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Folk songwriter Alana Amram plays Union Pool on August 4th

Alana Amram's songs could belong to a different era. Wielding a vocal authority that feels very Patti Smith, Amram deftly crafts narrative lyrics that paint images ranging from pastoral to wild - but always a far cry from the brick and bustle of Brooklyn where the songwriter currently resides. The sound is Americana by way of late 60's psych-tinged folk, and is ever-present on her spellbinding 2014 release Spring River. Catch her at Union Pool on August 4th or headlining at the Cake Shop with Ian O'neill of Deertick, Reservations, and Heaven's Jail on August 31st, and be sure to listen to the track below. - Olivia Sisinni

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

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New Track: "She Don’t Keep Time" - TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb offer a dose of country-blues with their new track “She Don’t Keep Time”. Those subtle swaying keys invite you into the saloon before ramping up to a stomp, then simmering into a boogie, and whistling like there’s not a worry in the world. Loosen up, listen up, and get down!

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Scott Hirsch Celebrates Record Release Show - 8/5

After many years spent as a steadfast and inventive collaborator—not only playing bass and producing four albums with Hiss Golden Messenger, but in large part forging that band’s sonic signature—multi­instrumentalist, recordist, and audio engineer Scott Hirsch has finally made a solo album, and it’s called Blue Rider Songs.

To describe Blue Rider Songs as cinematic is almost too easy, considering Hirsch’s acclaimed work as a film sound designer, but there are moments here (like “Raga of the Sea”) that remind me of what Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas soundtrack might have sounded like if it was recorded in 2016; there is a similar sense of Western scale and desert longing. But what is most interesting about the album is not any one setting or voice, but rather the illimitable, in­between spaces it traverses, the blue highways it rides between various traditions and tangents of North American vernacular music and the various nodes of Hirsch’s long and accomplished musical practice.

Scott is playing his record release show at The Lost Church in San Francisco on August 5th.

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Folk rock songwriter Nadia Kazmi plays Baby's All Right on 8/8

On her third release, LAMB, New York songwriter, Nadia Kazmi shows an enviable range of genres, moods, and influences.  Opener “Kill the Monster” adopts angsty blues and punk elements, with results reminiscent of a Karen O with Janis Joplin's melodic tendencies.  The rest of the album, starting with second track Lamb in Wolf's Clothing, takes a narrative turn, as it displays more folk rock leanings with a vocal cadence reminiscent of Bob Dylan, and various other '60 influences.  “Haunting” proceeds to evoke The Doors and as the album progresses, the songstress continues to release intense energy and something akin to inner turmoil that manages to pull us in.  For what is guaranteed to be a lively show, check her out at Baby’s All Right on August 8th. - Madeleine Grossman

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

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Body English brings folk-prog to Middle East on 7/31

While the "prog-rock band" label is generally reserved for artists with alt-rock leanings and a fondness for the rock of the '70s, Boston's Body English are just as, if not more so, deserving of such a title. Instead of disconstructing alt-rock and putting it back together, the six-piece band applies the process to balladic folk-rock.  The result is a vortex of melodies old and new, with classical elements peppered in as well, that satisfies due to its ability to come across as intimately familiar while being innovative at the same time. You can catch them live at The Middle East on 7/26. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber, Photo Credit: Chris Anderson

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