There is something special and honest and exciting about a local singer/songwriter creating a sound and standing on stage and delivering. One of my favorite local singers right now is Jennifer Hall. She has an angelic voice, but it is the passion that she delivers that is really captivating.
Jennifer Hall will be performing at Schubas on May 24th (tonight!) at 7pm.
Below is video footage of an unreleased song by Creepoid called “Old Tree”. The nasty rocker was recorded from their last show at Kung Fu Necktie on May 9. Keep a look out for them to be recording something with Shaking Through in the near future (or just stay tuned to our site because you know we’ll have it up for you when it drops). Special thanks to pillgrimsprogress again for sharing the video and being at local shows that we like. (Photo by Beth Blinerbury) Enjoy! - The Deli Staff
Jeff Allyn Szwast's avant-indie rock project Giving The Table A Name specializes in angular guitar progressions punctuated by thumping, crashing percussion, and vocals leaning towards the slithering and cerebral side. Titles like "epiglottis" and "harpies" may not make immediately clear what the intended subject matter is, and often parts of the lyrics are so distorted/quiet in the mix that entire sections can be made out by the listener - something that actually applies to a huge catalog of rock music. "Anything can happen now, I'd be too far gone to tell" is as good a lyric as any, but the band's real focus is on creating atmospheric textures that flirt with ambient music and quality, vintage prog-rock of (think King Crimson rather than Yes). On one of our favorite tracks, "snowpack", a deeper, more bass-heavy guitar tone is incorporated. The voices are doubled in harmony for emphasis and depth. A bright tambourine takes the timekeeping duties, while tom toms are free to roam outside the structure. The band's latest LP titled "Pillbug" is out now and can be purchased from a variety of sources. - Dave Cromwell
The Penrose bros just shared a demo with us of a new song that they are working on for their upcoming album. It’s a nice departure from the usual blues garage rock that you might be familiar with from them. You can take a listen for yourself and download it for free below. - The Deli Staff
Conneticut's B.O.M.B Fest has blown up since last year. B.O.M.B Fest is an acroynym for Bring Our Music Back. This year B.O.M.B Fest has moved to a larger venue, The Comcast Theater in Hartford and will take place May 28th through the 29th. The headliners are epic, national acts Weezer, George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Best Coast and many more. But the feature that makes B.O.M.B Fest unique and locally special is that they feature 25 local acts that will preform through out the day. 500 local bands from all around New England auditioned to play B.O.M.B Fest. Some of the chosen featured local acts are: David Wax Museum, The Guru, Distoria, Urban Sun, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Wry, Forget Paris and Dirty Dishes and several others, mostly based out of Conneticut. There will be three stages with music being presented from 11am - Midnight. 2 day passes are still available here. The Deli will be at B.O.M.B Fest for the second year in a row covering both days. See you there.
Free Mondays is a new live music weekly event at The Rock Shop in Gowanus) consisting in a series of free shows featuring some promising up and coming New York artists. The series started in May and hosted among others Ravens & Chimes, Murder Mystery and Freak Owls. On May 23 (tonight) it's the turn of Tiny Animals, Midnight Spin (in the picture), and Eiko (a band that apparently doesn't have a website). - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). The Deli's NYC Open Blog is powered by The Music Building.
It is always refreshing to see a hard-working, local band finally get the praise they always deserved. White Mystery just released their sophmore album Blood & Venom, and have been burning up NYC this past week. They are returning home this week and will be performing an instore at Reckless Records on May 28th. They are also playing at MoCA on June 3rd and Do Division Street Fest on June 5th.
I received the debut album from Island of Misfit Toys in the mail over the weekend, and I am excited to give it a spin. The band has gained a solid reputation over the last year that they have been together for their live performances , and now we will see how it translated to the studio. Bear Hair will be released on June 28th by Tandem Shop. Below you can hear the first single "Hermit Crab". You can also watch the documentary below created by Joey Agliata.
Michelle Casilla's Ursa Minor was one of our latest more pleasant discoveries - see what we wrote about them a few weeks ago here. The band (comprised of incredible musicians who played among others with Norah Jones, Feist, Lounge Lizards and Bjork) will play a live preview of their debut CD at Joe's Pub on May 24.
The Beauty Bar has occupied 617 E. 7th St. for a full five years now...they are feeling justifiably festive, and so you get a FREE show, this Thursday 5/26, with Hottub down from Oakland and Zeale (above, in a photo by the incomparable Annie Ray) from right here in town. And that's it.