Hobart W Fink are no strangers to this blog. Their unpretentious, straight forward approach to indie rock keeps us coming back for more. Not to mention they’re consistently playing shows and creating content for us to enjoy. Their latest video for "So Many Losers," features the band’s newest addition, Lauren Lakis, more prominently as co-lead vocalist. In the vein of 90s ironic rock with a slightly grungy edge, this new tune is hard-hitting and fun at the same time. Recorded Chris Kasych (Wavves, Vampire Weekend, Haim) on a vintage Neve board, this song is a promising start to the group’s forthcoming full length expected this August in conjunction with a Tuesday night Residency at Harvard & Stone. – Jacqueline Caruso
With its references to 2001: A Space Odissey‘s monolith, Mulholland Drive’s mysterious key, and Monsters Inc.’s door that opens to a different place (ok, there were a bunch of the last two, but hey…), the video of Brooklyn’s electronic one-man-band Varick for single "Boundless" manages to quote three of the best movies EVER in less than a minute! The song is a very well produced atmospheric electronic track reminiscent of a dronier and more epic version of early múm mixed with Radiohead and electro influences. Varick’s emotional alto ties together a track where disparate layers, consisting in a variety of drones, pulsing synths and other electronic sounds, overlap on top of each other, building slowly and progressively towards a chorus so charged and dense that things for a second almost sound like hite noise. Varick isn’t here for the fun, but for the intensity and for the contemplation of life’s mysteries, and this song/video combo is a very well crafted expression of his musical existentialism.
We added this song to The Deli’s playlist of Best Electronic songs by emerging NYC artists – check it out!
Ever since forming in 2011, Thee Idea Men have forged a dynamic approach to bluesy indie rock. And their latest album New Level Shoes is filled with ten songs that put the band’s skills on display. While tracks like “Natural Gravitation” and “Shake It” feature polished danceable rock beats, ones like “Please” and “Addicted” offer something that’s a little more somber and soulful. Thee Idea Men celebrate the album’s release at MilkBoy Philly tonight, and they’ll be joined by the rockabilly swagger of Levee Drivers and the quirky, Man Man-esque indie-pop/rock of OhBree. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9pm, $10, 21+ – Bill McThrill
Once you can come to terms with the fact that "typically amusing Saturday nights" never actually work out for you, you’ll realise you should just go to the Deli Portland showcase at Kelly’s Olympian. We’ve already gone ahead and taken care of all the planning for you and there will be three amazing bands, cheap booze and tons of chicks. Heading the night, Ah God, differential in their distant vibes, layered vocals and slightly-off melodies will make you feel cozy in the same way that sitting in a strange cabin in the middle of nowhere makes you feel. You’re warm. There’s no harm. You’re incredibly stimulated in being in a new place with new people and you’re taking in the new tunes. Before them, Cambrian Explosion do more than waltz with Eastern psychedelic rock, they intermingle in the most intimate ways. The band has been carving out a reputation for themselves in the Portland Psych movement and have been recognized for a reason. Opening the night like a 5-hour energy drink, Mister Tang have the ability to shift your mindscape with a single jolt estranged guitar. Stone and Jeff Tang mesmerize and intoxicate with their transcendental garage rock. Each band’s sets will be recorded live and have a track contributed to a forthcoming Deli Portland/Kelly’s Olympian/Revolver Studios live compilation. Doors at 8pm, the show begins at 9 and the cover is $5 which all goes to bands. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC.
– Colette Pomerleau
Dexter Tortoriello is a busy guy. Not only is he one-half of the heart-achingly dreamy duo, Houses, who released a full length this past year, but he’s been simultaneously working on his own solo electronic music, under the name Dawn Golden. Swiftly discovered by Diplo in 2011 from some demos he put on soundcloud, a relationship was birthed that led to his latest creation. Three years in the making, ‘Still Life,’ carries a similar vulnerability and emotional heaviness as his work in Houses. Tortoriello’s vocals stand against stark, minimalist, at times, glitchy production. Lead single, "All I Want," is a powerful anthem. With the titled lyrics repeating endlessly as he shapes the arrangement like a potter throwing clay on a wheel, there’s an organic, human quality that pierces through. He describes the album as "if American Beauty was set in the Tron world." Stream "All I Want" from ‘Still Life,’ out now on Mad Decent, and see Dawn Golden live this Monday, June 2 at Bardot for School Night. – Jacqueline Caruso
Elfant Records artists, and San Francico based aquatic bubblegum, dreampop band, Marine Life has been invited to perform bi-coastal shows as additions to the Popfest line up. Popfest San Francisco occured last week, but New York City will have the pleasure of checking out a live performance of this saccharine sweet indie rock band on June 1st.
The Deli Magazine‘s original sector is based in NYC, so we’re always excited to see San Francisco based bands obtain the opportunity to play both cities in a short amount of time. Check out why this unapologetically poppy band was chosen by Popfest to perform both city’s shows!!
Barry is host of Signal To Noise, which airs on KKFI 90.1 FM every Sunday at 8 pm. He spends his weekdays being station manager of KKFI.
If you’re in Lawrence tonight, head out to Jackpot Music Hall to see Carswell & Hope. Vik G. Trio and Heidi Lynne Gluck will be opening. Gluck is featured on Carswell & Hope’s album, on additional vocals for “Hunger.” Facebook event page.
Every year, the NYC Popfest highlights some elegantly melodic NYC based artists worthy of attention. We blogged about psych-pop trio The New Lines when they first started releasing records back in 2011, and then kind of lost track of them. Admittedly it looks like the band took a break after a very inspired 2011, a year that saw the release of one LP, one EP and three singles (at least according to the chronology of their Bandcamp profile). The group returned in August of 2013 with a new record entitled "Fall in Line," which had the potential to delight many orfans of British band Broadcast (we belong), and deliver extra satisfaction to those who (like us) enjoy melodies that follow unpredictable paths but still sound memorable. Latest single "windimir and the gift of death" (streaming) wraps things in an even thicker aura of psychedelic mystery by introducing Gregorian sounding melodies reminiscent of some of the very very early Pink Floyd singles (check this out if you have Spotify), when Syd Barret’s wild imagination was still ruling. This new single manages to be at once incredibly sober and fun: the tamed vocals, perfectly devoted to this almost religious function, can’t be taken too seriously, while the unremitting, peaceful melody (whatever the lyrics say) is pure psychedelic bliss. See the band at Littlefield this Sunday (06.01) at 6pm).
We added this song to The Deli’s playlist of Best Psych songs by emerging NYC artists – check it out!