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Deli Fest Thursday: Beach Fossils, Midnight Masses, Mon Khmer

The Deli's Best of NYC Fest finally begins! And it does so with a spectacularly moody bill at Brooklyn Bowl that will sure attract hordes of NYC hipsters... Beach Fossils (#10 in our 2009 year end Best of NYC list for emerging artists) is one of the most loved and blogged lo-fi NYC bands right now - they will headline the bill. Before them, Midnight Masses will lull us with their beautiful songs about redemption, sin and death, and Mon Khmer - one of our favorite emerging local bands - will hypnotize crowds with their groovy, sophisticated atnospheres that build slowly but surely.


Deli Fest Thursday: Alt Rock with Cavalier Rose, Click Clack Boom + more

The front room at Public Assembly will host 4 NYC bands more or less belonging to the "Alt Rock" genre that figured in our year end Best of NYC list or won on of our 2009 Artist of the Month Polls. The night will begin at 9 with Midnight Spin, the band that won our NYC Fans Poll. The Shake will follow with their youthful rock ‘n’ roll, catching riffs, and singable choruses. Cavalier Rose will bring some Southern twang and dark blues to the evening immediately after them with their strong live performance, while The Click Clack Boom - probably the most popular band on the bill, in the picture - will close the night delivering their epic and inventive tunes


Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi spin at Echoplex 5-15

The Flying Lotus and his posse of underground beatmakers will entrance the audience at The Echoplex this Saturday night, May 15, honoring the release of the new album Cosmogramma. The Gaslamp Killer’s eclectic mélange of break beat, electronic fuzzes and pops, and sampled soul will be on turntables too, along with the Vegas vet Gonjasufi.


Old World Get Down at Tritone May 13

When the West Philly Orchestra takes the stage at Tritone tonight, it will be the usual high-energy Balkan dance party that you are accustomed to, but on this special evening the mood will be filled with a little medieval enchantment courtesy of the Oubliette Ensemble. The pragmatic West Philly folk quintet has taken their music to the renaissance fair on last year’s self-titled debut Sacre et Profane. And when the interwoven sounds of harp, accordion, mandolin, flutes, cello, and more combine with the serene voices of Cynthia James and Melissa Santangelo, it makes for one mystical experience. So while the combo might not look like a perfect match on paper, their old-world charm will certainly win you over. Tritone, 1508 South St., 10pm, $5, 21+ (Jordan Shayer) - Bill McThrill



Elk City back with a new album on June 1st

I feel about Elk City exactly the same way I feel about UK's Broadcast: both bands seem to awaken (and fulfill at once) some kind of repressed need that thirty-somethings like me rarely admit in public: the need of motherly wise advice and comfort. A wise motherly figure, after all, is a great commodity for anybody, in particular if she can sing well and looks pretty (I know, I know, we are getting into freudian-oedipian territory here, but dudes, this is DEEP stuff, and Oedipus' mother was pretty, otherwise he wouldn't have married her... by the way, i assume you know he didn't know who she was).
This being said, I'm married and not interested in anything more than one or two platonic singing mothers, which I think everybody should have. But anyway, this is just to say that Elk City is a band that pretty much anybody can appreciate, and that they are releasing a new album on June 1. Check out the free track under here. - PDG


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