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Dolly Spartans
"self-titled EP

I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartans; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

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May 26, 2015

On past releases such as her piano-girded, subtly piercing 2012 song “Midnight Whistle” and the hushed, guitar-based 'Sleep Will Set Me Free' EP that followed later that year, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Dublin singer/songwriter Sorcha Richardson quietly fought through her struggles. “There’s a runaway/Poison train/Tearing through my/Sinking veins/But this midnight whistle/Won’t remain,” she sang on “Midnight Whistle,” and one was both crushed and comforted. The early-twenties musician rises to near celebration on latest track “Petrol Station,” (streaming below), a murky yet ultimately sunny electronica piece. “You’re coming over to my house,” Richardson gently repeats to her hesitant addressee, perhaps finding her own peace in the process. Sorcha Richardson performs at Pete’s Candy Store on 6/11 as part of the Northside Festival, and plays Rockwood Music Hall on 6/19. – Zach Weg

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

May 29, 2015

A little over two years after releasing their debut LP ‘Good Evening,’ Brooklyn/Queens quintet Steady Sun return with single “Lover Knows” (streaming below), a waltzing, guitar-twined psych-rock track with sweet hints of dream pop. Lead singer Dylan Nowik gently eases you over sleepy guitar lines, which then turn wonderfully alive and almost chaotic, making for a pleasantly chimerical song that is at once unpredictable and cohesive. The band’s sophomore album, ‘Flora,’ will drop this summer. In the meantime, catch them live at Mercury Lounge tomorrow (5/30). – Zach Weg

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

May 29, 2015

Kids these days might not be as nihilist and wild as they were in the late 70s, but this isn't preventing the NYC punk scene from being alive and well. Brainchild of the former vocalist/guitarist of The Measure Lauren Denitzio (aka Lauren Measure), Brooklyn quartet Worriers have been around since the early '10s and emerged last year with their debut album on Don Giovanni Records. Their sound offers a sped up version of a brand of melodic punk reminiscent of pioneers of the genre such as Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du - a band with whom they occasionally share a political approach to songwriting. Worriers just announced their new LP 'Imaginary Life', scheduled for an August 7 release, and unveiled single 'They / Them / Theirs' (streaming), which questions notions of the gender binary and the frustrations that come with it. The band is starting today an extensive US tour.

May 29, 2015

The brainchild of Tamara Jafar and Joe Durniak, Cultfever is a catchy NYC electro-rock duo we've been following for some time. They have just released this new single entitled "Youth," and took the opportunity to announce their participation in the Northside Fest with a show at Union Pool on June 11.

May 28, 2015

Boston and its surroundings keep supplying NYC with richly arranged and very competently produced records. Brooklyn based - via Beantown - Craig Martinson plays music that's obviously influenced by The Beatles' psychedelic years, although he's not afraid to occasionally venture off that path with more noisy and experimental tracks like this cover of Beck's Devil's Haircut. We are premiering here third single 'Burning Monk' from sophomore EP ' M​y Love is True.' The song kicks off with a "Let it Be" style piano line, and suddenly breaks into a fully orchestrated chorus, exploding with melancholy, while the lyrics stress the very words giving the EP its title. The other tracks available from streaming confirm Martinson's noteworthy songwriting, filled with strong melodies and imaginative production.

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