More people should listen to: Ivana XL, live at Sycamore, June 11

Ivana XL is pure talent (a lot of it), and very little organization - a little bit like a female Van Gogh of the NYC scene - or maybe a Syd Barret reincarnation, considering her psychedelic influences and surprising songwriting style, that induces memories of childhood. Ivana finally managed to put out an EP (entitled "Blood") that sounds good (all her most recent releases were just very basic 2 tracks live recordings.) You can listen to some of these tracks here. We've been fans of Ivana for quite some time now and would definitely recommend to listen to her music and see her live, she's playing Sycamore (awesome little venue in Ditmas Park) on June 11. 


Blip Blip Bleep CD release party at Mercury on June 29

Blip Blip Bleep is a Brooklyn based indie-pop/electro act consisting of Sean Han, Alexa Danner and Jojo Schwarz. Their first full length album, Like Track Stars, will be released digitally on June 29th via Undercover Culture/IODA. It tells the story of a relationship from start to finish over 9 songs. Download the brand new single, "Freak You Out" right here and don't feel guilty about sharing it with a like-minded friend or two! - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).



Steel Phantoms win free studio time at Stratosphere Sound through Deli

As you all should be aware by now, The Deli's mission is to give local artists free exposure and opportunities. Recently Stratosphere Sound, the Chelsea based recording studio owned by Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, gave The Deli readers the opportunity to win a FULL DAY of free studio time (there will be more, so stay tuned!). Grammy winning producer Geoff Sanoff (the studio's chief engineer who worked with Secret Machines, Nada Surf, and Obits among others) volunteered to engineer/produce these sessions for free - adding value to a package now worth around $2k. We can now announce that the winners of this second studio time giveaway (chosen directly by the Stratosphere Sound's staff) are indie rockers Steel Phantoms - congrats! Stratosphere Sound has a 30% discount on their studio rates for all those who will mention The Deli until the end of September.


Peg Simone's story-songs a Bowery Poetry Club: CD release on June 3

Fans of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits' may want to check out Peg Simone, a New York based singer songwriter who colors her (and at times somebody else's) stories with searing slide guitar and her smokey, sultry voice. Peg will be celebrating the CD release of her most recent album, Secrets From The Storm (Radium/Table of the Elements). Collaborator Holly Anderson will open reading some of her prose poems that inspired Peg's darkest songs. Alt. guitar stalwart Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, Lemonheads) will then play a meticulously rendered set of his songs, followed by Peg who'll play all the songs from Secrets and then be joined by downtown legendary drummer Jonathan Kane (Swans) to perform the album's epic opener "1927/Levee.”


Hooray for Earth release EP, open for Futureheads, tour with Pains!

Hooray for Earth truly has a lot to cheer about. Not only is the band debuting its EP at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday 06.01, but it is also opening - that same night - for Brit indie rock group and labelmates, The Futureheads (both are signed to Dovecote Records). To top it all off, Hooray for Earth will be touring with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Surfer Blood well into June. Hooray for Earth, that calls both Boston and NYC home, will debut the EP, "Momo," that showcases their synth-heavy, chilled-but-somewhat-experimental pop, that brings to mind a slightly less quirky version of unforgettable Beta Band.