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Purien Arbours

Just hours after the band had finished mastering and arranging the final tracks for their debut album, Purien Arbours, I was listening and tapping along to this alt-country gem. I say alt-country, but I don’t want to simplify this album too much. Leaf Bird's sound has many dimensions, including an Americana core, but reaches into folk, psych-pop, and even more avant-garde elements. Their sound is gentle and goes down smooth. A perfect example of this sound is the track “Deeply Dearly”. It’s a mixture of passionate vocals, layer instrumentals, a wide variety of instruments, and plenty of sun-drenched sounds.

Leaf Bird will be performing three times around town the remainder of the month. You can catch Tyler Beach of Leaf Bird tonight (April 16th) at Elastic Arts for the Homeroom Open Mic, and then on April 18th at Uncommon Ground. Finally, Leaf Bird will be performing at a benefit for Rumble Arts on April 24th at The Music Lounge. The band has also been accepted to play at LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts) Festival 2010 in September.

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Post Post Playin’ Early for the Kiddies at The Fire April 16

Audacious pop from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, Post Post’s debut EP, Meta Meta, marked the start of something great. Fronted by Michelle Zauner, ex-Little Girl, Big Spoon, this Philly four-piece has a knack for crafting rhythms that soar and captivate. Relatively new and well on their way, Post Post’s members juggle the life of undergrad with part-time jobs and rocking out. Despite their more than full plates, their songs are far from shabby. Best described as “pop music with substance” by frontwoman Zauner, the band’s sound oscillates between chilled out indie pop with a side of blippy post-punk and a pinch of riot grrl. Adding fostered focus to a laid back sort of yearning, tracks like “Drafts”  showcase 20-something feelings with dignity and grace. Beneath the hums of synth and the sound surfy riffs, Post Post’s dancey chilled-out anthems are emotional déjà vu that easily warrant praise. Cerebral yet subtle pop mixed with pure fun, their sound is heartfelt and catchy as hell. The Fire, 412 Girard Ave., 6pm, $7, All Ages myspace.com/postpostmusic (Photo by Justin Roman) - Dianca Potts

 

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Best of NYC #60: Acrylics

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).


Close your eyes, find a soft piece of grass, be still for a moment, and let the Acrylics EP “All The Fire” saturate your ears and your mind. In doing this, you’ll truly be able to appreciate the distant vocals, innovative rock, and smooth transitions between melodies all captured in each individual track. The best part of this album is that no song plays the same way from start to finish. The Acrylics have done a fantastic job of throwing in musical subtleties to keep your attention, particularly in “Avenue I,” where the shifts from acoustic guitar to transient pop flow perfectly. You will love this album for the visual effects of its lyrical metaphors and it’s beautiful harmonies within the uniquely talented quintet. -CM

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Automatic Children release LP, play Parkside Lounge on 04.16

Released April 8, "New is Beautiful" is the new album by NYC's Automatic Children. The band is gearing up for a series of shows in NYC through May. The first of the bunch will be at Parkside Lounge on April 16, followed by a live performance at Best Buy on May 14, and the official record release show at the Studio@ Webster Hall on May 21 (8pm). The band will then make a few trips out of town to promote the record and their current radio campaign. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

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The Great Vibration Album Release Party at KFN April 16

The South Philly boys of The Great Vibration might not make the Richter Scale go off the charts or create any pulse flinging beats with their songs. But Jumboman, Pablo, Big Spliff Dawg and Evernasty do deliver some vibrant and colorful rock anthems that are fueled by catchy guitar riffs and the occasional piano. Tonight they’ll be celebrating the release of their new album Purple Stuff at Kung Fu Necktie with the help of Mountjoy who will have you climbing your way towards twanged out rock 'n roll that’s heavy on the percussions and guitar hooks. Meanwhile, songbird Julia Rainer will bring it home with her PJ Harvey like sound during songs like “Insomnia” and “Into the Night”. Their will also be an after-party at The Carriage House for all those who are just getting warmed-up when KFN’s 10pm band curfew hits. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/thegreatvibration - Bill McThrill

 

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