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Band to Watch: Vollmer

We’ve heard that there are a lot of great country and folk bands swarming this town, but there is nothing like the stark, garage country band Vollmer. Created as a homage to the slain second wife of William S. Burroughs, Joan Vollmer, this band opens every live performance with a simple vigil, and the intention of bringing awareness to the imbalance and injustice famous artist’s female partners endure, and Joan's story in particular.

Their laid back California drenched Haight st. personas can’t hide their small town drawls and deeply embedded country ties. We like them because they’re a guilty pleasure and completely different than the noisy, gazey and washed out counter culture bands we’re used to (and love a bunch as well). Drawing from influences like The Silver Jews, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash, Jonny Moon, and the entire band (who all sport the last name Moon, making the entire situation a strangely fitting family affair), brings a gutter punk glam to country music.

Anything that is an acquired taste, any band that has the ability to totally be themselves and swag onto a stage quoting anti folk bands like The Moldy Peaches while singing with chewing tobacco in their cheeks is a-okay with The Deli.

They’re in the midst of recording their new album, which will be completed whenever they see fit. Vollmer will be playing a Deli Magazine Sponsored Event with our friends Spider Heart and The Janunting Martyrs (who will be playing their first show since March) at El Rio on August 20th. Don’t miss it! -je

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Astronauts, etc. Prepares to Release New Album

The Oakland based psych rock, hip hop band, Astronauts, etc. will be releasing a new EP entitled, Sadie. This unique and gravitating release is due out in September, and next week, we'll be sharing their new single, Fuss with you for your listening pleasure. Until then, get your ears wet on the band's cover of Odessa by Caribou!

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Luke Sweeney Releases Second Single From Upcoming Album Adventure:Us

Luke Sweeney has released a new track from their upcoming full length album, Adventure:Us. This endearingly jangly pop rock track is quintessential Luke Sweeney, but slightly stripped down and more lyric based. Doin' It To You is a pleasing song that doesn't overwhelm and reveals warm tones, but still contains that sense of humor we've come to enjoy and expect: an over the top song title coating a non-aggressive musical composition style that is fun, creative and well produced.

Keep your eye out for the release of Adventure:Us on October 14th us through Aerobic International. -je

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WAG Friends w/o Benefits and Sun Valley Gun Club Play Brick and Mortar Music Hall - 7/23

San Francisco based college rock alt band, WAG will be performing live at Brick and Mortar Music Hall on July 23rd. This up and coming young band will be sharing the bill with Friends w/o Benefits, and odd band who refuses to share their recordings to entice you to attend their live shows. We guess that's cool, we're all about letting you know about cool shows around town, but a recording would be nice.

Rounding out the bill will be the Oakland based Sun Valley Gun Club whose sonic vibe sounds like sun-kissed college rock. If you're young, energetic and into fresh Bay Area music, head out to this show.

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Trans Van Santos Little Tybee Brass Magic and Merrimack Play Amnesia – 7/13

The transient San Francisco psych folk staple, Mark Matos is playing his first show in San Francisco since his moving performance with Mark Matos and Os Beach at the Rickshaw Stop earlier this year. Matos has reemerged to play Amnesia with his new musical outfit, Trans Van Santos tomorrow night.

The popular Atlanta based experimental folk band, Little Tybee along with Bay Area based Brass Magic and Merrimack will complete the bill for this night of experimental and moody folk rock.

This is going to be another great night at Amnesia, so make sure you support the return of Mark Matos, and a lineup that will cloud the club with nostalgic and illuminating folk experimental sounds.


The She's Union Pacific and Talk of Shamans Play Bottom of the Hill TONIGHT

Tonight, Bottom of the Hill hosts a purely local line up, as San Francisco based bands, The She’s, Union Pacific and Talk of Shamans will perform live.

The She’s are a powerhouse band right now. They’re working on breaking through the local underground scene, and are emerging into the independent mainstream. They have been attracting the attention of major media outlets, and play a number of out of town shows. Lollipop Records artists, Union Pacific will be celebrating the completion of their recent west coast tour at this show, and Talk of Shamans have been playing a number of cool local shows.

This line up is a supportive and talented combination of musicians, and we encourage you to go to this show and check out some hardworking, super fun bands. You’ll definitely have a good time at this event!

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Album Review: Steep Ravine - Trampin' On

Steep Ravine has been steadily refining its unique mixture of folk, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass into something both increasingly intangible and captivating at once. Known widely around the bay area for their astounding live performances, instrumental prowess, diverse musical influences, and primary compositional ingenuity of guitarist Simon Linsteadt, the band continues to operate alongside a growing fan base of young and old alike.

Their all-original debut Trampin’ On is a poignant, laid-back, and polished blend of their diverse influences. “White Mare” builds a narrative around a single image; a lover’s comment causes Linsteadt to reflect on his origins in the steady, introspective “Wooden Floors”; the melodic refrain of “Lazy Tide” calls to mind The Band’s Last Waltz theme; and mandolinist Andy O’brien’s traditional-lean shines through in his composition “No.37”. The album closes with the relaxed country breeze of “C’mon Home”, and as the agile group continues its journey, the summer ahead is brimming with shows in Washington,Oregon, Canada, Colorado, New Mexico, and California. - Justin Kohlberg

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Music Video Premiere: Mark Nelsen - Homeward

We promised that we would premiere local singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Mark Nelsen’s new music video this week, and now we are fulfilling that promise.

The title track from Nelsen’s new solo album, Homeward has been morphed into a beautiful live action music video, and the film is just as impressive as the music. With a ‘50s era art nouveau mystique, and hazy intergalactic touches, this video brings a new perspective on psych music and experimental local rock and roll. Mark Nelsen has a unique artistic vision for this new album, and we think his creative ideas and productions should be praised.

If you missed his album release show at the Vortex Room last weekend, you can catch his full live band, Mark Nelsen Band at the Down Dirty Shake residency at Milk Bar tomorrow night. You won’t regret checking out his band, and indulging in the strange outer space experience he has created around his new album Homeward. -je

Mark Nelsen - Homeward from Andrew Herwitz on Vimeo.

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