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Skull Practitioners
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Where the genre of “psych rock” will usually refer to “psychedelic rock,” Skull Practitioners take it to a level where the meaning “psychosis rock” would be more appropriate, hurling harsh guitar tones and thumping bass haunts, along with an avalanche of drum fills, into a whirlwind of amplified delirium. The NYC trio produces a heavier and more diverse wall of sound than most five-piece bands out there, swelling and punching up and down scales and arpeggios, blasting through fuzz and decay, resulting in a bleakly intense look into a mind lost. With different vocalists featured on various tracks, it might be difficult to discern an established frontman, but does it matter? The sounds coming from Jason Victor and Ken Levine’s amps, back Alex Baker’s drums are the huge focus here. – JP Basileo

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Often referred to as Brooklyn's best kept (pop punk) secret, Up For Nothing blend the flare of the local scene with that infectious, driving pop punk rhythm that we're all so familiar with. The band's lead singer Justin Conigliaro, fronts the four-piece band with fast, raspy vocals. They've been around for over a decade, yet still remain under the radar, in a good, punk rock kinda way. They just released a new all-acoustic album last month titled 'Responses,' but check out the track 'This Moment' from their 2013 EP 'In Trance' below to really get a feel for their Bouncing Souls fused with One Man Army sound. Catch them this Saturday 8/16 at Peggy O'Neill's in Brooklyn. - Michael Haskoor

August 15, 2014

We got to know Brooklyn electronic duo Kodacrome earlier this year through our Best of 2013 poll for emerging NYC artists. The band's clean, dark and sophisticated electro sound stood out in the contest's open submissions. Their debut EP showcased six enjoyable and solidly produced tracks and one single ('The Bug') that made it into our Best of NYC Electro playlist. The biggest challenge for an emerging band is to follow up a quality debut with a record that's as good, and we are pleased to report that Kodacrome, in their debut LP 'Aftermath' (released on July 29) keeps faith to its promises. Their soberly teutonic, essential and pragmatic electro perfectly suits the gorgeosly sultry but slightly detached vocals of Elissa LeCoque, even when things get a little playful and syncopated like in single 'Immaculata' (streaming).

August 15, 2014

We’ve recently stumbled upon the self-titled EP of New York’s Boy Morgan, an elusive rock band that has reemerged after their 2012 release with frequent performances around the city. Musicians Morgan King, Fowzy Butt, Ben Trokan, Nadir Naqvi, and Mitchell Wareham are getting back into the local rock scene and working hard to get their music into the ears of NYC fans. The group’s sounds are so nostalgic, listeners can’t help but compare them to a popular band of the 60’s you might know, from The Kinks to The Beatles. - Jillian Dooley

August 15, 2014

It may surprise you to learn that Brooklyn’s Ishmael operates as a trio, considering the kinetic charge of their latest LP “Lotic.” There’s Andy Werle’s sinewy guitar part, the insistent and shapeshifting drumming of Aaron Silberstein, and the leading melodies of Nick Otte, bassist and vocalist, tying it all together. Each member is an avalanche onto himself, but they do a great job not burying one another. And while “Lotic” is ostensibly a prog album, the band never looses a sense of subtlety. The songs are split into different instrumental sections, interludes of angular movement, but the transitions within the songs are never jarring. Instead they melt into each other. The result is a tastefully arranged foray into the genre, both its light and darker sides. Ishmael plays it’s tour kickoff show tonight at Muchomre’s (8.14) with Slim Charles, Mosey Jones, and Lost Love. - Emilio Herce

August 14, 2014

Cantina is the Italian word for "cellar," the dark and rather cold place where time, wood, air and silence magically transorfm tedious grape juice into inebriating, delicious wine. Cantina is also the name of Renata Zeiguer's growing musical project, a band so quiet that one could say it flirts with silence, and so charming and dreamy to sound magic. Their seven track debut EP 'Horizons' opens with airy ballad 'When Your Eyes,' that sounds like an irresistible siren call coming out of an old wooden gramophone, where a lush, acoustic arrangement slowly overwhelms a melody so pristine it could only be conceived in the the squalid corners of Bushwick. All we can gather from the lyrics is: "and if you ask me to..." - which is really all a siren should say to a hungover NYC-life sailor. The rest of the record offers similar atmospheres, althought at times more upbeat ('Stay Like This') and more electric ('Fields') but always dominated by Renata's celestial soprano and her otherworldly melodies, and well supported by an unobtrusive musical background that perfectly serves each song.

The band has gathered some serious attention from local bookers: Cantina is schedlued to play Glasslands on 08.16, Palisades on 09.18 and Mercury Lounge on 10.16. 

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

August 14, 2014

After an initial burst on the local music scene in the mid-to-late 2000’s, New York’s The Dead Betties went on a lengthy hiatus in pursuit of individual growth. They now return with a new EP featuring single “The Way We Live Now” (streaming below). Crunchy guitar chords over a busy kick and resonant snare drum pattern create an immediate sense of urgency. “Never ever going to let you hold me down” is the initial vocal declaration, as guitars drop out and shift focus on a solid bass rumble. Lead singer–bassist Joshua Ackley's original melody and impressive vocal range helps the band move beyond the constraints of the punk rock genre. Thematically the song draws its inspiration from Susan Sontag’s short story about the struggle for civil rights. The single release also contains two original b-sides as well as three unique cover versions of songs by Babes in Toyland, Britney Spears and Madonna! Not what you’d expect from a hard rock band, but the interpretations actually work. - Dave Cromwell

August 14, 2014


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