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February 2015
Dolly Spartans
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I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartans; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

 
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NEXT FRIDAY: The Deli's BK Bazaar show with Emily Wells, Devin, Swear & Shake and Live Footage

NEXT FRIDAY: The Deli's BK Bazaar show with Emily Wells, Devin, Swear & Shake and Live Footage

Mark your calendar folks! On December 7th, The Deli is presenting a night of music at Brooklyn Bazar, a free event inspired by night markets across Asia.

Headlining the show at 11pm will be talented Texan turned Newyorker Emily Wells, who has taken the concept of modern one-(wo)man-band to new heights: this young lady uses electronic looping devices and other effects to construct ethereal tunes which blend elements of folk, hip hop, orchestral and post-rock. Most important, she knows how to replicate them live through a dynamic live performance that sees her alternate through a noteworthy number of instruments, including violin, drums, glockenspiel, guitar and banjo. Her remarkable voice and beautiful, melancholic melodies glue these sonic constructions together and bring them to life. Check out her latest album Mama here.

At 10 pm, stylish crooner Devin will bring some fun to the crowd with some quality Rock'n'Roll. This is a guy who has the material and the flair to stand up to the haunting presence of the Big Apple's legends of the genre. Like a more handsome Elvis Costello from his rocking period, Devin threads a rockabilly sound with quality songwriting and an image that's at once edgy and reassuring. His performance at BK Bazar is definitely going to get some bodies moving - stream his new album here.

Fans of folk music will not want to miss Swear and Shake's performance at 9pm. This is a Brooklyn band that charmed us inside out at our Rootsy CMJ Stage this past October. Their feel good, quality alt-country is greatly enhanced by Kari Spieler's adorable stage presence, which includes (among other things) a stunning voice, lots of smiling, and natural curls to kill for. All things that surely helped Sheryl Crow become the pop icon we all know by the way...

NYC experinstrumental  duo Live Footage - featuring also headliner Emily Wells as a guest on violin - will be opening the festivities at 8pm with their pleasant post-orchestral tracks, quite incredibly forged only using drums, a cello and a bunch of guitar pedal effects connected to the 4 string instrument. No wonder Emily Wells is into it!

Brooklyn Bazar is a free event that spreads through 4 weekends from November 23 to December 22. More info about the other nights can be found here.

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