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It's Make Music day! Outdoors show in Williamsburg with tons of NYC bands!

Make Music New York  is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on Monday, June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 327 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

There will be a bunch of outdoors concerts in Williamsburg with local artists who deserved to be checked out. In the middle of Bedford Avenue, Spike Hill will host an outdoors show The Deli helped book with The Courtesy Tier @ 9pm, The Twees @ 10pm, Black Taxi @ 11pm, and The Binary Marketing Show (in the picture above) @ midnight. On North 6 Street, Cameo will host an all day similar event involving a very interesting lineup of NYC artists including Turkuaz, The Yellow Dogs, Hank and Cupcakes, Hollis Brown, Daddy Long Legs, Shilpa Ray, Fredericks Brown, The London Souls, and Fall on your Sword (in the picture below).


Ava Luna is like a choccolate & bacon bar - Live at Cameo, July 3

Thursday night at The Cake Shop, while listening to Ava Luna's song "Won't You Be Mine", we experienced an inner time travel that took us back to a 1950s soda shop - were a jukebox was playing... that song. This was probably triggered by the band's three female vocalists, who reeled the audience in with their velvety doo wop style vocals, feet stomping and hand clapping. That trip was shattered about a minute into the song when frontman Carlos Hernandez's Prince-esque falsettos combined with some heavy synth and bass impacteded our confused eardrums. This unlikely melding of synth rock/pop and doo wop is a little like those chocolate and bacon bars you see around these days: sweet and funky, but pretty damn yummy. The band has a series of shows scheduled in the NYC area in June and July, make sure to check them out. - Abigail Devora


NYC Artists on the rise: Arms, live at Matchless, 06.24

The EP from Brooklyn's own ARMS is another FTW from the "nu-gaze" wave. It is an album as sophisticated as Sufjan Stevenes and as spirited as Sonic Youth. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Todd Goldstein began writing music under the name ARMS in 2004. After releasing a solo album "Kids Aflame" in 2008, Todd recruited Tlacael Esparza to play drums and Matty Fasano to play bass and sing along under the same name. The trio's new EP is made up of five refreshing, romantic tracks filled with droning rifts, introspective lyrics and echoy vocals that will be a part of their upcoming full-length album tentatively called "Summer Skills." The lovely lo-fi songs are non-confrontational but holistically downbeat. The kind of complex and inspiring tunes you'd want to play in your room on a rainy day when you're tired of listening to the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Download their EP for free, here (http://www.armsarms.com/songs/arms_ep.zip) and turn the volume up on Heat & Hot Water. - CBM


Best of NYC #33: Cavalier Rose

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel and DJs).

Maybe it’s the southern twang of Heather Christian’s soprano that absolutely sucks you in. Or maybe it’s the beautifully arranged balance of edgy guitars and strategic piano. Either way, Cavalier Rose is a masterpiece to add to your collection. Be impressed with the rowdy, “Lie to Me” or fall in love with “Lamplight,” a stunning almost romantic track that transports you to a secluded cabin in the country. Intimate and seductive, Christian’s killer voice tugs at your heart strings. Cavalier Rose’s own charming signature sound adds to its bone-chilling live performance that mirrors a Janis Joplin, “rock with me” intensity. Absolutely addicting. - Melissa Wong

June 2010
Very Fresh

Ah, the delights of The Deli's Open Blog! NYC duo Very Fresh posted an open blog entry here a few days ago - we checked out their songs and... we were impressed! "Marker", in particular,  is a splendid song, very fresh sounding, slightly reminiscent of Liz Phair for the honest, fun delivery and the surprising melodic turns, but more chilled and intense - Phair's material was always so: "yeah whatever, this isn't really affecting me at all, dudes..."
This song shows a ton of potential and earns the band's EP "Americana" the Deli NYC's CD of the Month title. Amongst the other tracks we also like spare and dark "On Moot Point", while "The Clientele", which also displays a Barretesque love for unexpected melody twists, would benefit from better performances. 


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