Indie Rock

Caveman releases third LP 'Otero War' + talks about pedals on Delicious Audio

Belonging to the rare category of "bands that keep getting better all the time," Brooklyn's dream rock quintet Caveman just released their third full length album (and three years in the making) 'Otero War,' and is set to play several major festivals this summer including Forecastle in Louisville, KY, Panorama in NYC and Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, CA. With a gear insider like Jimmy Carbonetti in its ranks - besides being the band's guitarist, the man is a fine luthier and owns Cobra Guitars - we were tempted to ask him a few question about guitar pedals - check out the link below. Check out latest single 'Life or Just Living,' streaming below.

Delicious Audio Q&A with Caveman about their guitar pedals.

   

Brooklyn's Gillian streams new EP 'Strange Candy'

Gillian's frontlady Kym Hawkins's vocal phrasing revisits the style of 80’s icons Lene Lovitch and Missing Person’s Dale Bozzio as much as modern counterparts Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. While the joyous pop-funk groove of opening track “Eau to Be” stomps to clever lyrical word play, it's the ultimate hook “we play our danger game, we found our danger fame, how did we get into this life?” that will stick in your head for days. Their new EP's “Strange Candy"'s title track “Strange Candy” merges electronic pulses and rock guitar hooks with Hawkins’ deliberate enunciation. Slower track “Sue My Mood” wades into the copyright law debate (an interestingly rare subject for a rock song!) suggesting there should be limits on what can be litigated regarding creative control - check out the video here. “Radio Clock” returns to faster tempos, relying on an angular jazz-funk style with tandem male-female vocals. The song was inspired by the novel Suttree by Cormac McCarthy, as was following track “Windfall,” describing a win win situation with the lyrics “we both got high and we both got laid.” Final track “House Boat” (also inspired by that now must-read book) has Kym singing tragic hero fantasy lyrics like “brave warrior, raise your sword” with a stylized accent and cascading structure reminiscent of Liz Fraser’s work with The Cocteau Twins. The Deli is exclusively streaming Gillian's new EP below. - Dave Cromwell

   

Calico Blue to bring vitalized Surf sound to O'Brien's Pub on 7/1

If asked to name a band that could be representational of what's popular in indie music today, Amherst's Calico Blue could serve as an unlikely, if not interesting answer. They have a dreamy, nostalgic sound based on pristine guitars, minimalist tendencies á la The XX, and deeply sad vocals reminscent of a lo-fi version of Lana Del Rey. Their self-described "surfer blues" is able to capture vintage elements and conteporary influences and coalesce them into something new and intriguing. Their 2015 self-titled album drags the listener down with heavy lyrics while also keeping them afloat with light guitar work. You can check them out at O'Brien's Pub on 7/1. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

   

Plates of Cake and Dead Painters play Cake Shop on 07.06

Brooklyn-based bands Dead Painters and Plates of Cake (pictured) are taking the stage together in July in support of Transcendental Telecom. Dead Painters' sophomore LP Aluminum Gold was released in the fall of 2015, and it is a relatively placid record that glides between tuneful instrumental interludes and mellow vocal deliveries. The track “In the Chrome” highlights the band’s serene nature with the use of a steady drum beat and peaceful guitars until the tension is raised towards the end with a sudden burst of crashing drums and fuzzed out guitars. Plates of Cake's sound is somewhat similar, but ventures into more psychedelic and even orchestral territories. “She Wants to Disappear” (streaming below) off their latest LP Becoming Double, is characterized by its sparkling guitars and dreamy vocals. The band’s warm guitar tones are reminiscent of 70’s power pop acts like the Raspberries, while their breezy harmonies, specifically on the track “Boyfriends”, make their music incredibly pleasing. Check out both of these bands at the Cake Shop on July 6th, and stream “Semi-Criminal” from Dead Painters and “She Wants To Disappear” from Plates of Cake below! - John Honan

   

New Track: "Out of Context" (Feat. Allison Crutchfield & Joseph D'Agostino) - Field Mouse

Field Mouse just shared another new track from their forthcoming LP Episodic, due out August 5 via Topshelf Records. "Out of Context," which premiered over at SPIN, closes out the album, and features contributions from Allison Crutchfield (Swearin') and Joseph D'Agostino (Cymbals Eat Guitars). The band is currently scheduled to play next in Philly on Thursday, August 4 at Boot & Saddle with Swanning and Missing Earth, before heading off on a national tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars from mid-September into October.