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Refs to make live debut at Bay’s All Right 03.02

Richard Saunders and Zach Lipkins first met on Craigslist approximately five years ago. The two debuted their collaborative musical effort Refs in 2015 with “Pain Goes Away,” a slow-paced minimal electronic pop track that has since racked up millions of streams on Spotify. The duo has continued to make downtempo, playlist-baiting chill pop in small amounts. Their most recent track, “Stories,” premiered late in 2018 with Saunders’ lightly R&B inflected vocals atop a light but percussive production by Lipkins. This year, Refs will make its first live appearance: you can see the duo live at Baby’s All Right on March 2. – Cameron Carr

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Flesh Panthers "Lecture Line"

Flesh Panthers have released a wonderfully retro new single called “Lecture Line”. This is the band’s second single in recent month’s and follows-up “I Wish I Woulda’ Known” which was released back in October.

You can catch Flesh Panthers at Empty Bottle on January 18th with Railway Gamblers and Bluefish Fellows.

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Earthquake Lights unveil video for single "Moonlight" + announce LP

We've never been jazz fans - we are indie kids here at The Deli NYC, although we can certainly appreciate other genres - but admittedly, after 20+ years spent listening to similar variations of major and minor chords (with maybe a seventh thrown in for good measure every now and then), it feels incredibly refreshing to hear chord progressions that challenge our ear. NYC quintet Earthquake Lights just unveiled the video for their single Moonlight, a song based on a succession of chords that may sound slightly dissonant at first but that resolves beautifully in a subtle series of tension and release moments. The track's songwriting and delivery betray an experienced and skilled group of musicians with jazz leanings, and as a matter of fact lead singer/keyboardist Myles Rodenhouse and company are veterans of the NYC scene and have been involved in all sorts of musical projects, including a jazz orchestra. The took the opportunity of the video premiere to announce the upcoming release of their debut LP Distress Signals, the follow up to their 2012 debut EP Bangups & Hangups.

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New Whaler Jr. EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Whaler Jr., a.k.a. Brendan McHale (of RFA) recently posted his new EP. Atta Boy begins with its compact, breezy title track, while “Tired” casually coasts contrasting its self-accessing narrative with a sense of ease, throwing in some guitar sparks for good measure. “Coffee Fiddles” delicately awakens in acoustic strums, as wafts of morning brew welcome the day. This latest batch of recordings brightens with its thoughtful, bouncy bursts of energy.





Speed Babes @ Reed's Local (1/18)

Speed Babes is the Lo-Fi Garage Punk of Jesse Ewan, Mike Mazzola, and Dave Rentauskas. They recently released the first single, “We Sell Your Soul”, from their forthcoming album, Tape Pink, which is due this Spring.

You can catch Speed Babes at Reed’s Local on January 18th with Lollygagger and Djunah.

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