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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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Bruce Haack

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Richard Hell
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Ladies and Gents,

Issue #46 of The Deli NYC is up for (reading) grabs - it's the Best of NYC 2016 issue, congrats to Acid Dad for being our Best Emerging NYC Band of 2016!

Read it online, and pick it up in print on June 7th!

The Folks at The Deli

May 26, 2016

Here's our usual, "blurbless" appointment with tracks recently released by NYC based artists that are either "not so emerging" (but also not so famous!) or have already been covered a lot in the past in ths very blog, enjoy!

Read our past coverage about these artists here: Homeboy Sandman (pictured), Mutual Benefit, Olga Bell, EMEFE

May 27, 2016

In 'Somebody to Anybody,' singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy resolves to live outside others' expectations ('I don't want to be somebody to anybody, no...'), and sounds about as confident in this statement as anything she's released to date. The song is an appropriate introduction to the Brooklyn-by-California artist. At once hard-edged and intimate, jarring and softly sweet, the girl-next-door and a growling tempest, it's a losing task to try and tie Glaspy's pristine talent to any predictable expectation. Faster and sunnier single "Emotion and Math" (streaming) is another example of Margaret's ambivalence, right from its title.

Considering that she's moved in short order from participation in fiddling competitions in California, to playing crunchy folk jams in Boston, to the New York-based set you'll soon hear from her debut full-length 'Emotions and Math,' (ATO Records), it's immediately apparent this is an artist that doesn't settle - neither geographically nor artistically. Margaret Glaspy will be touring as Lucius' opening act this summer, but you can catch the artist when she plays at Baby's All Right on Sat, June 18th, and get the new record when it's released from ATO Records (also home to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!!!) on June 17th. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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

May 27, 2016

The marching bass guitar and drum pattern driving Ula Ruth’s lead track “Misery” from their latest EP “Fever” shares a bond with The Pretenders' “Mystery Achievement,”  reaching that delicate balance between media friendly sound quality and the edginess found in the best rock songs. A big defined hooky chorus reveals an existential dread with the lyrics “Misery you always follow me. Every open door I see your face.” After spending the better part of a year working on their latest effort at Tarquin Studios (Interpol, The National, Local Natives), the band emerged today with their third EP 'Fever', which was released on May 24th through a performance at Rough Trade. Combining new song ideas with savvy recording studio personnel facilitated their evolution from punk rock’s rawness to a more widely accessible sound. Stand by for upcoming shows. - Dave Cromwell

May 27, 2016

If you belong to that layer of humanity that has been forever compromised by a prom night gone awry, look no further than Brooklyn-based band, The Rizzos. Their new single "Prom Mom" shows a self-assured band with garage rock/doo wop inclinations that doesn't take itself too seriously. Better produced than their rougher, punkier previous release, the song is a lament about missing senior prom, having instead to spend the night at home - getting drunk with mom... The plodding verses tackle common teenage girl fantasies (it's all about boys!), in a crescendo of frustration and volume that highlights the confident and cool vocals of lead singer/guitarist Meg (Rizzo?). The band is leaving for a short East Coast tour and will be back in Brooklyn with a live show at the Gutter on June 9th. - Madeleine Grossman

May 26, 2016

Henry Hall is one of those singer-songwriters that successfully dodges any attempt to pin a genre on him. His discography to date, notably album-less, is filled with tracks that range from light indie pop-rock to harder stuff reminiscent of grunge, but some of his tracks eschew that spectrum (and instrumention) altogether and enlist producers to allow Hall to enter the world of James Blake-esque electronic R&B. Hall's vocals, though, are always at the forefront of each track, and he demonstrates impressive range that serves as the lynchpin of the diverse melodies present in his music. Hall and his endlessly malleable voice will grace the Mercury Lounge's stage on June 1st. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

May 25, 2016

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