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A NYC Indie Rock Circus with Japanther, So So Glos, Amazing Baby, Nick Zinner etc.

It's really amazing how these days indie and even DIY bands are literally infiltrating quality music into many aspects of the entertainment and art worlds, in particular in NYC. This phenomenon is perfectly exemplified by the 2 day "Rock and Roll Circus" event, which will take place at Lincoln Center on January 3 and 4 and involve the Big Apple Circus together with many fantastic emerging indie bands including NYC's own Japanther, The So So Glos, Electric Tickle Machine, Amazing Baby, and Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing with LA's Aska. Japanther's fun DIY pop aesthetics, as you can see from the video below, seems an especially good fit here.


Review of Bad Cop's "Harvest the Beast"

Harvest the Beast was an end-of-summer release, and it’s high time it got a shout from The Deli as it’s the first album and last testament of the former Bad Cop lineup. With vocalist Adam Moult the only remaining original, there are mixed feelings out there concerning the member swap. But let’s move past it. Throughout the course of 10 tracks, the band displays lyrical brazenness and complete confidence in the formulaic approach, and that makes all the difference. Beneath the loud, comic-book cover art is an album churned and mashed with rock and pop influences and steeped in psychedelia. It starts off deceptively with some pretty chords à la Death Cab for Cutie as Moult declares, “You can’t love someone who doesn’t love themselves” in “Amorres Perros” but then delves into the harder, fleshier tracks.

Crunchy guitars break down into prolonged, whining chords over rumbling drum beats, transitioning from hyper grit-rock to meandering psych-rock in a matter of minutes, as found on “Tonight Only.” Moult’s alternation of frightening yells and stern, commanding proclamations mimic Jim Morrison’s vocal style, but the real intrigue is in the guitar parts, which putter, squeal and grate relentlessly even when Moult’s vocal assault gets tiresome. Definitive guitar melodies pull Bad Cop out of any slump – not that they’re in one – as “One in the Same” illustrates, or “Judas the Snake,” in which drilling riffs devour thundering bass and a clashing high-hat. “I Ask Questions” opens with the repetition of “We don’t know where we go when we die,” an assertion that makes no attempt at obscurity. But then, nothing about the album is trying to keep quiet. Bad Cop has ambition, and they’re so sure of Harvest the Beast, the listener is, too. – Jessica Pace


Strand of Oaks Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Timothy Showalter a.k.a. Strand of Oaks just launched his own Kickstarter campaign to bring his most excellent album Pope Killdragon to vinyl. If you want him to perform at your home, it can happen! Kickstarter seems to be where the indie artists are going to raise backing for their projects these days. While we have come across plenty of naysayers on the internet calling Kickstarter a scam (after all it is the internet - there is always someone who hates what you believe in behind their keyboard), we’ve only heard good things from artists who have been able to fund their projects and then some. Keep paying it forward to the arts and collect your good karma points. Cheers! - The Deli Staff


U.S. Royalty's Upcoming Release


With the release of their debut album, MIRRORS, Washington D.C.-based U.S. Royalty delivers on capturing the volatility and explosiveness that define their live performances. Early comparisons have been made to Local Natives, The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, and early Kings of Leon.

"With this record we wanted to present a body of work, a complete thought," says singer John Thornley.  To achieve this, the band wrote and rewrote songs for a year, demoing and dissecting while on the road and at home.  John continues, "Because we traveled for about a year and a half before we recorded the album, there is definitely a travel vibe to the record."

In March 2010, the band teamed up with engineer Gus Oberg (The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr., Bloc Party) and Justin Long to begin recording the album.  The band recently released the first single off the album, "Equestrian," and set a release date for the debut album, January 25th 2011.

Catch U.S. Royalty live at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 17.

Equestrian by usroyalty


Smith Westerns Weekend

The Smith Westerns have released a video for their track "Weekend" which appears on their sophomore LP, Dye It Blonde, which will be released on Fat Possum on Jan. 18.

The band will be performing at Empty Bottle on Feb. 26th.


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