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New Levee Drivers LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The long, long wait is over; Levee Drivers' new full-length album, Motel City Honey, has arrived. Steeped in guttural, rabble-rousing, country-blues, the collection of songs taps into a swaying sensitivity. Whether it’s a road-worn yearning or an uptempo rumbler of love lost, the visceral magnetism draws one in. Traveling home in the twilight, the tunes continuously matriculate ahead, but lament in an emotive sense of the past. Levee Drivers is set to celebrate its release this evening at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by local pals The Lawsuits and and Virginia's The Dawn Drapes. (Photo by Bob Sweeney)





Sure Sure let their funky selves free on "Hands Up Head Down"

Art pop quartet Sure Sure first caught our attention with songs like "New Biome" and "The Expert," both of which brought a slick pop sound with an inventive stroke. A year later, the band is expanding their reach with their latest single, "Hands Up Head Down," where they let their funky selves free with a slinky groove that recalls the sumptuous prog-pop of Genesis and Steely Dan. The track benefits from these odd sonic contrivances that add to its overall playfulness, but never do they lose sight of a catchy, earworm chorus that might just place them on commercial rock radio. Even if they light the room with a breezy and easygoing disposition, their careful attention to detail on "Hands Up Head Down" proves they're intent on writing songs that are flat-out fun without undermining their own intelligence.

Sure Sure are playing The Fonda on January 28, 2018 supporting Hippo Campus.





Q&A with Poppies, see them live at Mercury on 10.09

Poppies have managed to gain a generous following with their introspective, melodic sound. Singer/guitarist May's childlike, delicate vocals, perfectly blend with the band's enigmatic, dreamy instrumentals. The quartet recently unveiled a new video for single 'Devin' (streaming below). Our friends at Delicious Audio wanted to dig in to the band's sound and story, you can read the Q&A at the link below. Their next show is at Mercury Lounge on October 9th.

Q&A with Brooklyn band Poppies.

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New Cherry LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Led by Russell Edling (ex-Kite Party), Cherry's debut LP, Dumbness, is out today via Lame-O Records. Meshing the fuzzy, folk melodies of youth with current adult contemplations, the album is nostalgic but forward-thinking. Leafing through a mind of memories without rewinding the clock, there’s a natural ease/grit to these songs. Boot & Saddle will be hosting Cherry’s record release show on Saturday, October 7, where they'll be joined by Yankee Bluff and Clasp.





NYC Record of the Month Dan Friel (Parts & Labor) returns with Upper Wilds

The Deli is intimately familiar with the musical inclinations of electronic musician and composer Dan Friel, having featured his previous band Parts & Labor on the cover of its 11th NYC issue back in 2006. The noise rock group called it quits in 2012, after which Friel mostly focused on running his label Cardboard Records in conjunction with former P&L bassist J.Warshaw. We are thrilled to find out that Dan has a new project, and that it's as noisy as his previous one. Named Upper Wilds, the band plays what could be described as a noisy brand of drone-rock with industrial and (rather buried) pop influences. Distorted guitars, synths, drums, and vocals overlap and blend, in some kind of well orchestrated orgy of fuzz. Dan's earnest sounding vocal melodies, at times reminiscent of early R.E.M. and seminal hardcore band Hüsker Dü, emerge from this sea of distortion, somehow giving it an organized shape. Like the aforementioned bands' records, this album has a monolithic, recognizable sound, but what it loses in variety, it gains in power and impact - we can't find a weak song in it. The group will be celebrating the release of their debut album "Guitar Module 2017" at Alphaville on October 7th.

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