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"Delta Spirit's music unintentionally mingles two trends percolating through indie rock right now. One is a return to more traditional folk -- minus the "freak" qualifier that is associated with Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart. The other is the conspicuous absence of irony, which has been a revered ideal since the Arcade Fire cropped up a few years ago sporting an avid sincerity. The Delta Spirit combines both methods into a stirring batch of rock that evokes Wilco circa "Being There," even though Mr. Vasquez isn't as enamored with psychedelic pop songwriting." [NY Sun]
Delta Spirit (you may have seen them on Conan O'Brien last night) play a show at Mercury Lounge tonight (Sept 4) with Salt and Samovar, Action Painters and Peasant. From there they leave on a tour with Dr. Dog and even after that they continue to tour the country non-stop until they come back to NYC at the end of October to play a show or two for CMJ. Along the way they they also make stops at Austin City Limits and Pop Montreal. All dates below...

Delta Spirit - 2008 Tour Dates*
Sep 4 - Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Sep 5 - IOTA Club & Cafe' Arlington, Virginia
Sep 6 - The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 7 - 3rd and Lindsley Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 8 - Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Sep 9 - Thirsty Hippo Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Sep 10 - The Republic New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 11 - Walter's on Washington Houston, Texas
Sep 12 - Lola's Saloon Ft. Worth, Texas
Sep 13 - The Parish Austin, Texas
Sep 16 - Club Congress Tucson, Arizona
Sep 17 - The Casbah San Diego, California
Sep 19 - Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, California
Sep 20 - Cellar Door Visalia, California
Sep 22 - W.O.W Hall Eugene, Oregon
Sep 23 - Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Sep 24 - Tractor Tavern Seattle, Washington
Sep 26 - Austin City Limits - 4:00PM Set Austin, Texas
Sep 27 - Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado
Sep 29 - The Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Sep 30 - The Record Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 1 - High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Oct 2 - Blind Pig Ann Arbor, Michigan
Oct 4 - Pop Montreal - Le Petit Campus Montreal, Quebec
Oct 6 - Higher Ground South Burlington, Vermont
Oct 7 - Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island
Oct 8 - Revolution Hall Troy, New York
Oct 9 - Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts
Oct 10 - Middle East (downstairs) Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 12 - Rock and Roll Hotel WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Oct 14 - Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 15 - Tasty World Athens, Georgia
Oct 16 - Cafe 11 St. Augustine, Florida
Oct 17 - Common Grounds Gainesville, Florida
Oct 18 - Club Downunder - Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida
Oct 20 World Grotto Knoxville, Tennessee
Oct 21 - Mercy Lounge Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 23 - Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 24-25 CMJ, NYC

* (Sept 5-Oct 10 w/ Dr Dog)

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Comments (7)

duh... i'd hit it

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:45 AM

Why do they all dress the same? 10 people seems excessive.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:46 PM

2 pictures!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:21 PM

last nights show was great but the kid that books that venue is a total asshole. he is always so rude to customers and then stands in the back yelling the whole night. it makes me not want to go back there. delta spirit is wonderful though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:06 AM

Peasant: Grade C+. Peasant is earnest and sincere. The melodies where pretty and he was committed to the performance, even if only a dozen people were in the room. What holds this guy back is a lack of lyrical specificity which pushes the songs into trite sentiment and borderline cliche.

Action Painters: Grade: D. These kids attempt to do indie rock by the numbers and it's adequate, but completely forgettable. No soul, no bite, it's a giant exercise in posing and mediocrity. The lead singer is very young and cocksure for no apparent reason, he hasn't got the pipes, stage presence, or talent to support his arrogance.


Salt and Samovar: Grade:B-. What happened to Salt and Samovar? These guys actually used to be quite good, but these days, they seem to be slipping. They played two new songs, the first one being the energetic highlight of their set. The second one, a political rant, was an abysmal low. I hope their new material goes in the direction of the former song and not the later. Sound issues and repeated rants to the sound guy by the prissy bass player didn't help their set either.

Delta Spirit. Grade: A. Delta Spirit put on an amazing show. Vasquez is 1,000,000% committed when he's performing. The energy in the room was electric. He leaves his heart on the stage with great support from all the band members. It's inspirational. Their live show is kinetic and phenomenal, it's what you hope for when you see every band that you love, but only Delta Spririt actually delivers and then some.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:20 AM

Check out my interview of the band at captainmelody.com. Let me know if you want to link up.

Posted by Drew | September 17, 2008 10:52 AM

This was a great show. Delta Spirit are amazing. I disagree with the above reviewer though. I think he was at a different show... Salt & Sam were really good, as were Action Painters. I've seen both of those bands a couple of times and they are always tight and cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2008 1:06 PM

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