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A Busy Month For White Arrows

Los Angeles band White Arrows

Garage rock with a surf soul and a synth vibe, White Arrows groove with an unmistakable feel good vibe. With music like theirs, it's no wonder their August is shaping up to be a busy one. Not only can you catch them for free at their Monday night residency at Spaceland all month, they're even planning to release their debut EP, Hearts and Lungs, later in the month too.

Of course, we at the Deli would never leave you hanging, so you can check out a few demos from their EP on MySpace. We'll be reviewing this thing once it hits the streets.


A rather intense video from Norden Bombsight

There isn't a lot of info about Norden Bombsight on the internet, but you don't need to read their bio to realize that these guys aren't afraid to fill their music with heavy emotions - something most bands seem to shy away from these days. To testify that, this music video, set during the Great Depression, tells the story of a woman suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder who is searching for her missing husband. The band's music sounds as troubled as this hint of a story, and the filmmaking here is way above the average for an indie video - it's more like watching a movie! Kudos to director Roy Eventov.


Raccoon Fighter: New EPs and Show at Union Pool July 28

Brooklyn’s nocturnal bluesy-rock trio, Raccoon Fighter, comprised of Sean Gavigan (vocals/ guitar/drums), Zac Ciancaglini (drums/guitar/vocals), and Gabe Wilhelm (bass/vocals), throw down a series of biting tracks on two releases, “Liars Feet EP” and “Terrible EP.” A dozen tunes in all, and available for free here, both EPs feature a combination of gritty, aggressive, and psychedelic soundscapes. Gavigan’s angsty vocal quality compliments the sultry rock foundation created by strong downbeats, shuffling percussion, lax guitar strums, and anxious, bluesy progressions found on notable tunes, “No Lover,” “The Upbeat,” “Rollin’ Wheel,” and “Pillow Surf.” Catch Raccoon Fighter on Wednesday, July 28 at Union Pool. Free show. – Meijin Bruttomesso


Best of NYC #14: The Dig plays two dates with Dashboard Confessional

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

When you order a drink at the bar, you want something heavy. You want good taste mixed well, and just a tiny dash of sweet. Like a Long Island Iced Tea, The Dig’s music carries a heavy bass line, drowned in equal parts melodic and heavy guitar. The soothing sounds of “Penitentiary” go down smooth, but the potency of the almost sinister sounding guitars in “She’s Gonna Kill That Boy” keep the blood flowing through your veins. Think of alternative pop/rock ballads from the early ‘90s but with a little more variety. David Baldwin and Emile Musseri alternate vocals that sound like a more sensitive Chris Cornell, and a day-dreamy Thom Yorke. At times, The Dig give off a Nirvana-esque vibe, while also channeling the power packed production sound of Coldplay. Each song is eclectic and intricate in its own way, allowing The Dig to put forth a diverse portfolio of songs. The band has just announced two new tour dates in support of Dashboard Confessional - after which they will be traveling home following a five-week national tour with Thrice, Kevin Devine, and Bad Veins,- Melissa Wong


Univox and Conversations with Enemies at KFN July 28

Just like the legendary amps that they're named after, Univox can go from mellow to electrifying at the flip of a switch. Anchored by a quartet of distinguished voices, with Josh Jones' smooth baritone usually at the forefront, it's arguable that there's something timeless about their sound, which is unhampered by any tiring trends or made up genres, but instead relies on honest, tried-and-true songwriting. If you take a listen to their recently released ST debut, uplifting pop hooks like those in "You Don't Know" run right alongside balls-out rockers like "Pi". For a slight change of pace though, there's Conversations with Enemies, whose quirky indie pop is haunted by zombies, demons, and awkward relationships, and encompasses everything from surf riffs to gypsy rhythms. So if you want a bit of everything tonight, the Kung Fu Necktie might be your best bet. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



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