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Spritzer premieres video for "Jean & Helene"

NYC's Spritzer, the side project of Friend Roulette's Matthew Flory Meade, is a band of skilled musicians who, refreshingly, don't take themselves too seriously. The songs from their debut album, Love. Lies. Decay. have inflections of early-aughts indie reminiscent of Arcade Fire, but also sophisticated late '80s/early '90s pop like Prefab Sprout and The The. Songs like "Jean & Helene," whose video premiered a few days ago, are a rollicking ride, with relentless uptempo drums, reverb-laden vocal

Saint Marilyn plays moody synthpop on new EP, "Tangle"

The New York synthpop duo Saint Marilyn has dropped a new EP called "Tangle." The duo of Saint Marilyn is comprised of Che Houston and Kevin Marksson, who began work on the album last spring as a deliberate departure from their existing drums-and-guitar arrangement. "Tangle" is synth-heavy and moody, with upfront basslines and battering-ram percussion anchoring celestial-sounding synth explorations. The compositions themselves are unconventional, hearkening to both disco and new wave, with exten

Record of the Month: Forth Wanderers - Self-titled

Forth Wanderers' new self-titled album, their Sub Pop debut, is symphonic and rollicking. The band's songwriting duo - Ben Guterl on guitar and Ava Trilling penning lyrics - are perpetually in sync, despite often writing at a physical distance. The five-piece band's members are rarely in the same place at once (they're all college students in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, respectively). Despite this, their chemistry and synchronization as a band is abundantly evident on this rele

Uni embraces the grotesque in new video for "DDT"

Sultry and confident, in their latest video for single DDT, New York's alt-rock trio Uni makes good use of a mix of vaguely S&M imagery, glam-rock sartorial choices and the fetishization of all the iconography it portrays. The song itself is lumbering and heavy, with swelling organs, crunchy guitar riffs and powerful lead vocals by Nico Fuzz. Glam Rock had roots in NYC with the New York Dolls and David Bowie's formative years; times seems ripe for a revival in the city. - Ethan Ames

Sur Back releases new EP, "Kitsch II" + plays Baby's All Right on June 2nd

In her new EP Kitsch II,  New York avant-pop artist Sur Back - real name Caroline Sans - deeply mines the esoteric, incorporating obscure facets of many different genres into the record's four tracks. It's part baroque-pop, part new wave, and extremely avant-garde. It's sweet and melancholy, with unconventional string orchestration and an abundance of compelling, unexpected melodic twists. Listen to "Valentino" below and see them live at Baby's All Right on Saturday June 2nd, opening for Chaos C

Lola Pistola brings sardonic post-punk to Northside on 06.09 at The Knit

Lola Pistola - real name Arvelisse Ruby - is a force to be reckoned with. On her most recent release, 2017's Curfew, Lola's songs are brash, ballsy and seething, with abounding post-punk vibes. In her video for "Carroll St.," she paints a bleak picture of life in New York through a series of disjointed, vignette-like images of herself in various city locales: a dimly-lit music venue, the docks, a stark apartment inhabited by barely-clad sleeping men, outside a storefront gate. Her knowing smirk

Liquor Radio brings energetic indie-folk to Mercury Lounge 04.15

New York's Liquor Radio tastefully blends indie-rock with dashes of Americana to create a sound that's quite their own. Their sound is energetic yet controlled; the band's rhythm section is somewhat dialed back, with melancholy violin and piano leading many of their songs. Further, Liquor Radio indulges in intricate vocal harmonies, rounding out an intriguing and assertive sound. Liquor Radio is playing Mercury Lounge on April 15th, with Juliet Garrett. Check out "Bottles of Yourself" below! - E

Welles kicks off summer tour at Mercury Lounge tonight (04.09)

New York's alt-folk powerhouse Welles has delivered again with his new single, "Seventeen." It's at once easy listening and a foreboding portrait of a young person's foray into intimacy. Welles paints a first-person picture of someone who's contemplating whether or not a hook-up will have deleterious effects on the other person's psyche, while also acknowledging the lust that seems to have overtaken the narrator. "It's cold in the water/I wonder if I should bother/When she gets old it'll haunt h

Negative Gemini brings brooding electronica to Mercury Lounge 04.06

The music of Negative Gemini (real name Lindsey French) feels spring-loaded - full of tension and liable to blow at any moment. At a cursory listen, the instrumentation on Negative Gemini's most recent EP, Bad Baby, is smooth, and almost mellow. However, factor in her velvety-yet-seething vocals, and the color of her music takes on a whole different shade. It's dark, it's staticky, it's at times dissonant and it's always urgent. Dread seems to hover over many of French's songs - a vague sense of

HEAVEN plays symphonic indie rock at Mercury Lounge 04.07

Despite its namesake, HEAVEN is a gritty and angsty band. Their songs are big, booming and compelling, with an evident pop ethos that straddles indie irreverance and top-40 catchiness. Making good use of the minor-key, grimy vulnerability of grunge and soaring, harmonious refrains reminiscent of Arcade Fire and other early-aughts indie bands, the four-piece of HEAVEN are a tight unit on their most recent LP, All Love Is Blue. The eleven-song album flows seamlessly, with enough variety in each so

Ricky Stein brings rollicking roots-rock to Mercury Lounge 04.10

Ricky Stein's music is a refreshing, unironic throwback to the days when blues-rock ruled the airwaves. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Stein harnesses the gritty, southern aesthetic personified by classic rock bands like The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more recently, Shakey Graves, and creates a sound unique unto himself. On "Don't Leave Me Hangin' On," from 2012's Crazy Days, Stein showcases his aptitude as a songwriter while also paying tribute to his roots-rock predecessors. The musi

Pearla plays introspective indie-pop at Mercury Lounge 04.10

NYC's Pearla is an act you'll want to keep an eye out for - her songs are brooding, melodic and relatable. With inflections of Fiona Apple, Pearla laments her sense of dislocation on "Somewhere," using her literal geographical disorientation as an analogy for her own sense of unmooring. The song's arrangement is atmospheric and poppy, making good use of tasteful electronic percussion and delicate keys. "I don't know which way is north/I never do, I've just trusted I would end up somewhere." It's

Buzz Bulletin: LUECK brings atmospheric indie-folk to Mercury Lounge 04.11

LUECK, the five-piece indie-folk band fronted by Katy Lueck, is a hybrid of musical influences that resounds with emotion. With hints of '90s alternative and West Coast '70s folk rock evident in the band's instrumentation, LUECK creates an atmosphere of longing and introspection without being too esoteric. As a songwriter, Katy Lueck has a pop sensibility, and her songs take enough interesting turns to further augment the appeal of her virtuosic vocals and shimmering guitar lines. LUECK is playi

Dan Abraham brings melancholy indie-folk to Mercury Lounge 04.11

New York-based songwriter Dan Abraham puts a new spin on indie-folk. It's evident that he's first and foremost a pop songwriter: on "Golden," with vocal inflections reminiscent of The Black Keys, Abraham reminisces on lost love with bitter clarity and 20/20 hindsight, over warbling, chorus-drenched guitars and a punchy rhythm section. However, on "As Things Move" and "Alive," Abraham's approach is much more steeped in the folk tradition, with delicate, fingerpicked acoustic guitar and lyrics rif

Blank Spaces brings retro indie-pop to Mercury Lounge 04.02

New York's indie-pop trio Blank Spaces makes good use of their familiarity with '80s new wave to create a sound that's at once recognizable and unique. On their 2016 single, "Note to Self," Blank Spaces embarks on a three-and-a-half-minute journey into anxious ambivalence, with the kind of punchy urgency reminiscent of Talking Heads. "Note to self/Staring at the wall/Wait for something to happen/Won't make a change, won't make a difference/Let's lose these shackles/Let's leave this house." It's

Detroit Rising plays energetic future-funk at Rough Trade NYC 04.08

Detroit Rising, part of the Down Jazz record label, is a funk-fusion act that shatters conventions and boldly explores new musical territory. Comprised of Detroit-hailing, NYC-based musicians who have played with Parliament Funkadelic, Lady Gaga and Mary J. Blige, Detroit Rising is a three-piece that exhibits undeniable musical expertise. Their new album, A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure - released March 30th via Light in the Attic & Down Jazz Records - is startling and compelling, harnessing many d

Aerial East brings retro indie-pop to Mercury Lounge 04.05

Aerial East's indie/alt-pop is an exercise in subtlety: the Texas-born, NYC-based artist's smooth, retro instrumentation belies themes typically reserved for the most irreverant of artists. At a glance, one might think they're listening to pre-British invasion pop from the early '60s. Strings, tinkling pianos, whistling and low-key jazz drums abound on "Crazy Now," in which East quietly bemoans her own attempts at radical, if not frantic, attempts at self-transformation, which ultimately leave h

Rosehardt plays vulnerable alt R&B at Baby's All Right 04.06

New York's Rosehardt (real name Caleb Eberhardt) has a unique musical aesthetic that would be hard to categorize as any one genre. It's a little bit nu-soul, a little bit R&B, a little bit hip-hop, and a lot of heart. On his forthcoming LP, Songs in the Key of Solitude, dropping April 6th, Eberhardt throws caution to the wind and embraces myriad influences to the utmost effectiveness. Of the three tracks available for preview on his bandcamp - all varying wildly in style - "Fall Into You" is a s
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Sean McVerry takes his blend of soul and indie-pop to Bowery Electric on 07.27

New York's Sean McVerry, who made our Best of NYC Emerging Artist Poll 2017, is a proverbial musical sponge. A skilled pianist and guitar player, McVerry incorporates elements of electronica, neo-soul and indie-pop to create a sound that's shifting but always recognizable, thanks to his signature, soulful voice. On his 2016 EP, Hourglass Switchboard II, McVerry's detexerous falsetto undulates effortly over drum machines and reverb-drenched, chordal piano work. Check out a live version of "Strang

Big Sticky Mess plays Boom Boom Room 07.22

Bay area funk sensation, Big Sticky Mess, is playing Boom Boom Room on July 22nd in support of Victor Little's Big Hit. Big Sticky Mess is at once a tongue-in-cheek homage to '70s funk, and an impressive display of musicianship, with wah-laden guitars, saxophones and punchy percussion abounding on their 2016 full-length release, "It All Looks the Same in the Dark." Listen to the title track below! - Ethan Ames <a href="http://bigstickymess.bandcamp.com/album/it-all-looks-the-same-in-the-

Prince Fox and Bella Thorne collaborate on new single, "Just Call"

Los Angeles/NYC-based pop duo Prince Fox has collaborated with actress/singer Bella Thorne on a new synthpop single, "Just Call" (streaming below). Featuring dancey beats interrupted by heavily filtered vocal melodies, the single has gone viral in the last few weeks, pushing Prince Fox to the top ten of The Deli's NYC charts for emerging artists (third item in our NYC homepage). Prince Fox will be playing at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on July 28th. Listen to the single below! - Ethan Ames

Harry & the Hitmen: classic soul for contemporary ears

Harry & the Hitmen are a soul-laden six piece that rely heavily on lighthearted, loose takes on some of the most influential sounds of Motown. Each member is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and well-versed in on-the-spot improvisation, making every experience a unique and certifiable hit. Last fall they released their debut album, Deep In Your Soul, and are gearing up for a string of live dates this fall. - Joshua D. Huver

Søndags blends genres with breezy Bay-area pop

Bay-area indie pop band Søndags recently released a new track called "Haunted Paradise." The song is a mellow homage to myriad genres: the reverb-laden guitars and distant drums are reminiscent of Motown and surf rock, and Jason Swihart's vocals invoke Joy Division and The Kinks. It's an understated yet self-assured pop song, clocking in at just under two and a half minutes. Follow the link to hear "Haunted Paradise," and listen to "Ghost Woman" below! - Ethan Ames

The Revolution Vol. 17: Cross Culture, Beccs and Bridget Perez at National Sawdust on 07.29

Brooklyn non-profit venue National Sawdust is hosting The Revolution Vol. 17 on July 29th, a monthly installment in an ongoing performance series sponsored by The Deli. The Revolution is a showcase of Brooklyn and Harlem-based performers who advocate for community empowerment, change and activism through the arts. Featured this month are the hip-hop/soul powerhouse Cross Culture, the jarring and introspective songwriting of beccs, and the smooth R&B stylings of Bridget Perez. You can listen to s

Silent Pictures co-headlines at Bottom of the Hill 07.28

Bay-area psych quartet Silent Pictures will co-headline a show at Bottom of the Hill on July 28th, alongside United Ghosts and Breaking Lights. On their 2016 full-length release, Let It Begin, Silent Pictures weaves a melancholic tapestry of minor-key disillusionment. The band blends elements of Brit-pop, punk and new wave into a polished and impressive display of musicianship and cerebral songwriting sensibility. -Ethan Ames

Dirty Denim plays Rickshaw Stop 07.27

Bay-area garage/punk band Dirty Denim will be playing Rickshaw Stop on July 27th. On their self-titled demo, the four-piece is at once playful and attitudinal. The three-song demo incorporates elements of punk, surf, new wave, indie and even hints of Motown. Yet, Dirty Denim's sound is very much their own, and it's instantly catchy. Chances are, you'll be humming "Meant to Be" for a few days after one listen. -Ethan Ames

Weeping Icon releases debut EP, plays Alphaville 07.15

Brooklyn noise punk band Weeping Icon (featuring ex members of Advaeta) released its debut EP, Eyeball Under, on July 14th on Kanine / Fire Talk Records. Their first single, "Jail Billz," is alight with menace and confidence, blending elements of post punk and hardcore, with nasal sounding fuzz guitars, drums proceeding at breakneck speed, and manic vocals referencing vintage '77 punk. Weeping Icon will bring this madness to Alphaville in Brooklyn on July 15th. Listen to "Jail Billz" below! - Et

Raycee Jones opens for Joan As A Police Woman on September 20

On her latest singles, Raycee Jones comes across as a genre-bending artist with a wide range of influences. A self-professed protégé of Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse, Jones writes songs that are sonically innovative. Her tracks contain warbling synths, chimes, complex beats and confessional lyrics. A regular performer at Rockwood Music Hall, Raycee is currently in the studio working on her debut EP. She'll be performing with Joan As Police Woman at a (secret) show organized by Amnesty In

Rivergazer plays Rough Trade NYC 03.15

Rivergazer, the solo project of New York guitarist and songwriter Kevin Farrant, is playing at Rough Trade NYC on 03.15, with Tall Heights. Farrant, also known for his work as lead guitarist in Porches, is a contemplative and versatile songwriter. His most recent release, 2017's Giver, showcases his ability to find his own unique groove across a broad palette of musical styles. Though the album is an inviting blend of indie pop, funk and R&B sensibilities, Farrant's smooth, polished arrangements

Native Sun plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Yaasss and Coco Verde

"I Don't Mind," off New York's Native Sun's 2017 EP, Songs Born From Love and Hate, is eminently danceable, particularly for fans of '70s punk and the moody, '90s alt-rock of The Pixies. With their unrelentingly heavy drums, growling power chord-laden guitars, and in your face vocals, the band wears their punk influences on their sleeve, but enjoys occasional drifts into unsettling, psychedelic territory. For Native Sun, however, brevity is an asset, and they don't wade too long in the muddy wat

Buzz Alert: Cool Company plays Elsewhere 03.10

Cool Company's 2016 album, Slice of Paradise, is a salient and smooth piece of R&B/neo soul and hip-hop fusion. Each song is rife with enticing percussion, hypnotic melodies and deceptively intricate, jazz-like chord progressions. The album is appealing and original, a testament to Cool Company's potential for greatness. The band will be bringing their smooth sound to at Elsewhere on 03.18, alongside Argonaut & Wasp and Miles Francis. Check out "Slice of Paradise" below! - Ethan Ames

Stevie Wolf plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Cautious Clay, April + VISTA

New York indie-pop artist Stevie Wolf is playing at Baby's All Right on 03.18, alongside April + VISTA and headliner Cautious Clay. Wolf blends a wide array of musical influences toward a product that's uniquely his own. On the song "Who," a Jeff Buckley-esque voice floats over lush but sparse electro-pop instrumentation reminiscent of Tame Impala's 2015 album "Currents" and modern R&B. While the feel of the song is laid-back and radio-friendly, Wolf's lyrics subtly demand more than a cursory gl

Common Jack brings political folk songs to Mercury Lounge on 03.30

NYC folkster Common Jack is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 30th, in support of Giant Stone. The Virginia-bred, New York-based guitar picker is a master of the sweet and the morally dissonant. On his most recent release from August of 2017, a song entitled "One Too Many Days," Common Jack laments the violent travesty that was the protests in Charlottesville, VA. Channelling The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and early Bob Dylan with gentle finger-picking and mournful harmonica, Common Jack's se

Brooklyn folk duo Skout plays Rockwood Music Hall 03.20

Skout, the New York indie-folk duo consisting of Laura Valk and Connor Gladney, is playing Rockwood Music Hall on March 20th, as part of a tour in support of their latest single, "These Bones." A raw and moving song, its arrangement is alternatingly thunderous and intimate, a portrait of vulnerability and its accompanying ambivalence. Valk sings, "Please don't touch me/I know you're only here to help/But I'm so scared." She seems to know that salvation lies in her opening up to another person, y

Buzz Bulletin: Akinyemi plays Mercury Lounge 03.28

Akinyemi, the hip-hop sensation out of Queens, is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 28th, in support of Sylvan LaCue. Akinyemi's music is a captivating blend of R&B and hip hop that hearkens to the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean. On "Dust Calling," the opening track and first single off his 2017 EP, Summers, Akinyemi opens the door to a lush soundscape of longing and ambition. "Dust calling, waiting for the wind/Doors unopened, hopefully they let me in/Scribble this thought down, patented with
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Sean McVerry takes his blend of soul and indie-pop to Bowery Electric on 07.27

New York's Sean McVerry, who made our Best of NYC Emerging Artist Poll 2017, is a proverbial musical sponge. A skilled pianist and guitar player, McVerry incorporates elements of electronica, neo-soul and indie-pop to create a sound that's shifting but always recognizable, thanks to his signature, soulful voice. On his 2016 EP, Hourglass Switchboard II, McVerry's detexerous falsetto undulates effortly over drum machines and reverb-drenched, chordal piano work. Check out a live version of "Strang

Big Sticky Mess plays Boom Boom Room 07.22

Bay area funk sensation, Big Sticky Mess, is playing Boom Boom Room on July 22nd in support of Victor Little's Big Hit. Big Sticky Mess is at once a tongue-in-cheek homage to '70s funk, and an impressive display of musicianship, with wah-laden guitars, saxophones and punchy percussion abounding on their 2016 full-length release, "It All Looks the Same in the Dark." Listen to the title track below! - Ethan Ames <a href="http://bigstickymess.bandcamp.com/album/it-all-looks-the-same-in-the-

Prince Fox and Bella Thorne collaborate on new single, "Just Call"

Los Angeles/NYC-based pop duo Prince Fox has collaborated with actress/singer Bella Thorne on a new synthpop single, "Just Call" (streaming below). Featuring dancey beats interrupted by heavily filtered vocal melodies, the single has gone viral in the last few weeks, pushing Prince Fox to the top ten of The Deli's NYC charts for emerging artists (third item in our NYC homepage). Prince Fox will be playing at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on July 28th. Listen to the single below! - Ethan Ames

Harry & the Hitmen: classic soul for contemporary ears

Harry & the Hitmen are a soul-laden six piece that rely heavily on lighthearted, loose takes on some of the most influential sounds of Motown. Each member is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and well-versed in on-the-spot improvisation, making every experience a unique and certifiable hit. Last fall they released their debut album, Deep In Your Soul, and are gearing up for a string of live dates this fall. - Joshua D. Huver

Søndags blends genres with breezy Bay-area pop

Bay-area indie pop band Søndags recently released a new track called "Haunted Paradise." The song is a mellow homage to myriad genres: the reverb-laden guitars and distant drums are reminiscent of Motown and surf rock, and Jason Swihart's vocals invoke Joy Division and The Kinks. It's an understated yet self-assured pop song, clocking in at just under two and a half minutes. Follow the link to hear "Haunted Paradise," and listen to "Ghost Woman" below! - Ethan Ames

The Revolution Vol. 17: Cross Culture, Beccs and Bridget Perez at National Sawdust on 07.29

Brooklyn non-profit venue National Sawdust is hosting The Revolution Vol. 17 on July 29th, a monthly installment in an ongoing performance series sponsored by The Deli. The Revolution is a showcase of Brooklyn and Harlem-based performers who advocate for community empowerment, change and activism through the arts. Featured this month are the hip-hop/soul powerhouse Cross Culture, the jarring and introspective songwriting of beccs, and the smooth R&B stylings of Bridget Perez. You can listen to s

Silent Pictures co-headlines at Bottom of the Hill 07.28

Bay-area psych quartet Silent Pictures will co-headline a show at Bottom of the Hill on July 28th, alongside United Ghosts and Breaking Lights. On their 2016 full-length release, Let It Begin, Silent Pictures weaves a melancholic tapestry of minor-key disillusionment. The band blends elements of Brit-pop, punk and new wave into a polished and impressive display of musicianship and cerebral songwriting sensibility. -Ethan Ames

Dirty Denim plays Rickshaw Stop 07.27

Bay-area garage/punk band Dirty Denim will be playing Rickshaw Stop on July 27th. On their self-titled demo, the four-piece is at once playful and attitudinal. The three-song demo incorporates elements of punk, surf, new wave, indie and even hints of Motown. Yet, Dirty Denim's sound is very much their own, and it's instantly catchy. Chances are, you'll be humming "Meant to Be" for a few days after one listen. -Ethan Ames

Weeping Icon releases debut EP, plays Alphaville 07.15

Brooklyn noise punk band Weeping Icon (featuring ex members of Advaeta) released its debut EP, Eyeball Under, on July 14th on Kanine / Fire Talk Records. Their first single, "Jail Billz," is alight with menace and confidence, blending elements of post punk and hardcore, with nasal sounding fuzz guitars, drums proceeding at breakneck speed, and manic vocals referencing vintage '77 punk. Weeping Icon will bring this madness to Alphaville in Brooklyn on July 15th. Listen to "Jail Billz" below! - Et

Raycee Jones opens for Joan As A Police Woman on September 20

On her latest singles, Raycee Jones comes across as a genre-bending artist with a wide range of influences. A self-professed protégé of Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse, Jones writes songs that are sonically innovative. Her tracks contain warbling synths, chimes, complex beats and confessional lyrics. A regular performer at Rockwood Music Hall, Raycee is currently in the studio working on her debut EP. She'll be performing with Joan As Police Woman at a (secret) show organized by Amnesty In

Rivergazer plays Rough Trade NYC 03.15

Rivergazer, the solo project of New York guitarist and songwriter Kevin Farrant, is playing at Rough Trade NYC on 03.15, with Tall Heights. Farrant, also known for his work as lead guitarist in Porches, is a contemplative and versatile songwriter. His most recent release, 2017's Giver, showcases his ability to find his own unique groove across a broad palette of musical styles. Though the album is an inviting blend of indie pop, funk and R&B sensibilities, Farrant's smooth, polished arrangements

Native Sun plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Yaasss and Coco Verde

"I Don't Mind," off New York's Native Sun's 2017 EP, Songs Born From Love and Hate, is eminently danceable, particularly for fans of '70s punk and the moody, '90s alt-rock of The Pixies. With their unrelentingly heavy drums, growling power chord-laden guitars, and in your face vocals, the band wears their punk influences on their sleeve, but enjoys occasional drifts into unsettling, psychedelic territory. For Native Sun, however, brevity is an asset, and they don't wade too long in the muddy wat

Buzz Alert: Cool Company plays Elsewhere 03.10

Cool Company's 2016 album, Slice of Paradise, is a salient and smooth piece of R&B/neo soul and hip-hop fusion. Each song is rife with enticing percussion, hypnotic melodies and deceptively intricate, jazz-like chord progressions. The album is appealing and original, a testament to Cool Company's potential for greatness. The band will be bringing their smooth sound to at Elsewhere on 03.18, alongside Argonaut & Wasp and Miles Francis. Check out "Slice of Paradise" below! - Ethan Ames

Stevie Wolf plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Cautious Clay, April + VISTA

New York indie-pop artist Stevie Wolf is playing at Baby's All Right on 03.18, alongside April + VISTA and headliner Cautious Clay. Wolf blends a wide array of musical influences toward a product that's uniquely his own. On the song "Who," a Jeff Buckley-esque voice floats over lush but sparse electro-pop instrumentation reminiscent of Tame Impala's 2015 album "Currents" and modern R&B. While the feel of the song is laid-back and radio-friendly, Wolf's lyrics subtly demand more than a cursory gl

Common Jack brings political folk songs to Mercury Lounge on 03.30

NYC folkster Common Jack is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 30th, in support of Giant Stone. The Virginia-bred, New York-based guitar picker is a master of the sweet and the morally dissonant. On his most recent release from August of 2017, a song entitled "One Too Many Days," Common Jack laments the violent travesty that was the protests in Charlottesville, VA. Channelling The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and early Bob Dylan with gentle finger-picking and mournful harmonica, Common Jack's se

Brooklyn folk duo Skout plays Rockwood Music Hall 03.20

Skout, the New York indie-folk duo consisting of Laura Valk and Connor Gladney, is playing Rockwood Music Hall on March 20th, as part of a tour in support of their latest single, "These Bones." A raw and moving song, its arrangement is alternatingly thunderous and intimate, a portrait of vulnerability and its accompanying ambivalence. Valk sings, "Please don't touch me/I know you're only here to help/But I'm so scared." She seems to know that salvation lies in her opening up to another person, y

Buzz Bulletin: Akinyemi plays Mercury Lounge 03.28

Akinyemi, the hip-hop sensation out of Queens, is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 28th, in support of Sylvan LaCue. Akinyemi's music is a captivating blend of R&B and hip hop that hearkens to the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean. On "Dust Calling," the opening track and first single off his 2017 EP, Summers, Akinyemi opens the door to a lush soundscape of longing and ambition. "Dust calling, waiting for the wind/Doors unopened, hopefully they let me in/Scribble this thought down, patented with
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