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Isle Royale

New band alert! Isle Royale released their first song today. You can check out "Undertow" below.

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Pretend with Vasudeva and 100 Onces at Bonnerhaus

If you didn't get to see Pretend's stellar performance during Young Lovers' residency at Pehrspace, know this: Nick Reinhart was grooving pretty damn hard to their music, and Pehrspace hit capacity before the encore. 

Now that you know you missed out on something big, here's a second shot to catch the enigmatic musicians: along with guitar-drum mathcore duo 100 Onces, Pretend will support touring New Jersey trio Vasudeva, whose last album Life in Cycles will definitely connect with fans of upbeat mathy post-rock like Enemies, The Bulletproof Tiger, Dios Trio. Then again, if you know of such bands, you're probably very familiar with these three and are wondering how you didn't find out about this earlier.

Presented by Sound of a Vacuum, the show is happening at North Hollywood's Bonnerhaus, doors open at 8pm. Vasudeva are moving through California for the first time, and tonight they're playing in Fresno at Frank's Place/Star Palace with The Unending Thread. You can still catch them on Saturday in Anaheim's The Eclectic Room with locals like Hollow Ran, Panoramic, and Twentytwofourteen. - Ryan Mo


Villa Coola

It was almost a year ago to the day the we share the debut EP from Gehring Miller (aka Villa Coola). Late last month Miller, along with Sip City Records, released his first full-length as Villa Coola. The album continues Miller's exploration of alt-folk and falsetto that is reminiscent of the dream-like acoustic moments of Dinosaur Jr.

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Midnight Mantics, "Mixtape Vol. 1"

If we pressed the eject button on The DeLorean's cassette deck, a mixtape of Billy Idol, The Cars, Duran Duran and Nashville-based Midnight Mantics would come popping out. The biggest mystery: What year was it made?!

The chill wave duo, made up of Stacy Hogan and Adam McCants, have taken their mutual love of all things John Hughes and created an authentic, danceable and relevant debut album that could easily be the soundtrack to any 80s teen flick. "Mixtape Vol. 1," dropping in September,  is stacked with drum machines, dreamy synth, echoey vocals and catchy hooks that will have you reaching for the Aquanet.
 
Get a taste of Midnight Mantics with their single, "City of Dreamers." -Caroline Bowman
 
 
 

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Queens songwriter on the rise: Matt Sucich plays Joe's Pub on 08.21

Intriguingly combining splendor and ruggedness, defeat and possibility, Queens-born singer/songwriter Matt Sucich’s latest single “Lay Low” (streaming below) is delightfully poignant. It’s the ever kindred story of someone trying to do good and offer love to another but constantly getting beaten down, for reasons even a god wouldn’t know. Gloom isn’t Sucich’s game, though, as his spectral voice and whimsical background production illuminate “Lay Low” with rays of hope and even bashful merriment. Ultimately, the burgeoning musician is just a guy expressing himself, the hurt and the joy. After last night's show at the Mercury Lounge Matt is scheduled to perform at Joe's Pub on August 21. – Zach Weg

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

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