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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).



NYC's best kept secret: Naked Hearts CD release at Mercury, May 1st

Naked Hearts are one of the best kept indie rock secrets of the NYC scene. We accidentally caught this duo at CMJ 2008 while they were playing a day show at Cake Shop upstairs and after witnessing their tightly performed, memorable tunes we felt obliged to blog about them. As it often happens in the rock'n'roll world, things haven't exactly been moving at the speed of light for Naked Hearts since then, but it looks like they are now ready to conquer this city. Considering their obvious talent, their quality songwriting (think about a more melancholic version of The Strokes or a less dreamy version of Belly), their extremely tight live show and strong stage presence (as we witnessed when they played our Deli party last month), and their undeniably good looks, we don't see how fans won't start piling up in the near future. Their CD release party will be at Mercury Lounge on May 1st - buy the tickets now! And check out these two songs (or download them here and here).


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)


Kayo Dot release full length + record new EP - Live at Union Pool 04.11

Post rockers of the world should rejoice, as NYC's own Kayo Dot not only is about to release a new album entitled Coyote on April 20th, but has already entered the studio to begin recording a new EP, entitled Stained Glass... So the future has reserved a lot of post-rockness for your ears! The EP will consist of one, long composition of the same title, featuring the same lineup employed in recording the full length plus vibraphonist Russell Greenberg (Hi-Red Center, Yarn/Wire, Hunter/Gatherer). The band also plans on integrating "found" ambient sounds in this composition. The Stained Glass EP will be released by Hydra Head later in 2010. The Coyote release party will be at Union Pool on April 11. Stream the mp3 of "Whisper Ineffable" here or download it here.



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