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Buzz-worthy NYC band: Arpline play Bell House on 05.13, Pianos on 05.15

Electro rock outfit Arpline have the ability to carve a very original electronic sound through an interesting use of arpeggiators - that's probably why they managed to land a show opening for NY electronic goddesses School of Seven Bells on June 10 at The Mercury lounge. But you can catch these guys live earlier than that: they are opening for MILAGRES at the Bell House on the 13th of May and playing NYCTaper 3rd anniversary at Pianos on the 15th. The band's upcoming debut LP (out this fall) is co-produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Delorean, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear).

Noise can be awsome: Zs's new album


The NYC rock scene has a noble history of artists flirting with noise, and Zs are one of the most interesting local acts to worship the less pleasant side of the sonic universe. Rather than noise rock, which brings to mind droney guitar-generated sounds and feedback a la' Sonic Youth, Zs' music features a dominant percussive quality, that places them in "industrial" territory, and a lack of structure found in experimental or jazz music. The band has just released the new album "New Slaves" under Social Registry with a show at the Knit last night. Their next show will be at Issue Project Room on June 26 - don't forget the earplugs!

Best of NYC #44: Xeno & Oaklander play Eye and Ear Fest at The Knit, 05.23

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

With their eerie vocals (in French), ginormus buzzy synths and gritty electronic beats, Xeno and Oaklander somehow manage to make music that mixes teutonic industrial atmospheres, alternative electro-goth from the 80s, and the refined aura of the Nouvelle Vague (the film movement, not the band). French/Norwegian Liz Wendelbo sings accented melodies adding a dream-pop feel to their sound as Sean McBride’s low vocals dramatically waver. The duo uses bright chords and catchy dance beats and glitzy synthesizer sounds to create a fantastic, rainbow-colored discotheque in listeners’ minds. While upbeat and dancey, there is also a spooky, wispy quality to their curious tunes. Don't mis their show at the Knit, within the Eye and Ear Fest, on May 23. - Lauren Piper

Win a Pair of Tickets to See Freelance Whales this Sunday at Doug Fir!

We know they're not exactly a Portland band - far from it. Queens, NYC to be precise about the thing. BUT, Freelance Whales will be descending, smooth indie-pop bombast in tow, to Doug Fir this Sunday, May 16th with Shout Out Louds and The Franks. And since you loyal Deli Portland readers have been so good to us, we wanna return the favor.

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to the show, and all you have to do is be the first to comment to this post with your favorite type of whale. Easy, right? We like to make things easy.

Runner-up will receive a signed copy of Freelance Whales brand new album Weathervanes, and second runner-up will receive a handy-dandy Freelance Whales tote bag!

Check out this new Darby Cicci (of the Antlers) remix of Freelance Whales' "Killer Whales" here, and check out the band's new video for "Generator 2nd Floor" below.


Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor

Freelance Whales | MySpace Music Videos

If you don't win the tickets, try not to blubber (COULD NOT help it). The show is only $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. Now get to commenting!

- Ryan J. Prado

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