St. Vincent plays Summer Stage on August 1st

Admittedly, one of the capital sins The Deli has committed in terms of coverage of local artists, is having TOTALLY missed the raise to fame of St. Vincent. Well, the problem might have been that it is unclear (at least to us) when she actually moved to Brooklyn from her hometown of Tulsa, which might have made it tricky for us to consider her a "coverable" artist. Nonetheless, we did fail to interview her before she reached her stardom status. This incredibly talented lady who looks like the sexiest female nerd on earth, has released two of the best pop albums we have heard in the past decade. Great songwriting is matched by stellar production, which makes her (in our eyes) the Kate Bush of the New Millennium, only with a more consistent songwriting. St. Vincent will be playing Summer Stage in Midtown Manhattan on the afternoon of Sunday 08.01 - highly recommended.

St. Vincent "Jesus Saves, I Spend" from Marc Ritzema on Vimeo.


Best of NYC #12: Midnight Masses. play Knit on September 3

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, DJs, and our writers and readers).

Religion inspires musicians in a variety of ways. Some praise the lord (gospel); others worship the devil (death metal). Religion gifted Madonna her most memorable moment, and only last year Christopher Owens utilised his upbringing in the Children of God cult to inspire a Beach Boys-esque pop album with his band Girls. Midnight Masses are at completely the other end of the spectrum from Owens. Redemption, sin and death run through their music, reflecting leader Autry Fulbright’s upbringing as a preacher’s son. Religious imagery is rife. Their vocals often ring out which a church-like echo. No doubt the untimely death of Fulbright’s father acted as a catalyst for these meditations, but from that tragedy, something beautiful has grown. I spoke to Midnight Masses’ front man on these inspirations. - Dean Van Nguyen. Read a feature about Midnight Masses in The Deli's last printed issue (pdf version here).


Rachael Sage's NYC Video Release Party @ Best Buy Union Square

NYC pop songstress Rachael Sage will present her new video for the song "Big Star" with a performance at Best Buy in NYC Square on July 30. The song was written years ago, but was never officially released. Then, when Sage's friend Semi Precious Weapons' singer Justin Tranter became Lady Gaga's  favorite glam-punk frontman, Sage found inspiration to give the song new life. The Deli is actually very familiar with Justin Tranter, who was featured on the cover of an issue of The Deli back in 2008. We wonder if the high heel long white boots Ms. Sage is wearing in some shots of the video are the same Tranter uses during his outregeously provocative live shows.
"Big Star" appears on her recently released album, "Delancey Street".


NYC Artists on the rise: Rope play Union Pool

Rope's guitars in the song "I Can't Pretend to Understand" sound like a combination of Husker Du's pervasive bright fuzz and Pavement's out of control (but within reason) crookedness, with the occasional hypnotic intricate solo a la The Feelies. There, that's 3 of my favorite bands ever in opne sentence... Their music has an urgency and a tension that will please true indie rockers, also because of the vocals, that are reminiscent of a young Tom Verlaine - ok, I know, too many awesome references here, but listen to these guys and tell me it's not true... The band has been around for quite some time (their Myspace page was created 5 years ago) but for some reason they just caught our ears (some indie bands don't like to promote themselves, you know? It's kinda unkewl...) They have a 7" out and will have a full length ready in the fall. Rope is playing a show on July 29 at Union Pool, it promises to be a lot of fun.


Weekly Feature #212b: Bear in Heaven

So what if the four members of Bear in Heaven are from the South? Save for a few rappers, jazzmen and big-gutted dudes flashing Strats in Bay Ridge bar bands, how many Brooklyn musicians are actually from Brooklyn? And yet the Southern issue keeps coming up. Writers—this one included—ask about it in interviews, and reviewers, in tracing the band’s history, often mention that singer and guitarist Jon Philpot, guitarist Adam Wills and bassist Sadak Bazarra knew one another back in their native Georgia, before moving to Brooklyn in the early ‘00s. Drummer Joe Stickney, a college friend of Wills’, hails from Alabama. - Read Ken Partridge full feature on the band here.