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NYC Artists on the Rise: Mad Love

Hailing from varied locales, including Seoul and Reykjavik, Sunny Kim (vocals), Trevor Dunn (bass, vocals), Ches Smith (drums), Hilmar Jensson (guitar), and Erik Deutsch (keyboards) have relocated to Brooklyn to form Mad Love. The quintet bestows mad love to unconventional piano melodies, crunching guitars, and floating vocals on the dozen tracks of their recently released “White With Foam.” Striking and strong, “Absence and Noise” melts into catching bass lines which underscore the evocative interplay between Kim and Dunn’s airy voices. Howling vocals take over the metal riffs and quick tempo of “Dirty,” while “Art of Denial" settles into a grungy groove overlain by ghostly keyboards. “White With Foam” is not as light and frothy as the title would suggest, instead the cut is heavy with dark distortion and uncanny unpredictability. - Meijin Bruttomesso

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The Volunteers are becoming Bones Howell



The Volunteers are a Williamsburg based rock'n'roll party band that's been around for quite some time and has entertained many NYC party people. They recently changed their name to Bones Howell + the Volunteers (which may become just Bones Howell in the future) and released a new EP with a party at Don Pedros on January 8. Their music is recommended for those who like tho rock in a light hearted kind of way. Enjoy this fun video from some time ago. 

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Two Subjects give birth to Cavemen

It doesn't happen very often that a NON all star band plays its first show in a sold out Bowery Ballroom. This is the case of Cavemen, a brand new musical project born from two members of Brooklyn band The Subjects. However, we can't really say that they sold out the Bowery, as on January 24 they are opening for Glass Ghost and White Rabbits... but still, this could be well interpreted as a sign from God! The band's sound, reminiscent of a more psychedelic version of Bell and Sebastian or The Shins, definitely has appeal and potential. Simple song with beautiful melodies - that's really all you need sometimes. Check out these guys' demo here.

P.S. By the way, we have our own name for this kind of music here at The Deli: we call it "Mellow Core". Here's a list of the Best Mellow Core Artists in NYC.

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Dawn Landes CD release party, 01.22 at Mercury



Raised in Branson, MO and Louisville, KY, Dawn Landes is a Brooklyn Resident with a playful approach to rootsy music. Her third full-length album will be available January 19 on Cooking Vinyl. In support of the album’s U.K. release, Landes recently completed European tours with Okkervil River and Elvis Perkins. Don't Miss the January 22 show at the Mercury Lounge.

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Weekly Special #185b: Midnight Masses, live at Music Hall on 01.29



Destiny and Autry from Midnight Masses met while living in Atlanta, where they started a band called Shock Cinema. Destiny and Autry knew Miyuki from when he toured with his old band The' Rogers Sisters. They knew Danny and Jason from Trail Of Dead, and reconnected' with them when Destiny and Autry moved to New York. Destiny met Eric through his' roommate who was in Dragons of Zynth. They all met through bands or in bars. - Read Gina Alioto's interview with the band here.

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