North Highlands plays Rooftop Films on June 19

We somehow missed this gorgeous video by North Highlands, an unpretentious Brooklyn band that sounds way more original than many other pretentious ones. In one word, this stuff sounds "FA-RESH"!!! Don't miss their en plain air show at Rooftop Films on June 19 at the New Design High School (350 Grand St. @ Essex).


Best of NYC #36: Anamanaguchi

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).

Anamanaguchi’s primary instrument is a hacked 1985 Nintendo, manipulated into creating the group’s own brand of energetic electro-punk. These 8 bit blips are later layered with guitars and added synths so to rattle speakers as well as maintaining their retro charm. Their new record Dawn Metropolis utilises these simple instruments to create wistful melodies that evoke feelings of adventure and excitement. “I am a hyperactive and really positive dude”, leading man Pete Berkman assures me. “The music I write tends to be a headphone-out from my brain; all extremely frantic, hyper-melodic, and uplifting.” - Dean Van Nguyen


TVOTR's David Sitek announces new project "Maximum Balloon"

David Andrew Sitek, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer for NYC's TV On The Radio (but currently based in LA,) announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Featuring a collective of guest artists Maximum Balloon’s self titled set will be released on August 24th on DGC/Interscope. Guest artists will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London, and more. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on “Tiger,” the first track to be released off the album. “Tiger” will be available on iTunes and all digital partners June 15th, but fans can hear the full song a day before it’s available for purchase, June 14th, by logging on to In addition to “Tiger”, Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album. Fans can sign up at the band's website to find out how to receive these songs, along with other extra videos and audio material.


From The Deli's Open Blog a new band: Atlantic Atlantic

The New York City band, Atlantic, Atlantic is making moves towards "the 90's for the now." This project sets sail in a new direction for Sikamor Rooney's front man, Brad York, creatings a sound inspired by bands such as Pavement, The Pixies, Built to Spill, The Replacements, My Morning Jacket, etc.  All music and lyrics are written by Brad York. The single Super Tall Buildings is recorded by producer Jeff Plate. Take a listen here! - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). Photo by Lucia Holm)


NC Artists on the Rise: Beloved Rogue

Beloved Rogue is 3 friends.  Alex and Sean, who grew up here in Brooklyn, and Mike who moved to town many years ago from Boston. He had started Beloved Rogue a few years back. Previously involved in other projects, they soon bonded over a love of BJM, the Lilys and Serena Maneesh. Getting together at Seaside Lounge Studios near Sunset Park they put together a 3 song EP “Polaurora”. It includes the video and single “Daysleeping” which contains some nice jangly pop moments in its 6 minute run. The other songs on the EP run down the indie road towards the middle of the pavement, we particularly like the mellower Capital Sense. Upcoming shows this summer include the Northside Fest at Bar Matchless on June 26th. Look for some road dates and another single coming soon. - Simon Heggie