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Forest People
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<p>Psychedelic swirling lures, introducing <em>Forest People</em> with atmospheric effects, slide guitar and nebulous, distant vocals.&nbsp; It builds softly before dropping dead into one crunchy, snarled-lip guitar lick.&nbsp; The band kicks it aside with the verse, Daniel Tortoledo's vocals immediately in the high-register, the rhythm guitar jiving like 70's funk.&nbsp; It's as hypnotizing an opener as this listener has encountered in a <em>very </em>long time.&nbsp; But The Highway, much as the name suggests, isn't content to idle in one place.&nbsp; &quot;Frozen Sun&quot; cruises away from a desert sunset and a troubled past; there's defeat in the lyrics, but it's accepted, calm, soothed by the breeze and the knowledge that tomorrow is a new day.&nbsp; The title track reminds what a spell a well thought out chord progression and back-up vocals can weave - it's a stunning, down-tempo meditation.&nbsp; &quot;Song for the World&quot; is utterly beautiful; if you're the type to let music touch you, this one will, and it's thanks to plumb ingenious song-writing:&nbsp; An entrancingly bittersweet opening gives way to one hell of a surprising French interlude (yes, both linguistically and musically); the song loops back on itself, gaining weight and fleshing out, and by the end, you might not know whether to laugh, cry, or sing along - even though they've switched languages again, this time to Spanish.&nbsp; Now, I know I'm a bit of a sap, but the raw emotionality of the record is worth noting because it's a field in which psychedelically-minded rock 'n roll rarely succeeds.&nbsp; But it's rock and roll, after all, so fear not if you just want to put your fist in the air - there's attitude in abundance, sharp and edgy soloing, inspired rhythm changes; hell, there's even a sing-along drum-and-vocal break.&nbsp; There's still some residue of the &quot;rock is dead&quot; prophesying, some grumbling that rock and roll is all, at this point, recycled goods, and that the new breed of rock is not really &quot;rock&quot; so much as indie, as experimental, as post-this or that-core.&nbsp; Buy <em>Forest People</em>.&nbsp; And then buy it for anyone you know who buys <em>that</em> sh*t.<br /> - <em>Cullen Corley</em></p>

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


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.


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 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).


Heavy Manners

Eighties Ska legends, Heavy Manners are back and preparing to thrill audiences with some new tracks as well as their classics. The band is releasing a new 12” on Jump Up! Records which features the rather fitting track “Get Me Outta Debt”.

Heavy Manners celebrates the release of their new 12", featuring two brand new singles and a Peter Tosh produced dub mix, with a performance at Taste of Lincoln Ave. There will also be an after party at the Elbo Room, Chicago, 2871 N. Lincoln 8PM – Featuring DJ Chuck Wren spinning 80’s Ska and Reggae.