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Psych Rockers you must check out: Heaven's Gate plays The Knit on 05.26

Brooklyn powerpunk gaze-rockers Heaven’s Gate released their 7 song EP “High Riser” in November 2012, proving that packaging musical ideas in brief bursts of energy is often very effective, in particular when there's a talented and commanding vocalist like Jess Paps behind the melodic wheel. With most songs clocking in under two minutes, the record has still plenty of hooks (and tension) to wrap your ears around.

“Pray” thrashes with abandon, like early Siouxsie & The Banshees (think “Carcass” from their eponymous debut album “The Scream”). “Pogo” taps the punk vibe mapped out by The Ramones and New York Dolls. “Salome” moves into pitch-bended guitar dreams, with a heart-tugging guitar progression paired against emotionally charged vocals. The image one might get from a song titled “Jesus Hair” is that of the quintessential rock dude with long locks parted in the middle. “All you want to give me, all that you can give – ‘cause you know that I’ll take it,” implies approval of type by our intrepid female vocalist. “Weakness Worm” would slot nicely between a Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and Hunters track, while “Skin Weed” merges the Peter Gunn detective beat with Sonic Youth guitar recklessness. Final track “Sea Swing” stomps and rumbles like a Patti Smith/Kevin Shields collaboration. The band will be performing at Knitting Factory on May 26. - Dave Cromwell

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NYC artists on the rise: Mesiko plays Rock Shop on 05.14

One of qualities we appreciate the most in a new band is how spontanous they sound - and that's what a lot of people seem to relate to in the new decade after years spent glorifying rather contrived music. But it's really, really hard to sound sponstaneous on record without sounding sloppy or careless. That's obviously not a problem for newly formed NYC band Mesico, or that's what we gather from this truly great alt-folk-rock tune streaming below, entitled "Lies" - check out the video here

Mixing traditional American music with authentic rock'n'roll attitude and a vein of psychedelia, "Lies" has the intensity of one of the best uptempo Nick Cave songs without being NOT fun. Mesiko released a three song EP in March, featuring Lies, and two country-ish noir ballads. See them live at Rock Shop on May 14 with Dawn Landes.

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

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Teen Girl Scientist Monthly releases video + plays Deli Fest

Brooklyn party band Teen Girl Scientist Monthly just released the video for single "New Age" - streaming below - which is aptly enough about partying (and something that at first seems like hooking up...) in Brooklyn with the aid of a time machine. The band won The Deli's Artist of the Month Poll a few weeks ago, and will be playing the Alt Rock stage at our Best of NYC Fest for Emerging Artists in early June - stay tuned for more news. 

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Brooklyn Artists on the rise: Wet

Like many of the bands we get to know through the internet, there’s very little known about Brooklyn’s three piece Wet. The band’s just released two head-nodding, weirdly intense odes to ditties and fast-driving pop on their Bandcamp. But the combination of quirky arrangements, soulful female vocals and runaway lyrics here are so distinctly their own, you’re left scratching your head after twisting around to their EP’s catchy opening track ‘U Da Best' (streaming below). Hopefully we’ll get to know this band a bit better as they release more tunes and help fill in the lines for us. For now... these pop nuggets are at least a perfect way to get over the rainy weather. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This artist submitted their music for review digitally to The Deli here. We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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BrokeMC releases 'Re:Purpose' EP

Brooklyn rapper BrokeMC, a man known for swagger, boldness, compelling visual art and occasional use of roller blades at local concert venues, has shifted gears for his latest LP 'Re:Purpose.' Gone are the samples and loops from his past several records, replaced here with a live group filled with synths, steel strings, and any percussive instrument you can imagine. Broke's got his ups and downs, but as always, tracks like 'DreamsDance' tell a story of someone who knows how difficult things can be, and keeps on challenging himself to overcome those obstacles.

You may have heard him blow up sets in his group Deathrow Tull, but you've never heard him step out like this before. Check out the new record here. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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