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July 2016
Big Thief

Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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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Big Thief unveils Luke Temple produced new song 'Mother' through Shaking Through series

Shaking Through is a Philly based documentary series about the process of recording music as seen through the eyes of today's most promising independent musicians. Their latest episode features two of our favorite NYC artists, both of whom were rewarded with our NYC Record of the Month, although about ten years apart. Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic produced the Big Thief yet unreleased track 'Mother' (streaming below) and... magic was delivered again.

Read our Record of the Month review of Big Thief's debut LP "Masterpiece."


Rabbits to Riches Go for Broke at The Pharmacy July 27

The rousing rumble of power-pop trio Rabbits to Riches enters The Pharmacy this evening. With a sleek yet slightly sinister, bass-steered edge, Brigitte Benecke’s vocal delivery intimates action in a monologue-confessional approach. Instrumentally, that close range sound can sit at a gentle, rolled-over pace or be accelerated, creating pressure amid limited space within the tonal-tunnel. Despite those confines, there’s an insistent, rhythmic energy that infilitrates. Emotively splashed vocals meet the consistent backend push in the rock of Birthday Boy, while the local lo-fi, garage-pop of Line Leader and the smooth smacking grunge-pop of Tennessee tandem Sad Baxter, whose new record Weirdy will be released on July 29, round this lineup into form. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 7pm, $6, All Ages (Photo by Rita Benecke) - Michal Colavita

Stalgia releases hypnotic new single "In the Trees"

Just when you think that the current electronic R&B craze has finally reached its saturation point, there's always a new artist that's ready to prove how that's simply not true. Case in point: Stalgia, a songwriting duo that manages to bring out a lot of feeling to their soulful synth arrangements. The duo of Lauren Day and Brandon Leslie's latest single, "In the Trees", is a brooding, trap-influenced ballad that fuses the soothing textures of trip-hop with some coolly detached vocals. A truly engaging listen, "In the Trees" creates an airy, sensual atmosphere that'll truly haunt you for days.




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