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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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by: John McGovern date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
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by: Bianca Seidman date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
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Yo NYC folks!

There's no anniversary without one (or three) parties!

Please join us to celebrate The Deli's Ten Year Anniversary at these awesome events - FULL POSTER HERE


AUGUST 01 - FREE - 18+
Indie Night at Brooklyn Bazaar

11.00 Spires
10.00 Mainland
9.00 The Can't Tells
8.00 Little Racer

AUGUST 02 - FREE - 18+
Folk and Pop Night at Brooklyn Bazaar

11.00 Secret Someones
10.00 5j Barrow
9.00 The Prettiots
8.00 Poor Remy

The Deli's Staff

July 07, 2014

At the end of last 2013, songstress Diane Birch released her second album “Speak A Little Louder,” which garnered a similar critical acclaim bestowed on 2009’s debut “Bible Belt.” Establishing a permanent residency in Brooklyn (she's originally from Michigan, but she lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sydney, Australia before settling in Portland, OR) has afforded opportunities to collaborate with creative forces that better reflect her evolving sound. Daptones drummer Homer Steinweiss became that influential foil, producing and co-writing several tracks on the latest album. Though her primary instrument is piano (and her voice), many of the tracks feature analog sounding synths that have a decidedly retro feel.

- Read Dave Cromwell's Interview with Diane Birch
- See Diane Birch perform live at one of The Deli's Ten Year Anniversary Parties at 
Brooklyn Bazaar on August 02 with Secret Someones, 5J Barrow, The Prettiots, and Poor Remy.

July 29, 2014

Nytyly is an electronic indie pop group out of Brooklyn lead by Natalie About El Hessen.  Their music is based around pop structures, experimenting with unexpected melodies and strange turn arounds.  Stream their recent single, "Love Will Wait", below.   -Jake Saunders 

Jesus on the Mainline (pictured) is a 15 piece act of amazing musicians who offer an impressive mixture of RnB and soul mixed with blues and indie rock. Check out their single Sister City, Brother Bone  below, and the cover of Nirvana's Lithium here, as they turn the famous grunge rock masterpiece into a massively groovy jam. They'll be playing Music Hall of W'Burg on August 25.

Noelle Tannen weaves soul, jazz, and rock and roll to into amazing compositions of rich and beautiful strength.  Her vocals are powerful, driving each song further into diverse and compelling energies, and it's not a surprise that she grew up singing in churches.  

These artists submitted their music for coverage here.

July 29, 2014

Northern Spy Records has a consistently solid lineup of bands that seek to push sonic boundaries.  Bands like Zs, Aa(Big A little a), and PC Worship focus on improvisation as a mode of expression, and with the use of the insane musical technology that exists today, the sounds that these bands are utilizing brings fusion music into a whole new dimension. One such band is NYMPH and their trance inducing music. The group expands upon long and drawn out jams which ultimately develop into complete worlds of their own.  The instrumentation is always alternating, and although the sound never fails to evolve between each song, a signature mood can be found in each track off their most recent album, New Millenium Prayer.  Jazz, drone rock and eastern music are very much a part of their sound, as themes and motifs are used as catalysts for each song, churning the sonic waters until a musical consensus is gathered, whether it be in consonant fruition or dissonant chaos.  NYMPH will be playing along with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at the Mccarren Park Summerscreen series tomorrow (7/30).  - Jake Saunders

July 29, 2014

Bringing the deeply rooted vocals of soul music to the forefront of modern pop since 2012, NYC sextet The Rooks have been charming local fans with their uplifting sounds and performances, predating the nu-soul trend exploded in recent years. Melting soul, R&B and classic rock 'n' roll, the band is ready to conquer the many hearts that were once filled by the music of acts like Marvin Gaye and Hall and Oates. Winners of our Artist of the Month poll a few weeks ago, the band is about to spend the first third of August touring the East Coast - you can see them in NYC at Arlene's Grocery this coming Friday (08.01)

Read Christine Cauthen's Interview with The Rooks.

July 29, 2014

Drowners, a band that didn't grace the cover of one of our 2013 issue just because of an unfortunate coincidence, will be headlining the second of The Deli's Ten Year Anniversary Parties, scheduled for this upcoming Friday August 01 at Brooklyn Bazaar (it's a free show!). The group has been one of the most successful NYC indie exports this year, and is scheduled to play the legendary Leeds and Reading festivals in the UK later in August.

LINKS: Dave Cromwell's recent Interview with Drowners

July 28, 2014

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