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Q&A with Nervous Dater, live at Cake Shop on 10.02

There's a trope about the city that it's miserable to find love, so it makes sense that a few out-of-state-ers who wound up living in NYC would be nervous about dating. Fortunately for us, four-piece group, Nervous Dater, is anything but shy about their music abilities. The band combines a fun, driving, pop-punk aesthetic with windy, math-rock tinged guitar licks, and sets it against singer/guitarist Rachel Lightner's clear, laid-back vocals. There's also something delightfully relatable and real about the band's lyricism, and their anthemic approach to songwriting gives the band an instant draw. Nervous Dater was kind enough to talk to the Deli about their origins, their latest EP, and of course, what gear they're currently going crazy over - see links below. Nervous Dater plays the Cake Shop on October 2nd! - Olivia Sisinni

Read The Deli's Interview with Nervous Dater

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Cruel Youth unveils video for 'Diamond Days,' tours the US in November

NYC soul artist Teddy Sinclair seems to have found her voice in new project Cruel Youth, which marries her expressive and confident alto with an edgy and trippy electronic production. New single/video "Diamond Days" is a soaring ballad that manages to reference at once the Beach Boys' orchestral Pet Sounds arrangements and the mellotron in The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever, while gradually transporting the listener towards a lofty pop chorus. Don't miss the lady's live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 21, part of her upcoming US tour to promote debut album '+30mg.'

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Kuroma releases 'The Dark Horse Rides Again' LP at Union Poll 10/5

From the sound of it, psych-pop band Kuroma's latest release, "Perfect Girl," might have been written under the influence of a serious summer crush. Starting simply with a strumming acoustic guitar, the track slowly builds, erupting into rich layers of orchestral instrumentation - is that the sound of soaring love? Though the arrangement gets more complex as the tune progresses, "Perfect Girl" manages to remain grounded, courtesy of Hank Sullivant's dulcet vocals hovering over the mix. The result is a tune that sounds as if it was plucked from a mid-60's summer top 40 chart. Stream "Perfect Girl" below and catch Kuroma playing with the Acrylics at Union Pool on 10/5- Olivia Sisinni, photo by Ansely West

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New Track: "Let Me Get There" (Feat. Kurt Vile) - Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

A captivating intimacy silhouetted by a hypnotic surf/dream-pop groove, “Let Me Get There,” the new single from Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, is a song whose subtle intricacies stick. The track, which also features Kurt Vile, plays off the relaxed, heart-warming vocal duet/conversation as delicate keys and the light yet firm grasp of the twisting backend meet with warm stretches of guitar, hitting against the shore. The single is featured on the forthcoming album Until the Hunter, which will be released on November 4 via Tendril Tales.

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New QQQ EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

QQQ generates soundscapes that travel to futuristic dimensions. His new EP, Vocoder Works, transplants the listener to a new, experimental electro/synth frontier. However, it still retains an exuberant danceable foundation. You can feel the grooves setting your molecules in motion tonight at Everybody Hits, where he'll be performing with Brandon Can't Dance, Oh! Pears, and Iska Dhaff.

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