Indie Rock

With "Change," Thom Sawyr asks for empathy over gritty, fiery Americana

 On his new single, "Change," singer-songwriter Tasso Smith is mad as hell about the current state of affairs. More specifically: medical industry D.C. lobbyists and the dehumanization that humans are imposed upon due to greed and corporate interest. It's a complex issue that Smith, who goes by the moniker Thom Sawyr, addresses with poignant simplicity over an alternative meets Americana-styled production. "We've been lost for so long/How much before we break and hurt someone," Smith questions, offering an anthemic plea that urges for just a little bit more compassion. 

"Change" follows Smith's debut single "Wishing on the Wind," both of which he'll feature on a still-unannounced EP.  For more information on touring dates, including a December date he's yet to reveal, visit his official website. - Juan Rodríguez

Dog Petter's "Sucktitude" video is a Tolkien-esque odyssey

New York indie rock duo Dog Petter bill their new video “Sucktitutde” as “what Lord of the Rings would look like if it cost $20 to make,” although one could argue it looks a bit like a poor man’s Skyrim. Soundtracked by noodling guitar lines and predominantly soft vocals, band members Emmitt and Brian embark on an epic voyage through Middle Earth (or the woods of New Jersey), leveling up their stats and befriending a God-like dog along the way. Humorous visuals aside, Dog Petter’s sound is somewhere between the muted repose of bands like Duster and The Antlers and the emotionally explosive elements of northeast emo outfits like Snowing, finding a happy medium between the quiet and cacophonous; watch the video below, and stream their most recent effort Asleep in the Heat here. —Connor Beckett McInerney

Happy Birthday, Deli Magazine New England!

There are so many things to be grateful for today: family, friends, good food, good times. Here at Deli New England, we are grateful for one more thing, and that is the opportunity to cover New England’s always-thriving music scene. For ten years, we have been privileged to witness the rise of talented artists from Connecticut’s New York border to Maine’s Atlantic seaboard. Since the birth of this branch, on this date ten years ago, we have had our many editors explore with delight hip-hop acts, indie-pop darlings, rock-punks, and so much more. Below you will find nine posts from different editors of this magazine over the last ten years. A big thank you to Meghan Chiampa for kicking off this journey and letting me know of the special occasion at hand. Happy holidays and happy reading! - Rene Cobar

Meghan Chiampa on Brendan Hogan (2010)

Chrissy Prisco on Boy Without God (2011)

Dean Shakked on High Pop (2012)

Jake Reed on Deja Carr (2013)

Daniel McMahon on Here We Just Dream (2014)

Zach Weg on And the Kids (2015)

Olivia Sisinni on Dreamtigers (2016)

Cameron Carr on Clairo (2017)

Lilly Milman on People Like You (2018)

Salvation "Year of the Fly"

Noise Pop trio Salvation has teamed up with Forge Again Records to release their third album, Year of The Fly. This is the work of Victor Riley (Bass), Santiago Guerrero (Drums), and Jason Sipe (Guitar/Vocals), and this is the first new music from the trio since 2017’s Sore Loser.

You can help Salvation celebrate the release of their album on tonight, November 27th, at Empty Bottle with Ganser, Luggage, and No Men.

Well Wisher make the sadness bearable on "This Is Fine," play House of Independents 11.29

Northern New Jersey’s Well Wisher have essentially perfected the art of the asynchronous indie punk song, creating melodic, exciting tunes that are marked by deeply melancholic lyrics. Their most recent release This Is Fine contains ten, primarily upbeat jams, filled with tension-building guitars and dramatic major-minor chord resolutions, all set against by front woman Natalie Newbold’s bright vox and sad lyrics. It’s the ideal music for club catharsis, the type of music that induces immediate hype in a live setting while providing space to scream out the words (in a room full of strangers) as a space to bask in shared sorrow. Stream this fun duality below, and catch Well Wisher at the House of Independents on November 29th, supporting Beach Rats, Speedy Ortiz, Restorations, and American Trappist.

 

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