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A NYC Christian band that's (actually) good: Young Oceans

Let's admit it, most true rockers feel a little uncomfortable whenever they read the words "Christian" and "Rock" next to each other - we do too. It's probably time to get over this impulse, forget the past struggles with the church (and the permanent divergencies with the rising tide of bigotry in the US), and just enjoy the music. Besides, if we can tolerate lyrics like The Sex Pistols' "I wanna destroy passerby," we can probably also deal with "Great is Our God," the title of one of Young Oceans' most popular songs. This band is a worship project that evolved from hymns penned and arranged within the Trinity Grace Church community in New York City. We are really enjoying the band's single from 2014 entitled "Only You" (streaming below) which falls entirely in the dream pop category - dream and religion are themes that feed each other in a big way. And if you really can't take the religious content in the lyrics, you have no excuse anyway: the band's latest album "Steady the Stars" is entirely instrumental.
Young Ocean was recently included in New Music Seminar's list of "Artist on the Verge 2015."

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Free Download: "I Feel Extra-Natural" (LVL UP Cover) - Slaughter Beach, Dog

Slaughter Beach, Dog, a.k.a. Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald, has released a cover of LVL UP’s “I Feel Extra-Natural,” found on Hoodwink’d. The acoustic strumming pattern, subtle keys and softly interlaced vocals play into the song’s delicate, emotive nature. Tonight, Slaughter Beach, Dog will be performing at Hazel House on a bill presented by The Guild, which also includes Abi Reimold, Meridian, and Pinch Hitter. (Photo by Jessica Flynn)

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 10th Anniversary Tour w/Teen Men at JB's May 26 & 27

It's hard to believe that it has been a decade since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah dropped their debut self-titled album on the world. The groundbreaking LP sold tens of thousands of copies out of bassist Tyler Sargent's Brooklyn apartment at that time, which was unheard of in the music industry, and helped to alter the scope of what indie/DIY acts could accomplish without a record label. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this generation-defining moment, the group is re-issuing its first release, and will be hitting the road performing the record in its entirety along with other favorites from the band's catalog. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be kicking the tour off this evening at Johnny Brenda's with Teen Men, who have been asked to support them during their travels across the U.S. and Canada. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $20, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


The Last Internationale plays European arenas with The Who

While we were blogging about a million other NYC artists, a relatively unknown local band we booked at our Best of NYC Fest in 2011 (as an opening act) kept working hard at their music and live show. Fast forward four years, and we find the group signed to Epic, putting out records produced by Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine fame), shooting awesome videos inspired by Western movies (streaming below) and... playing arenas in Europe opening for The Who! We are referring to alt rockers The Last Internationale, a band that deserves huge kudos for their achievement - and also a little apology from The Deli for not seeing it coming. The band released their debut album 'We Will Reign' last year, a powerful record that combines blues rock and Morriconian influences with their politically aware story-telling.

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New Daughn Gibson LP Available for Streaming

Daughn Gibson, a.k.a. Josh Martin, just premiered his third album Carnation over at NPR's First Listen. Gibson once again gives us a record that we were not expecting from the rugged-looking baritone, as his past country leanings lay further underneath his latest lacquered sheen of pop. The LP officially drops on June 2 via Sub Pop.

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