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Last year Baked came out with a tape called S/T Cassette.  Two songs short, it's enough to see where the band is coming from; they're not afraid to blur themselves, letting the sounds melt into landscape jams.  On Debt, their debut off Exploding in Sound, Baked is still melting, but it's a much more guided flow.  The album mixes high velocities with the turned down mellow feels that Baked just seems to ooze from every orifice.   R.J. Gordon's vocals take a back seat under a wash of reverb, sitting just below the pop driven melodies that surround him.  "Mick Jagger" especially is a stunner, where Yoni David's drumming drives the tune as the rest of the sounds float in zero gravity.  There's something unobtainably attractive about this band's sound, whether it's because they remind us of England's long lost Wu Lyf, or because they channel Bedhead at the same time. - Jake Saunders

 
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Bands that last are often tied by bonds developed during their high school years (or earlier). New York natives Jack and Eliza have been chums since childhood, which explains the genuine warmth of their two-way harmonies. The folk-pop duo's style is simple: two electric guitars and male/female voices, all blending in the most natural way imaginable. Two singles available on Soundcloud -- "Secrets" and "Hold the Line" -- went viral earlier this year channeling the relaxed, "beachy" atmosphere of Real Estate in a folkier, sparser approach. Today the band is releasing their debut EP 'No Wonders,' featuring those singles plus three more songs - you can find it on Spotify and iTunes, or buy it from their website. The record release party will be hosted at Baby's All Right on 10.01. The band will be performing at The Deli's CMJ Rootsy Stage at Rockwood Music Hall on October 22nd.

September 23, 2014
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Every musician should have the sentence "Less Is More" tattooed on a part of their body often visible to their eyes - because unless you aspire to be the new Frank Zappa or Trent Reznor, you want your music to breathe. It's a concept that  Brooklyn synth-pop duo Kodacrome knows well and practices flawlessly, both from a musical and visual standpoint. New single "The City is Burning" is a beautiful exercise in restraint, that somehow manages to "straighten" a complex 5/4 tempo. Every element in the arrangement is measured and essential: the minimalistic electric piano melody; the slightly vocoded drone of the simple melody; the sober rhythm pattern. The stunning video matches the song's ascetic atmosphere by showing - in religious black and white - the miracle of water in all its glory, while semi-intelligible lyrics seem to stress the vulnerability of the human condition: "frozen summer/golden handcuffs/you are such a mess." Give this song/video some time, and you'll be touched.

September 23, 2014
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At the end of 2013 Brooklyn quintet Tiny Hazard caught us off guard with this song and video - so much so that we had to invent a new "Best of" just for the occasion (we don't do Video of the Month here at The Deli). The band is now releasing a new track ('Silouhette' - streaming below) that fully confirms their talent and - dare we say - uniqueness of sound. Presenting themselves as 'experimental pop' (we are always suspicious when we hear the word 'experimental' - it seems like everybody wants a piece of that pie in Brooklyn) Tiny Hazard offer complex, unpredictable songs that definitely deserve the 'Avant-' appellation, while Alena Spanger's beautifully contrived melodies keep the overall sound well inside the 'pop' territory. This is a band that deserves attention, don't miss their next live show at Le Poisson Rouge on 09.26 opening for Kneebody and Kimbra.

September 22, 2014
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In her single 'Townie' (streaming) - from upcoming debut LP 'bury me at makeout creek' - Brooklyn based pop/rock muse Mitski sings about parties with no return, and her intention not to fulfill her dad's dreams. She sounds like an early PJ Harvey with a fuller sound: inspired, careless and full of life. The second track available for streaming - 'first love/late spring' - is instead a ballad that catapults us back to the 60s, and those elegant love songs sung by charming crooners, even though the arrangement here could have been created by The Pixies from the 'Bossanova' period. These are noteworthy tunes for such a young artist, and they make us look forward to the album release, scheduled for November. In the meantime, don't miss Mitski live at Baby's All Right on September 24.

September 22, 2014
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Margaret Glaspy -- a California native and ex Boston resident -- seems a well of unfettered emotion. Pairing bluesy guitar lines and melancholic lyrics, the anti-folk chanteuse trades binding technicality for a vocal style as devastating as it is enchanted. We’ve yet to find a voice quite like hers. 2012's five-track record, “If & When,” is a charming collection of short stories on love lost, and is well worth revisiting. Margaret Glaspy will be performing at The Deli's CMJ official Roots Stage at Rockwood Music Hall on 10.22. - Jillian Dooley

September 22, 2014
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Meet SWEET FIX, five scrappy guys from New York who play irony-free rock songs about sneaking out, falling in love, and hitting it big—anthems with danceable hooks, soaring vocals, and, yes, bitchin’ guitar. Seem like a throwback to glory days? Golden Age, the name of the band’s tight debut album, really means the future as much as the past. Cyber soundscapes converge with classic craft in music you can make out to—on the moon. See them headline Mercury Lounge on October 3 and watch for their forthcoming feature-length documentary.  - Cary Gitter

September 19, 2014
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