Modern Rivals

The Deli/Balcony TV show at Brooklyn Bowl with The Ugly Club, Modern Rivals, Ava Luna, Vensaire

Admit it, most Tuesday nights you don’t have any plans. The Deli is here to change that. We’re teaming up with BalconyTV Brooklyn to give you something fun to do on a Tuesday, and we’re bringing out - if not the big ones - some damn charming guns. We’ve got the airy avant-pop of Vensaire, indie rockers The Ugly Club, Modern Rivals own brand of indie dream pop, and the alternative soul of Ava Luna. This is going to be a show full of experimental sounds and great performances. So come and join us tonight (April 30th) at Brooklyn Bowl from 8pm-Midnight, and give yourself something to look forward to in the middle of the week. Facebook event here. - Lucy Sherman


Modern Rivals play Pianos on 03.06

Ah... defenestration. There's nothing like it! Actually, I had to look this one up. It seems it's the act of throwing someone out the window - it often applies to kings or other people in power. For Modern Rivals' latest, 'Sea Legs EP,' this is exactly what seems to be on ultra-literate singer Erick Lee's mind these days. The record mixes these intrigues with groove-backed confetti and lots of charm. See the sun-soaked quintet when they play Pianos on March 6. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Best of NYC 2012 - Submission Results for INDIE ROCK

Indie, indie... what an exquisite word! These days so many bands call themselves "indie rock" even if they sound nothing like indie rock (before we ranked this category we had to filter out all the songwriters and straight rock bands who tried to re-brand themselves as "indie" - WE CAUGHT YOU!). Of course, the word originates from "independent" - not "Indian" like your clueless friends often assume - but it's been used since the 80's to describe "non-mainstream" rock music (and record labels). Think tense and/or dark and/or experimental-ish mostly guitar based rock. Needless to say, in the late aughts Indie became huge, and many NYC bands (paradoxically signed to majors) like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol had a crucial role in bringing this genre to the masses.

Total submissions in this category: 45

Artists Qualified to the Poll's Next Stage (starting around 01.10):

1. Conveyor - 7.83 (out of 10)
2. ARMS - 7.66 
2. Modern Rivals - 7.66 

Honorable Mentions (above 7 out of 10):

Stone Cold FoxThese AnimalsWild InternationalBallroom JacksNo ShoesDear ComradeILLUMNTRTheir Planes Will Block Out The Sun

Jurors: Gracie Gutman (Deli SF), Jason Behrends (Deli Chicago), Lucy Sherman (Deli Seattle)

The Deli's Staff


NYC Year End Poll - Indie Rock Submission Results: Modern Rivals at #2

Promising new Brooklyn band Modern Rivals comes at us with diverse instrumentation and lively vocals to create their spirited indie rock. With rolling pianos, playful “oohs,” dreamy keys and dynamic, often angular percussions, Modern Rivals bridge pop and rock genres in inventive new ways. Check out their latest EP “Sea Legs,” which they released this past May, here.


Deli CMJ Electro/Avant Pop Stages at The Delancey 10.18 with Wildlife Control, Dynasty Electric, Dinosaur Feathers, Il Abanico, Cultfever + more


This is going to be the longest list of this whole series of announcements. On Thursday, we're once again taking over both floors of The Delancey with upstairs, a line-up of electro up-and-comers from all sides of the spectrum and downstairs, some creative pop gems fitting under the Avant Pop label, for a total of.. NINETEEN acts! So enough chit-chat, let's get to the list, because that is sure going to take up enough space.

Opening the (free!) upstairs show, Thomas Simon's ghostly mixes, followed by the bizarre folk-tronic experiments of Max Horwich's Sewing Machines, Cultfever's chaotic outputs and Railbird's more intimate creations. Next up, we've got three out-of-towners, i.e SF's Maus Haus, Philly's electro/hip hop artist Lushlife, and finally, Anomie Belle, from Seattle, co-headlining the show with NYC's own Dynasty Electric. Then, taking it to the later hours of the evening, Ducky, and Drop Electric (coming from DC).

Downstairs, our two headliners will be Dinosaur Feathers (top picture) and Wildlife Control, who both released this year a delicious new album, second for the former and a first for the latter. We've also got, on this stage, three acts coming from Los Angeles: openers American Royalty, shoegaze-pop band Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and Kiven, who will be closing the show. Add to this Columbian transplants Il Abanico, Conveyor, whom we covered in our last print issue, the catchy jams of five-piece Modern Rivals and finally, Santah, coming from Chicago, and.. I believe WE'RE DONE! In the pictures: Dynasty Electric & Wildlife Control.