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Bushwick D.I.Y. Music Festival Kicks Off

Bushwick Music Studios launched its first annual Do-It-Yourself Music Festival on Tuesday evening.  With about 150 bands in nine different venues, the shows will run March 24-27 and provide the artistic Brooklyn neighborhood a local, grittier alternative to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin - which ended last week.

My first band was David E Beats and the White House Band, who played an energetic set at BMS at 9.  The man blends hip-hop with rock and electronica, rapping and playing guitar over strong bass chords.  At 10, Jennings (Mary Jennings), a singer/songwriter/pianist with a powerful, expressive voice and simple piano melodies, performed at Eastern District art gallery.  Meanwhile, at Brooklyn Fire Proof, old time Deli favorites Bern and the Brights (in the picture) showcased Bernadette Malavarca's wide-ranging, emotional voice that harmonized beautifully over the band’s catchy melodies.

Back at BMS, I stumbled upon Shinobi Ninja, who played a fun, high-energy set, captivating the packed crowd with their combination of hip-hop, punk, soul, and other styles. The singers, Baby Girl and Dave Aaron, had a tight chemistry, leading the audience to sing along, stomp their feet, and jump and dance endlessly.  The band’s guitarist, bassist, drummer and DJ weren't afraid to showd off their chops as they launched into flashy solos. The colorfully-dressed band’s wild energy, fun rock beats and captivating grooves gave no signs that they had just driven 34 hours from Austin to play the festival.

My night ended with Not Blood, Paint (in the picture), who performed at Brooklyn Fire Proof at midnight.  Their songs were theatrical, carefully choreographed and cerebral, but with strong dynamics and tempo changes, they were also moody and dramatic. Laden with tight harmonies and strong guitar, their dramatic performances are not to be missed.

Stay tuned throughout the week for more updates!


From our Open Blog: Wylie Toms, live at Pete's Candy Store on April 8

Wylie Toms bring belligerent cabaret from Brooklyn, capturing complex and delicate songwriting while having a raucous stage presence full of improvisation, energy, and occasional belligerence, on part of either the performers or audience. The strong mixture of varied influences has caused an amalgamation, where the atmosphere goes from brooding to convivial with the lyrical insight and debauchery of a wayward tippler. See them perform at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg on April 08. For additional show listings visit their website. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).



PPALMM tape release party at Middle East Upstairs on 3/27, with Toro Y Moi, the Ruby Suns and Cate Le Bon


When Neon Indian bailed on Boston’s Together Fest, PPALMM got bumped onto an already fantastic Great Scott’s bill with the likes of Das Racist and locals Southern Belle, Mystery Roar, and DJ Die Young. PPALMM, aka Paul J. Morse, serves up danceable, droney Blade Runner beats in sets that are each, “…meant to be presented as new aural textures, distinctly different from the last,” according to their myspace page. His latest release Cal-Aesthetics will be debuted (on tape) alongside a stellar lineup including Cate Le Bon, the Ruby Suns and your favorite R&B/disco chillwaver Toro Y Moi. Find out what’s new with PPALMM at the Middle East Upstairs this Saturday the 27th.

--Mike Gutierrez


Interview with Christoph Krey of McAlister Drive


Christoph Krey is the mastermind behind the Boston indie-rock sensation McAlister Drive. Recently they rocked SXSW and are preparing to release a new EP on April 1st. On Thursday they are saying good-bye to three members of the band with a farewell show at the Lizard Lounge on Thursday the 25th. Tickets are only 5 dollars. '

Deli: You’ve worked a lot with Mark Kaye of Hear Now Live, what do you think about what he has been doing [for the Boston music scene]?

Christoph Krey: He’s a really good guy. He’s really got a unique, strong vision with Hear Now Live. I think what he is trying to do is bring the best bands he can find, bring them to a smaller venue and make them discovered through his resources. He’s also the type of person who knows a lot of people and you wouldn’t think so. So he [has the means] to support a band on any level. He’s seen us and helped us on many levels.

Read the full interview HERE

--Interview by Meghan Chiampa


DIY BUSHWICK FEST: Participating Venues Part 2

NORTHEAST KINGDOM- 18 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn

The Northeast Kingdom Den, tucked beneath the Northeast Kingdom restaurant, is like falling down a rabbit’s hole to your favorite uncle's den circa 1960. Lounge next to the faux stove, order a can of beer and turkey jerky, and take in great local music. The intimacy between band and audience delivers a rare thrill. Featured bands: Jason Trachtenburg (solo, in the picture) 

- 929 Broadway, Brooklyn

[the crowd and the band at at a Party Expo event]

A new DIY space in Brooklyn brought to you by the people of SuperChief, the Glass Door and Article. They have killer shows, parties, video/photo shoots and more, and Wu-Tang filmed their latest music video there.

Featured bands: Shai Hulud (in the video)

DON PEDRO - 90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

[Halloween party at Don Pedro]

A grimy dive that makes for the perfect environment for seeing a rock band. The booze is cheap and there’s pool downstairs. There’s also delicious Spanish food to be had for lunch or dinner. Featured bands: Binary Marketing Show (in the picture)


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