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The Deli's B.E.A.F. 2011 started at The Knit on May 24 with Norman Vladimir, Daniel Wayne, Bird Call, Lacrymosa + More

Back in December The Deli polled 30+ NYC scene-makers (including many venue promoters) asking their opinion about the best emerging local acts. Many of these artists have been booked to play our yearly fest, The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F. (Best of Emerging Artists Fest), which kicked off on Tuesday at The Knitting Factory with our FOLK-SINGER SONGWRITER STAGE. Here's a closer look at who's playing this first event:


Placing 8th in that list, with a voice of epic proportions and range and a portfolio of stars that he’s already shared the stage with in his young career, Norman Vladimir is one of the most promising and sought-out artists in New York City - he'll hit thestage at 9pm. His pop/soul/funk sounds blends seamlessly with his song composition and vocal looping to engage audiences in not just a show but an entire experience.


Bird Call - aka Chiara Angelicola - will celebrate the release party for her new EP comprised entirely of cover songs entitled "Other Creatures". Bird Call possesses a soprano full of character, and plays luxuriously arranged ballads - her cover songs are reinterpretations, not playbacks: enjoy Beck's "Lost Cause" streaming here. The Ep also features songs by Kate Bush, Nick Cave and Fleetwood Mac.
MP3: Bird Call – Lost Cause (Beck cover)


New Jersey collective Waking Lights will bring some rawk and even some psych influences to this folky night of music. We are embedding here our favorite tune (probably their least folky actually) from their latest album "The Rabbit Hole".


Daniel Wayne is a fireside crooner and mid-western transplant. Tracks like “The Princess & The Gun” prove that this modern day cowboy roaming the Big Apple streets has plenty of tales to share over whiskeys and cigarettes. Wayne also has that stoner garage rocker in him evident in tracks like “Protest Song”. He'll perform at 10.45.


An incorporation of piano paired with classical vocals and haunting melodies make Lacrymosa a stand out amongst the standard singer-songwriter to emerge from the NYC music scene. Her sweet, angelic voice is filled with truth and emotion, accurately portraying the depth of the songs she writes and musical composure that steps outside a comfort zone and into a world of chance and exploration. She's fresh off a May residency at The Living Room, and will be performing at 8.30.

Earlier in the evening female duo Lucius (8.30) will bring us back to the essential of music with their warm and emotional Americana, while Alison Clancy's Huff This! (8.00) will introduce us to her deceivingly laid-back music. Fifth Nation's upbeat soul pop will get the show started at 7.30, while Turner Cody is in charge of keeping the spirits up after 11pm, when his moody and upbeat folk-rock will resonate through The Knitting Factory live room. Check out his latest video of the song "Back in the Land of the Living here. - Christina Morelli


mp3: Afghan Raiders - 'If Only'

Further proof that Brooklyn doesn't own post-punk dance electro, San Francisco-based trio Afghan Raiders is giving us "If Only," a track from its forthcoming EP Calls From the Universe.

Not yet convinced? Listen to the boys remix local favorites Morning Benders' "Promises" or Neon Indian's "Deadbeat Summer" (don't miss Neon Indian spreading its psychedelic pop through the Bay from May 29-June 1).

--Whitney Phaneuf

Afghan Raiders - "If Only" by AfghanRaiders (Official)


Free Download: Covers - Nightlands

Nightlands, the bedroom-pop side project of The War on Drugs bassist Dave Hartley, has given us one more thing to dream about via his recently-released free digital single, Covers. Recorded during his travels, Covers features his lulling, swoon-sweet take on Lindsey Buckingham's 1981 classic "Trouble", plus his disquieting version of Scott Walker's "Big Louise". You can download it now HERE.

Nightlands will also hit the road for a North American tour with Norwegian indie singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche starting May 31 in Toronto (with a stop in Philly at World Cafe Live on June 3). And it'll be a busy time for Hartley--not only will he be opening as Nightlands for Lerche, he'll also play bass in his band for the tour. You can check out the rest of the dates below. - The Deli Staff

05/31/11Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
06/01/11 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
06/02/11 Boston, MA - Paradise
06/03/11 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
06/04/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06/07/11 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
06/09/11 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06/10/11 Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter
06/11/11 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
06/12/11 Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
06/14/11 Newport, KY - Southgate House
06/15/11 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
06/17/11 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
06/18/11 Chicago, IL - Schubas
06/19/11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06/21/11 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06/22/11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06/24/11 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
06/25/11 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
06/26/11 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06/28/11 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06/29/11 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
06/30/11 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern



Sue Scrofa Serenades Silverlake Lounge This Thursday

Pop quiz: What does Sue Scrofa mean? Give up? I did too when asked this question. Sue Scrofa is the scientific term for our pudgy four-legged friend the pig, which just happens to be Southern songstress Alyssa Crisswell’s favorite animal. In 2006, the young musician started writing songs under this moniker, recording in her home state of Alabama while on breaks from college. Two years later, she released her first album, Alabamulance, and since has wrangled up some fellow musicians and relocated to Los Angeles. The band released its second album, White Cat, this past November. The album highlights Crisswell’s knack for writing (not to mention her beautiful, folk-goddess voice), as well as her strong Southern roots with appearances by instruments like the banjo and upright bass. Check out the quartet this Thursday, May 26, at Silverlake Lounge. $8. 21+.                 ~Katrina Nattress



White Denim Drops D

White Denim's fourth or fifth full-length, depending on how you count, arrives today. It is named for the fourth letter of our alphabet, and sports a round shape, quite flat, and shiny. It will be encoded with pyschedelic garage blues punk madness, and will amplify you as you amplify it. It will function, in short, like a killer album from a talented band. You know what to do. 


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