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A Deli NYC/Sofar Sounds night with Tica Douglas, Chaos Chaos and Side Saddle

Yesterday (Sunday August 9th) Selfie.com's large Tribeca headquarters hosted a Deli sponsored Sofarsounds.com show. Once again, it was a night of great music enjoyed by an extremely attentive audience.

Talented songwriter Tica Douglas was first on stage, for a solo acoustic set. Her latest release 'Joey' received a flattering review on Pitchfork this past February, and for a good reason: the young songwriter has crafted a very personal style, and her live delivery of the songs from the album was touching and well performed. Check out the tune that closed yesterday's show below.

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Tica was followed by three acoustic guitar strumming dudes from Astoria (in the picture), who represent 50% of the band Side Sattle (we blogged about them in January). The trio picked up the tempo with four catchy folk-pop tunes that stood out for flawless three way vocal harmonies - these guys don't miss a note! The full band can sound completely different from what we heard yesterday, which was more on the lines of their single "When it's All Done" (streaming below). We like both versions. You can see them live at Pianos on August 28. 

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NYC (via Seattle) dual sisterhood Chaos Chaos closed the show with something radically different: no signs of acoustic instruments in their set up, just keyboards and a drum machine - played by hand! Now, let's get this straight: playing a drum machine with your fingers is not exactly the simplest thing in the world (we tried), and doing so while singing and shaking an shaker egg reveals superior, almost circus worthy motor skills. Chloe Saavedra pulled that off with flair, while singing back up vocals to her sister Asy, who also showcased a noteworthy instrumental ability at the keyboards. The duo offers electric piano driven songs that are at once catchy and quirky, and feature unexpected breakdowns and a airy openings. They played four new songs, check out their 2014 EP 'Committed to the Crime' here, and/or see them live at Baby's All Right on 08.31.

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Sunflower Bean unveils video for 'I Hear Voices' + tours with DIIV in the fall

Last year we featured heavily trippy psych rockers Sunflower Bean on the (uber-psychedelic) cover of The Deli NYC's Fall/CMJ 2014 issue - always one of the most read issues of the year - so we are pumped to hear that they will be embarking on a 23 date North American tour with DIIV this fall. The band recently released single 'I Hear Voices' through Fat Possum Records, and just unveiled this mind bending video for it. The NYC date is on November 8 at Webster Hall, be there!

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Suspicious Light playing Rough Trade on 09.08, working on new album

Suspicious Light is a three-piece indie rock outfit from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The three tracks they've released thus far are a collection of home recorded (but for the most part competent sounding) melancholic, reverb-soaked, indie-rock. The latest release from the band is "Tell Her Everything," a 5-minute long track about regret that is steeped in early indie-rock influences (Adam Franklin of the UK legendary band Swervedriver is featured on guitar). Our favorite track though is "Mistakes Were Made," (check it out below) which is vaguely reminiscent of that gorgeously blue masterpiece that's the Doves' debut LP "Lost Souls." The group's first record is currently in the works, and their next appearance will be at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on September 8th. - Patrick Wolff

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Brooklyn singer/songwriter Millie Mason’s poignantly pretty ‘Here On Up’ EP

With a tender yet firm voice and assured guitar work, Brooklyn-via-Knoxville singer/songwriter Millie Mason makes loneliness beautiful on her latest EP ‘Here On Up.’ “That could’ve been nice,/You can see me twice,/Now I’m not around,” the young musician sings on opener “In Town,” her invisibility hitting the listener with quiet power. As heard on other songs such as “Not Lonely” (video streaming below), Mason subtly portrays the intense pain of solitude, of not just being alone but feeling so, and does it both truthfully and compassionately. Listen to “Not Lonely,” and watch its icily warm music video (Filmed during the New York 2015 blizzard) below.– Zach Weg

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NYC Shoegazers Gingerlys play Palisades tomorrow (08.08)

The combined forces of Brooklyn and Long Island deliver impressive results with the Gingerlys' debut 7" EP “Jumprope,” out on Shelflife records just about one year ago. The title track (streaming) establishes essential band parameters featuring pitch-bended vintage keyboard hooks and dreamy female vocals. Softer story telling verses give way to an angular, syncopated chorus, whose urgency bring to mind fellow Brooklyn dreampoppers Field Mouse. “Summer Cramps” comes quicker via bass and clean guitar at a Cure/”Inbetween Days” pace, before polyphonic synths establish the dominant hook. “Better Hearts” surges forward with similarly sweet vocals and an optimistic feeling that slots closer to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. The lyrical content suggests all may not be entirely well, as they’ve “seen better hearts,” and “you don’t know me.” Closing track “Set You Off” evokes early era (pre Loveless) My Bloody Valentine with tandem male/female vocals and a light, airy vibe. Acoustic guitar driven, keyboards provide traditional pad backing, with electric guitar establishing the melodic hook. Gingerlys play tomorrow (Saturday August 8) at Palisades in Brooklyn on a stacked bill that also features Pill, Honduras and BAMBARA. - Dave Cromwell

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