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Ghost King
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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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The New Apollos is a new project from Neil MacCallum who has collaborated and performed with a number of acts including Wesley Shultz of The Lumineers and Nick Bockrath of Cage the Elephant. In the winter of 2016, he enlisted the help of Karen Walker (piano/vocals), Gregoy Morgan (drums), and Isobel Ward (bass). Their music blends the sounds of 90’s alternative acts with a 60’s Rock & Roll flair. Two singles are currently available for streaming from their debut EP: “In The Shade” is a psychedelic mid-tempo that integrates plodding, funky based pop tunes (reminiscent of early Beck) with psychedelic openings inspired to the '60s, while “Echo Echo” (streaming below) is as a more intimate number that gradually picks up pace, characterized by a flirtacious mood set by soulful, harmonizing male/female vocals. The New Apollos will be celebrating the release of their debut EP the Mercury Lounge on May 30th. 

May 25, 2016
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Sometimes you want some straight New York raps on some straight New York beats. You could head down to Times Square and try your luck with the rabble of CD-R hawkers or you could check out Eff Yoo. His Sophomore album The Eff Word explores his battered psyche over a smattering of classic hard-hitting boom bap. In the video for the most recent single, “God Hates Me,” Eff portrays a Priest seeking to reconnect with his faith. His first lines lay it all out, “I’m an abortion survivor. C-Section saved me, Section 8 raised me; Food stamps daily.” He captures the struggle with a gritty tangibility that you’ll be scraping off your skin days after listening. - BrokeMc

May 25, 2016
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New York’s B Boys will not be breakdancing when you see them live - as their name might suggest. Instead, they will be bobbing their heads to their frenzied, punk inspired songs that bears resemblance to early Devo and the slacking post punk of their buddies Parquet Courts. The track “Get A Grip” off their latest EP, No Worry No Mind (out on Captured Tracks), demonstrates the feverish nature of the trio's music, and is complete with gang vocals and vibrant guitar lines referencing the '80s. It’s dense, fast and anxiety inducing music, also because of the sudden introduction of odd tempos in the song's chorus, without mentioning lyrics like “Oh no, I can’t get a grip!” sung with the urgency of mad men. The trio just finished playing a string of shows with Parquet Courts, including a sold out one at Webster Hall on May 20th, and will be performing next at Alphaville on May 27th. Stream their track “Get A Grip” below! - John Honan

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

May 24, 2016
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With obvious nods to psych rock and krautrock evident in their latest EP, 'Gathering Rust,' to call Honduras simply a punk (or post-punk band) would be reductive. The quartet manages to combine the reckless attitude of punk, youthful abandon of garage rock, and the polished melodic tendencies of indie to forge a sound that encapsulates the past and present of NYC (and NJ too, since we growingly hear an early Feelies influence). The band placed third in our recent Best of NYC 2015 Poll for Emerging Artists, and is about to embark on a three week East Coast tour.

Check out this little Delicious Audio feature with Honduras' lead guitarist Tyson Moore iand his favorite guitar pedal.

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

May 24, 2016
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Featuring vocals and production as smooth as they are stirring, New York R&B outlet Lowhency Pierre has the potential to go places.  Named after its vocalist and with a sole EP to their name, the R&B group demonstrates a musical and lyrical maturity rare for a group as young as they are. On each track the vocalist plays singer and poet alike, crooning profound messages about his experience as well as the human experience in general. Backing him up is impressive R&B production that pulls from a variety of influences including hip-hop, funk and neo-soul.  Not afraid to flex this diversity, the band often switches up the beat multiple times within songs seamlessly.  You can catch them at Pianos on 7/9. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

May 24, 2016
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Based on the mix of influences, nothing about Home Blitz's Foremost and Fair should work—except it does, and quite beautifully. At its core, this 2015 record is an emo pop-punk album with heavy slacker overtones - and a good one at that - but its the unique bells and whistles of the project that make it really intriguing. As the castle on the cover suggests, the record is filled with musical sequences that you would expect to find in a historical drama or a fantasy RPG, but definitely not a punk inspired LP.  This makes for a ton of enjoyable WTF moments across the full length, none better than single "I'm That Key," boasting baroque keyboard parts reminiscent of The Stranglers, or opener "Seven Thirty," where a flute part subtly integrates the track's catchy guitars. On "Betton Hill," and "Tell me There" these throwbacks get pushed to the forefront as oddly catchy, courtly piano sequences that make up a good chunk of the tracks' melodies, along with the singer's never too whiny vocals. Foremost and Fair then bows out with "Cutting the Cross," a catchy finale, where twangy guitars and upbeat keys mingle to send the album out on a very high-note, while still retaining the overall (extremely) vintage feel. Seamlessly integrating these archaic elements into a punk record seems like something that would require nothing short of magic, but Home Blitz pulled it off, and in the process innovated a genre that some may think had reached its limits. Don't miss their live show at Union Pool on 05.24. - Henry Solotaroff Webber

We added "I'm That Key" song to The Deli's playlist of Best punky songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

May 23, 2016
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