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Is NYC's 'avant-indie' back? Twig Twig plays Alphaville tonight (04/12)

The Deli came up with the word "Avant-Indie" about a decade ago, and it's proud of the fact that it stuck (at least to a certain degree!). The term was coined mostly because we didn't feel comfortable using the loaded word 'experimental' for edgy indie bands. Also, since at the time NYC was experiencing an explosion of music that was truly pushing the envelope, we felt the need to create a word that could define that movement, which ended up giving us artists as relevant as Animal Collective, St. Vincent and Dirty Projectors, as separate from 'regular indie rock.' Rather heavy on the ear, those years were naturally followed by a period during which simpler musical revivals dominated our scene: the roots invasion of the early '10s, the never obsolete garage rock NYC flavor, the '80s synth-pop revival, the 90's rock renaissance...). But 'avant' inclinations are ingrained in the Big Apple's scene, and we are wondering if times are mature to give a renewed attention to acts that try their hardest to avoid the revival label. Brooklyn's Twig Twig squarely belong to this category. Their debut EP 'normal feelings,' released this past March, doesn't sound very... 'normal,' but still manages to be touching and sincere, and that's a rare form of beauty. Employing a restrained sonic palette made of granular synth sounds, aloof vocals, and simple electronic drum sounds and patterns, the band excercises their 'avant' tendencies within a song format that employs melodies ranging from the poppy (like in remarkable ambient ballad 'Fade Away,' streaming) to the out there (as in single 'Talk Go'). Don't miss their live show at Alphaville tonight (04.12) with other local forward looking bands Fieldings and Railings.

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Wild Belle

Wild Belle (Natalie Bergman and Elliot Bergma) is in the midst of a huge month that included playing The Tonight Show last week and releasing their new album, Dreamland, this week. Below is the video for their tremendous new single, "Throw Down Your Guns".

Wild Belle kicks of their Spring Tour on April 22nd at Garfield Park Conservatory.

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New Free Cake For Every Creature LP Available for Streaming

Talking Quietly Of Anything With You, which is now available for streaming, is the latest collection of softly-whispered confessionals from Katie Bennett's twee-pop project Free Cake For Every Creature. The full-length album was produced in upstate New York with Chris Daly (Fraternal Twins, Long Beard) at Salvation Recording Co. It officially arrives on April 15 via Double Double Whammy, and Bennett will be hosting a record release show on Saturday, April 16 at Everybody Hits with Hello Shark, Addie Pray, and Microsoft Saint.

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New Music Video: "Jawbreaker" - Laser Background

Laser Background, a.k.a. Andy Molholt, released his latest single, "Jawbreaker," on hand-cut lathe 7" via Eric Slick's new imprint Least Records. The track will also appear on Molholt's upcoming album Correct, due out May 13 via La Société Expéditionnaire. Below is a suffocating new music video for "Jawbreaker," which was directed by Ross Brubeck.

Laser Background - Jawbreaker from Ross Brubeck 

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Punk rock fundraiser for the NRO

Portland has never had an issue with rallying together and taking a stand for a cause...especially when that cause is seeks to benefit the freedoms of women and minority groups. Tonight, punk bar Black Water will be hosting a fundraiser for the Network for Reproductive Options, which is a member affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds. The NRO aids in finding ethical and qualified abortion providers for those in need.

This particular show, featuring Heavy Hands, Steel Chains, Macho Boys, Sweats and spinning by DJ Matty Buttcakes will also put money towards the NRO's annual bowl-a-thon teams She Bowls With Her Own Ovaries and Pick Your Kingpin.

A minimum donation of $6 is asked, but the scale slides all the way up to $1,984, according to the Facebook event page. The show starts at 8pm, so come out on time for a good cause.

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