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LC Fest starts tonight with 12 NYC artists at Bar4

Luke Wesley and Debbie Miller (pictured) are two of the 12 NYC artists who will perform at the inaugural night of the 4th Annual LC Fest, organized by independent music community Local Correspondents at Bar4 in Park Slope. Wesley's piano-based melodic pop-rock can be heard on his brand-new CD, Because We Never Talk About It (Engine Room Records), while Miller's self-released Fake Love CD features quirky songs that blend humor with heartbreak. Performances begin at 8 p.m. You can find the complete schedule of all five nights (from July 7th to the 11th) here. For 42 free MP3s from festivals artists, split into four volumes for easy downloading, go here.

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Reds and Blue

Addenda Records will be releasing the debut album, Son of the Stars, from Reds and Blue next month. The album is perfect example of the consistently high-quality psychedelic pop that is coming out of Chicago right now. The band is solid and each member has seen success in other bands around town, but the centerpiece of Reds and Blue is the sultry vocals of Ellen Bunch. Her is delivery is at times lazy and drifting, at times heated and mesmerizing, and at times full of force and energy, she is a complete package. The album will be released in an addition of 500 hand stamped vinyl on August 17th, so it is set up like a traditional Side A/Side B release. I think that style, that nostalgia, lends itself to the band’s psychedelic feel. The five tracks on each side fit together and give that natural progression.

Reds and Blues will be performing at Schubas on July 30th.

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Alchemilla CD release @ Middle East Down 7/10

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Alchemilla is releasing their first full-length album this Saturday. Chasing Ghosts is an intense collection of hard alt-rock influenced by Led Zeppelin and 90's alt like Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam. Kat Burke's vocals are powerful and lovely (so is she) at the same time. They make the rock beautiful. The band has been together for a decade and has probably played more venues than you have been to. The bill for the release show is insane:Alchemilla  will be joined by The Force, Planetoid, Captain Cutthroat and The Few. Get tickets HERE

Middle East Downstairs 480 Mass Ave 18+ 10bux

--The Deli Staff

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Best of NYC #23: Motel Motel

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 store personnel and DJs)

From a harder attitude of “Coffee” to emphasizing softer strings of “Harlem,” Motel Motel skillfully designs variety in composition of each of its single-word titled songs. Whether changing tempo or delivering inspired slant rhyme lyrics, Motel Motel keeps listeners interested and attracted to its eccentric, unpredictable flow and commendable attention to detail. While its character may appeal to fans of Cold War Kids, Motel Motel introduces a unique style of indie rock with country influences. - Gina Alioto - Read a Q&A with the band here.

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Summer 2010 - Alt Rock Bands invade NYC: The Gaslight Anthem

I don't know if it's the summer of what, but since July a bunch of Alt Rock bands have jumped on top of our NYC charts (see orange top 20 on the left), including our beloved Semi Precious Weapons, but also Status Green, boy band Stereo Skyline and The Gaslight Anthem - where are we, in friggin' LA? I guess summer is the ideal season to promote optimistic music like The Gaslight Anthem's one, who have just released this video for their single "American Sland", reminiscent of some of the best anthemic songs written by the Boss. Brooklyn indie bands will surely have their revenge as soon as the depressing NYC winter approaches...

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