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Rosali Concludes Her Residency at Ortlieb's Dec. 28

Rosali concludes her month-long residency at Ortlieb’s this evening. After a brief reprieve from the bone-chilling canvas of winter, the local singer-songwriter offers soothing clarity in the form of folk-based songs gently gliding over the hillside. On her debut album Out of Love, Rosali's recordings are fueled by floral vocal harmonies and a wandering touch of twang-infused psychedelics. The duo of Kevin Nickles and Daniel Provenzano, also known as The Writhing Squares, will firmly orient their opening set in another world, touching down on intertwining threads of noise-rock, garage, free jazz, etc., while unleashing a sensory-loaded spectrum of space sonics. It's just what you need to get over the final hump of 2016. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - Michael Colavita





Artist on the rise: Stello - live at Mercury on 01.09

If you find it strangely uplifting to listen to melancholic tunes during the holiday season, this is precisely the time for you to check out NYC Stello's latest single 'Dog on the Run' (streaming below); like a Christmas movie, it will take you for an emotional ride towards an upbeat, cathartic finale. But if this song can certainly stir up emotion, it doesn't do so at the expense of style. The band has a one year old, rather upbeat "pop'n'roll" EP  under their belt (entitled 'Five Nite'), but in their two recent singles (Pretty Thing is the other one) the group finds its comfort zone in slower tempos and moodier atmospheres, which allow the lead vocalist - whose name is conceiled online - to showcase his character, presence and versatility. 'Dog on the Run' is a rather impressive track, check it out below and don't miss Stello live at Mercury on January 9th.

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

December 2016
I Was Awake
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With their new album, Facade, I Was Awake has released upon the world a substantial effort that shows the versatility and raw talent of the five-piece metal group.  Weaving together a dynamic web of prog, metal, and alt-rock that invokes the greatness of bands like The Deftones and Porcupine Tree, while maintaining an original and modern energy, the boys from Beverly, MA have created a deeply engaging sound that will keep this album on heavy rotation.  From beginning to end, each track shows a different facet of the group, starting with the title track, a one and a half minute crescendo leading up to the hard hitting "Erasing", filled with chunky guitars and mixed meter grooves.  Facade is a journey, maintaining those strong grooves, taking periodic stops for high-energy riffs ("Gravity") and softer dynamics ("As Within...", "...So Without").  If thought provoking lyricism and intelligent songwriting is your thing, then I Was Awake will likely become a new favorite.  Give Facade a listen (or twelve) and keep your eyes open for live performances in 2017. -Brian Varneke





Ethereal songwriter Julie Byrne releases sophomore LP on 01.27 at Rough Trade

Active since the beginning of the current decade (calling it the "10s" sounds still kinda weird), Brooklyn songwriter Julie Byrne writes and performs meditative and sparse songs, always accompanied by her acoustic guitar and a fair amount of reverb on her delicately sensuous vocals. Her 2014 album 'Rooms with Walls and Windows' did remarkably well, becoming a testament to the power of the song in its most naked format. Julie recently announced a new LP, entitled 'Not Even Happiness,' scheduled to drop on January 2017, with a release party at Rough Trade on the 27th. Check out preview single 'Natural Blue,' streaming below.





Darrin Bradbury crafts narrative Americana on new album

Sometimes you just need some home-cooked Americana music, and Darrin Bradbury serves up just that. On Elmwood Park, the Nashville artist's latest release, Bradbury forges strong narratives, and crafts meaningful stories behind each song. It's music-as-vingettes, and though his sound is simple, and his voice is perhaps rough around the edges, his music reads like soul food. Check out Darrin Bradbury streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

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