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Rodney Tennor celebretaes release of debut EP 'Smother' at Rough Trade on 12.05

Rodney Tenor's music embodies the same personality as Vince Vaughn's character in the indy-comedy classic "Swingers." His two tracks to date emit that same cool, suave confidence that approaces the line but never crosses over into offputting arrogance. On "Prognosos Hypnosis," Tenor sings sweetly over a funky, Neptunes-inspired beat, displaying the kind of range and poise requisite for any true RnB artist. His lyrics don't embody any sort of deep meaning, but contain vibrant emotional undertones that will resonate with all those who have suddenly found themselves "glowing up," as the kids say these days. Tenor has exhibited all the indicators of talent and potential on his limited offerings to date, and he will hopefully deliver on them with the release of his debut EP 'Smother' on 12/5, whose release will be celebrated that same day at Rough Trade. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber





Buzz Alert: Ex Reyes bring their inspired psych-soul to Union Pool on 12.09

There's a couple of ways that you could try to label NYC-based group Ex Reyes, but maybe the tag that really sums it up is one they've already laid claim to: "future nostalgia" (something similar was said of French band Air's debut album 'Moon Safari'). Ex Reyes, the project of Mikey Hart (Bleachers, The Cranberries, Santigold) is a genre-bending mix of soul-psych--melding Motown vibes, Beach Boys innovation, creamy falsettos and swirling synths to create mid-60's music from the 21st century. The sound is like a sock hop populated by robots, or maybe a reflection of Hart's New York--a city defined by its history, but never separated from the hum of moderniztion. Check out Ex Reyes's Do Something EP here, listen to single 'Bad Timing below, and don't miss the upcoming live show at Union Pool on December 9th. - Olivia Sisinni

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!





The Fur Coats to Host Art Show

Our favorite funky, R&B pop act the Fur Coats recently announced that they are going on a European tour this Spring! We applaud any and everyone that makes it out of the confines of the Pacific Northwest for a period time and we're definitely jealous we can't come with.

Since touring through Europe (or really anywhere, for that matter) is far from cheap, the Fur Coats have taken their part freaky, part dreamy talents to the canvas by creating some original art to help fund the tour. Most of these original pieces will be available for purchase, but prints may be available and have potential to be ordered.

Their art show will be this Wednesday, November 30 at the Turn Turn Turn from 8pm-11pm, but their art will be up for viewing all throughout December. A little DJ party will happen the first two hours to allow for everyone to properly take in the artistic creations, followed by a 45 minute set by the Fur Coats featuring some new songs.

It's 21+ and $6, so come out and help the Fur Coats get their show on the road.





Jaw Gems bring trippy neo-soul to House of Blues

Jaw Gems, a group of four guys hailing from the upper reaches of New England--Portland, Maine--are producing some of the most refreshing neo-soul music out there. Planting themselves in the same vein as artists like Thundercat and Flying Lotus, the group crafts fat and funky instrumentals that edge toward the experimental side. They band effortlessly laces their trippy hip hop beats with strong jazz influences, and maybe the occasional transmission from Mars. Catch the band opening for Lettuce at the House of Blues 12/31, and in the meantime, stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni





Seen live: Kwame Binea & the Shakedown at Apollo Music Cafe

“Are you ready?!” Kwame Binea howls into the microphone, keying in the audience for what’s about to come. This is the Apollo Music Cafe--a series specializing in the curation of diverse, independent artistry, hosted by the iconic Harlem-based theater--and tonight’s sold-out performance is coming from the spirited Kwame Binea Shakedown, a roots-rock band with a dash of funk, blues and good vibes. As the frontman of a band that bears his namesake, Binea is 6’5” of boundless charisma with a voice that threatens to bring the stage down. Backed by his full band, an arsenal of skilled musicians practiced in tight sets and big sounds, Binea effortlessly navigates through originals and covers all of which align with the band’s mantra. It’s a phrase that the singer will energetically repeat several times throughout the set: peace, love and positivity. Stand out moments of the night include an explosive cover of James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good),” an homage to the live version recorded by the artist on the very same stage, and an electrifying performance of Hendrix’s “Fire,” that came after the audience demanded an encore.

Maybe the real magic of the Shakedown is magnified by they way they command a crowd. During their original “World on Fire,” Binea managed to get a filled-to-capacity room to echo the word “love” to him during the outro, and “Let Go,” one of the first singles released from the band, had the audience flocking to the dancefloor. With lyrics like “Early morning, up with the sunrise/ Man, what a blessing it is to see another day” it’s easy to see the appeal of the band’s positive message. Amidst the tumult of recent events, Kwame Binea Shakedown’s commitment to love and unity is a welcome ray of hope that is poised to melt even the steeliest of hearts. To follow more from the Apollo Music Cafe, check out their site here, and be sure to check out the band's original track, “Let Go," streaming below. - Olivia Sisinni

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