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Interview with Christoph Krey of McAlister Drive

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Christoph Krey is the mastermind behind the Boston indie-rock sensation McAlister Drive. Recently they rocked SXSW and are preparing to release a new EP on April 1st. On Thursday they are saying good-bye to three members of the band with a farewell show at the Lizard Lounge on Thursday the 25th. Tickets are only 5 dollars. '

Deli: You’ve worked a lot with Mark Kaye of Hear Now Live, what do you think about what he has been doing [for the Boston music scene]?

Christoph Krey: He’s a really good guy. He’s really got a unique, strong vision with Hear Now Live. I think what he is trying to do is bring the best bands he can find, bring them to a smaller venue and make them discovered through his resources. He’s also the type of person who knows a lot of people and you wouldn’t think so. So he [has the means] to support a band on any level. He’s seen us and helped us on many levels.

Read the full interview HERE

--Interview by Meghan Chiampa

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DIY BUSHWICK FEST: Participating Venues Part 2

NORTHEAST KINGDOM- 18 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn



The Northeast Kingdom Den, tucked beneath the Northeast Kingdom restaurant, is like falling down a rabbit’s hole to your favorite uncle's den circa 1960. Lounge next to the faux stove, order a can of beer and turkey jerky, and take in great local music. The intimacy between band and audience delivers a rare thrill. Featured bands: Jason Trachtenburg (solo, in the picture) 



PARTY EXPO
- 929 Broadway, Brooklyn


[the crowd and the band at at a Party Expo event]

A new DIY space in Brooklyn brought to you by the people of SuperChief, the Glass Door and Article. They have killer shows, parties, video/photo shoots and more, and Wu-Tang filmed their latest music video there.

Featured bands: Shai Hulud (in the video)



DON PEDRO - 90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn


[Halloween party at Don Pedro]

A grimy dive that makes for the perfect environment for seeing a rock band. The booze is cheap and there’s pool downstairs. There’s also delicious Spanish food to be had for lunch or dinner. Featured bands: Binary Marketing Show (in the picture)

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Last Minute Plans: Rachel Eve @ Schubas

Earlier this month Rachel Eve made here first appearance on Daytrotter and she performed two tracks from 2009 LP Mouth Full of Feathers, and two unreleased tracks. The session turned out beautifully, and to celebrate she is giving the first twenty people to come to Schubas tonight (3/25) a complementary limited edition copy of session.

The show is only $10 ($8 in advance) and Roman Candle and Locksley will also be performing.

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Kayo Dot release full length + record new EP - Live at Union Pool 04.11

Post rockers of the world should rejoice, as NYC's own Kayo Dot not only is about to release a new album entitled Coyote on April 20th, but has already entered the studio to begin recording a new EP, entitled Stained Glass... So the future has reserved a lot of post-rockness for your ears! The EP will consist of one, long composition of the same title, featuring the same lineup employed in recording the full length plus vibraphonist Russell Greenberg (Hi-Red Center, Yarn/Wire, Hunter/Gatherer). The band also plans on integrating "found" ambient sounds in this composition. The Stained Glass EP will be released by Hydra Head later in 2010. The Coyote release party will be at Union Pool on April 11. Stream the mp3 of "Whisper Ineffable" here or download it here.

 

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The Deli at SXSW: My Final Chapter - SXSW Do’s and Don’ts

I am happy to say that after a fairly massive delay in resplendent St. Paul, Minnesota and a drenched drive back to school, I have made it home. I am thoroughly exhausted. The trip was one for the ages, and I hope to recover in time to get back next year. I’d say it’s 40% at this point. Being a total SXSW n00b, I knew that I had some serious catching up to do. I wouldn’t say that I should be writing a travelers guide or anything, but after spending some of the most hectic and enthralling days of my life in Austin, TX, I thought that I might pass on some survival tips for those who think next year will be the year that they finally sack up and get down to the lone star. Here are some do’s and don’ts for ya!
 
 
Do’s
 
Do: bring around some attention-attracting device for those snippy male/female bartenders who “can’t see you behind all those regularly sized men” or “can’t trade a tequila shot for a cigarette”.  In my case, I brought around a finger puppet of a tiger that worked wonders.
 
Do: buy two drinks at a time all the time. Whether booze are free or not, the lines get massive, and if you are actually there to see some music, then you reduce your line time and look totally awesome rocking out while double fisting. 
 
Do: see Free Energy! I can’t say enough about their live show, and they are overall congenial dudes that are all about having a good time, and damn good at it. Jorts strongly suggested.
 
Do: eat at Bestwurst. The name says it all, and it’s open all night, but don’t be impatient. Once the bars close down and the penises with crew cuts flood the street, the place gets wild.
 
Do: check out Emo’s. It is a sight to be seen with a stage in nearly all of its 6+ rooms, and you can play DJ by running back and forth between rooms with a sweet pair of Technics headphones over an ear.
 
DO: WEAR EARPLUGS. I SEEM TO HAVE DONE A BIT OF DAMAGE TO MY AUDITORY SYSTEM. EITHER ALL OF THE VOLUME BUTTONS ON ALL MY VARIOUS ELECTRONICS SIMULTANEOUSLY BROKE OR I AM PRETTY FUCKED. MY ALARM CLOCK NOW CONSISTS OF PUTTING MY CELL PHONE ON VIBRATE AND STICKING IT BETWEEN MY LEGS SO I GUESS EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING.
 
 
Don’ts
 
Don’t: take taxis. Traffic stays at a standstill, and they are generally dick-ish. 
 
Don’t: hang out with little Indian girls who are acting like hyenas and pouring you drinks.
 
Don’t: wear shoelaces. I tripped over mine in front of a bouncer and was denied entry because I “was too drunk and smelled like a brothel”.  I tried to get back in line and was turned away despite my line of “needing to get in because Mayor Hawthorne is my brother and he needs me”.
 
Don’t: drink Lonestar. That shit tastes on the way down like it does on the way up, and you don’t look nearly as hip as when you’re bear clawing a PBR like the rest of the mustached folks. Plus, you can get Shiner Bock equally as cheap, and it makes Sam Adams taste like Natty Ice.
 
Don’t: worry about being “too weird”, but definitely trying to stick out is futile. I met so many furies, men with breast implants and fire eating ventriloquists that I thought I was tripping even for the short time that I wasn’t. 
 
Don’t: try and get into all the bars you have heard of. The lines are ridiculous. The beer is horribly overpriced, and the bands are often underwhelming. 
 
Don’t: leave Austin without eating some TexMex. It is a phenomenon that your stomach will thank you for. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for your asshole.
 
Don’t: pull on the catheter. Shit sucks.
 
 
Be merry, be safe, be hungry, be grateful, be my friend. That is all.
 
(Photo by Joey F.)
 
- Adam G.

 

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