Indie Rock

The Undercover Dream Lovers bring their angular synth pop to Our Wicked Lady on 2/4

The Undercover Dream Lovers's cover might just have been blown. The NYC synth-pop band recently sold out Rough Trade, and has been getting attention from a glut of music blogs. I guess it's hard to stay covert when you're busting out catchy dancehall tunes--especially when tracks sound far larger than the bedroom they were recorded in. The solo project of Brooklyn-based Matthew Koenig, The Undercover Dream Lovers delivers synth-heavy hooks, angular instrumentals and soft, understated vocals that together have the kind of magic that will instantly draw you in. Catch him at Our Wicked Lady 2/4 with Saint Marilyn and Violent Sands, but in the meantime, stream his latest single below. - Olivia Sisinni


Bueno lands residency at Shea Stadium on Jan 14-26 and Feb 06

In their recent sophomore LP 'Illuminate Your Room,' Staten Island's slack rockers Bueno display a knack for unique story telling sung over a perfect mixture of sloppy-yet-organized instrumentation. If that brief description, and the band's self congrutalory name, aren’t enough to convince you of their goodness, it may impress you the fact that these guys, after an east coast tour in the fall of 2016, are starting off the new year right, with what appears to be a three date residency at Shea Stadium on January 14th and the 26th, and on February 4th.  - Joeclyn Huggler


The Shivers return live in solo format on 02.18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Shivers, the project of songwriter Keith Zarriello, have been playing around New York since 2001, releasing their arresting, 19 tracks debut album 'Charades' in 2004 (The Deli interviewed them back in 2010). They’re coming into 2017 with a fresh start after a brief hiatus and a lineup change that now sees Zariello playing solo, with a rotating cast of guests. A favorite of bands such as Deer Tick and celebrities like Aaron Paul and Rose McIver, the band has been consistently delivering mesmerizing and soulful songs that feel truly timeless - don't miss break out single 'Beauty.' You'll find in them the introspective thoughtfulness of Leonard Cohen and occasional departures in more experimental directions. Their latest album 'Forever Is A Word' was released in 2015 and features single 'Puppy Dog' (streaming).

On February 18, The Shivers will perform at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opening acts Max Jury, Ashni, and Ben Talmi. A portion of ticket sales from the event will go towards The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults across America. – Will Sisskind


New Seeing Snakes Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

If you’re in need of a midweek boost, For Who? For What?, the first full-length album from Seeing Snakes, may just do the trick. Available via Violated Records, the pop-punk record (whose title may or may not reference Ricky Watters) quickly hits the ground running, gaining momentum while consciously melodic for a pissed off but polished tone. Catch them with P-Slur, Paths 2 Glory, and Get Killed on Saturday, January 21 at The Barbary!


Indie-Pop Duo Giant in the Lighthouse Releases Debut EP

Proving that big things come in small packages, indie-pop duo Giant in the Lighthouse have released an endearing and engrossing debut EP. Filled to the brim with intelligent, memorable lyrics and diverse instrumentals, ranging from soft arpeggios to driving and dirty guitar tones, All Winter is a comprehensive showcase of the band's talents.  We will certainly have our eyes on Peggy and Adrian in the future, as they find their place as giants in the NE music scene.   Check them out below. -Brian Varneke