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Emily Wells

Next Monday (10.19) another night with talented NYC female musicians at The Hum

We certainly have an affinity with the gals at Hypnocraft (who organize the Deli sponsored weekly, collaborative, female-artist-only nights called The Hum) since they keep booking musicians involved with bands we love, many of whom we featured on our rag's cover in the past. The upcoming event, scheduled for Monday 10.19, features a particularly intriguing line up. 

The first collaboration will see extraordinary one-woman-band Emily Wells (whom we booked years ago for a fantastic BK Bazaar show) collaborate with atmospheric electronic artist Lorna Dune; expect a lot of electronic instrumentation laying around, and some looping of acoustic instruments. After this duo, a quartet of ladies will take the stage: Kristin Slipp (Cuddle Magic), Rosana Caban (Psychic Twin), Angelica Bess (Body Language), and Becca Kauffman (Ava Luna) - the latter two were featured with their bands on the cover of past issues of The Deli; a lot of really good vocalists in this group, we would be surprised if we didn't witness some three way harmonizing at some point during the set... The final show will mix things up big time, with a jazz flavor brought by saxophonist Hailey Niswanger and xylophonist Nikara Warren, and Hip Hop vocals courtesy of rapper L.atasha A.lcindor AKA L.A. and soulful singer Katie Jones.

It will be a fun night, hope to see you there! - Photo by Amanda Hatfield — with Katrina Cunningham and Idgy Dean at Manhattan Inn last Monday.


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.


Emily Wells headlines Deli curated bill at BK Bazar on 12.07

One-girl-band extraordinaire Emily Wells, who recently moved from LA to NYC, will be headlining the Deli curated night at the 2nd edition of Brooklyn Night Bazaar, on December 7. Inspired by night markets across Asia, this event brings together the borough's most creative independent vendors, musicians, artists chefs and brewers to vast indoor and outdoors spaces during Friday and Saturdays from November 23 until December 22, from 6pm until Midnight. This year the event will be hosted at 45 N 5th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There will be bands playing every night, to be announced soon.


Emily Wells moves to NYC, releases "Mama", tours with Dark Dark Dark

So it looks like Emily Wells (who recently relocated from LA to NYC) has finally let her guard down. After several records spent experimenting with her sample-based mix of chamber instruments and rock attitude, gypsy vocals and even some brief rapping interludes, she has released the first single to her new record 'Mama,' and it is something far bolder than expected.

'Passenger' contains that rare sort of rapture which is as surprising as it is comforting. With this track, Emily Wells may very well have crafted one of the best songs of the year, while proving the theory that to be a true badass, you have to be vulnerable.

Emily on tour will be supporting Minneapolis folk band Dark Dark Dark, a group that should help let the holy ghost in before Ms. Wells comes out. Join the bands when they return from national tours to play Friday, October 12th at The Knitting Factory. - Mike Levine


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