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Stolen Jars play Mercury Lounge on 04.30

New Jersey's avant-folk-poppers Stolen Jars must have put a spell on us last fall, when we decided to put them on the cover of the CMJ 2015 issue of The Deli, since, judging from this adorable video of their single 'Kept,' they have friends in the magic business. Don't miss the band at Mercury Lounge on April 30th.

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Thanks Light Is Back with Very Pretty Single Dreams

They call it “bedroom rock” on their SoundCloud, which we take to mean that Thanks Light's new track “Dreams” from the upcoming Hallelujah, Amen is best played when lying back on your bed in your bedroom in a state of repose befitting the relaxing track. It's the first thing we've heard from this group in a while, and it comes off as a bit Polyphonic Spree, with all its orchestral elements and sunny qualities, but with a more pure indie vibe (especially in the vocals, which are dynamic and reminiscent of a less weirdo Spencer Krug). It's got a lot going on, from piano to an angelic backing choir to horns, and it's quite pretty. We definitely suggest rocking back on said mattress and putting it on full blast with your eyes closed, or maybe softly in some headphones, for a little summer indie respite from the busy crazy world. Watch for the full album on May 6.

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Heart Harbor EP Release Show at Tin Angel April 23

Led by singer-songwriter Kerry Hallett, Heart Harbor play a show in the intimate setting of Tin Angel to commemorate the release of their new EP Tender Trap. The album exudes an innate heart-rending closeness that is set loose by tightly spun folk-pop instrumentation. With an ability to peel back to the pit lyrically and then coat those wrestling, dreamy emotions with delicately layered harmony and larger encompassing production, Heart Harbor paints a broader, detailed picture. The dusty, road-worn, aching folk of Julia Rainer is tucked between tonight headliner and New England multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Audrey Ryan. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Three NYC bands playing NYC Popfest in May: Lake Ruth, The Hairs, and Big Quiet

We are always curious to see what local bands make it into the yearly NYC Popfest - a festival that deserves credit for scouting talented emerging pop acts and keeping things on a medium to small scale, which is what The Deli is all about. This year's edition will see three NYC based acts involved, and we are very intrigued in particular by Lake Ruth (pictured), a band that evokes aural specters of early Belle & Sebastian led by Trish Keenan of Broadcast. The trio is really, reall new, but its members have played in established acts like Enon and Holy Fuck, although they sound like a development of NYC's guitarist Hewson Chen's psych-pop project The New Lines - with a different singer. They have dropped two digital releases so far, for a total of three tracks, debuting in February 2016 with two stylish and mellow songs in 'The Inconsolable Jean​-​Claude' EP, followed just two months later by the more uptempo and summery 'Through The Lychgates,' streaming below. Singer Allison Brice's soprano is honey for the ears, and the band knows how to let it flow.

The other two local acts playing this year's popfest are garage pop trio Big Quiet, which we booked at one of our latest CMJ shows, and self-defined "freak-pop" band The Hairs, brainchild of Brooklyn songwriter Kevin Alvir, who are about to drop their first release since 2013, a n LP entitled 'While, I Hated Life, Barbarian.' Check out preview single 'Fave Shit 15.'

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New(YC) Releases: Drowners, Psychic Ills, Donna Missal, Holly Miranda

Here's our usual, blurb-less recap of new music by not so emerging NYC artists from the last few weeks, enjoy! Pictured, Holly Miranda, who graced the cover of The Deli back in 2006 with her band The Jealous Girlfriends (7th issue of The Deli NYC) - she just landed a residency at Bushwick speak easy Hell Phone.

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