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January 2015
Bonsai
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

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The Henry Millers

The Henry Millers release new single 'Children' + announce debut LP 'Poises'

Young NYC boy/girl duo The Henry Millers have picked up their synthesizers and novels yet again, spinning a new yarn that'll keep you guessing where their ideas keep coming from, while humming its bizarrely catchy hook at the same time. Channeling an almost Arcade Fire-like concern for familial ties, Singer/songwriters John MacCallum and Katie Schecter with latest single 'Children' take on issues unlike anything I've yet heard from them. Taken from forthcoming LP 'Posies,' the song eschews the band's usual flair for literary sexiness. Instead, it issues a warning to prospective parents that's one part good advice, one part hopeless nostalgia. A beautiful sentiment, listen below and get excited for what might herald a new direction for this indie pop group. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The Henry Millers release new video for "Hop" + plays The Studio on 04.01

A true indie pop overload, The Henry Millers incorporate all the signature sounds of the genre into one band: heavy melodic guitars, playful synths, and harmonizing male and female vocals find their place in the band's upbeat music. Check out their new video for the song "Hop" below, and see them live at Websters Hall's Studio on April 1st. - Lucy Sherman

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Deli Best of NYC 2012 - Open Submission Results for INDIE POP

We call "Indie Pop" Pop music for the sophisticated minds. This genre achieves it's "pop" status through melodic quality and uptempo bpm, while maintaining an "indie" edge through mild sonic experimentation and careful avoidance of cliches. The bands who submitted in this genre deviate from the mainstream with their unique sound and talent.  

Total submissions in this category: 45

Artists Qualified to the Poll's Next Stage (starting soon):

1. Dalton - 8 (Out of 10)
1. Cultfever - 8
3. The Henry Millers - 7.83

Honerable Mentions (Score Above 7.16)

The Great American NovelBattle flags, BroomsRAILBIRDMiracles Of Modern ScienceThe Universal ThumpSt. LenoxHollandsRebecca BrandtDeb Oh &, the CavaliersSinem SaniyeEmanuel & The FearLudwig Persik

Jurors: Lucy Sherman (Deli Contributer), Hillary Anderson (Deli New England), QD Tran (Deli Philly)

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NYC Year End Poll - Indie Pop Submission: The Henry Millers Take 3rd Place

Whenever I think of The Henry Millers, the ultra-literate quartet from Brooklyn, I always think of my parent's music and how every band sorta looked like a family back in the '60s. While not related to one another, singers John MacCallum and Katie Schecter certainly convey a kind of sibling understanding in their discussions of exes ('Mr. Flash Gordon') and love ('Spinning Daises').

Their kind of folksy wisdom isn't out of step with memories of listening to The Mamas and The Papas for latest LP 'Daises'. The record's charm just might bring you into their family too. See the band live when they play at The Studio at Webster Hall on April 1st. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The Henry Millers play Pianos on 12.07 (tonight)

New and young NYC electro-pop band, The Henry Millers, is playing a show in support of their debut “Daisies” at Pianos on Friday DEC 7th (tonight). Produced by former Pharell/Neptunes protégé Maxwell Drummey of Chester French, the album was released less than a month ago. The music video for their single “Diamonds” (streaming below) is a playful mix of Looney Tunes style cannibalism and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. The song itself is a reminder of pop bands such as Under the Influence of Giants and other earthy California style pop rock. Check them out, bring some flowers. - Julia Kwamya

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