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Cultfever releases new single "Animals" + plays Music Hall on 03.02

On the surface, Cultfever has nailed every cliche in the contemporary indie playbook: Two-person band delivers angst-ridden lyrics over hazy electro instrumentals. It's the perfect soundtrack for next week's opening credits to the HBO show, "Girls." Yet, as the lyrics to Cultfever's new single "Animals" proclaim: "There's a fish at the end of this hook." In this case, it's the way Tamara Jafar's sexy, vulnerable vocals go up against Joe Durniak's tripped-out guitar lines, neither of them landing square on the melodic nose, instead using every bit of feedback and falsetto swoon to transform the simplest of electro ditties into a full-blown psychedelic club experience. Nab a copy of the 7" of "Animals" (backed with the quadrupedal "Chicken") at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 2nd, where Cultfever open for AVAN LAVA . - Brian Chidester

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Weekly Feature: Eraas tours North America with Trust

"Black House" leads off Brooklyn band Eraas' self-titled album with an under two-minute instrumental of sustained textures. The track starts out mysteriously pensive, but ultimately transforms to a more dark and foreboding mood. This unsettling feeling is a theme that runs throughout Eraas' entire repertoire. Vocals are delivered in hushed cadences. The rise and ebb of percussive pulses and sustained sound washes create tension and anticipation. The band just left Brooklyn for an extensive North American tour with French like-minded electro-goth veterans Trust. Dave Cromwell asked them a few questions before their departure here. Check out also their suspenseful video for Ghost, treaming below.

 

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Weekly Feature: Generator Ohm plays Pianos on March 17

New York's Generator Ohm have been generating quite the buzz with their 2012 debut album, Upon the Me Om I. Not as relaxed as "ohm" might indicate (wait... that's NOT a reference to meditation you say?), the band melts grunge heaviness and progressive intricacies and drives the energy to a punky, frenzied state. In twelve tracks, Generator Ohm, made up of Willie Chen (guitar, bass, vocals), Ernest D'Amaso (guitar, bass and vocals), Mike Morales (drums), Stephen A. Woodzell (guitar, keys) showcase their adrenalized style. - Read Meijin Bruttomesso's interview with the band here.

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Celestial Shore announces debut EP, shares "Valerie" + plays 285 Kent on 02.24

We had the opportunity to enjoy Celestial Shore's geeky pop madness live when they opened for Ava Luna during the launch party of our Winter 2012 issue about one year ago. The band operates along disorientating lines, juxtaposing gorgeous harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" to inconceivable bursts of baroque math-prog madness. The streaming single "Valerie" - from the band upcoming album, to be released in April - is yet another example of this band's quirky talent, and almost matches their masterpiece track, "Pals" - hopefully also to be included in the upcoming release. Celestial Shores' quirky pop - as long as the crazyness doesn't get out of hand - is one of the best new expression of a fun avant-pop genre that has been flourishing among nonconfirmist college students since the late 80s, and that has in Ween, They Might Be Giants and Beck its most illustrious predecessors. Don't miss their show at 285 Kent on February 24.

We added this song to The Deli curated Soundcloud playlist of Best NYC songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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NYC Songwriters on the rise: Loren Benjamin

Picking up where Elton John left off, Loren Benjamin is re-tooling the piano as the melodic lead is was meant to be. From covering 'Human' (The Killers) to a huge reception at this year's CMJ Fest, the 23 year old is set to take off. And you have to respect any man trying to write our generation's 'Tiny Dancer.'

Currently recording his debut album under the direction of Grammy award-winning producer Steve Jordan, expect the piano man to come out swinging when he releases his full-length this Spring, and check out his performance last month from Highline Ballroom here. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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