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September 2015
"Hardcore Friends
Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

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The issue #42 of The Deli NYC is out digitally - it's the Best of NYC 2015!


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


At The Delancey on Tuesday 10.18 we'll have a truly fantastic bill with 9 NYC based electro-pop bands - and it's going to be free!. 21+ - $8.
Full listings of the Deli's CMJ shows here. See below for the Dream Pop and Alt Rock stages that same night in the same venue (downstairs).

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7.00 - The Casualty Process

7.40 - Illuminator
8.20 - Tiny Victor ies
9.00 - Mitten
9.40 - Computer Magic

10.20 - Psychobuildings

11.00 - Pretty Good Dance Moves

11.40 - Caged Animals

12.20 - Slam Donahue


Shannen Moser Burns Brightly at The Pharmacy Sept. 4

Tonight, Shannen Moser performs at The Pharmacy with a full band. Moser has honed a recipe of sonic ingredients that couples the tender elegance of stripped-down instrumentation with gentle, transfixing vocal melody. The overall approach may sound simple; however, the reality is intricate. It allows the pieces to fit together in a subtle illuminating manner that burns brightest up close, but also provides intrigue from a distance. With hypnotic vocals canvassed over enticing experimental beats, the duo of Willow Talk magnetically get things started. A pair of Brooklyn-based outfits is sandwiched in between, including Half Waif, whose ever-alluring vocals are complimented by a diverse musical spectrum, establishing a far reach. The free-flowing, avant-garde sounds of Ben Seretan Group round this bill into form. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 8pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita


A NYC band that deserves more attention: Elysian Fields work on new album

In our restless quest for the best possible artists to book for our upcoming CMJ shows, we stumbled upon NYC based duo Elysian Fields, who have been around for a while (1995!) and lately have been busy working on a new album - and also on opening a new venue! On their website's "news" page we noticed this 2014 video for single "Channeling" - which we somehow missed at the time - and instantly fell in love with it. Directed by visionary illustrator/cartoonist Steven Mertens, this is a psych pop gem with imaginative, top notch production and a subtle but also moving alternation of tension and release moments. Lead singer Jennifer Charles' incredibly seductive vocals are supported by melodies that are catchy and edgy at once. This is what we call a great song - and it made our week. 




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