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A Deli Premiere: "Wasted" video by Oakland's Saalt

The debut video (streaming below) of Oakland stoner-pop group Saalt (fronted by Alisa Saario) follows a similar pattern to that of a strange dream. Saario is pictured singing while skiing down a mountain, maneuvering her way through the powerful chorus of the track “Wasted” while dressed in an all-white ski-suit. When combined with the clips of her skiing with her guitar, or emptying out pink dust around the mountain, the overall picture only becomes more ethereal. Despite her unquestionable recklessness, Saario’s vocals and her carefree smile coax you into her world — as if saying, don’t worry about me. She almost convinces you, even, but the last frame tells a different story. Check out the video below and keep an eye out for future releases from one of our favorite artists right now. - Lilly Milman 

Al Harper brings breezy indie rock to Abbey's Tavern (6.2)

The delicacy of Oakland-based Al Harper’s jangly, soft rock solo project is reminiscent of dreamy vocals of the indie pop duo Tennis, but with her own added edge. Her breezy falsetto carries the listeners through angsty lyrics with ease, like the school-girl sounding “The New You” (streaming below) where she sings about a person that’s changed but “it’s cool, I still want the new you.” There’s an empowerment behind her effortless sound as she embraces femininity in a way that brings her up to the ranks of other beloved female artists like Snail Mail and Evil Seagull. She will be celebrating the release of her tape About Power and to play a few unreleased tracks on June 2 at Abbey's Tavern. - Lilly Milman, photo by Kelsey McClellan 

Bone Nest mixes neo-soul, new-wave, and breakbeat on single "Fkbyzantm”

San Francisco’s Bone Nest creates music for those disillusioned by the overwhelming prevalence of upbeat, pop-influenced tracks in the electronic scene. His single “Fkbyzantm” (streaming below), which is set to appear on a forthcoming debut LP, features experimental production in the form of a beat that is both warm and a bit abstract. With influences from neo-soul, new-wave, and breakbeat and a perfectly imperfect blend of two sets of vocals, the track keeps the listener guessing. We’re eagerly anticipating what’s to come. - Lilly Milman

A Deli Premiere: "Cut it Out" by DONCAT, to play Rickshaw Stop (5.31)

Duncan Nielsen is the vocalist and guitarist behind DONCAT, the psychedelic bedroom-pop artist who is quickly rising up the ranks of the San Francisco scene. With a forthcoming LP, entitled Preservation of the Spirit, due out on May 18th and a list of shared bills that includes Ty Segall, it’s clear that Nielsen is on the brink of something big. That means his upcoming performance at Rickshaw Stop on May 31st should definitely be on your list.

The Deli SF is happy to be premiering “Cut it Out” (streaming below), a moody and memorable single that primarily revolves around the use of one minor chord -- giving the track what Nielsen described as "a kind of desolte feel." Lyrically, he sees the song as “an impetus to back up your actions and feelings with true action.” Happy streaming! - Lilly Milman

The Watershed releases debut video for "Very Own"

If you are interested in politically-oriented rap, nostalgic for the fuzzy hip-hop climate of San Francisco in the ‘90s, inspired by passion projects—or experiencing a combination of all three of these feelings—then it may be time for you to check out the newest project by SF’s own Brycon & Star Bakery Records. A group project entitled Equipto & Brycon Present The Watershed, this eclectic album combines influences, visions old and new, in order to create a new classic. Stream their debut video for “Very Own” below, and check out the rest of the album, available on all streaming services. - Lilly Milman, photo by Gina Madrid

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