NYC Atists on the rise: Hurricane Bells play Mercury on May 22

Hurricane Bells is a new indie rock project from Longwave's Steve Schiltz. Vagrant Records released their debut album Tonight Is The Ghost digitally towards the end of 2009. Since then the band has gained momentum. The show at Mercury Lounge on May 22nd will be the last one of their East West Coast, that kept them busy for the last two weeks - recommended show.


Chris Cubeta lands 4 weeks residencey at Living Room

Chris Cubeta and co. left this message in our Open Blog: "Back at our favorite room in NYC for a 4 week residency. We have wonderful guests playing before and after us each week and... every week there will be 50 limited edition copies of a new recording. We are starting work on our new record this Summer and in anticipation of that we will be giving away some new songs, some old songs and maybe a cover or two. I have also been told that a certain G Daniel Lanzetta III might show up on video... " The two dates left are on May 19 and 25. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). 


The Depreciation Guild's CD release party at the Knit, May 25

Hey, have you met The Depreciation Guild? You may already be acquainted with vocalist/guitarist Kurt Feldman and guitarist Christoph Hochheim’s other band, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. A lot has happened since The Depreciation Guild released its debut album, “In Her Gentle Jaws” in the fall of 2007. Initially available as a free download, “In Her Gentle Jaws” was picked up by Kanine Records, who signed the band and released the remastered album on CD and vinyl last year. The band added a live drummer, Anton Hochheim, and has trekked across the country and beyond with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cymbals Eat Guitars, School of Seven Bells and most recently, Norwegian noise rockers Serena-Maneesh.
The Depreciation Guild returns strong with a mature, pensive sophomore album, “Spirit Youth.” While the Famicom is more apparent in “In Her Gentle Jaws,” the more subtle use of the gaming system’s oscillating beeps shifts the band closer to dream pop than to 8-bit music. Recorded during the summer of last year, “Spirit Youth” yields a slicker coat of production helmed by Telefon Tel Aviv’s Joshua Eustis. The richer album is a seamless collection of melodious tunes adorned with lush, amorous guitars and striking drums. The lovelorn lyrics, sonic evocation of dream pop bands of yesteryear and sounds of the Nintendo that have long been muffled and neglected in closets leave listeners with a sense of longing for the days of our youth. Celebrate the release of “Spirit Youth,” which drops on May 18, at the band’s record release show with Wild Nothing and Braids at the Knitting Factory on May 25. P.S. This is the video of the song "Nautilus", from their debut CD, songs from upcoming album can be streamed here. - Nancy Chow


The Morning Benders open for Broken Bells at Music Box in Hollywood 5/19

Highly anticipated Broken Bells show with The Morning Benders this Wednesday at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre in Hollywood. For those who don’t know, Broken Bells is the amalgamation of L.A.-based producer Brian Burton AKA Danger Mouse and James Mercer, lead singer from indie-music heavyweights The Shins. The Morning Benders newest album Big Echo (produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear) is a beautiful blend of lo-fi percussion, melodic arpeggios and soft falsetto. Guitars with heavy reverb harken back to surf rock of the 50s and 60s, while a wurlitzer smoothes it out for a laissez-faire listening experience. Both bands are bi-coastal and both bands completely rock.


A candidate for the 'Chilled Record of Summer 2010": Miniature Tigers

In the summer we all need a record to chillax to, don't we? The music of Miniature Tiger, who will be releasing their sophomore album "Fortress" in late July, seems to have all the right requirements to be the soundtrack of our battery recharging moments. The band has a song produced by Neon Indian currently streaming on Stereogum - but we recommend you also check out their older material on their myspace page, there are some beautiful pop gems in these guys' repertoire.