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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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Band of Gypsys

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Mobile Steam Unit (who recently made our list of the Best emerging NYC bands of 2015) is not your usual Brooklyn band. Their second EP, Country Raw, released this past February, is a collection of moody tracks that blend melodic and electronic elements in a personal way. While opener “Waste My Time In The City,” with its deep electronic synths and vocoded vocals,  sets a dark and weird atmosphere reminiscent of French duo Air, following track 'VHS & SEX' relies on a more classic pop melody, with electric piano accompaniment evocative of Supertramp. In the remaining three songs, things keep bouncing from eerie to airy. The band will be performing at Shea Stadium on May 3rd together with Silverteeth. - Adriana S Ballester

April 28, 2016

Simon Doom is the project of Simon O'Connor, who used to play with Kuroma and Amazing Baby. They present themselves this way: "Simon Doom would consider themselves to be a "Pop-Punk" band if, "Pop-Punk" didn't mean Pop-Punk." There's an easy solution: switch around the two words and call yourselves a "Punk-Pop" band! This however only partially describes their sound because, although melodic and raw, it's also heavily influenced by surf and post punk - which places them in a musical place very close to our gods of indie rock: (early) Pixies. Like the legendary Bostonians, Simon Doom have some really good songs, full of character, intriguing melodies and charismatic vocal performances. Check out our favorite one, entitled "Roseate," streaming below.

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

April 27, 2016

Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl & the Beard is back with a solo project that's a clear departure from the sound of her previous band, which dismantled in 2015. The singer and multi-instrumentalist will be soon releasing her debut EP "Unlovely" and has just began a East Coast tour supporting You Won't. They will stop in NYC for a performance at The Knitting Factory on May 3rd. Check out the first single from the EP, 'Kids,' streaming below.

April 27, 2016

At this point in time we rarely get excited when we stumble upon a new band that borrows sonic elements from the alternative rock of '90s - Brooklyn is brimming with them! But... influences are never more relevant than actual talent, and trio Bethlehem Steel isn't lacking in that department. The brainchild of songwriter Rebecca Ryskalczyk, the project has been around since 2013, slowly transitioning from folky beginnings to the full, grungy sound of latest EP 'Docking,' which pretty much represents Ryskalczyk's debut as a pop-rock singer/guitarist. Her airy, unpredictable melodies represent a clear shift from her previous, more traditional style, and find a peak in single '87s,' with its loud/quiet/loud production, evolving melodies and tortured lyrics - check it out below. The band will be playing at Palisades on May 2nd and at Shea Stadium on May 11th.

April 27, 2016

The impressionistic musical project of Seattle songwriter Erin Birgy - who recently moved to NYC - Mega Bog has been releasing intimate records flirting with folk, lo-fi and ambient since 2008. Her latest, entitled 'Gone Banana,' is a sleepy yet provocative LP that blends Joni Mitchell's delicately jazzy inclinations with Syd Barrett's dreamy, child-like preference for the unfinished draft. Check out our favorite song 'Gone Banana' below, and don't miss her upcoming live shows at Shea Stadium (04.30) and Rough Trade (05.05), after which she will leave for a US tour.

April 27, 2016

A little too often, the musical ingredient of what we highlight in this blog are very limited - ranging from traditional roots music to the more contemporary genres of rock and pop derivatives. That's why it's refreshing to stumble, every now and then, upon a band like NYC's Butcher Knives. Inspired to multi-cultural European acts like Mano Negra and Les Negresses Vertes, this collective uses a mix of ska and rockabilly as a frame for their world music influences, which are heavy on the Gypsy side of things - hence the adoption of the "Gyspybilly" label. Colombian vocalists Nacho Segura and Nikko Matiz also confer a certain Goth element to their songs. The group will be performing at Pianos on April 29th, taking the opportunity to unveil their new video for single 'American Dream,' streaming below, from their latest album 'Misery'.

April 27, 2016

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