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Interview with Mikey Holland of Mikey French Fries

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Mikey French Fries recently served up an enigmatic set at the Middle East Upstairs opening for Drug Rug.  The band fills the stage both literally and figuratively with an energy that the audience can’t help but find contagious.  The set was a refreshing mix of upbeat and somber tunes with elements of both pop and folk rock undertones.  Mikey Holland (Mean Creek, Movers and Shakers), frontman of the group was nice enough to sit down for a little interview. Be sure to check out his solo set at the Plough and Stars February 18.

Deli: What was your inspiration for forming Mikey French Fries?

Mikey Holland: The inspiration for starting the band is also the ideology of the band. It's all about friends and fun. I'm so fortunate so have so many wonderfully talented friends who make time in their busy schedule to back up my little honky-tonk rock 'n' roll band. But the main thing is just spontaneous fun. You go to a show of ours and you will see a lot of smiling faces on stage and some "Oh shit, when did that change?" kind of looks

--Read the full interview by Sheen Dorci HERE

Michael Bernier & The Uprising in Portland, ME - Tonight at The Big Easy

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Michael Bernier & The Uprising will be playing his last show before he leaves the country to go to Belize to explore more about hand-drumming. Bernier won 2nd place in the overall year end contest and 2nd place in the reader's poll. We will be featuring an interview with him when he returns from his travels. Supporting at The Big Easy, Station 85, Div Kid  and People With Instruments.

--The Deli Staff

 

Interview with The Shills

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The Shills are fast carving their niche in the Boston area scene with their music, songs that are simultaneously catchy, challenging and experimental in sound and concept. With their second full-length album Ganymede, a conceptual album about a misanthrope who is shipwrecked on an island and forced to confront himself, The Shills continue to hone their talents and distinct style as they assert themselves as a staple of the Boston scene. Recently, Bryan, Eric, Dave and James were kind enough to answer some questions for the Deli.

Deli: Could you give our readers a brief biography of the band? How you got together, what your musical and non-musical inspirations are, how you characterize your sound and style, etc.?

Eric: James, Dave & myself were in a previously existing band called Gallery. We fired our singer and were auditioning new ones when we came across Bryan. We all have different and similar musical influences, which is a great combination. The stuff we all like gives us a common ground to work from and then we can all bring in our own different influences and jumble it all together to create a new overall sound. It's never been easy for us to describe our sound but it's something like progressive pop/rock. We like to blend pop melodies and song structures with musically complex ideas and rhythms. The idea being that anyone can identify with sound right off the bat but there's a lot of subtle complexities to keep it interesting. Basically we want my little sister and our music nerd friends to all dig it.

Read the whole interview by Meghan Guidry HERE

Cover-Up does Neil Young

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Perhaps one of the greatest things to happen in the Boston music scene in a while is Brendan Boogie's Cover-up shows. This weekend at the Lizard Lounge The Blizzard of '78, Casavettes, Mike Verge, Guilded Splinters, Sodafrog and lots of other special, spontaneous guests will rally and pay homage to one of rock's greats and a critical influence to many, Neil Young. Keep on rockin' in the free world, Deli Readers.

Lizard Lounge 1667 Mass Ave Cambridge

21+ $10 adv/$12 door 8:30 doors 

You can get tickets here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/98649.

--The Deli Staff

Haiti Benefit TONIGHT at Precinct Bar in Somerville

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Wednesday Feb 3rd, Precinct Bar (70 Union Sq. Somerville, MA) is
throwing a benefit concert for victims of the Haitian Earthquake. For
only $15 you can see 13 live bands playing from 6pm-1am. Precinct will
be passing around free appetizers for a few hours and there will also
be a silent auction.

Live performances from:
Otis Grove
One Fine Morning
Abbie Barrett
Gold Star Morning
The Doctors Fox
Super Volcano
Top Heavy
6th Degree
Maddyln Elyse & Mike Moore
Christoph Krey (From McAlister Drive)
Jesse McCullough

$15.00 All Proceeds donated to the Red Cross. This show is supported by Hear Now Live as well. It is a great show for a great cause.

--The Deli Staff

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