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New Soft Idiot EP Available for Streaming & Download

Byrrie is the latest EP from Philly singer-songwriter Justin Roth, a.k.a. Soft Idiot. Intimately enchanting, nostalgic, bedroom-folk tales retain a sense of endearing beauty and warmth. However, the fractured fragility of a relationship hangs in the air. Soft Idiot is slated to perform at Ortlieb’s on Sunday, September 1, with Dead Neighbors and all boy/all girl.

   

EJ Carey debuts heartfelt single "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies"

The enthusiastic singing of Boston's EJ Carey hooks you ten seconds into her new single "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies." As the charming acoustic guitar overture makes way for the song's lush harmonies, Carey ramps up the vocal intensity to deliver a powerful message in the chorus: a declaration of emancipation from a toxic relationship. EJ puts a piece of her heart in every lyric, allowing the vibrant red passion of her words to carry the song beside dynamic drums and gushing electric guitar embellishments. The pop-rock genre that EJ embraces is tailored for today's chart-topping-music scouts, and the tinge of country helps too. It is the artist's honesty that shines through and engages the listener for an experience that is a textbook example of music's absorbing power. EJ Carey recently completed several gigs throughout Massachusetts, the last of which was in Winthrop. A new album is in the works, and we are excited about that. Streaming below is the singer-songwriter's new single, enjoy! - Rene Cobar

   

The Gunshy “Remember When You Used To Want To Die”

The Gunshy have released an ambitious 12 minute single called “Remember When You Used To Want To Die”.

This is the Anthemic Rock of Matt Arbogast, Ryan Ford, Andy Sivwright, and Colin Miller. The track is the first new music we have had from the band since 2018’s Undefeated Album.

   

Ticket Giveaway: Talib Kweli with Chill Moody & Dell-P at The Ardmore Music Hall Next Thursday

Consciousness-raising emcee Talib Kweli (Black Star) will be bringing his words of wisdom to The Ardmore Music Hall next Thursday, August 29, where he'll be supported by local Philly talent Chill Moody and Dell-P. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line: "Independent Thinkers & Doers Wanted". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

   

On "Sinner," singer/songwriter Leslie Stevens sets a new tone for the country music scene

A light flickers and goes out. The room goes dark, a single match is sparked once, then again, lighting the room long enough for the record to play another song. “Sinner” by Leslie Stevens begins to play as her soft, comforting voice fills the room. And that is exactly how I pictured the start of the next independent film I watch. Stevens beautifully recaptures an early Dolly Parton blended with Janis Joplin, seducing her audience and guiding us down an old town road. “There is bad in the best of us” is a lyric that we all need to hear, read and then hear again, a true lyricist that will rip your heart open and mend it back before the end of the song—and “Sinner” does exactly that. Leslie Stevens is resurrecting a lost art. Keep an eye out for her come August 23rd, when she releases her newest LP. - Kayla Hay