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These Wild Plains to release new album, make stop at Bullwheel Music Festival on 07.23

Like they sing, "I got new blisters on old fingertips" on recently released single "Old Reasons," Boston band These Wild Plains offers new cuts on the tried-and-true country-rock genre. Their sound is at times reminiscent of bands like Wilco, but never feels derivative or cliché.  Their ability to stand out in this way is likely due to their three piece guitar section, featuring lead electric, rhythm, and the ever under-appreciated dobro. This allows their music to have a satisfying feeling of layeredness while still making for some good, easy listenin'. These Wild Plains' debut full-length Distant Ways is due out on July 21, and you can check them out at Maine's Bullwheel Music Festival on the 23rd. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

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My Son Bison Opening for City of the Sun at Boot & Saddle July 14

As we await the arrival of their new full-length Two Faces and a Vase later this summer, My Son Bison rolls into Boot & Saddle this evening. The band merges the comforting familiarity of folk with intricate baroque developments. That common starting point, with whimsical levels of instrumentation, provide an adventurous experimental bridge in which diving into the depths exposes illumination rather than the weight of carrying additional musical baggage. Tonight, they set the stage for New York-based trio City of the Sun, who embark on acoustic-based journeys, pulling listeners into a whirlwind whose origins are as diverse as the path they forge. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $10, 21 + - Michael Colavita

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Adam J. Cook releases debut EP Attack Formation (Demo)

Adam J. Cook first got some attention in his hometown Austin as a member of country rock bands like Genuine Leather and Dangeresque. After those two projects, the relocated Cook is taking those musical sensibilities to our shores in a slightly different direction with his first solo project, Attack Formation (Demo), a meticulously crafted collection of singles that closely resembles the current alumni of singer-songwriters looking into the early 70s for inspiration. Songs like "Adam Vile" and "Days Just Begin" blend winding folk and sophisticated soft rock elements with a keen focus on arrangement.

Cook will also be releasing accompanying videos for all the six tracks of Attack Formation. You can stream it in its entirety on his official soundcloud page. - Juan Rodríguez

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NYC Record of the Month: "Masterpiece" by Big Thief

Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

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Dream folky bill of NYC locals at Manhattan Inn on July 25 with Wilsen, Belle Mare, and Keenan O'Meara

Three incredibly talented locals sharing a rootsy but dreamy sound will be performing at Manhattan Inn on Monday July 25th. Check out past Deli coverage: Wilsen (who graced the cover of The Deli's issue 36 back in 2013), Belle MareKeenan O'Meara.

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