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July 2016
Big Thief

Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

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The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F. (Best of Emerging Artists Fest) 2011 - 5 nights, 5 W'Burg Venues, 44 NYC Bands!

The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F. (Best of Emerging Artists Fest) 2011 - 5 nights, 5 W'Burg Venues, 44 NYC Bands!

NYCers into real new music,

What in 2009-10 was called "Best of NYC Fest" is now "The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F." - as in Best of Emerging Artists Fest. Isn't that a perfect acronym for a Deli festival?

The use of the word "Best" is not entirely arbitrary in this case. Most of the artists playing the fest were included in our latest Year End Best of NYC List, compiled polling la crème de la crème of the NYC music industry, including many local venue promoters, bloggers, music journalists and radio DJs.

Hitting Brooklyn for the third year running, this can only be described as the most underground and cross-genre showcase of NYC’s new talent. To make things even more exciting, The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F. 2011 will be promoted starting next week through the Spring 2011 issue of The Deli, which will be exclusively dedicated to the 106 artists in the Best of NYC 2010 list.

Full schedule with links can be found here!

The Deli's B.E.A.F. is sponsored by BMI in collaboration with PreSonus and The Musebox

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What's your favorite Emerging NYC Artist on this list?