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Bonsai
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
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Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

 
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East Village folk trio Del Water Gap plays a brand of folk that's charming, melancholic and entertaining at once, often employing Hammond and horns to enrich their faster songs - such as streaming single "Sleeping." The band is about to enter a busy season, with four NYC shows scheduled in just over a month. The first one will be at Pianos tomorrow (March 27), and the most prestigious one at The Mercury Lounge on April 20 with Canon Logic. Full schedule here.

March 26, 2015
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The Deli believes that if a band can rock properly, and does it for long enough, somebody important is going to take notice at some point. For NYC's The Dough Rollers, that somebody was Jack White, who signed them to his label Third Man Records, under which they released single "Little Lily" in 2013 and - at the end of 2014 - EP "Gone Baby Gone." The band rocks so bad they recently toured with Bob Dylan, Billy Idol and then Queens of the Stone Age...

We had a chance to ask the guys in the band a few questions about recording and gear, you can read the Q&A on our sister blog Delicious Audio.

March 26, 2015
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It's nice to see two talented emerging NYC bands scheduled to headline a biggish venue like Rough Trade on a Saturday night (April 4th). Originally from Columbia, avant-pop duo Salt Cathedral has been on our radar for quite a while (we booked them a few CMJs ago when they went under the name of "Il Albanico"); they are one of those rare bands that seem able to keep improving year after year. Long Island's Braeves (pictured) and their nostalgic, well crafted indie pop came to our attention more recently through our Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists (of which they won the readers' poll in the pop category). The band has been building some buzz recently, in particular after selling out Pianos in January - FYI for the other bands out there: that's how you get called by Bowery to play Rough Trade on a Saturday.

March 26, 2015
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With their sound and attitude at times reminiscent of great '90s UK band Tindersticks (whose music was too dark and decadent to make an impression in the US), and at others veering towards some kind of operatic math cabaret, Brooklyn and Sheffield, UK based band Frogbelly and Symphony just released their debut album "Blue Bright Ow Sleep," which was recorded in NYC by legendary producer Martin Bisi. Fronted by NYU-trained violinist & keyboardist Liz Hanley, the record emerged in its final form through a dense touring schedule mostly concentrated in northern Europe. That's where the band will return in a few weeks, in occasion of their April tour of the UK and Ireland.

March 25, 2015
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Shana Falana have been a part of the Brooklyn dream-pop fabric for a while now. Evolving and perfecting a uniquely nuanced sound through constant touring and single releases, the band is now ready to release their debut album “Set Your Lightning Fire Free” on April 7 via Team Love Records. Recording at Woodstock’s Isokon Studios with producer Dan Goodwin, core members Shana Falan (vox, gtrs, keys) and Mike Amari (drums) enhanced the group's sound with Jane Scarpantoni on cellos and Matthew Cullen on sitar. Debut single “Heavenstay” (streaming) hit all the right sensory marks for a classic dreamy escape. In it, Shana’s vocals are more suggested than literal, as they soar over deep guitar notes and tom tom heavy drums. Brand new single "Go" (premiered today through the Village Voice) raises the energy level with a harder charging drum pattern, while chiming guitar textures evoke the original psychedelic sound of 60’s trailblazers The Byrds classic track “Eight Miles High.” The band will embark on a two month tour beginning next month, and play Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium on April 4. - Dave Cromwell

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

March 25, 2015
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It's getting there folks, our patience will soon be rewarded by a sun that's actually warm and a breeze that's actually enjoyable! OK, we aren't there quite yet, but we'll all have an opportunity to actually experience these summery feelings at Paperwhite's show tonight at Baby's All Right. Sister and brother Katie and Ben Marshall (recently featured on Spin as one of the 22 bands to see at SXSW) create electronic pop that has the power to "emanate" summer (or something). Not the unbearably sticky NYC one by the way, but the sublime summers we remember as half dreams from our teen years. Play this, or single "Magic" (streaming below) and you'll realize what we are talking about. Tonight they'll be playing the Indie Shuffle showcase, sharing the stage with Maxo, Moon Bounce and Novelty Daughter.

March 25, 2015
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