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Drowned in Sound: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

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

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A great NYC band you rarely hear about: Cult of Youth, live at St. Vitus 09.25

With a name that encapsulates an undeniable obsession of our society, NYC's alt folk band Cult of Youth plays music most children and teenager would find scary - and that only the most anti-conformist among twenty-somethings might appreciate. The group has been around since 2007, releasing three records of uncommon originality, that update the American traditional roots music with elements ranging from the noir to the downright scary, hailing from that cauldron of darkness and unresolved tension that is the post punk scene of the early 80s (think Joy Division, Birthday Party, Bauhaus etc.). The band will be performing a rare gig at Greenpoint's St. Vitus on September 25 - recommended show - and we hear that they are about to announce a new record. (photo by Greg Cristman)


A (funky) Deli NYC video premiere: The Uptown Party Down - 'SHE'

Christine Tambakis might be the Rick James of soul-funk dance parties. Backed by the Party Down Boys (a criminally raging octet of loud horns, rowdy rhythms, and dangerously chic clothing choices), her band The Uptown Party Down will bring your inner freak up to the surface, shake it around on the dance floor, and leave you wondering why you haven't seen this band live before. Going to an Uptown Party Down show is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and with a new album coming out later this year, now's the perfect time to get out there and get weird. Check out sexy new video 'She' below, starring Crystal Demure from 'Kinky Boots.' - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


NYC Bands News: Ghastly City Sleep, Syvia, The Prettiots

September is here and our "Press Releases!" inbox is already getting out of control. Let's deal with some news about emerging NYC bands in quick succession...

Definitely not a band lacking in intensity, Brooklyn indie rock quartet Ghastly City Sleep (pictured) will be releasing their sophomore album 'Lulling Skulls' in October, and have just unveiled a single from it (entitled 'Clumsy one') on Diffuser.fm.

We remember Syvia as an electronic band, but they just debuted this 'no budget' video for new single 'Two Homes' that definitely conflicts with that notion. The band will be releasing a full length entitled 'FWD' later this year, cool song and edgy video considering the budget!

The Prettiots charmed us to the core at our recent Ten Year Anniversary Parties, and this new video of single 'Boys (That I Dated In High School)' is further proof of lead singer Kay Kasparhauser's appeal. We sure wish we dated as many people in high school as she did! The band has a Pianos residency in September, starting tonight! (09.02).


Buzz Alert! Nick Hakim gets serious love from NPR

Brooklynite (via DC) Nick Hakim just ended an August residency at Baby’s All Right in support of his debut EP “Where Will We Go, Pt. 1.” The stunning collection hit New Yorkers hard, impressing local music fans with its heartbreaking sultriness and genuine soul. While the tracks are indisputably melancholic, they don’t drag - and this is a balance that is often hard to perfect. The fact that single'I Don't Know' (streaming) was included in a NPR playlist called '10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing' is certainly helping build the hype. Though the release was unveiled last month at the peak of summer, we have no doubt it will be the soundtrack for many this upcoming fall. As this particular release is deemed “Pt. 1,” we’re excited (and a bit impatient!) to see what Hakim has in store for Pt. 2. - Jillian Dooley

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


Fun indie folk from New Jersey: Pine Barons

Forming in the basement of Keith’s parents house whilst the guys were still at school in New Jersey, Pine Barons (Keith Abrams, Brad Pulley, Shane Hower and Collin Smith) write tunes constructed of off beat rhythms underneath simple chord structures: the product is a sound reminiscent of Frank Turner or City and Colour. Last year they put out their seven track debut EP, a collection of rugged tracks from a group of like minded souls who see themselves as troubadours. ‘Carnival’ twinkles with electrics as it fuzzes, but this is probably the only track (together with lo-fi piece ‘Chamber Choir’) to veer off piste, even momentarily, from the record's folk’n’roll vibe. Despite appearing to be buoyant and rhapsodic, the lyrics are not always so happy, the most pertinent and powerful perhaps being on ‘Smile America’ (‘the end told me that I don’t deserve to breath’) and the most radio friendly ‘Since I’ve Been Away’ (streaming): 'it’s raining on my head sometimes I wish my head was dead.' Bounding along with positive boisterousness, Pine Barons is perfect for intimate end of summer festivals when the sun is dipping and the rugs come out (although there are a heck of a lot of references to rain.) Folk with a hint of attitude; we like. - Francesca Baker

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


Buzz Alert! Sunflower Bean plays every couple of days: Baby's All Right tomorrow (08.30)

Oh Sunflower Bean, you pretty little rock and rollers, you... What are we gunna do with you?  You're all so fashionable, so fresh and so clean, but your music brings as much color as your look (thank god) - and also some sweat and dirt.  I've attended a good handful of Sunflower Bean shows, and I have to say I'm very glad they released this track out of the bunch in their repertoire.  'Tame Impala' is undoubtedly their favorite band, so much they named a song after them.  "You always say what's on my mind," shreaks Julia Cumming; well Tame Impala is on Sunflower Bean's mind.  The tune contains one of my all time favorite Sunflower Bean breakdowns; about three minutes in, the song slows down and the bass booster on Nick Kivlen's pedal board makes his guitar sound like a synth until the song rides into a wave of psychedelic chaos of noise.  As of late the band has been hitting NYC venues once a week, often selling out places - check em out tonight (08.03) at Baby's All Right and on 09.03 at Bowery Electric. - Jake Saunders

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


Soulful electro pop act Ayer releases 'Fight Your Fire' + plays Mercury on 9.10

Just last week, Brooklyn-based electro-soul one man band AYER released his latest single “Fight Your Fire” (streaming) a midtempo track laced with Danny Schmittler’s smooth alto (borderline male soprano actually!). Schmittler has teamed up with various producers to craft a series of undeniably catchy soul-pop tunes pushed along by swift-moving synths and a steady beat reminiscent of the 70’s disco tracks we all know and love. While the AYER project may still be in its infancy, it's already grabbing a lot of attention, and should maintain its momentum with a debut EP release scheduled for the winter. Be sure to catch him at Mercury Lounge on September 10th — the man has a great live energy and positive vibes all around. - Jillian Dooley


Tiger Dare's inescapable calm

There's something strangely hypnotic about Tiger Dare's sound. It's floating on water, where every song feels like a breath of fresh air - and God knows we need some fresh air in this city.  Their songs feel good for the soul, often building towards wonderfully uplifting crescendos without losing the mellow.  Lost in a sea of reverb, lead vocalist Henry Freedland captures a personal nostalgia with "Morning After Morning" (streaming):  "When he's lonely he's so hopeless/When he's hopeless he's so boring/When he's boring it's just morning after morning".  The songs take the form of soundscapes, and under the distance there is a calm nostalgia to it all. The Brooklyn band's debut EP 'Wires Over, Wired In' has been gathering a fair amount of attention, and CMJ just announced them in the official lineup of the upcoming Music Marathon. - Jake Saunders

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



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