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Weekly Feature: Ravens & Chimes - live at Pianos on August 17

Ravens & Chimes emerged as the winner of last year’s Best of NYC Emerging Artists readers’ poll. There’s no mystery why the talented quintet is considered New York’s answer to 2011’s big Grammy winner, Arcade Fire. The spirited vocals and baroque instrumentation are comparable to the band’s Canadian counterpart, but Ravens & Chimes don’t need the coordinated outfits and an expansive troupe of musicians to grab people’s attention. Even the band’s most subtle songs are as enthralling as their more ornate tunes. - See Ravens & Chimes live at Pianos on August 17, opening for Sherlocks' Daughter, read Nancy Chow's interview with the band here.

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NewVillager land on NY Mag Approval Matrix + tour with Metronomy

NewVillager got a fair amount of love from The Deli and it's great to see them progress in their "chase for (indie) stardom." The band was just featured in New York Magazine's 'Approval Matrix' grid as both "brilliant" and "high brow". And "high brow" can't really be a bad thing from the friggin' Highest Brow publication out there! The band, who has recently released this video of the song 'ShotBigHorixon', is about to head out on tour with Metronomy. New album coming out on August 16.

 

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More NYC "mellowness": Little Anchor announce "Yellow Lights" EP release

I don't know if it's just me getting old or what (the heat, maybe?), but these days I have the feeling that most of the quality music curently produced by NYC artists is in the range between "mid tempo" and down right "mellow". Brooklyn-based four-piece Little Anchor position themselves in the latter category, blending the storytelling and simplicity of the Northwest (home of front-lady Alexa  Cabellon) with New York influenced pop sensibility. They do so in a very compelling and delicate way. They will digitally release the Yellow Lights EP on September 6, 2011.

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Lion in The Mane CD release party at The Bitter End on 08.09

NYC alt rock outfit Lion in The Mane is set to release "The Way We're Wired" on August 9, 2011. The EP was recorded at Long Island’s Pie Studios, in Glen Cove, by producer/engineer William Wittman. This is music for those who like borderline emo vocals, spontaneous yet powerful guitar melodies, and a solid, driving and punhcy rhythms section. CD release party at The Bitter End on August 6. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). The Deli's NYC Open Blog is powered by The Music Building.

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Wormburner opens for Deer Tick at Mulcahy's Music Hall (LI) on 08.10

NY rockers Wormburner - currently nominated for our NYC artist of the month poll - have a high profile show on August 10, opening for Deer Tick at the Mulcahy's Music Hall in Long Island. Wormburner play lyrically charged rock with intriguing western movie tinges that will please fans of the Boss and The National. Their latest full length - released in 2010 - is a concept album about two young and desperate characters on the run, seeking salvation on the road while struggling to make peace with a complicated past.

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