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Naam - Psychest Band in NYC?

Having already established themselves as heavyweight psych-rock contenders, Brooklyn's Naam are about to release their new EP "The Ballad of the Starchild" with an ambitious scope that further enhances their claim to the "Psych-est Band in NYC" title. "Sentry of Skies" blends unadorned acoustic and mournfully bended electric guitars with a folky tale of being lost in space. The full band emerges halfway through, propelling the track to its psyched-out conclusion. "Lands Unknown" pulses along on rubbery guitar figures and keyboard chords as bass and drums keep a steady pace for the sonic fireworks soon to explode over top, while "History's Son" introduces mystical percussive elements to an acid-trance groove, serving as a shamanistic bridge to the EP's thematic centerpiece "The Starchild." At nearly 11 minutes in length, this ambitous tour-de-force rides on a sinuey bassline, allowing crunching guitar chords and thunder-crack drums to throttle the center of your mind. Organ textures fill in open spaces when needed, creating a sonic hybrid that melds elements of bands like The Doors and Pink Floyd with the bombast of Black Sabbath. - Dave Cromwell

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Weekly Feature: St Lucia plays Terminal 5 with The Shins on 04.29

Jean-Philip Grobler rejects the idea that he is a synth-pop artist, citing his equal use of electronic and non-electronic instrumentation to support the claim. There are prominent piano chords, wandering guitar riffs and the odd sax solo littered throughout his sound, but with programmed beats providing the heartbeat and earthly synths bringing the soul, the NYC based South African – who releases music under the moniker St. Lucia – does create instrumentals of great electronic beauty. The comparisons to Temper Trap and Empire of the Sun are appropriate, but to my ear, Peter Gabriel is the most fitting comparison. A wonderful thing, I’m sure you’ll agree. St. Lucia is heading towards an important couple of weeks, with a show at Terminal 5 opening for The Shins and then a European tour which will take him to the UK and Paris. - Read Dean Van Nguyen interview with St. Lucia here.

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Brooklyn's Water Knot lands a slot at Bonnaroo 2012

Emerging Brooklyn based indie rock quartet Water Knot landed a slot at Bonnaroo 2012, and will therefore join Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver and many more high profile artists at this year edition of one of the most popular summer fests. Water Knot was selected through the Sonicbids' Road To Roo Contest, congrats guys!

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Weekly Feature: The Pierces

Alabama raised Allison and Catherine Pierce (aka The Pierces) have made their mark on the New York music scene for over a decade. Managing the ups and downs of a professional musical career in the era the record industry collapsed has been no easy task, but these talented ladies have done so with impressive class and resourcefulness. With four albums now under their belt, their latest "You and I" (out in March) is garnering them the amount attention they deserve. Deli contributor Dave Cromwell has been catching up with the blonde half of the duo, Catherine. - Read the interview here.

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Light Asylum celebrates "Shallow Tears" release at Le Poisson Rouge on 05.03

Light Asylum took an awful long time to release their debut full length (we first blogged about them exactly 2 years ago), but this doesn't mean that the project didn't make progress in the meantime. These days, a great live show can serves an emerging artist better than a great album, and the band's intense performances, driven by the commanding presence and voice of lead singer Shannon Funchess, have allowed the duo to impose itself as one of the most successful Brooklyn based electro-goth acts. Light Asylum will be celebrating the release of their debut album "Shallow Tears" (under Mexican Summer) on May 03 with a show at Le Poisson Rouge. You can stream the first single below.

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