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St. Vincent plays Summer Stage on August 1st

Admittedly, one of the capital sins The Deli has committed in terms of coverage of local artists, is having TOTALLY missed the raise to fame of St. Vincent. Well, the problem might have been that it is unclear (at least to us) when she actually moved to Brooklyn from her hometown of Tulsa, which might have made it tricky for us to consider her a "coverable" artist. Nonetheless, we did fail to interview her before she reached her stardom status. This incredibly talented lady who looks like the sexiest female nerd on earth, has released two of the best pop albums we have heard in the past decade. Great songwriting is matched by stellar production, which makes her (in our eyes) the Kate Bush of the New Millennium, only with a more consistent songwriting. St. Vincent will be playing Summer Stage in Midtown Manhattan on the afternoon of Sunday 08.01 - highly recommended.

St. Vincent "Jesus Saves, I Spend" from Marc Ritzema on Vimeo.

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Best of NYC #12: Midnight Masses. play Knit on September 3

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

Religion inspires musicians in a variety of ways. Some praise the lord (gospel); others worship the devil (death metal). Religion gifted Madonna her most memorable moment, and only last year Christopher Owens utilised his upbringing in the Children of God cult to inspire a Beach Boys-esque pop album with his band Girls. Midnight Masses are at completely the other end of the spectrum from Owens. Redemption, sin and death run through their music, reflecting leader Autry Fulbright’s upbringing as a preacher’s son. Religious imagery is rife. Their vocals often ring out which a church-like echo. No doubt the untimely death of Fulbright’s father acted as a catalyst for these meditations, but from that tragedy, something beautiful has grown. I spoke to Midnight Masses’ front man on these inspirations. - Dean Van Nguyen. Read a feature about Midnight Masses in The Deli's last printed issue (pdf version here).

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The Soldier Thread CD Release @ The Parish

The Parish will be abuzz tonight in celebration of the release of indie-pop band The Soldier Thread's new album, In Spades

"We're totally stoked," guitar/vocalist Justin McHugh says of the new release. "It's definitely a direction we wanted to go." 

"It offers a bigger sound than the first, in addition to more guitar and more vocals from (viola/vocalist) Patricia Lynn," Justin promises. 

 

The second full-length record follows an EP, Fevers and Fireworks, and their debut album, Shapes. Producer Dwight Baker, who has produced Bob Schneider and Alpha Rev, had a hand in the release, and Justin believes it shows how the band has evolved  since the first record. He adds that The Soldier Thread is headed towards a "poppier" sound in order to draw more people, and this record displays that. 

 

The band says they are thrilled with the outcome of the new sound and are anxious to have it in people's hands.

 

"We hope that people like it, and that it's well received and can grow the fan base some. I think there's definitely stuff on it that the fans that we do have right now will like," Justin says. 

 

"We've been sitting on this record now for some time now and it's just going to be nice to have it out there-- it's a good release for us-- both just to release the record and, well, emotionally."

 

The party kicks off at 8 and will feature performances from Wiretree, Quiet Company and special guest Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev, in addition to the guest of honor.

 

Expect Texas-wide tour dates to be announced soon following the album release show, and check thesoldierthread.com for the latest updates.

 

--Amanda Hensel

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Rachael Sage's NYC Video Release Party @ Best Buy Union Square

NYC pop songstress Rachael Sage will present her new video for the song "Big Star" with a performance at Best Buy in NYC Square on July 30. The song was written years ago, but was never officially released. Then, when Sage's friend Semi Precious Weapons' singer Justin Tranter became Lady Gaga's  favorite glam-punk frontman, Sage found inspiration to give the song new life. The Deli is actually very familiar with Justin Tranter, who was featured on the cover of an issue of The Deli back in 2008. We wonder if the high heel long white boots Ms. Sage is wearing in some shots of the video are the same Tranter uses during his outregeously provocative live shows.
"Big Star" appears on her recently released album, "Delancey Street".

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No Better

White Car has been generating a fair amount of buzz for a while now, and finally we will be able to get their new ep No Better on August 31st. The ep will be released digitally and on limited 12” numbered vinyl by Hippos in Tanks. The ep finds Elon Katz and his counterpart Orion Martin in top form bringing their distinctive brand of dark electro-funk. You can feel the influence of growing up in a city that was home to Wax Trax, but their also feels so fresh and creative. There is a level of darkness in these tracks, but it feels a little tongue-in-cheek.

This is the follow up to the band’s self-titled debut ep which was released in February. The band will be at Pilsen Music Festival on July 31st. They will also be performing at Empty Bottle on Aug. 1st, and the official record release show will be at The Hideout on August 6th.

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