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Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

 
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Collapsing Scenery's musical comfort zone can be found somewhere between the barriers that separate sound and image. And they've been sharing that creative vision with their home cities of New York and LA through a series of eventful art installations. The faces behind this electronic act and multimedia project are Don De Vore of Sick Feeling and Reggie Debris, and their collaboration has transformed into something more than just music. They debuted the video installation in NYC this past May, in time with the public release of the video (check it out below), and this Friday they'll be taking it to Los Angeles. The music video is just a sample of the aesthetics behind the installation, pairing their raucous electro track "Metaphysical Cops," with dark and ethereal images of nature, kaleidoscopic cityscapes and historic war footage in neon. Expect an artistically experimental night of immersive environments, video projections, and live music at the event this Friday (8pm at the Dilettante), and look out for Collapsing Scenery's full length debut album coming later this year. - Sam O'Hara

July 29, 2015
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If you're looking to spruce up your playlist for the second half of summer that's creeped on us, look no further than the laid-back dream-pop of Like Herding Cats. The Brooklyn-based group began as the solo project of producer and songwriter Dom P., but has since blossomed into a full, four-piece band. Their first, self-titled EP, released back in 2013, contains five songs and runs for just about 17 minutes. Written, recorded, and produced by Dom before the rest of the band was added, the EP floats gently along over warm melodies and expressive lyrics, resulting in a delightfully fresh debut. The group's sound has been compared to the likes of MGMT and Phantogram, and the EP is not without its hints of influence from the likes of 80s masters. Now with a full band in order and a host of attention, Like Herding Cats have begun working on new material and are in the middle of an east coast tour. According to their website, the group is also preparing to work on their first full-length album. In the meantime, you can see them at the Cake Shop on August 5th. - Pat Wolff

July 29, 2015
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Having formed back in 2000, Prewar Yardsale surely earned the title of mainstays of NYC's often overlooked anti-folk movement, and their latest release keeps faith to their aesthetics. Earlier this summer they released the 'Black and Blue' EP (streaming below), a five track sampling of eccentric lo-fi folk songs. The record channels Prewar Yardsale's punk, folk, and psych-rock influences all over the tracks, and has its grungiest peak in the titular opener, "black and blue", and perhaps its folkiest one in "where did you go". Next week (Sunday, August 9th) you can catch them live at Pianos along with fellow grunge alt-rock acts Jackal Onassis, The Dirty Blondes, Baby Acid, and Second Still. - Sam O'Hara

July 28, 2015
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The project of Gabe Smoller and Freddie Wyss, Trash Gendar is a Brooklyn based band with a puzzling and probably questionable name (in particular for a country that's been growing super-oversensitive like ours) and a very interesting sound. In debut EP 'Mass Canon,' released in March of 2015, you'll find something new (in the shape of inventive, atmospheric elec-tric/tronic arrangements) and something old (in the shape of recurring Americana influences). In the record's six songs, various genres, ranging from psych rock to country, math rock and ambient, are combined to create that new, modern, 'melting pot' music that we at The Deli - for lack of a better word - call 'Avant-Indie.' The experiment reaches remarkable results with single 'Tunnel,' streaming below, which sounds a little like the (hot) bastard child of Tortoise and Radiohead. Trash Gendar will be playing The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Ave) on August 6. (Don't tell your trash, it may not like that moniker).

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July 28, 2015
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Now in its 6th year, Out In the Streets Festival is back in action to bring your favorite indie bands to Queens for a weekend of art, food, fun, and music. Hosted at the historic Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, the outdoor fest is the smaller, DIY version of all the big summer music festivals that have competed for your attention and presence in the past few months. Since it began on a street corner in Bushwick in 2009, Out In the Streets has kept itself homegrown and independent but continues to grow every year, celebrating local artists and eateries in this two-day multimedia festival. The lineup includes bands like Mr Twin Sister, Total Slacker, The Love Supreme, Wild Yaks, Salt Cathedral and many more. The bands performing this weekend are all mostly NYC-based, and the lineup on Sunday is featuring local bands from Bushwick and Ridgewood. Full weekend passes are still available for only $35, with one day tickets going for $20, on sale here. Check out a Spotify compilation of all the performing bands here, or streaming below. - Sam O'Hara

July 28, 2015
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On Thursday July 23rd, The Deli sponsored and helped book a Sofarsounds.com show in NYC. Since the Sofar Sounds shows are always secret, we couldn't promote the participating bands, therefore we'll take the opportunity to blog about them today.

The show was hosted in a beautiful apartment in Manhattan's Battery City by the west river, with gorgeous view of New Jersey. NYC's folk duo Laura & Greg - pictured above minutes before their performance - opened the show with their delicate and intimate songs, featuring a simple acoustic guitar and two way harmonies that took us back to the glorious days of Simon & Garfunkel. The band released a full length album entitled 'Forever For Sure' - you can stream the title track below.

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We were very familiar with the second band on the bill, since they performed at our Best of NYC Fest in June. The Cabana Kids played a stripped down set without giving up the electric guitar, a signature instrument of their dreamy, surf influenced sound. The absence of drums conveied a more folky vibe to their song, allowing their catchy melodies and harmonies to shine.

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Last on the bill, a duo we wrote about a few years ago and we recently re-discovered: Gracie and Rachel (in the top picture). After two guitar based, drumless acts, the two ladies switched things up a little, introducing the audience to their instruments: a piano, a violin, and a kick drum turned on its back, and taken care of by a (charming) dude. What followed could be described as some kind of avant-orchestral bliss: in this music, Gracie Coates's peculiarly moody songwriting and percussive piano style feeds the imagination of Rachel Ruggles' classically trained violin. The two also harmonized flawlessly on occasion, displaying an impressively well-rounded talent. Check out their latest single 'Tiptoe,' streaming below.

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

July 27, 2015
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