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Maggie Rogers track 'Alaska' goes viral after Pharrell Williams' seal of approval

One of the easier ways, for emerging artists, to have a first popularity outbreak, is through the endorsement of a celebrity. Yes, because - rather sadly - they are a much more effective promotional vehicles than blogs, which is a reason good enough for all ambitious artists to cultivate their VIP PR skills! NYC songwriter Maggie Rogers knows something about that. We were very impressed by her folky debut album (now pulled from the web) back in 2014, so much so that we interviewed her and booked her for one of our official CMJ 2014 shows (with Margaret Glaspy, who is also getting some buzz as of late). After that, Maggie's name got a little lost, until this happened (Pharrel stumbled upon Maggie's new song at a NYU seminar and fell in love with it). Obviously Rogers, who is still in her early '20s, has spent these two years working hard on a more sophisticated sound (her debut was almost entirely acoustic). The audible results so far - in the shape of new single 'Alaska' - showcase a successful effort to step up her musical game, and are certainly worthy of praise. Still, it looks like Pharrell Williams' promotion of the track was worth about five million Spotify plays, which is a very tall order for even an established artist! The pressure is now on Maggie to make the most of this incredible opportunity, because, to sustain a lenghty musical career, talent and good luck also need to be matched by consistently powerful songwriting. The Deli is with you, Maggie!

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

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A Deli New England premiere: Covey releases new single 'Bows'

Boston band Covey has been making some interesting noise as of late, releasing quality singles within the dream folk realm and opening for huge acts such as Hozier. Now potentially furthering this upward trajectory, they're premiering here "Bows," a track that may be most emblematic of their bourgeoning sound. Frontman Tom Freeman's expressive alto, partly reminiscent of The Tallest Man on Earth, takes both the roles of lead singer and backup vocalist through production magic. His passioned melodies are supported by a simple but well orchestrated guitar part and a reverberating high pitch drone, creating a spacious sound that evokes melancholy and emotional desolation. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Foxtails Brigade Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow and Honey.Moon.Tree. Play The Night Light TONIGHT

Tonight is a rare & super-special Oakland Seaweed Sway show with three amazing folk bands performing in Oakland: Foxtails Brigade, Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow (touring through from Austin) and honey.moon.tree (Aslan Rife is in town from Seattle for HickeyFest, joined by locals Joe Lewis & Andrew Maguire). This is one of those line ups you may never see again, so take note and enjoy an evening of great music at The Night Light in Oakland!

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New Music Video: "Hail Storm" - The Lawsuits

Bob Sweeney provides a candid look in The Lawsuits’ new music video for “Hail Storm,” featured on their latest album Moon Son, which is available via Randm Records. The footage documents the quintet as they embrace the simple rejuvenating joys of fresh cuts. They'll be performing next in Philly on Friday, September 23 at Boot & Saddle with Nemes & Jeremiah Tall.

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Sam Evian unveils single 'Sleep Easy' + announces LP 'Premium'

The solo project of (Deli celebratedCelestial Shore’s Sam Owens, Sam Evian showcases the transformation of a quirky, talented songwriter into a more mature, original artist. Latest single “Sleep Easy” (streaming) features a more linear sound, without giving up the songwriter's beloved odd tempo changes, which are almost randomly - but very organically - disseminated throughout the song. Sam's experimental urges, though, don't distract from the song, a mid tempo ballad venturing into dreamy territories not entirely foreign to the sound of Celestial Shore, although folkier and twangier than anything ever released by the Brooklyn band.  Check out the video here. The track is off debut album, 'Premium,' which will be released soon by Saddle Creek Records.

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