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Found in our NYC submissions: Savants play Music Hall of W'Burg on 11.24

We are not sure how Brooklyn quartet Savants managed to land a gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24, since - from the numbers we gather from their Facebook and Soundcloud profiles - it looks like they might have trouble filling that huge room. What we know, though, is that, at least musically, the guys totally deserve to play that venue. We are especially fond of their debut limited cassette 's opener "Think!" (streaming), which sounds like our beloved musical hero Syd Barrett fronting - dunno - a lo-fi version of The Kinks? The rest of the album is full of psychedelic slacker-style sketches, in perfect early Weezer style, but just a little more sober. Interesting ideas and melodies emerge from every single song, from the Lou Reed-esque "Something (Part 1)" to the laid back and bizarre "Us," where the slightly out of tune, gliding vocals add character to the track rather than detracting from it.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Psych Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


The charming twee pop of Field Guides: live at The Rock Shop on 11.02

There's only one thing that slightly spoils this song (entitled "Lisa Loeb Probably Never Pierced Her Ears") by Bed-Stuy project Field Guides: the bass does something kind of weird (out of key?) on minute 1:16. Something like this would normally prevent a track from being covered in this blog, but this single is so catchy and charming in a early Belle and Sebastian/The Shins kind of way that we decided to make an exception, although we are aware that the band will probably hate us forever for pointing this out. Field Guides are about to release a full length entitled "Boo, Forever" - we are curious to hear the rest of the album, considering that in their 2012 debut two track single they sound like a completely different band.


The Britanys release sophomore EP + play CMJ

We stumbled upon NYC garage pop trio The Britanys about a year ago through our digital submissions, and we hear now that the boys have been keeping at it, recently releasing a new EP entitled "It's All Right." Lucas Long's vocals tend to draw melodies that reference the Brit-pop bands of the 90s, with a tone that's reminiscent of Billy Corgan at his most nasal. However, the opening title-track (streaming below) shifts things toward a speedy garage blues that perfectly suits the band's "naughty" and youthful attitude. The Britanys will be performing twice this week within the CMJ Music Marathon, at Muchmore on 10.24 and at Arlene's Grocery on 10.25.


Eddi Front replaces The Flag at The Deli's Friday CMJ show at Pianos

Last minute cancellations at CMJ are nothing new and we are really sorry to lose The Flag from our Friday 10.24 bill at Pianos' upstairs lounge. On the other hand we couldn't be happier to welcome some old friends as a replacement, duo Eddi Front, whose lead singer we praised since her beginnings, when she used to go under the moniker Ivana XL. Don't expect Friday night party music from this duo, Eddi Front will bring an intense mellowness to our showcase reminiscent of some maudit crooners of the 60s. Check out single Texas from their 2012 debut self-titled EP


Long Island's electro one man band Saint Pepsi plays CMJ at Mercury on 10.22

We all know how picky Bowery Presents is with the artists it books - bring no crowd to one of their shows and you are out! In this perspective, a slot at Mercury Lounge during CMJ week can be seen as a valuable prize for artists respected by booking staff of the NYC venue giant. In truth, this year not many emerging locals made it on the Mercury Lounge's CMJ week listings. One of the lucky ones is the electronic tinkerer that goes under the name of Saint Pepsi (aka Ryan DeRobertis). From his ambient disco beginnings, enriched with the soul of vocal samples, Ryan in his more recent release on Carpark Records has switched gear to a more direct synth-pop format, graced by his own vocals. His music is more appropriate for a loungy party than a wild night of dancing, although - while lounging - you might not be able to prevent parts of your body from moving to his beats. Listen to single "Fiona Coyne" below and check out Saint Pepsi live at Mercury on October 22.

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



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