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Skull Practitioners
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Where the genre of “psych rock” will usually refer to “psychedelic rock,” Skull Practitioners take it to a level where the meaning “psychosis rock” would be more appropriate, hurling harsh guitar tones and thumping bass haunts, along with an avalanche of drum fills, into a whirlwind of amplified delirium. The NYC trio produces a heavier and more diverse wall of sound than most five-piece bands out there, swelling and punching up and down scales and arpeggios, blasting through fuzz and decay, resulting in a bleakly intense look into a mind lost. With different vocalists featured on various tracks, it might be difficult to discern an established frontman, but does it matter? The sounds coming from Jason Victor and Ken Levine’s amps, back Alex Baker’s drums are the huge focus here. – JP Basileo


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finding beauty within darkness
by: John McGovern date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
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by: Bianca Seidman date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
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AUGUST 01 - FREE - 18+
Indie Night at Brooklyn Bazaar

11.00 Spires
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Folk and Pop Night at Brooklyn Bazaar

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July 07, 2014

After ten years spent covering the NYC scene, here at The Deli we have the occasional nostalgic day when we like to reminisce about awesome bands from a few years ago that undeservingly disappeared from the face of the earth. Decadent and troubled looking dark pop band Living Days was ALMOST getting to that point. Back in 2010 we enjoyed their debut single so much that we booked them for our very first SXSW show. Then a few years went by without much happening. We are therefore very glad to see them (and their mysterious and charismatic front lady Stephonik Youth) back with a show scheduled for August 20 at Union Pool, sharing the stage with another one of those semi-forgotten NYC acts (Midnight Masses, more about them soon).  The band recently dropped a new single "Thrill Anybody?" (streaming) and is finalizing a new album that should see the light early in 2015.

July 30, 2014

Self-described “weird rock” band New Beard will be kicking off the release of their new EP “My People Are Around” with a release show at Mercury Lounge this Saturday, August 2nd. Though the record is coming in at six tracks shorter than the band’s first full-length “New Beard City,” don’t be deceived by its brevity — it is tightly packed with strange vocal inflections, grungy power chords, and irony-stricken lyrics in all of the right places. While some tracks on the album verge on compositional chaos, others play out with the soft, crooning exterior of a folk song — much like the opening track, “The Weight of a Tiny Being” a quirky love song that reveals the probable origins of the band's name: “You have changed me for the better/I grew out my facial hair for you.” Check out the video of title track My People are Around. - Jillian Dooley

New Beard - My People Are Around from FaceHeads on Vimeo.


July 30, 2014

Quite reliably, every year Brooklyn churns out a dream pop band that makes waves in the blogosphere and beyond, and Beverly is the latest in this series. The band - which in its original inception featured Frankie Rose on drums - recently signed with local label Kanine Records (who launched Grizzly Bear, Chairlift and Surfrer Blood among others), and just released this new video for the single "Out On A Ride" (watch it below). They will be touring with break out NYC indie poppers The Drums in September and October, and play Rough Trade on August 5.

July 30, 2014

Singer-songwriter Katie Buchanan has just unleashed a haunting, extremely well shot crime scene-inspired video for her single “Go” that brings an element of melodrama to the already-heartbreaking track. Set to appear on her upcoming EP of the same name, the song is said to have been inspired by a toxic friendship nearing its end, and the video offers a symbolic representation of this ending in the form of death. The video is a gorgeous interpretation of a song rooted in sheer sadness, and Buchanan’s dark, blues-inspired vocals - planted effortlessly on top of hollow percussion and a sparse, steady guitar arrangement - underscore this feeling. Watch the video below. Buchanan’s forthcoming EP is set to release on August 5th. - Jillian Dooley

July 30, 2014

Eula is bringing us an insane lineup for their EP release party tomorrow night (07.31).  On the bill they have New England rockers, Pile, and the current Deli's band of the year, Big Ups.  Opening up is Courtship Ritual, whose debut album, Pith, is a promising work of dark bedroom pop.  Simple harmonies combined with unexpected warbly guitar hooks provide an interesting combination; it's as if slacker-rock met L.A. pop and had a baby in Brooklyn. The show is at Palisades this Thursday (7/31) - check out Courtship Ritual single 'Ancient Drip' below. - Jake Saunders

July 29, 2014

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