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Weekly Feature: Eytan & The Embassy play Deli CMJ show on 10.17

Eytan & The Embassy will be co-headining The Deli's CMJ Indie Pop stage with The Last Royals, at Spike Hill, Wednesday October 17th - full schedule of this year's Deli CMJ shows to be announced on Monday! Check out their music video for 'Everything Changes' here & read Mike Levine's interview with Eytan here.

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Great Caesar premieres song from upcoming EP, out on CMJ week

You never know what you’re going to get with Great Caesar. A band that got their start generating ska anthems and jazz-inspired rock fusion, they’ve since moved in the direction of the Big Rock Star Anthem. These days, whenever I’m handed a new release, I never know what kind of Great Caesar I’m going to get. But each new release seems to signal a new depth to songwriting, a new risk, and a sharper pull toward a honest confession. New single ‘Tuned to Break’ finds the band shrugging off heartbreak, replacing cold rejection with overpowering harmonies. It’s a big moment for the group, and captured nicely in the high-def acoustic video of the tune recorded live from their friend Ellis’ apartment (he’s a good dood). The song will appear on the band’s upcoming EP release, ‘Scattered Air.’ Check it out below and see the gents live when they play Spike Hill this Saturday, September 29th. - Mike Levine

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Emerging NYC bands: The Argentine at The Studio on 10.06

When the first song of an EP is called 'How it Ends,' you know things are about to get deep. The Argentine's debut, self-titled album takes you far back through history to explore Scottish-sounding ballads (How it Ends) and Weimar-era acid jazz (The Argentine), and back again with haunting bangers like Red Flesh Dogs. Not a simple thing, but singer Mike Cades and company manage to pull these disparate worlds together, ending up with something William S. Burroughs might have had in his car while waxing lyrical. Buy the ticket, and take the ride. 

See the band when they play Webster Hall's studio on Saturday, October 6. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The Disappointment release "Damn Righteous" at Rock Shop tonight (09.28)

Melding elements of indie rock and blues, tonight (09.28) Brooklyn's The Disappointment welcomes their debut EP, “Damn Righteous” with a show at Rock Shop. With their witty lyrics, vocals dripping with drunken swagger, and themes that ooze with booze, The Disappointment insert themselves in the rich tradition of rocking American songwriters inspired by roots music. “Where’d The Drink Come From?” starts the buzz with synths the creep along and crescendo into an impassioned chorus. “The Prince and the Playground” chugs along and narrates a fantastical ode to their hometown, and “Sharp As Knives”­­ floats with syncopated hi­hats and smooth guitars while “Technically 17” (streaming below) centers around humorous verses. The final track, “The Best Pereson of All Time” returns to the opening sonic motif of haunting progressions. Joining the Disappointment at The Rock Shop are Chainwave, The Archive, and XVSK. Doors at 8pm, 21+, $10. – Meijin Bruttomesso

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NYC artist to watch at CMJ: Wilsen, Rockwood, 10.18

Wilsen, not to be confused with the inexplicably ubiquitous Wilson Phillips, will be playing the Rockwood Music on October 19th as a part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The singer-songwriter's debut album, “Sirens” is a gorgeous integration of folk and dream-pop, resulting in what those in the genre-making business like us call “dream folk.” A particularly notable track off “Sirens” is “Anahita,” which combines Wilsen’s truly haunting voice with a guitar melody reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky’s work on “Friday Night Lights.” The strikingly engaging song is both devastating and celebratory; evocative of both death and a last-second Matt Saracen touchdown. Check out the video for “Anahita” here, and single "Dusk" streaming below. - "Dusk" was added to our NYC Roots Music and Mellow Core SoundCloud Playlists. - Josh Johnson

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