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Chamber Pop NYC sextet Mappa Mundi celebrates EP release at Rockwood on 01.24

In 2010, NYC composer Adam Levine's chamber pop brainchild Mappa Mundi released a charming six track EP (we used to call anything above four tracks "mini-albums" until a few years ago) featuring gentle songs ripe with Americana influences. After five years (spent, we guess, writing new songs and then making sense of the overwhelming number of tracks a sextet can record for each song) the project is finally releasing a sophomore EP/mini-album entitled "At Sea," - another six track effort (lucky number?). Judging from opening track and single "So Obscure" (streaming here) the band has developed the sound in more luscious ways, refining their orchestral sound in a way that perfectly complement Levine's intense and impassioned lirycs. The release of "At Sea" will be celebrated at Rockwood Music Hall on January 24.

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Best of NYC 2014 - Open Submission Results for PSYCH ROCK/DREAM POP/AVANT INDIE

It's time to reach for the hidden pocket and pull out the doping substance of choice, folks! Here are the results of our Best of NYC Poll's Open Submissions for the PSYCH ROCK/DREAM POP category, which this year also incorporates the more experimental of rock subgenres, the one we call "Avant Indie".

Total submissions in this category: 20

Jurors: Juan Rodriguez (The Deli LA), Travis Leipzig (The Deli Portland), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Artists qualified to the next stage
(i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting around 01.20):

1. Howard (8.16 out of 10)


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2. KDH (8)


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3. ONWE (7.6)


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Honorable Mentions (score above 7):

Invisible Days, Hani Zahra, Gospels, Dead Leaf Echo, Zuli, Throw Vision, Monogold, Ruby My Dear.

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More results on their way, enjoy these high sounds!

The Deli's Staff

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Brooklyn's Wild Pink reveal debut EP, "2 Songs" + lands Pianos residency

Brooklyn power trio Wild Pink just released their debut EP "2 song" (a not very "E" EP, since the original meaning of the acronym is "Extended Play") featuring two rather angular and bony power pop tracks in part reminiscent of that well of dark songwriting ideas that is Robert Pollard's Guided By Voices. The band has a series of shows scheduled in the immediate future, the first one at Pianos on January 22 within a three week residency.

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Brooklyn's Darlings celebrate LP "Feel Better" at Baby's All Right on 01.21

In 2012, with debut EP "Pet the Ghost," followed suit by full album "Perfect Trip," Brooklyn quartet Darlings kind of anticipated the 90's slacker rock revival that hit NYC a few years later. We say kind of because these guys' slacking feels moderate compared to - say - early Total Slacker, another, obviously self aware, pioneer of that same revival. The name itself betrays Darlings don't really slack to a fault, and the new album "Feel Better" fully confirms this identity. Their songs proceed lethargically from hook to hook, without ever raising the voice or the tension level, obviously also influenced by Brooklyn's own chill pop wave, which after all - now that we think about it - could very well be slacker rock's cleaner, dreamier (and cuter) sister. What's remarkable though about Darlings, is that these guys never really let you down: all the songs in "Feel Better" are equally enjoyable, which is a rare treat. NYC fans of the genre have an opportunity to get familiar with them when they celebrate the album's release at Baby's All Right on January 21.

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Best of NYC 2014 - Open Submission Results for FOLK/AMERICANA

We continue in our quest to highlight the best emerging NYC artists (i.e. The Deli's Best of NYC 2014 Poll) with the publication of the winners of the Open Submission results for the FOLK/AMERICANA category - see here for links to the other results organized by city and genre.

Things get really tricky when ranking artists who play roots music, because the average level of musicianship in these genres (as opposed to - say - garage rock) is truly noteworthy. We tried to reward artists with a personal voice and solid fundamentals, even though we'll admit that many of the bands in this list should have submitted to the "Alt Folk" category - whose results we haven't published yet.

Total submissions in this category: 20

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting around 01.20):

1. Cricket Tell the Weather - 8 (out of 10)


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2. Jason Howell - 7.66


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Honorable Mentions (score above 7)

Lunifred Benjamin, Maynard and the Musties, Lorraine Leckie and her Demons, Bill Scorzari, Ocean Music, Joe Marson, The Hunting Party.

More results on their way, enjoy this rootsiness and check back for more new music from the Big Apple.

The Deli's Staff


 

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