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Belleisle

Belleisle is releasing their debut EP Across The Open Field on March 4th. The group, lead by the deep vocals of Brett Bakshis, perform somber, orchestral tunes that somewhat reminiscent of The National.

You can help Belleisle celebrate the EP release on March 4th at Hungry Brain with Carbon By Carbon.

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Best Emerging NYC Folk/Americana Artists: The National Reserve, Margaret Glaspy, Bailen + 11 more!

Our Best of NYC poll for Folk and Americana artist ended yesterday and the winners are in! 

READERS' POLL WINNERS: THE NATIONAL RESERVE

Emerging New York City folksters, The National Reserve, who won the "popular vote," are mixing things up in the NYC scene by delivering a dose of much needed southern twang. Merging blues, rock, folk and country, their 2015 EP, "Easy Does It," is a solid slice of Americana, enriched by powerful and expressive vocals. Lead singer and guitarist, Sean Walsh, has this sort of storyteller voice that will rope you in and make you believe you are at a Honky Tonk in Nashville. Judging from their impressive 2016 live record, this is the kind of band you need to see on a stage, and you'll have the opportunity to do just that on February 16 at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. (Lea Phillips)

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

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OVERALL POLL CATEGORY WINNER (READERS + JURORS): MARGARET GLASPY

As you SHOULD know by now, there is also a winner of the composite chart for each category tackled in our polls. The composite chart also takes into account the votes of the local jurors (mostly bloggers and local venue bookers) who picked all the nominees in our list.

Sumptuous songwriter Margaret Glaspy is the winner of this category's overall poll - we covered her already many times, and her album 'Emotions and Math' made it in our "Best NYC Records of 2016 List" in our latest print issue.

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We also need to mention Bailen, who was our Artist of the Month not long ago and placed second in the overall chart, with a high score both from the jury and the readers - well done guys!

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Here's the list of all the finalists in the Folk/Americana category.

 Bailen
  27%   113 votes
 Bellows
  0%   3 votes
 Big Thief
  2%   9 votes
 Cassandra Jenkins
  0%   2 votes
 Don Dilego & the Touristas
  0%   0 votes
 The End of America
  0%   0 votes
 Howth
  23%   97 votes
 Julia Haltigan
  0%   2 votes
 Julian Lage
  0%   2 votes
 Margaret Glaspy
  3%   13 votes
 The National Reserve
  35%   146 votes
 Swoon Lake
  6%   25 votes
 Vagabon
  0%   1 vote
 White Lighters
  0%   3 votes
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Groovy folk rock from Richmond group Griff’s Room Band

Describing themselves as “fiddle-infused pop/rock”, Richmond, VA band Griff’s Room Band has a tight and well thought out sound.  The songs are constructed with some care; with a solid rhythm section, good singing, and nice solos from the fiddle and guitar.  This is a band that sounds like it would be fun to see live.

Here’s Griff’s Room Band with the song “Tie Me Down”.

 

 

-Michael Dranove

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Buzz Alert! DL is OK lands February residency at Pianos

We were glad to see Tom Petty's name mentioned in the profile notes of NYC artist DL is OK, because we were going to mention it in this blurb, and sometimes artists don't like their influences to be revealed (in particular when we get them wrong...) But, hey, there are a gazillion bands out there channeling The Ramones and Pavement, and some of them are nonetheless great and very original, just to say that influences means nothing. Point is, it's actually very easy to be original and devastatingly boring, while writing a truly good song is a heck of a lot harder, even if you wear your influences on your sleeve. As far as Tom Petty is concerned, the man is incredibly underrated among emerging indie bands, so much so that hardly anybody seems interested in referencing his music. Truth is, he wrote some of the most timeless pop songs in the history of mainstream rock, without every sounding cheesy, forced or contrived. As far as we are concerned, we need more songwriters able to blend americana, pop and rock in earnest and memorable musical nuggets the way he could. DL is OK's debut EP "Into the Flood" is a promising step in that direction - check out the titletrack below. The band just landed a residency at Pianos during the month of February, starting on the 7th.

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

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Dark Tea plays Baby's All Right on 02.15

The side project of Gary Canino of the band RipsDark Tea plays a brand of introverted folk-pop that blends the soothing simplicity of The Shins with the playfulness of some of Syd Barrett solo albums. 'Providence Sky,' featuring the sugar-coated addition of Alexandra Savior's vocals, is their only truly finalized track to date, but sounds very promising to our ears - stream it below. You can check out a bunch of demos on their Soundcloud profile, and see the band live at Baby's All Right on February 15th.

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