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Boy King Islands

Boy King Islands has launched a kickstarter to help them finish their new album. This would be their follow-up to the 2012 Plustapes release Sun Worship. Boy King Islands is Zachary Mastoon and Jason Hunt and have been performing together for more than a decade. 


Recommended NYC Show: Ratking at SOB's on August 4th

Don't mistake Ratking for one of your run of the mill hip-hop groups.  They're a live band, and it's their performances in and around the underground venues of New York that put them on the map.  Ratking has gathered a significant following in the five boroughs, and despite their lack of typical hip-hop ethics, have proved to be major innovators in the rap game.  Wiki's incredible agility and aggressive energy is something truly remarkable to witness; combine that with Hak's contrasting smooth-like-butter flow, and you've got an impressive melding of minds.  Add Sporting Life's eclectic beats into the mix and you've got one of the sickest live rap groups in the city right now. On top of all that, they release their music and support their compatriots through their own record label, Letter Racer. They're playing at SOB's next Monday (8/04), don't miss the show.  - Jake Saunders


New Track: "Christmas Hair" - Joy Riding

Below is a new track from local indie-rock outfit Joy Riding called "Christmas Hair." It's off the band's five-song EP Cute. The group is made up of members from It's a King Thing, Makeout Party, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and Decathlete. They'll be performing in Philly on Saturday, August 22 at Kung Fu Necktie.


Rachel Pearl, "Dodgeball"

The Deli caught wind of Rachel Pearl earlier this July at NAMM, where she charmed an afternoon crowd with her jazz-influenced pop (accompanied by Bakithi Kumalo, the bass player on Paul Simon's "Graceland.") The fiery-haired songstress has a handle on both ends of the spectrum; she's capable of strumming a quirky little ditty on her ukelele or belting an sparkly, auto-tuned, area-worthy piece.  The start of this month saw the release of her single "Dodgeball." While it is a freakin' cute track, the clever language and interesting instrumentation (and the branding.  Oh, think of the branding.) reveal Pearl's very shrewd handle on pop as an artform. The thing has more hooks than a Reno truck stop.  Pearl's personality and inclination for pushing the envelope with beguiling results makes her an artist to keep an eye on.  Whatever she cooks up is going to be sweet. 

Rachel Pearl is hosting a series of open mics at the Rutledge.  More information can be found HERE. -Terra James-Jura


Living Days are back with new single and show at Union Pool on 08.20

After ten years spent covering the NYC scene, here at The Deli we have the occasional nostalgic day when we like to reminisce about awesome bands from a few years ago that undeservingly disappeared from the face of the earth. Decadent and troubled looking dark pop band Living Days was ALMOST getting to that point. Back in 2010 we enjoyed their debut single so much that we booked them for our very first SXSW show. Then a few years went by without much happening. We are therefore very glad to see them (and their mysterious and charismatic front lady Stephonik Youth) back with a show scheduled for August 20 at Union Pool, sharing the stage with another one of those semi-forgotten NYC acts (Midnight Masses, more about them soon).  The band recently dropped a new single "Thrill Anybody?" (streaming) and is finalizing a new album that should see the light early in 2015.


New Beard celebrates release of ' My People are Around' EP at Mercury this Saturday (08.02)

Self-described “weird rock” band New Beard will be kicking off the release of their new EP “My People Are Around” with a release show at Mercury Lounge this Saturday, August 2nd. Though the record is coming in at six tracks shorter than the band’s first full-length “New Beard City,” don’t be deceived by its brevity — it is tightly packed with strange vocal inflections, grungy power chords, and irony-stricken lyrics in all of the right places. While some tracks on the album verge on compositional chaos, others play out with the soft, crooning exterior of a folk song — much like the opening track, “The Weight of a Tiny Being” a quirky love song that reveals the probable origins of the band's name: “You have changed me for the better/I grew out my facial hair for you.” Check out the video of title track My People are Around. - Jillian Dooley

New Beard - My People Are Around from FaceHeads on Vimeo.




Haki is fronted by the talented Kelsey Ashby. On their latest release, Positive, her vocals range from rhythmic screaming to hushed crooning. Through out the album she shows incredible range and energy. The band's sound ranges from thrash metal to punk to doom and never really lets up. They are destruction and beauty rolled up into a young explosive package.

You can catch Haki at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on August 6th with Evasive Backflip, Fake Limbs, Crude Humor, and Unabomber.


Cougar Island

Cougar Island recently released their new album Conjugal Visits. Below is the first single from the album, "Much Too Loud".

You can catch Cougar Island @ Schubas on August 4th.



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