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Zach's CMJ Day 4: Anna Haas + The Effect, Animal Reporters, Ferrari Truck, Cousin Earth, The Amigos

Last night at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village was a refreshingly feel-good, mostly funk affair. First on the neon-lit stage was Nashville/New York quartet Anna Haas + The Effect whose loud, rollicking tracks fondly recalled such iconic bands as The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac but burst to their own life with frontwoman Haas. With her rock-strong voice and fluid dance moves, she wasn't so much the head of a band as much as the bearer of a flickering rock torch. New York five-piece Animal Reporters were next, performing similarly funk-influenced songs of jumping keys and virtuosic guitars that, at one point, surprisingly yet thrillingly dipped into psych-rock. The group’s funked-up cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff,” a song that is perhaps reinterpreted too much, also proved intriguing. A somewhat more ominous funk hit the room next with Brooklyn quintet Ferrari Truck. Beginning with a slow, stormy song that reminded one of The Doors’ darker cuts, the Flatbush-rooted group then went into a warm, blues-inflected track that sounded like something The Dude would zone out to. As heard in their guitar-fuzzed, poignantly-titled track “Whispering You,” though, the band seemed keen to move as well as thrill the listener. Fellow Brooklyn five-piece Cousin Earth (pictured) took the stage next, beginning their set with an unabashedly glorious rendition of Jackie Wilson's “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher," lead singer Terry Brennan using a mini mouthpiece to simulate that track’s perky instrumentation. Then, after playing one of the loopy, effects-oriented songs from their forthcoming new album (due 11.20), the band segued into an amusing yet rocking medley of what seemed to be Kermit the Frog and a reggae-tinged version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” displaying this group’s fun-loving nature. Over at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York quartet The Amigos ended the night with its bluegrass-inflected, accordion-based tracks that blasted the longing of the blues in a pleasantly sunny way. – Zach Weg

Amanda X Opening for Protomartyr at JB's Oct. 18

After releasing their two-song EP Hundreds and Thousands via Self Aware Records, Amanda X are set to hit the road with Detroit's Protomartyr. The tour started last night in Baltimore at the Metro Gallery, and will be rolling into town this evening at Johnny Brenda's. It also seems that the increased touring demands for the trio and a move to NYC in May for a new job may have lead to the recent exodus of Tiffany Yoon as a permanent member on drums. However, I'm sure Kat Park and Kat Bean are more than ready to rock for us tonight! Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Alexis V.

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ASE's Saturdays @ The Lost Knight with Blood Candy, Band Aparte, SHEER, Slow White

Los Angeles collective All Scene Eye has taken over Saturdays at The Lost Knight, hosting free shows every weekend for the tired and thrifty of Echo Park.

Tonight fans of noise rejoice as gaze-y quartet Blood Candy blasts the British-styled pub with some sweet Dead Moon jams. The night opens with SHEER's heavy nostalgic hum mere days after the announcement of their debut LP Uneasy. The glorious rose petal flash of San Pedro's post-punk duo Band Aparte follows suit. And drugpop quintet Slow White ends the night with sonic opiates.

21+, but you bet your sweet drinking-age ass it's gonna be a sick night. Indulge in the aural apéritif below, courtesy of Blood Candy. Mind the freeway construction traffic, tho. - Ryan Mo

Toronto pop duo K.I.D. plays CMJ + tours

Some band names have the power to inhibit your "clicking" will, and, admittedly, the band called K.I.D. (akronim for "Kid In Dehad precisely that effect. But sometimes you've gotta get past first impressions... Our self-discipline triumphed though, and the consequent, reluctant clicking was rewarded with some really cool electronic rock-pop by a Toronto duo that's currently in NYC for the CMJ music festival. Check out their recent video for single "New Emotion," which showcases singer Kara's noteworthy vocal talent and presence, and the band's propensity for radio friendly melodies. After their appearance at CMJ, K.I.D. will come back to Canada for a brief East Coast tour. 

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Portland folk band Windus plays Mississippi Studios on 11.19

Here at The Deli we try to reward artists that dare to forge new, interesting sounds, and Portland duo Windus definitely belongs to this category, at least in this 2014 single "Peninsula" from their debut, self titled EP. We love the stripped down intensity, minimalistic melodies and textural elements coming and going in waves. The rest of the records settles for a more regular folk sound, but always keeping the intensity and poetry on. You can see Windus live at Mississippi Studios on 11.19.

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