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A Heart is a Spade: Black Lips Debut New Video

Frankie Cosmos

If you like unassuming, short and charming pop songs about high school, firemen and buses, look no further than 19 year old singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos. In her just released first full-length 'Zentropy,' (though she's put out at least 40 other digital records on Bandcamp over the years - no joke!) Greta Kline reveals much of her inner child, whether singing about what her dad is up to or how birthdays don't mean you're getting older. But 'Zentropy' equally exposes a young lady just beginning to wrestle with explorations of love and life anxieties. It's a fascinating journey just begun, and songs like "Birthday" (streaming below), showcase a melodic talent that's not afraid to experiment with tempo changes and assorted influences, without losing her signature, intimate style. 
If Frankie Cosmos manages to keep half these levels of prolificity in her 20s, we can definitely expect a bunch of hits from her. Because great music - like everything else - is all about trying hard. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
true to themselves
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
Slim Wray
blues rock, happy hearts
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 4, 2014 - MORE
Tei Shi
mermaid music
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:March 17, 2014 - MORE
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Patti Smith
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Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
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Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
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Sonic Youth
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Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
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TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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So here I am in the UK, obsessed with the idea of moving to New York, and stuck without a visa unless I become a running, funny nun, and New York keeps pounding out bands like Walking Shapes. Not only are the Brooklyn five piece really bloody good, they gig as frequently as the tube is delayed (often), with a run of 24 gigs in different NYC locations in 24 hours coming up – on April 24th no less! Stop teasing me!

New album “Taka Come On” features thirteen songs of varying styles and sounds, exploring different routes to kick off a whole chain of neural responses that end in fizzing contentedness, via undulating emotional trajectory. Fuzzed geometric guitars wend under a melodic contour of clean keys, and there are jangly pop moments in counterbalance to darker EDM sounds. Opener and latest single “Woah Tiger” sees complex twiddling keys from Jake Generalli and a spoken singing style from Nathaniel Hoto, a pick’n’mix of sonic refractions and experiments that never veers into chaos, evoking comparisons with Late of the Pier. “Winter Fell” (see the video streaming below) hints at the busy yet lonely dynamic of the city, with what sounds like morphed emergency service sirens, while “Mussolini” suggests from its delicate chords and rolling rhymes that it should be a love song – but of course things are never so straight forward. The addition of a violin via Jessie Kotansky is genius, and the instrument is given a prominent position where least expecting, adding a haunting delineation and softening the sometimes caustic blows. - Francesca Baker

April 22, 2014

There doesn't seem to be very much that singer-songwriter-storyteller Kate Vargas is too afraid to reveal. Listen as her tales of love ('If You Lose Me') and the devil ('Throw the Devil Back') weave their way through a riotous brew of folk, blues and rock, delivered by an undeniably unique voice, and arrangements that sound old timey but - at a close listen - are not. It's like the sound of a favorite bourbon come to life: gritty, but with loads of personality to spare. Check out fave track (and also title track) from debut record 'Down To My Soul' below, and check her out when she announces new dates soon. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets), photo by Jan La Salle

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

April 21, 2014

Keep an ear out for Gowanus fuzz rock trio, Mount Sharp, who just announced a residency at Pianos, playing every Tuesday in May at 10pm. The band has been together for nearly two years, creating what they call “songs about science and bad decisions,” perfecting their sound as they go. A mixture of distant and echoed vocals drift in and out of ghostly, sometimes eerie pop guitar, displaying a plethora of influences, and making for an uncomfortably enjoyable (or enjoyably uncomfortable) listening experience. THey are also about to announce a summer release, so stay tuned. – JP Basileo

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

April 21, 2014

"I don't believe in demons but sometimes I think I should." (Apples From Your Tree) Ok, so maybe new Brooklyn residents (via Philly) Penrose is just a tad scary. And yes, they can get very loud and insane when they want to... but more often than not, they're just as likely to bask in a snaking classical guitar every bit as eerie as any music referred to by the words 'screaming' or 'core.'

Latest record 'Circe' goes from heavy blues ('Every River Goes to Hell'), to piano ballads ('The Murder of Basin Street') and even calliope! ('Hades'). But it's not as heavy as it sounds.'Circe' is a concept album full of innuendo and mystery (and quite a bit of murder), but it's also easy to groove out to and perfect for any road trip... especially if that road trip brings you to hell. See them when they play The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on Sat, April 26th and listen below to 'Every River Goes to Hell,' a song reminiscent of one of the most underrated desert rock bands of the 90s, Thin White Rope. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

April 21, 2014

Sounding like a faster punk version of the Arctic Monkeys or a mind-blowing Deerhunter/Sex Pistols fusion, Honduras (another band that's playing a lot these days) have really been stepping it up lately, especially with their latest single “Borders” (check out the video below). The Brit-sounding muffled vocals of Pat Phillips combined with the band’s knack for clean, well-tempered guitar work and percussion makes for a wild listen. Known for their energetic live performances, Honduras have a heavy Brooklyn presence and appear to be expanding pretty quickly, embracing the punk ideology without pretension while still letting you know they’re here. See them live at Radio Bushwick on April 26 and then at Pianos on May 10.

LINKS: Michael Haskoor interview with Honduras from The Deli's issue #37 (Winter 2014).

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

April 18, 2014

Erin Barra is a musician who thinks - at least in  part - also as a technician, of the musical kind. An accomplished programmer, producer and sound engineer, Erin plays soulful pop that's at times electronic, and at others not - like in her new single 'Dear John' (listen to it here) released a few days ago. Since she's very well connected with the community of remixers, and staying true to her multi-faceted musical personality, Erin decided to make available, through a site called Blend, also the "stems" of the entire EP, i.e. not the single tracks of the recording but rather the mixed versions of the separate sections (like drums, bass, guitars, vocals, backing vocals, percussions, keys). 
You'll have a chance to see Erin Barra live at the New School on April 26 and 27.

LINK: Read Bianca Seidman's interview with Erin Barra from the 36th issue of The Deli NYC.

April 18, 2014

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