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Dance a Lot, Cry a Little with Maarquii

Maarquii has been making a huge splash in the Portland music scene. Their second EP Lullaby in Gemini came out February 2017, and there’s a reason it’s gotten the attention it has. Maarquii lives in a very fast world, but they slow it down with their music. Their song “2chill” brings up images of bodies dancing in slow motion, bathed in dusky neon lights. The jazzy, R&B elements of their music combine well with the pulsing and heavy club-inspired beats. The jazz influence in their hip hop sound contributes towards a more mellow, sophisticated and mournful tone that makes single "Mizz Communication" especially poignant. Maarquii will be at the Doug Fir Lounge on July 6th with Karma Rivera, Fountaine, and Empress.

By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Evan James Atwood
   

Cry Babe at Turn Turn Turn 07/15

In many ways, the music of Cry Babe is based on a classic indie rock sound, but there's a poignant melodic element to it that gives it a wrenching quality. Bassist Maddie Putney and drummer Rose Reinholz are in great sync, maintaining the ideal balance between punchy beats and soft melodies. As vocalist Anaïs Genevieve wails out the lyrics to “Picasso” the rich timbre of her voice adds a more romantic flair to the band’s warm instrumentals. Cry Babe also incorporates a generous use of cymbals and an omnichord, subtly adding elements of synth and pushing the band’s work into the dream-pop category. You can catch them next on July 15 at Turn Turn Turn with Mere Mention and Slutty Hearts.

 

  By Avril Carrillo, Photo By Corbin Corbiin

   

The Classic Punk of Planet Damn

Since its beginnings in the late 60s, punk has evolved to encompass a wide variety of subgenres. However, that doesn’t mean a modern day punk band can’t make classic punk revival, CGBG-style! Such can be said about Planet Damn. Their music is fast and grating. The lead vocalist jumps into each song with the same vigor and energy, with zero hesitation - a conviction that is required for any good punk band. Planet Damn's lyrics are simple and catchy without ever falling into the traps of cliche'. With their aggressive and blunt guitar riffs, this a band refreshingly reminiscent of popular 70s acts like the Dead Boys and the Dictators - keep an ear on them! - Avril Carrillo

By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Corbin Corbiin

   

The Soft, Sad World of Gillian Frances

When listening to Gillian Frances’ debut EP Born Yesterday, the soft, ambient acoustics wash over you gently like waves. It’s not hard to be lulled to sleep by Frances’ gentle vocals, as she plaintively croons her poetic lyrics. Her voice is ethereal and tinged with a uniquely biting sweetness and her lyrics display a distinct worldview. Born Yesterday gives the audience a glimpse into a motionless world filled with the sort of nostalgia associated with forgotten memories and lost things. The EP is both mournful for the past and hopeful for the future. At times her music sounds eerily familiar, hinting at inspiration from acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel. It’s an impressive first release which was recently reissued on Good Cherry Records.

By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Broseph 

   

Bodega is on the cover of the 54th issue of The Deli NYC!

If there's a turn of phrase we kind of detest here at The Deli is "taking the scene by storm." It's one of those generic prefab sentences that ring insincere. But then again, sometimes, some bands do that - kind of rare, but it happens, right? And sometimes, on a hot day like today, being lazy is kind of inevitable. So... yes! Brooklyn's Bodega are taking the NYC scene by storm with their blend of post-punk and pop and their super-fun live shows. That, and their somewhat familiar name, are the main reasons why they are on the cover of the new, spring 2018 issue of The Deli! 

The issue, our 54th NYC one, is now up online and you can read it here.

It's an issue linked to the biggest event for musicians we've ever organized, which will host a Stompbox Exhibit, a Synth Expo and a Vintage Guitar Exchange in a Bushwick art gallery called Absurd Conclave - hope to see you there!

The Folks at The Deli NYC