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A Heart is a Spade: Black Lips Debut New Video

Frankie Cosmos

If you like unassuming, short and charming pop songs about high school, firemen and buses, look no further than 19 year old singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos. In her just released first full-length 'Zentropy,' (though she's put out at least 40 other digital records on Bandcamp over the years - no joke!) Greta Kline reveals much of her inner child, whether singing about what her dad is up to or how birthdays don't mean you're getting older. But 'Zentropy' equally exposes a young lady just beginning to wrestle with explorations of love and life anxieties. It's a fascinating journey just begun, and songs like "Birthday" (streaming below), showcase a melodic talent that's not afraid to experiment with tempo changes and assorted influences, without losing her signature, intimate style. 
If Frankie Cosmos manages to keep half these levels of prolificity in her 20s, we can definitely expect a bunch of hits from her. Because great music - like everything else - is all about trying hard. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
true to themselves
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
Slim Wray
blues rock, happy hearts
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 4, 2014 - MORE
Tei Shi
mermaid music
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:March 17, 2014 - MORE
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Self described "sad-grl-electro-pop-sister-duo" Verdigirl recently relocated from CT to Chelsea, Manhattan to pursue their electro-pop dream. Considering the theme of single "Feeling Nervous" (video streaming below) the ladies actually seem born to live in the Big Apple, since they obvsouly have an inclination for being overly self analytical and a little neurotic - which by the way is probably one of the reasons why this city is so prolific artistically. The tune is a well produced, melancholic, mid tempo synth-pop ballad full of tasteful blippy textures and recurring layers of violin and cello (the sisters' main instruments). If you are feeling too happy, or just want to check out a new interesting local band, go to the Rock Shop tomorrow 04.24 to see them live.

April 23, 2014

It's always fun to go through The L Magazine's yearly appointment with the "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear." We won't deny that we see this list like some sort of test for us, to see how many of those artists we covered already and how many we missed.

This year we did pretty well - as usual actually - with 6 hits and 2 misses. We abundantly covered in this blog and in our magazine Slothrust (Artist of the Month some time last year), Gondola, YVETTE (Deli NYC Record of the Month back in May 2011), Porches (Record of the Month a few months ago), WET (also a Record of the Month last year and 3rd best emerging NYC band in our latest Year End Poll), and Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (NYC Artist of the Month some time in 2012). So 5 out of 6 were not only covered but also rewarded with our semi-prestigius titles! A self-pat on the back is due right here, right now.

We totally missed in the blog post punk minimalists The Flag and electro rapper Cities Aviv, although our new - and rad - live listings section picked them up here and here. We'll cover both these artists soon with dedicated posts.


April 23, 2014

Tiny Victory has a gravity in its music that's been out of fashion for a while in the Brooklyn scene - with some rare and successful exceptions (read: The National). The band just released this unusual single, entitled "Drinking with Your Ghost," which mixes electronic elements like buzzy keyboards and effects with the cleanest of acoustic guitars. The sober, deep and uneffected sounding vocals also work in a direction that's kind of anti-electronic, contributing to a sound that's hard to grab - like the demons they sing about. Tiny Victory announced the release of debut LP "Haunts" and will be playing live in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right with Big Data on May 8.

April 23, 2014

The first time I heard Boston/NYC based, funk-jazz-gypsy band Evolfo Doofeht I had one thought: the sax back! And it's about time too. In songs like 'You Light Me Up,' the tenor horn solo has enough energy to pull you out into satellite orbit.

Sometimes sounding fast and furious, almost like a metal group with a horn line, other times smoother like high line klezmer jazz with a highly energetic frontman, this band never lets you down on the brass section department, and - as they say in their self-titled track - 'You need to get down with Evolfo Doofeht.' Solid advice. You can see these guys live on Friday, May 16th at Radio Bushwick with Bad Credit No Credit or the day after at Boston's Harpoon Brewery - it will be fun. Check out their most recent single 'Mechanicals' below. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

April 23, 2014

Dots Will Echo (who placed 44th in our Year End Poll for Emerging NYC Artists) hails from Ridgewood, New Jersey, and put out one of the best records of 2012 - at least according to... me. But my opinion must be also shared by Mr. Sufjan Stevens, since he released their LP "Drunk Is The New Sober / Stupid Is The New Dumb" on his label Asthmatic Kitty. This is a double-length masterpiece that combines Neil Young balladry and riffage, the ragged, earnest pop-sensibilities of the Replacements, and the dense psychedelia of peak Yes. Frontman and main songwriter Nick Berry tackled romantic loss and apocalyptic depression with a healthy dose of Zen. I wonder if Sufjan - when he heard the band for the first time - started with “Rocket Girls” (streaming). Dots Will Echo is working on their follow-up now. - Ben Krieger

April 22, 2014

A busy year of touring has taken NYC based “future rock” quintet Outernational through Europe, South America, and most recently SXSW and Mexico for the Vive Latino Festival. Before their Mexican debut, Outernational impressed at SXSW in Austin, TX, garnering attention with their Latin-infused heavy hitting rock ‘n roll, interspersed with Spanish lyrics amongst trumpet fanfare, shredding guitar solos, and fiery revolutionary lyrics. Back in their home territory, the five-piece celebrates the most radical of holidays, May Day (May 1) at Mercury Lounge - presented by TJO Presents, Rocker Stalker, and Rockass Producciones. This is the only New York show before this band without borders heads to Europe again this summer. Check out Outernational in all their “Spanglish” glory in “Todos Somos Illegales,” (streaming, we discourage the view to those affiliated with the Tea Party) and don’t miss their show at Mercury - they have a powerful presence on stage! The band just announced that it will spend most of June touring Europe.

April 22, 2014

Which of these acts should be The Deli's next NYC Artist of the Month?

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