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The Drums finally release debut album, sell out London

We had been wondering for a while when The Drums were going to release their debut full length - now we know: June 8 (digital version), August 10 (vinyl), September (CD). The band hit the NYC scene like a sandstorm in the summer of 2009 soon after moving here from Florida, gaining almost instant buzz in the local music blogs. Their uplifting, minimalistic pop songs, and their melancholic lyrics often recalling memories of Floridian summer and sunny beaches, are a perfect sonic appetizer for anybody's upcoming summer vacation. The Drums are currently touring Europe, and it looks like the buzz followed them there - their two shows in London on June 8-9 sold out.

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Josh Mease plays 92YTribeca on June 10

Josh Mease belongs to the rather recent school of "adventurous orchestral songwriters", which has a strong presence in NYC. The Houston transplant feels mostly comfortable in what we call "Mellow Core" territory (i.e. ballads that are too sophisticated to be called just "ballads"). His voice alone it's a monument to mellowness, while his arrangements dabble in psychedelic atmospheres. Josh will be opening for Angus and Julia Stone at TribecaY92 on June 10.

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Best of NYC #39: Liturgy

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).

Liturgy are New York’s first black metal band to truly feel like New York—the hypnotic churn of Glenn Branca or Rhys Chatham; the transcendent ecstasy of La Monte Young’s Dream Syndicate; the art-punker cutter sprawl of the Swans or Suicide; the everydude psych of Oneida. Dudes are more likely to wear a Michael Jordan shirt than corpsepaint, more likely to attack metal with a noise-punkers zeal, more likely to make love than war. To wit: Drummer Greg Fox clearly values power and theatrics over speed, watching his BPM increase over the last two years has been nothing short of mesmerizing. - Christopher R. Weingarten

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Tyburn Saints CD release party, June 11at Mercury Lounge

Tyburn Saints will celebrate the release of his debut album “For The Benefit of Strangers” with a show at The Mercury Lounge on Friday 6/11 at  11pm. "For the Benefit of Strangers" was recorded at Dreamland Studios. The setting was fitting, a late 19th century church converted to a studio that has in the past hosted the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Weezer, and Dinosaur Jr. and more recently Beach House, Yeasayer, and The Hold Steady. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

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NYC Artists on the rise: Lemonade


Consisting of San Francisco transplants, Brooklyn’s Lemonade picks up a world of influences. From dance-rock to house and almost everything in between, there’s a lot going on – a lot of blissful lusciousness. Think Q and Not U with the Christopher Richards-like vocals interspersed with random samples over entrancing beats. The trio’s latest release, “Pure Moods,” is a brilliant celebration of all things dance. The sound is big and consuming with a mash of influences that probably wouldn’t make any sense pulled into its component parts, but when layered on top of each other, the elements all sound like they are fated to be together. - Nancy Chow

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