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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.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of
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Spirit Family Reunion

Exclusive Announcement: The Felice Brothers and Spirit Family Reunion Co Headline The Chapel 10/3

Well, this is one of those shows you aren't going to want to miss. We could dress it up and say it in a million fancy ways but the fact is that on October 3rd, The Felice Brothers and Spirit Family Reunion co-headlining a show at The Chapel in San Francisco is kind of a big deal. Not to mention this announcement guarentees a promising and potent Indie Americana rock show.

The Felice Brothers are embarking on a massive fall tour after releasing their full length album, Favorite Waitress.

The Deli Magazine San Francisco is the first to announce this show and we're completely excited to share the news. Make sure you order advanced tickets through The Chapel's website! We hope to see you there!!


Issue #34 Launch Party at Bklyn Bowl with Spirit Family Reunion, The Last Good Tooth and National Reserve

NYC peoples, tonight is the night of our flagship NYC B.E.A.F. 2013 show! 

Featured on the cover of our Best of NYC 2013 issue, passionate country revisitors Spirit Family Reunion will blow numerous minds at Williamsburg stunning Brookly Bowl - FYI the band sold out Bowery Ballroom just a few months ago... NYC alt-folksters The Last Good Tooth and The National Reserve will provide an appropriate opening soundtrack. This is an early show with doors at 7 and the headliner hitting the stage at 9.30 - don't be late (nor lame) and be there.


The Deli's Best of NYC Issue out! Read it online now!

Beloved Readers,

The 34th issue of The Deli - i.e. our Best of NYC 2013 issue - is out today, and you can read it online here

Enjoy!

The Deli's Staff


The Deli Presents: NYC B.E.A.F. 2013 (Best of Emerging Artists Fest)

Deli Readers!

Every spring we organize our little fest involving as many artists as we can book from our latest Year End Best of NYC Poll. It's called The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F. - as in Best of Emerging Artists Fest!

Click here for the full schedule - Facebook Event here.

The Deli's Staff


Spirit Family Reunion wins the cover of the Deli NYC's Spring issue 2013

Here at The Deli second place is not always for losers. In fact, for the third time in our history, the band that placed second in our Year End Poll for Emerging Artists will get the cover of our Spring edition - the "Best of NYC" issue (check out last year's issue in pdf here). This is happening because the winners (in this case Foxygen) were already featured on the cover of a previous issue, and a quarterly mag can't really have the same band on the cover twice. So congrats to Spirit Family Reunion, whose exuberant fiddles and banjos are leading the roots music revival that in the past few years has been threatening NYC's indie rock supremacy. They are the first straight forward Americana band to win our Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists - signs of the times? 

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