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Ghost King

Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

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Genuine Americana bands are few and far between in NYC's indie scene, and The National Reserve may be among the most authentic of them all. Their 2015 EP Easy Does It should hit all the right spots for anyone yearning for Western (and Southern) sounds. Twangy guitars, blusey overtones and shuffling drums are arranged into compelling songs that merge blues-rock, folk and country.  Lead-singer/guitarist Sean Walsh also has the perfect ammount of scruffiness to his voice that adds the necessary character to the stories he tells. The National Reserve played at The Rough Trade NYC on June 8, ad tonight will perform at City Windery within a tribute to the music of Merle Haggard.. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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

June 21, 2016

Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Olga Bell is a classically trained pianist, composer, producer and performer based in Brooklyn. Unafraid of venturing into unfamiliar sonic territories, her musical career could be interpreted as an effort to defy cliche'. That's how her latest album 'Tempo' can be portrayed, since it was composed using typical EDM sounds, but the final results is nowhere near that genre. Olga recently unveiled the video for the record's second single 'ATA' (streaming below) and also played her first headlining UK dates. Our sister blog Delicious Audio asked her a few questions about the making of 'Tempo' - link below.

Q&A with Olga Bell about her creative process, synths and gear.

June 20, 2016

Plastic Picnic’s light indie pop is the result of two duos – Lute and Panerio, and Hunt and Taylor – coming together with compatible musical talents. The Brooklyn-based quartet's name doesn't quite capture the essence of their music, which, although incorporating synths, doesn't sound as synthetic as the word 'plastic' would make one think. On the other hand, single Nausea in Paradise (streaming), would work nicely as a picnic soundtrack - notwithstanding the not very appetizing title.  Fans of sophisticated '80s pop like Prefab Sprout should check these guys out at Rough Trade on July 15th.  - Madeleine Grossman 

June 20, 2016

New Jersey quartet Dentist is about to release their wildly fun sophomore LP Ceilings just in time for summer. The album will be out on June 24th via Little Dickman Records, and features 10 uptempo tunes featuring catchy melodies contrasting with singer Emily Bornemann's often dark lyrics. Ceilings is a consistent and cohesive piece of work, with songs that blend into one another. “Joel” (streaming below), one of the record's darker tracks, starts as a slow psych ballad before exploding into the bright and upbeat sound the band established in the opening tracks, marrying elements of surf rock, pop punk, and dream pop. The band will be playing The Saint in Asbury Park on June 24th and Berlin in NYC on June 25th. - John Honan

June 20, 2016

Bel-Air is a DIY internet radio program that broadcasts live from the Bushwick based arts community/venue/recording studio called Silent Barn. Tonight (6.17) they will be hosting a free (21+) launch party for their newest show “pop rocks & rants” at Baby’s All Right. The radio show serves listeners witty banter and new music every other sunday at 5pm, and will be providing party-goers with dance and general debauchery tonight - according to their Facebook profile. Rivergazer (pictured), the musical project of Kevin Farrant (who also plays with Porches), is scheduled to perform. The band's latest EP Only 4 U shifts their (previously rootsier) sound toward the synthpop, following a sonic development similar to Porches. Ben Kruse and oddlogic will also be performing DJ sets along with other members of Budo Kiba Collective and Outlier Recordings. If you’re over the age of 21 and in the New York city area, come out tonight, for free, to celebrate with Bel-Air radio. - John Honan

June 17, 2016

Brooklyn’s Las Rosas have come a long way since releasing their first two EPs of lo-fi rock songs, little more than rehearsal space recordings served as invitations to check out their live show. After building some buzz through a fair amount of gigging and some touring, the band is about to chrystalize their psych garage pop repertoire in their debut full length “Everyone Gets Exactly What They Want,” set to drop this summer via Ernest Jenning. Recorded at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium in Kernersville NC, the LP’s first single “Cops” can be heard below. Las Rosas has three NYC area shows coming up, with the first on July 1 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.  Later that month they play Rippers in Rockaway Beach on July 23, and then back to Brooklyn for a show at Baby’s All Right on August 5. - Dave Cromwell

June 17, 2016

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