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Local Correspondents Fest begins at Bar4 with Hannah Fairchild, Emily Mure and Jodi Shaw

Hannah Fairchild, Emily Mure and Jodi Shaw are among the 12 NYC artists performing on the first night of the four-night-long, Deli sponsored 6th Annual LC Fest, organized by independent music community Local Correspondents at Bar4 in Park Slope, Brooklyn  (444 7th Ave.).
 Hannah Fairchild is an energetic singer who fronts the punk cabaret band Hannah vs. The Many, while Emily Mure is a classically trained, smoky-voiced singer/songwriter currently recording her second album (pictured, check out hes song Joanne, streaming below). Jodi Shaw, whose new album, “In Waterland,” was just released on May 15, draws comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Fiona Apple, and The Beach Boys.

Shows are free, doors open at 6 p.m., and performances begin at 8 p.m. For a complete schedule of all four nights (from June 6 through June 9), go here.

Mp3: Emily Mure - Joanne


Beautiful Small Machines play Pianos on June 08

I have yet to hear someone discuss how they'd love to take my money as sympathetically as I have with Beautiful Small Machines' joyously acoustic, recently released version of MIA's 'Paper Planes' (streaming below). While some might dismiss the duo's banjo/piano inventions here as mere novelty, there is something to be said about the loving time and care the band imparts to the tune that's truly the attraction here. The band's careful attention to details like this helps them to construct a world around their toys, building synth stabs that move to explosion in their last EP's title track 'Robots in Love,' and the stomping B-52's inspired 'Superconducter.'

Their machines may be small, but their attention to aesthetic detail makes the efforts beautifully unique. No wonder Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon accepted to work with them in their breakthrough track 'Simple Joys.' See the band when they play Piano's this Friday evening. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Young NYC sounds: Grand Rapids' 3 upcoming shows

Having already opened for Smith Westerns, Chairlift, and Surfer Blood, the country and 90s-influenced Grand Rapids (the band, not the city in west Michigan) is doing quite well for a bunch of early 20-somethings. The group formed when childhood friends Dan Lardner and Peter Baumann, both on guitar, moved from New Jersey to the East Village, soon meeting up with the band’s female halves of Alex Niemetz and Clara Balzary, bass and drums, respectively. The quartet released a self-titled EP in 2011, combining Stephen Malkmus vocal hooks with garage rock guitars. The group has 3 upcoming shows in NYC, (see here), we recommend the show at Mercury Lounge on June 24 with NYC punk rockers Dirty Fences.


NYC band on the rise: BLONDS announces debut album "The Bad Ones"

Probably because they only recently relocated to NYC (they originally hail from Florida), we somehow missed BLONDS' rise to semi-notoriety. The duo, comprised of dating, non-blonde couple Cari Rae and Jordy Asher, is partial to slow tempos and intense, almost Lynchian dreamy atmoshperes. A rather sexy video of the Portishead-ish single "206" raised their profile in the past winter, and to take things to the next level the band is now releasing this single "RUN" from the upcoming full length album "The Bad Ones". We can't help but notice spaghetti Western references both in the record's title and in the single, which sounds very much like a revisitation of Morricone's dramatic approach to Country'n'Western music. This band seems to have a rather big music vocabulary at their disposal, and this is a very good sign - looking forward to the summer release.


Found in our digital submissions: Mike Higbee

Mike Higbee is the ghost of Roy Orbison riding on Hank Williams' horse over to the saloon for a cold, hard drink. A man who most likely grew up listening to the King from his hometown of Paris, and dreaming of the 'Donna' of Ritche Valens' genius, Higbee has resurrected the spirit of Nashville for New York in his latest LP 'Secret Life.'

From accordion-backed love songs (Love of My Life) to raucous barnburners like the eponymous 'Secret Life,' and even covering a song by Parisian singer Manu Chao ('La Primavera'), Higbee proves he's up to the task of carving out a complete statement by re-shaping the forgotten ghosts of rustic Americana to his liking.

Perhaps it took someone born in Paris to reinvent our own history for us. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) - This music was submitted digitally to The Deli here.


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