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A Deli Premiere: Jazze Belle kicks it quixotic with EP "Go To Bed Standing Up"

The Deli Magazine is proud to premier Jazze Belle’s first EP, 'Go To Bed Standing Up.'  The four songs are an all too short celebration of those moments in life where we feel like we’re doing everything we can to make our dreams happen and it’s still not enough. In “Every Day Tomorrow,” vocalist Taylor Simone expresses perfectly how even our dreams can be a subtle form of torture; she sings, “My dreams are made of never ending alarms so I sleep with one eye open.” Those words should hit close to home for any New Yorker. We’re excited to be invited to the slumber party! - BrokeMc

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Parlor Walls release debut LP “Opposites” at Sunnyvale on 03.09

Experimental art punk trio Parlor Walls are set to release their debut full-length “Opposites” through Northern Spy records on March 10.  Recently released single “Birthday” (streaming below) initially presents a simple percussive pattern in disguised waltz tempo, underneath strummed trebly electric guitar, brass and reed woodwind pads and soft droney vocals.  All of that changes with an angular skronk cadence taking over to deliver vocals declaring “you wanted everything – everything, everything.”  Including saxophone as an integral sonic element suggests jazz influences, however the phrasing and jagged rhythms positions the instrument closer to John Zorn’s often dissonant avant-garde.  The percussion becomes more nuanced as instrumental segments progress up until vocals break in with the phrase “don’t you know I’m perfect!”  A fuller version of the opening progression returns before one final launch into an intensified stomp where the song’s meaning (and title) is ultimately revealed. The band will play a release show at Sunnyvale on 3/9 with The Dreebs & Arian Shafiee (of Guerilla Toss). - Dave Cromwell

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NYC Soul & Blues Year End Poll Final Results: Breanna Barbara, Casey Hopkins Duo, Dakota Jones

The Soul & Blues Year End Poll results are finally in!

Overall Poll Winner (Combined Juror + Reader Poll Votes): Breanna Barbara

Dirty, brazen, and barefaced, Barbara Beanna is serving up old-style blues rock that's not afraid to kick some ass and take some names. Listen below.

Reader Poll First Place: Casey Hopkins Duo
The Casey Hopkins Duo are our overall reader poll winners, and with good reason--the band is playing electrifying fuzzy blues rock that immediately demands attention. Check out "Teacher's Pet" streaming below.

Reader Poll Second Place: Dakota Jones
The NYC-based band is crafts smooth soul rock that's sure to make it's way into your daily rotation. Take a listen to "Leave Me Alone" streaming below.

Here's the list of all the finalists with their Readers' Poll scores. As always, we'd like to thank all of our artists, jurors, and readers for participating in this year's polls.  Stay tuned and vote for all of our remaining genre polls! 

 The Skins
  0%   3 votes
 Eli Tyler
  0%   3 votes
 Sean Mcverry
  6%   82 votes
 Overcoats
  0%   2 votes
 Dakota Jones
  40%   517 votes
 Lawrence
  0%   7 votes
 Danielle Grubb
  0%   7 votes
 Breanna Barbara
  2%   27 votes
 The Casey Hopkins Duo
  49%   640 votes
 

 

 





Best of NYC Indie Rock: Readers' Poll top scorers: Baby Acid and Rachel Angel

Our Best of NYC 2017 poll keeps rolling and last week, after you-the-people cast your vote, we had the results of the readers' poll for he Indie Rock category to share with you!

Readers' Poll 1st Place Winner: Baby Acid

Readers' Poll 2nd Place Winner: Rachel Angel 

Our yearly poll winner for Indie Rock, Baby Acid, blends and bends generic conventions to create entire sonic spaces. The accuracy of their self-described "grunge-gaze" immediately becomes apparent upon listening. They use the fuzzy, screechy, heavy-weight characteristics of grunge to layer sound, creating sonic atmospheres that eventually take on the qualities of psych and shoegaze. If you're a fan of noise rock and grunge classics like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Nirvana, Baby Acid serves as the perfect for vehicle for fusion.

Rachel Angel took second place in the readers' poll this year. She's the type of artist who makes music out of a sense of necessity. Her songs serve as a form of survival, something solid to hold on to in the overwhelming current of existence. The lyrics adopt the refined aesthetic quality of poetry while the content may as well be pulled straight from personal diary entries, offering a vulnerability that proves undeniably relatable. The sonic niche she occupies rests somewhere between fuzzy indie rock and alt country, with Frankie Cosmos-style guitars resting atop a cushion of atmospheric organ you might hear in the work of classics like Wilco or Phosphorescent. 





Pearla releases debut EP

NYC-based singer-songwriter Pearla released her debut EP at The Bowery Electric on 2/24. Pearla, also known as Nicole Rodriguez, has begun to stir up interest in the indie rock circles around the city. She's played a few shows with fellow rising singer-songwriter Belle-Skinner, most recently at Rockwood Stage 1 earlier this month. Pearla's first release, the single "Waking Up", came out last July on her Soundcloud page. It's a swirling rock ballad full of passion that might remind you of Alanis Morisette or Ani DiFranco. Listen to "Waking Up" below. - Will Sisskind

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