Indie Rock

Bueno set to release sophomore album 'Illuminate Your Room' on 8.19

Staten Island band Bueno is set to release their sophomore full length Illuminate Your Room on August 19th via a split release by Exploding In Sound and Babe City Records. While their previous releases were a raw but imaginative blend of garage ruck and post-punk, preview single “I’ve Got Your Back” veers toward a cleaner sound injected with slacker rock sensibilities reminiscent of Pavement. Frontman Luke Chiaruttini’s semi-spoken vocals examine life’s disappointments, and the fear of not being able to live up to expectations. - John Honan


We dig Loose Buttons' new pop single 'Crowded Room'

While the thought of life after college terrifies many young adults during the final years of school, Brooklyn’s Loose Buttons know how to use their new-found free time: focusing on their indie rock band. Since graduating a few years ago, the quartet they’ve released a well received debut EP in 2014, opened for popular acts such as Grizzly Bear and My Morning Jacket (at the CBGB Festival) and also headlined big local venues like Brooklyn Bowl. The quartet’s 2016 single “Crowded Room” strays away from the fuzzy garage rock of their previous single “Thrill”, while bringing a more melodic and cleaner approach, referencing the sophisticated pop of the eighties of bands like Prefab Sprout and Talk Talk. The guitars and drums create the tracks compelling danceable rhythms, while Eric Nizgretzky’s placid vocals paint a vivid picture of making out in a crowded room until the song slowly fades as with rolling drums and moaning guitars. - John Honan, photo By: Spencer Kohn

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


PREMIERE: The Late Great - "Shape of the Sea"

Expressing snarky banter and melancholy through fitting songwriting and equally expressive guitar work, The Late Great convey both innocence and feminist tones with their dark pop execution, as seen on their debut album Easy

The sincerity of the lyrics from "Shape of the Sea" are a good example of this, where songwriter and The Late Great leader Sarah Lane imparts strength and power by saying "I'll take on the shape of the sea/Lord go on & lay it down on me/I am your pride, I'm your enemy/So go on and take what you want from me." Women do take on a lot in the world and Lane welcomes that weight without fear - a message that's both relatable and empowering. 

Easy will be digitally released on August 17, with a release show happening on August 20 at the Turn! Turn! Turn! with Mike Coykendall and Hollow Sidewalks. Dive into the "Shape of the Sea" below.


Dash Through the Twilight Streets w/Birthday Boy at KFN Aug. 14

The three-piece of Birthday Boy immediately rushes forward as the emotive pop-punk sound generated is unified, dashing through the twilight streets. The murky undertow of bass prowls, while percussion triggers anxious anticipation and the guitar picks points to jump ahead; meanwhile, first person observations paint the ever-moving exterior. Tonight, the sonic canvas can be found at Kung Fu Necktie, where they’ll be joined by the sparse yet revealing slowcore of Glenn Matthews and episodic folk of Spot Collins with its endearing descriptive lyricism. The rousing pop-punk energy of New York’s Dizzy Bats applies the finishing touches. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, 21+ (Photo by Andrew Tomasino) - Michael Colavita


Saturday Night Sounds: Blowout - "1 I Want"

Blowout left for tour last week, just before their highly praised No Beer, No Dad came out on the 5th. We won't be seeing them back home until near mid-September, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them tonight.

With a showering of the Perseids leading us into the weekend, all the gazing up into the stars has left us feeling a bit romantic. Blowout's "1 I Want" is a simple, sad song about a love lost. The lyrical repetition of "The one I wanted is the one you took from me" really acts to drive home the loneliness, especially when sang through vocalist/bassist Laken Wright's tender voice.

"1 I Want" packs both a powerful punch and the delicacy needed for a soft emo heart on this Saturday night.