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March 2014
Ryley Walker
"All Kinds Of You
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The debut album, All Kinds of You, from Ryley Walker is impressive in its thoughtful restraint and intimate sounds and lyrics. Walker has spent years in Chicago's noise scene, but this album is a near folk masterpiece. Walker shows skill in guitar playing, singing, and writing though the album. The album opens with the track that Walker is currently known for "The West Wind". It is a solemn journey that Walker present in a video last Fall. The production value of the album shines through on a track like "Twin Oaks pt. 1" where the sounds builds into a lush down home party complete with drums, strips, and guitar picking. All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square, April 15th) presents and old soul, a journeyman in the form of this talented 24 year old singer/songwriter.


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New Track: "Real" - Elegant Animals

With the release of their debut LP Carnivora (due out April 22nd), Elegant Animals have issued the album’s first single “Real” which has a sleek R&B vibe blended in with electronic brush strokes.

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NYC Band on the rise: Little Racer releases debut "Modern Accent" + plays Pianos on 04.25

We thought the Chillwave... wave was on its way out, but maybe it was just the winter - there's no point in releasing that kind of records when it's cold, right? The first seasonal sun has triggered the release of the third (solid) album by the precursors of the genre (Real Estate), while, on the "new arrivals" side of things, Brooklyn's Little Racer has just celebrated the release of a debut 6 tracks (what's that, a Mini-LP?) entitled "Modern Accent" with a show at Baby's All Right this past Saturday. Surf, new wave and dream pop influences chase each other in this very enjoyable collection of songs, which also reference occasionally to legendary British artists like The Jesus & Mary Chain and the Madchester bunch ("Vanessa" sounds almost like a reinterpretation of The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored"). This is a very consistent release that might improve the quality of your late spring and summer months - and beyond! See Little Racer live at Pianos on April 25. - photo credit: Abigail Smithson

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

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Alt Rockers Ula Ruth play Rockwood on 04.19

Connecticut/NYC-based Ula Ruth have the makings of a classic Heartland brand of rock n' roll, equally parts comforting and always in style, like that old pair of jeans you just pulled out of your closet to wear again this Spring. Merging alt-country with a penchant for large rock anthems, the quartet has just released their sophomore record 'Restless Nights,' revealing a larger sound to jump around to on stage (and plenty of room for frontman Nicholas James to stretch his pipes), while still keeping things rough around the edges.

See the video for Let Down below, and discover how to bake shitty tasting steaks and very messy (and possibly poisonous) cupcakes. Then catch them live when they play Rockwood Music Hall at 10pm Sat, April 19th. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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Poll Nominee: Troller

Rounding up the bands highlighted in our Artist of the Month Poll is gothic electronica outfit Troller. The band seems to have found a fitting home with Austin’s Holodeck Records, through which their self-titled debut LP has already had a couple pressings.

Between official showcase spots at SXSW last month and Moogfest in Asheville, NC this month, Troller has been gaining a bit of (good) attention lately, and it’s all warranted. Through the heavy layers of synth and wide-horizoned vocals, Troller’s sound is dark yet cozy. –Written by Marie Meyers

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Melon and the Mayhem at The End 4.16

Trade in an ampersand and take out ‘the,’ and Melon and the Mayhem could easily pass for the name of a trendy new localvore restaurant somewhere in The Gulch, instead of an indie-pop band strongly influenced by jazz and Big Band swing. Mary Ellen “Melon” Klein leads her band The Mayhem through vintage numbers that are smooth enough to flirt with the boundaries of easy listening. The band is kicking off their East Coast tour in support of their second EP, “Bluerise” with a show at The End this Wednesday. “Cinnamon Eyes” is the first song off the album; it definitely hits its stride when the saxophone enters the picture during the bridge, but, face it, few things do not benefit from a sax solo. –Terra James-Jura

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Poll Nominee Orthy

In time for some late-night weekend listening, the third contestant in our Artist of the Month poll is Orthy. The dreamy electronic pop is the work of Ian Orth, aided live by some good friends. Orth is also one of the brains behind Learning Secrets, the local dance party which has been an Austin fixture for several years.

The band was featured last month on WXPN’s World Café, but the most recent news to come from Orthy is that they have news coming, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! –Written by Marie Meyers

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Foxy Lemon // Mufassa // 4.12.14

The five guys of Foxy Lemon  have been working hard on production, tightening and experimenting with sounds which largely encompass dripping bass, strong drums, and and classic rock guitar elements of rock and blues. They have oft been compared to doing some fresher, glammy Led Zeppelin or Jack White. Keishi Ihara's voice is emerging, and the band's work on their  XOXO EP- like that dirty guitar stretch on "Muscat" (oh, sweet wine),  is kinda hot. The fact that they are returning to The World Famous Kenton Club with Mufassa tomorrow night instantly garners my approval. Patrimony open the night at 8:30 followed by The Ex-Girlfriends Club. - Brandy Crowe


no:carrier Releases New Album + Goes on West Coast Mini Tour

San Francisco based Electro Noir Pop band, no:carrier will be embarking on a west coast mini tour upon the release of their new album, Wisdom and Failure. The album is an experimental euro-pop album that is unique and titillating to the ears. It's always cool to come across music that reflects and international sound and vibe. If you want to catch no:carrier live, they'll be performing at Brain Wash in San Francisco on May 4th. Don't miss it!

Tuesday 04/22 Blue Moon Comics - San Rafael
Tuesday 04/29 The Viper Room (9:30pm) - West Hollywood
Friday 05/02 First Friday - Las Vegas
Sunday 05/04 BrainWash (6:00pm) - San Francisco
Monday 05/05 Seahorse (7:00pm) - Sausalito

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