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Hibbity Dibbity Whiskerman, Big Sticky Mess Perform at The Chapel - 2/3

The San Francisco based indie rock band, Hibbity Dibbity will be performing on February 3rd with Whiskerman and Big Sticky Mess filling out the bill. Don't miss this show!

Hibbity Dibbity is a dance rock n' roll group from San Francisco. They blend together sounds and styles from numerous genres to create feel-good music that will move you. They are clever, ecstatic, and riotous. Timeless, but kinda dirty. Pelting rhythms that make your feet move. Their new single “Touchy Feely," is a happy tune with a swoon-worthy chorus. Super tight; then loose in all the right places.

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Drea. m. Releases New Music Video - Riptide

San Francisco based artist, Drea. m has released a brand new music video entitled, Riptide!

Drea. m commands the heart to listen. With soulful grit, haunting vocals, and entrancing live performances, this indie noir songstress entices the listener into a world of lush imagery and unveiled emotion. Reminiscent of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Imogen Heap, what drives her music is a dark-edged honesty about what it means to feel vulnerable, powerful, and profoundly alive.

"Inspiration for the video: I was inspired to shoot most of the video in rural New Mexico because I wanted a world that reflected the one I was singing about--one of vastness, of solitude, of mystery...a world where time moves differently among the elements. Earlier in the video, you see me in a half-crumbled stone house with a window still intact, and later in the song I am in another dilapidated house with newspapered walls--newspapers from the 1940s!--and both of these structures were on the land where we shot, just waiting for us, perfectly representing perseverance through the long passing of time. Ultimately, though, the song is about inhabiting solitude, and all of the seeking and searching that tugs at our souls when we are truly enveloped by all that space...Inspiration for my music: What inspires me is the need to explore what lies beneath a particular emotion, a dark emotion, and the desire to tease out the story that surrounds that emotion. I get very stuck in rumination sometimes, and somewhere between my over-analytical mind and my emotionally-driven, heart-on-the-skin self, a song is born." - Drea M.

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Premiere: Chase McBride's New Music Video - On the Other Side

We're excited to premiere folk artist, Chase McBride's new music video for the single, On the Other Side from his upcoming album, Cold Water!

San Francisco singer-songwriter, Chase McBride announces his arrival as a rising west-coast folk artist with the release of his third full-length album, Cold Water on January 18, 2017. Independently recorded and produced by French Cassettes’ Mackenzie Bunch and Scott Huerta, the album is comprised of live, full band performances of songs written in the wake of a heartbreak. Fans of Dawes, Vetiver, and Sean Hayes will enjoy McBride’s confessional lyrics, understated instrumental arrangements and earnest vocals.

​"This collection of songs was written after a jarring shift in my life. I had a lot of plans and a lot of comforts prior to that terminus, and the reality of starting from scratch at the age of 27 was painful. At the time, I thought it was wholly bad. Now I see that it was wholly good."​ ​-Chase McBride​

​Don't miss Chase's live performance in San Francisco at Amnesia on January 22nd!​

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Young NTG Release New EP - Not Like Me

San Francisco based hip hop, artist Young NTG has released his new EP, Not Like Me. This young, emerging artist has loads of potential. Make sure you keep your ears to the ground as Young NTG is just starting his journey, but goes at his music like he already knows he's going to do big things. Support San Francisco's independent artists!

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Best Bay Area Music Videos 2016

Goodbye 2016! As I dawn on my fourth year as editor of The Deli Magazine San Francisco in 2017, I want to thank all of the bands, managers, publicists and readers for sticking with us through the ups and the downs. My heart and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of Ghost Ship and to all of the artists and creatives who have been displaced due to the rising costs of housing throughout the Bay Area. Stay Strong. The Deli is with you!

Local music journalist, Rachel Milani has done an amazing job of compiling the 10 Best Bay Area Music Videos! I thank her and hope you dig these amazing music videos!

Associate Editor,
Jordannah Elizabeth

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - “Astonished Man”

How Thao Nguyen isn’t selling out shows at Madison Square Garden yet is honestly perplexing, especially after the release of this year’s A Man Alive which is the best album yet from Ngyuen and her band The Get Down Stay Down. In their video “Astonished Man” we get this edgy, indie pop band in all their glory. The song starts with the same stark punchiness from the drums (or drum machine) that leads many of the band’s best tracks. Straightforward guitar riffs quickly steal the scene, commanding attention with confidence and not to mention the tease of those sexy bass synthesizers throughout the track. The story that unfolds begs the question, is it just a little harmless knife play or are we seeing our protagonist experiencing the very real pain of estrangement from love?

LSD and the Search for God - “(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow”

Always gorgeous, eternally dreamy, it is so good to have LSD and the Search for God back on the scene. Since the video for “(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow” was released at the beginning of this year, the album it comes from Heaven Is A Place has been touted by more than one best of the year lists for shoegaze and dream pop. Deservedly so, what more do you want from a band who brought back both psych and shoegaze? Sure, the instagram aesthetic has grown stale in many ways but not here, not with this band. The band kicks around a hazy San Francisco haloed in rainbow light, our beloved city is almost obscured by all the filters and lens flare but remains recognizable to any self-respecting local.

Con Brio - “Free & Brave”

Filmed throughout West Oakland, Con Brio’s video for their single “Free & Brave” takes one of the most uplifting stances toward the current socioeconomic and political strife rampant not only in our metropolitan here in the Bay but the United States at large. The band manages to make a colorful scene out of the symbolic black and white aesthetic of the video. Groovy frontman Ziek McCarter never drops the funky, psychedelic soul this band is known for while paying respect to such notable historical figures as MLK and Trayvon Martin. What Con Brio has created here is a new national anthem aimed at restoring faith in our ability to overcome a time fraught with racial violence and divisions. This is the new US of A and we couldn’t ask for a better messenger.

Waterstrider - “Nowhere Now (Acoustic)”

Sure, it’s the simplest on this list in terms of production or storyline but Waterstrider, and particularly frontman Nate Salman who is the sole player in this acoustic version of their song “Nowhere Now”, belong on any list of the Bay’s best music. Salman’s signature falsetto is the foundation for much of Waterstrider’s music, though under normal circumstances their killer percussion section cannot be ignored. But to have that voice here in all its stripped down glory is a beautiful addition to their oeuvre. We’ve all wondered who we are and where we’re going. “Nowhere Now” tackles those overwhelming questions with unsurpassed grace.

Hot Flash Heat Wave - “Bye Bye Baby”

In the video for “Bye Bye Baby”, Hot Flash Heat Wave reboots that lo-fi VHS-thetic that has remained appealing for at least a few years now. The videotape is the bondage in the disappointed story these guys tell about a potential relationship that never gets off the ground. Sexy and silly at the same time, we get to see the babe in question writhing in videotape as the guy who wants her wistfully drools over found footage realizing that he will never have her. It’s like watching a bootleg 90s teen movie, endearing and painful at the same time in an awkward quest for sexual gratification.

Sugar Candy Mountain - “Windows”

The desert has certainly had an influence on Sugar Candy Mountain who formed in Oakland only to travel down south for an ongoing stint in Joshua Tree this year. The switch in scenery has actually seemed to make them more themselves than ever. That is, a sun-soaked psychedelic journey that transcends the senses while graciously never getting too heady. Since then, the band dropped 666, an album less foreboding than the name suggests, and this summer put out the video for single “Windows”. It could be the soundtrack to one of Tarantino’s alt. Western masterpieces with a creeping, twangy opening that eases into its pop backbone as the video explores a dreamlike desert landscape.

Rituals of Mine - “Ride or Die”

More Oakland-love, this time coming from Rituals of Mine FKA Sister Crayon in their video for “Ride or Die, their single from album Devoted. To start, the exquisite videography alone beautifully unveils the powerful talent of this Sacramento-bred duo. Melancholic and evocative, the voyeuristic scenes show culture as synonymous with joy. At the same time the lyrics convey so well the opposite feeling, the longing for someone to love and be loved by. The chorus rises powerfully from a down-tempo well of emotion spread across 3 ½ minutes of layered vocals and icy, minimalistic hip-hop beats.

TV Heads - “Chin Up”

TV Heads is a brand new band and though they are currently based in LA, frontwoman Angelica Tavella has enough roots in the Bay Area that they cannot fully shed that association, and why would they want to? Her own record label OIM signed the band and they have since released the video for their single “Chin Up” from debut EP Total Fucker. A punk-wave attitude dipped in lush 90s harmonies, guitar, and synths comprise the core of the TV Heads’ approach. Half party and half baptism, the video for “Chin Up” depicts a cry for salvation while the band moves through a modern world hell bent on getting the better of them.

Spooky Mansion and Tino Drima - “A Space God Appears”

More short film than pure music video, we got a two for one deal when Spooky Mansion and Tino Drima paired up to make “A Space God Appears”. References abound in the 10 minute flick about a goofy battle in outer space, not to mention the apropos timing with the new Star Wars movie, while we see the dudes duke it out to a soundtrack of crooning psychedelic doo-wop. This video is cool because it is a great example of the spirit of creative playfulness that is born of a bunch of musicians just trying to do what they love. It’s young but it is also undeniably fun and at the end of a year that has been heartbreaking in many ways maybe that is enough to make it great.

Perhapsy - “All My Soul Swallowed”

Simply the showcasing the beauty of the greater Bay Area’s gorgeous natural landscape, we see Derek Barber of Perhapsy navigating a surreal and perhaps purely imaginary world in his video for “All My Soul Swallowed” from his sophomore album Me Tie Dough-ty Walker. Is it a weird acid trip or a metaphor for some hidden part of the mind of this rising local talent? We see our main man followed through the woods by a mysterious (half of a) woman and just generally being his dreamy, indie pop self while playing a rad custom guitar. Shout out to the vintage Nintendo controller that seems to keep trying to start a fire in the woods.

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