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Weyes Blood headlines The Deli's B.E.A.F./Northside Rootsy Stage - tonight) at Spike Hill

Just by glancing at the name, it’s clear that ghost-folk Weyes Blood (formerly known as Weyes Bluhd) isn’t afraid to get experimental - and yes, “weyes” is indeed pronounced “wise.” Natalie Mering, formerly of Jackie-O Motherfucker, brings this sense of creativity and adventure to every aspect of her Weyes Blood project, which she started back in 2006. Mering’s work is textural and multi-faceted. She layers tape samples with piano and guitar to create spectral soundscapes. Complimented by her ethereal voice, these collages are hauntingly penetrating. The live experience is even more haunting and rewarding - waiting for a soon to be announced new album, don't miss her tomorrow June 13 at The Deli's B.E.A.F./Northside Rootsy Stage at Spike Hill. - Corinne Bagish

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The Woolen Men Taking Off

It should not come as much surprise that momentous things are afoot for Portland's The Woolen Men. 2013 saw the band put out 3 different releases and sign with Woodsist Records. By just March of 2014 The Woolen Men have already released a split 7" vinyl with Spookies, and a four track Quick Trips EP

Currently on tour in promotion for their freshly released Quick Trips EP, Tuesday night The Woolen Men will play at Baby's Allright as main support for Brooklyn based Woods, along with Weyes Blood and Cassie Ramone. Currated by Brooklyn Vegan, this show is a part of the Red Bull concert series, Sound Select Presents: New York

Only a week following the Sound Select show, The Woolen Men will be packing up and flying over the Atlantic for a 20 show, month long tour though Europe. Have fun and good luck boys, here's wishing you well from back home in Portland. - Travis Leipzig

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Buzz Alert! Weyes Blood plays strings on NYC shows, opens for Woods on 04.22

We all know how hard it is for emerging musical acts to get any kind of recognition, and it's safe to say that making music that can be described as "mournful" doesn't help trigger word of mouth nor buzz. But then there's that crucial component that changes everything: the moving power of music - live music in particular. That's probably why these days - in spite of the mournfulness of her music - it seems like everybody wants to book Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering, who placed 34th in our latest year end Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists). 

In 2011 the then Baltimore based songstress released "The Outside Room,"a heavyhearted sounding 6 tracks mini-album filled with songs that had their ideal ambiance in decadent medieval churces - or even catacombs. After a recent move to Brooklyn, Natalie struck a deal with powerful label Mexican Summer, and now keeps landing on really good bills on an almost weekly basis. She'll be opening for Liam Finn tonight at Union Pool (where she'll be performing her soon to be released new record in its entirety), and then she'll be opening for Woods at the Red Bull sponsored show at Baby's All Right on April 22. More dates are on the horizon at The Rock Shop, Mercury Lounge and Northside Fest.

If this is not an emerging artist you want to check out now - what is? Here's a track from Weyes Blood debut album.

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NYC Artists on the rise: Weyes Blood

Playing a unique blend of quiet folk and medieval music, Natalie Mering releases her music under the name Weyes Blood (pronounced like "wise blood"). With a voice that echoes masters from the early 1960’s folk scene, Natalie's music has a soulful resonance that at times peaks in religious chanting. Traditional acoustic guitars are offset with distant rattle-chain percussion, echoed thumps and ethereal keyboards. She previously added her rare voice to notable works like Ariel Pink’s 2012 4AD release “Mature Themes,” (singing back up on the song “Early Birds of Babylon”), and she’s also accompanied the Haunted Graffiti live on tour. Recently signed to Mexican Summer, Weyes Blood has a new record in the works for 2014 that promises a further evolution to her uncommon sound. - Dave Cromwell

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

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