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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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July 07, 2014

Led by charismatic songwriter Zohra Atash and produced religiously through DIY means by Joshua Strawn, Electro Goth duo Azar Swan recently unveiled this new video for single 'Over' (below), and is gearing up for a September West Coast tour. We asked them a few questions about their favorite gear and recording habits here.

July 31, 2014

If there's anything to be said about the bands coming out of Exploding in Sound Records, it's that they know how to avoid the traps of over-conceptualizing; they say a lot with a little. LVL UP has been an especially fun band to watch rise up.  Having first experienced them at their home college of SUNY Purchase almost a year ago, it was the wonderfully bright energy that they brought that night that put them on my radar.  Their new single, "Soft Power" (from their upcoming full length Hoodwink'dout in September), has a crystal clear and equally strong message that I interpreted as thus: trust your friends, and don't fall victim to the fake mother fuckers that are going to make you think they're interested in what you do, something that everyone in this cut-throat music industry experiences. "There's nothing wrong with being nice/Unless it's just a front to get yourself right/And I can tell/So what the hell".  LVL Up is a band that's going places not because they've got some crazy gimmick which we all fall victim to way too often, but because their music has a soul, and something important to say. - Jake Saunders

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

July 31, 2014

'New York was there, but what did I care,' sings lead singer of Free Time, Dion Nania, on 'Here & There' from their debut and eponymous album. Apparently, a lot, since he upped sticks from home town Melbourne to the big city in 2011, and brought his jangly strained guitar vibes with him. With a disinterested bounce, Free From Band tell the tales of suburban frustration and misery in a whimsical fashion, and where similar bands Real Estate, Beach Fossils and mates Scott & Charlene's Wedding vibrate slowly with resurgent intensity. Song titles such as 'I Lost Again', 'World Without Love' and 'It Doesn't Stop' suggest a pessimistic outlook, but new tracks 'Guess Work' and 'Esoteric Tizz', the new 7", are delivered with such nervy skittish disillusionment that the songs never sound bleak. Sunny melodies and exasperated lyrics just sound like the reality of being in the world's greatest city, but on a rainy grey day. Catch them at Baby's Alright on 7th August. - Francesca Baker

July 31, 2014

Don't mistake Ratking for one of your run of the mill hip-hop groups.  They're a live band, and it's their performances in and around the underground venues of New York that put them on the map.  Ratking has gathered a significant following in the five boroughs, and despite their lack of typical hip-hop ethics, have proved to be major innovators in the rap game.  Wiki's incredible agility and aggressive energy is something truly remarkable to witness; combine that with Hak's contrasting smooth-like-butter flow, and you've got an impressive melding of minds.  Add Sporting Life's eclectic beats into the mix and you've got one of the sickest live rap groups in the city right now. On top of all that, they release their music and support their compatriots through their own record label, Letter Racer. They're playing at SOB's next Monday (8/04), don't miss the show.  - Jake Saunders

July 31, 2014

After ten years spent covering the NYC scene, here at The Deli we have the occasional nostalgic day when we like to reminisce about awesome bands from a few years ago that undeservingly disappeared from the face of the earth. Decadent and troubled looking dark pop band Living Days was ALMOST getting to that point. Back in 2010 we enjoyed their debut single so much that we booked them for our very first SXSW show. Then a few years went by without much happening. We are therefore very glad to see them (and their mysterious and charismatic front lady Stephonik Youth) back with a show scheduled for August 20 at Union Pool, sharing the stage with another one of those semi-forgotten NYC acts (Midnight Masses, more about them soon).  The band recently dropped a new single "Thrill Anybody?" (streaming) and is finalizing a new album that should see the light early in 2015.

July 30, 2014

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