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NYC Bands you should check out: Guitars - play CMJ on 10.19

Guitars’ first full-length album “Soundtrack to Your Future Nostalgia” could also be named “Soundtrack for Your Future Guru.” Meditation and chanting and bell ringing should be sing-along requirements for this release from the Brooklyn couple (Kenric McDowell and Shanna Hill-McDowell) that often plays live as a quartet. As a matter of fact the album was inspired by a trip in the jungles of Peru` after Shanna was attacked after performing at an art show. It’s heartfelt folk with strummed guitar, haunting vocals, and a toe-tapping echo that stirs from a Himalayan peak of enlightenment.


Buke and Gass play Santos on Friday 10.01 + Deli CMJ show on 10.21

If you followed us in the last year and a half or so you should know by now that we've been covering Buke and Gass in all possible ways since we found out about them (they have been our CD of the month in early 2009, they graced the cover of our summer issue 2009 and they placed 9th in our "Year End Best of 2009" Poll.) It's great to see them do well finally - the band signed to Brassland Record earlier this year (label run by some of the guys in The National), and has been touring with Danish sensation Efterklang (by the way, you can catch their last date of this tour on Friday 10.01 at Santos Party House). The duo recently released their debut full length "Riposte", and are going to be be playing at one of the Deli organized CMJ show at The Living Room on 10.21.


Connie’s Ric Rac Official Grand Re-opening and Maxx’s 40th B-day!

Connie’s Ric Rac is back in biz, and they’ll be celebrating their official grand re-opening and good buddy Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams’ 40th birthday tonight so expect things to get rowdy in the heart of the Italian Market! Maxx and the funky fresh crew of Black Landlord will be headlining the event. The Tartaglio Brothers (Frank and Angelo), your hosts, will be taking the stage with their band The Discount Heroes (great name) and their groovy radio-friendly folk rock along with psychedelic garage rockers St. James & The Apostles. Spinning throughout the evening will be DJ Sean Smoove. BTW: Whispering in the door man’s ear the secret-but-not-so-secret password “tits” for guys and “swallows” for girls will get you $5 off the admission and hopefully not a stiffie on your leg. Free Fried Chicken!!! Door prizes (and it won’t be the stiffie)! Don’t forget that they have a liquor license now so NO BYOB! The comedy portion of the festivities will be tomorrow evening. Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

Big Colour's Centuries of Summers

Big Colour are back with a new digital ep that can be downloaded for free through their bandcamp page. This is the band's second ep this year. The ep is called Centuries of Summers and features six new track including the "Red Silk Bow" from the the above video.


The Powder Kegs Reveal New Track and Seemingly New Direction

With just one listen to “La Mariposa”, you know that The Powder Kegs have the skills to probably play most female XPNers out of their panties. Well, it seems the guys have been experimenting more in the studio and are really happy with the results so they wanted to share them with us. Here’s “When the Body Tricks the Mind” from The Powder Keg’s first recording session for their upcoming full length due out in early 2011. It reminds us of a more dreamy, psychedelic Death Cab for Cutie, but with angular post punk guitar riffs to give it some balls. - The Deli Staff

When the Body Tricks the Mind by The Powder Kegs