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Best of NYC 2014 - Deli Writers top picks: Celestial Shore, Beverly, Sons of an Illustrious Father, and Dead Stars

Deli-rious readers,

In the insanely convoluted (but SUPERBLY accurate) system governing our Year End Poll for Emerging NYC Artist, our writers have a rather influential vote. Here are the results of this specific poll.

Well... you should know by know how much The Deli's staff loves avant-indie trio Celestial Shore, so I guess no surprise there! Check out their latest awesome video below. Beverly, Sons of an Illustrious Father and Dead Stars also made an impression...


Celestial Shore
Sons of an Illustrious Father
  Dead Stars


The Deli's Staff

Best of NYC 2014 - Open Submission Results for INDIE ROCK

It's "indie" time, folks! Here's the list of artists who qualified to the last phase of our Best of NYC Year End Poll for Emerging Artists through the Open Submissions in the Indie Rock category - congrats to all fo them!

Total submissions in this category: 23

Jurors: Natan Leipzig (The Deli Portland), Maylis Personnaz (Deli Writer), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting later this week):

1. Mainland (7.66 out of 10)


2. Dead Stars (7.33)


3. Exocomet (7.16)


3. DREAMERS (7.16)


Honorable Mentions (score above 7):

Riverwild, CUTTERS, Controller, The Planes, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Animal Years, Walking Shapes.


More results coming soon, we are getting there!

The Deli's Staff


Dead Stars, Jaun Waters and NYC resident Mac De Marco play 4Knots (07.12)

For the fourth time in as many years, lower Manhattan’s South Street Seaport will host the Village Voice's day long. free entry 4Knots Music Festival. Happening on Saturday July 12 from 1-8 pm, the event is rain or shine, and as in previous years bands will perform on two alternating stages. An eclectic assemblage of artists is scheduled to appear this year, running the gamut from legendary status, those solidly established over the last year all the way through to fresh and emerging acts.

One noteworthy band on the rise who has recently released their first full length album titled “Slumber” is Brooklyn’s Dead Stars. Currently embarked on an east coast and midwestern tour, the band will wrap that up with a homecoming appearance at this event. The new collection of songs takes what was already appealing about this band and multiplies it exponentially. Opening track “Someone Else” grabs hold with the chorus hook a mere 50 seconds in, and memories of every uptempo, Americana band you ever loved runs wildly through your head. The timely “Summer Bummer” (streaming) leans heavily on the solid backbeat dropped down by master sticksman Jaye Moore. Cousin Jeff’s playful lyrics echo Joey Ramone’s casual nonchalance towards negativity, while John’s bass lands squarely on Lou Barlow’s groove.

Another up and comer performing who proudly represents the borough of Queens is Juan Wauters, also known as the songwriting force behind lo-fi Brooklyn gem The Beets, now signed to Captured Tracks. Though he claims his songs represent an evolving search for that specific sound which will never come to be, the 60’s era folk groove of his first 7” single “Sanity” belie such nihilism. While the track's lyrical subject matter may explore darker corners of human psyche, its rhythmic groove evokes original British invasion folk-poppers like Peter & Gordon. The vocal delivery and overall vibe conjures up images of Austin Powers leading a line dance down Carnaby Street.

This year’s big name headliner is 90’s legends Dinosaur Jr, who reunited a few years ago and have consistently put out new material ever since, and are probably one of the most influential band in Brooklyn's current 90's rock revival. Other acts scheduled to perform are Mac DeMarco (he's a New Yorker now!), Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and Re-TROS. - Dave Cromwell


Dead Stars announce LP Summer Bummer + play release party on 06.19 and 4Knots in Uly

Grungey and fuzzy trio Dead Stars finally announced the release of their first full length this summer, a record dripping with the elements that attracted attention towards them over the years: a pop sensibility through angsty chords, dewy melodies and distorted guitars, and their trademark juxtaposition of the lows and the highs of life. So much so that new track 'Summer Bummer' is filled with ‘anti-summer’ lyrics according to Jeff Moore (vocals and guitarist), but that doesn’t stop it from feeling good. Drums so fast that almost sound abbreviated are consummated by a fluid bass line that doesn’t so much lay underneath the melody, but is integral to it, making the whole thing writhe with passion and pulse. New LP 'Slumber' is out 6/17 on Old Flame Records - support them at the launch show on June 19th at Union Pool, or see them at Village Voice's 4Knots fest in July. - Francesca Baker

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Indie Guitar Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Thursday: The Deli's Fuzz Rock + Afrobeat CMJ Stages at Spike Hill

The third day of the 2014 CMJ marathon reserves a rather unusual double Deli bill at Spike Hill in Williamsburg. We'll start with 90 minutes of semi-unadulterated wall of fuzz with 3 noisy but melodious Brooklyn bands, and progress to a late night of afrobeat and funk!

Check out the lineup below and do not dare missing this one - whichever of the two genres you are into.

Full Deli CMJ 2013 schedule here.

Spike Hill - $6


Heeney **
8.30  Dead Stars **
9.00 Slonk Donkerson **
9.40 People's Champ
10.30 Sway Machinery
11.30 EMEFE
12.30 Mammal Dap (Boston)



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