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Rosewood Ghosts play Rocks Off Cruise on 08.12

In Early 2009, guitarist Jamie DiTringo, lead singer Joe Montague, keyboardist Adam Weissman and bassist Steve Brown teamed up with drummer Matt Teitelman and guitarist Saul Slotnick to write and play some twangy tunes reminiscent of their parents' record collections. Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey the six musicians make up the summery "Post Classic Rock" band the Rosewood Ghosts. But with the southern feel on their self-titled album, the guys belong on a hay truck in Dixie Land not a neighborhood of NYC. Some of their songs sound as cheesy as O.A.R. but their best songs give off a Black Crowes vibes; in fact the vocal similarity between Montague and Black Crowes' frontman Chris Robinson is uncanny. Their fifth track, "Cape Cod," is the kind of song you'd enjoy hearing as you dance around a bonfire with your new summer crush. "Store Bought Drugs," is a catchy melody with a message redolent of Wilco's "Handshake Drugs" and Ben Harper's "The Drugs Don't Work" and a series of guitar rifts any hippie will dig. Throw the C.D. on, light a BBQ, open a bottle of Evan Williams and enjoy. Check them out live at Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 08.12- Bill Dvorak

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Octant live at The Tank on 07.29 with "Unmanned Backup Band"

Octant can be described as a one-man band featuring mainly acoustic robotic musical instruments that back up front man, Matthew Steinke, like a player piano as he sings, shouts, and plays various home brew instrumentation. For the upcoming performance at The Tank, Octant will perform an initial set of current and old songs ranging from dark melodic melancholy to bursting atomic pop-punk . The second part will include a live soundtrack to a projection of Steinke's film, "Your Quest for Excellence" , a hypnotic abstract hand-drawn animation inspired by optical illusions and time lapse photography.- (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

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Live at Summerstage Review: Pharaohe Monch

Raking a turquoise rag across the deluge on his forehead during a performance at Queensbridge Park, courtesy of Summerstage, Pharaohe Monch wasn’t about to let the heat slow him down. As his rapid fire staccato echoed back from the housing projects adjoining the park, it felt like even the clouds were drawing closer to join the convergence of hard-core Pharaohe fans. His hour-long set touched on tracks spanning his entire career from conscious verses released with Organized Konfusion in the early 90s to the more soulful jams from his most recent solo release “Desire” (2007) to a couple new tunes from his upcoming “W.A.R.” Closing the set with his biggest hit “Simon Says,” Pharaoh laughed his way through the uncharacteristic misogyny that propelled him into the mainstream as if it were all a part of some Andy Kauffman-esque joke. If he had followed that track’s trajectory, he could have flown into the sun. Luckily for those of us rocking with him in Queens that day, it was damn good to see him still rooted firmly in the ground. - BrokeMC

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Mark Bacino plays Pete's Candy Store on 08.02

In the NYC music scene you don't find that many people born and raised in the Big Apple. Curiously enough, most of the REAL Newyorkers aren't even hipsters, did you notice that? They are just regular "civilians" (that's our new way to define "non-hipster" types), like Mark Bacino. So in case you forgot about this, we just wanted to remind you that this hipster thing is mostly an imported phenomenon - Todd P is from friggin' Indiana, for Chrissake!
This being said, Mark Bacino has been making music in his home town for quite some time, releasing his third album just a few weeks ago (the first one in 1998!). He is probably one of the few people in this city who have the right to use the term "B&T" (for the uninitiated, "Bridge and Tunnel"), which is actually the title of a song that graciously enough doesn't (seem to) mock our neighbors from NJ. Mark's music often plays with influences from mainstream pop classics of the 50s & 60s, and finds a more personal chord in sparsely arranged blues ballads like Blue Suit. Pete's Cady Store's intimate room will be perfect frame for Mark's music to resonate on August 2.

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Eli Paperboy plays Le Poisson Rouge on 08.11

Brooklyn-local, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and his band, The True Loves, are back from Europe. To celebrate the release of his debut CD, "Come and Get It", Eli and band are playing at Le Poisson Rouge Aug. 11th at 7pm. With sounds reminiscent of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett - Eli "Paperboy" Reed's amazing live show is what you need this summer; A soul searching, sweat dripping, good time. Check out www.elipaperboyreed.com for music, tour dates and news and videos. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

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