jamaica, and Brooklyn. Now, in the midst of working on her debut full-length album and collaborating with other New York artists, she takes Zenizen to SXSW this year to introduce her soulful sound to the festival's audience. Her Australia EP -- her first, available on Don Giovanni Records -- can give a taste of Hoyt's sweet and soaring vocals, and can warm up any listener with its slow and jazzy grooves. But Zenizen's live performances convey the full blast of soul power, with Hoyt giving her all on stage with her black keytar and head-mic, and her band backing her up with every heartstopping hook. If you're attending SXSW, don't miss Zenizen at the Sidewinder Outside on March 13th. For now, stream the video for "Follow The Leader" -- their latest -- below. - Will Sisskind

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Varsity "Must Be Nice"

Varsity has released a beautifully animated video for the first single, “Must Be Nice”, from their forthcoming LP, Parallel Person. The album is set to be released on April 27th by Babe City Records.

You can catch Varsity at The Hideout on March 10th for the Annual SXSW Send Off Party and at Empty Bottle on April 20th for the Record Release Event..





Thanks For Coming plays Silent Barn on 02.21 + gets featured on Post-Trash compilation

Thanks For Coming put out a lot of music in 2017. Their Bandcamp page shows 21 releases from the past year, most only a few songs each, but the particularly noteworthy full-length “Missing Out” and two EPs “Sspplliitt” and “Thanks For Having Me” offering a little more. It works with the band’s signature sound, which makes use of homemade aesthetics and intimate lyrics that sound like they came (and quite possibly did come) from hurriedly typed entries in iPhone’s notes app. For the last couple months, however, Thanks For Coming has been relatively quiet as the group works on recording a new full-length. While there’s no firm word on the pending album yet, the band will return to the stage to join Remember Sports and Sidney Gish at Silent Barn on February 21st and you can listen to one new track via a Post-Trash benefit compilation below. – Cameron Carr





New Track: "Building Broken Steps" - Three Man Cannon

Three Man Cannon’s forthcoming self-titled LP will be released on March 16 via Lame-O Records. Its lead single, “Building Broken Steps,” casually rolls up on you. A loose, strolling, laidback aesthetic is well-honed, maintaining a mature outlook in the face of the ache of anecdotal lyricism. Pivoting perspective in a singular moment, the song, which initially feels breezy, in time, hits harder. (Photo by Craig Scheihing)





A Deli Premiere: Ellisa Sun's "Evening" Video

A previous Deli SF featured artist of the month, Ellisa Sun is the creator of a breezy brand of acoustic soul that is at once tender and raw. She channels her perchance for vulnerability in her newest video for “Evening” (streaming below), which The Deli SF is proud to premiere this Valentine’s Day. Puppy-lovers be warned, this is not a video for the honeymoon phase.

Featuring a storyline between two women in a relationship, the video takes the viewer through a scenario that any lover would fear: an intense happiness that settles into a frantic anger, and then ultimately indifference. All of this is set to Ellisa Sun’s dynamic vocals, which are filled with a power that grows by the second. Join our lonely hearts’ club and check the video out below. - Lilly Milman

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