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Best of NYC #49: MIracles of Modern Science - at Deli Fest, 05.15, 6.10pm

Miracles of Modern Science have been gaining popularity over the past couple of years because of their aggressive approach to a normally mellow genre: orchestral pop. MOMS' richness of double bass and cello, rare sound of mandolin, violin, drums, and baritone vocals, combine pizzicato and slides against a drum time signature imitating war march vigor. With upcoming scheduled appearances at the Deli's Best of NYC Fest on May 15 and a scheduled residency at Cake Shop this summer, you too might be curious to hear this colorful orchestral pop-rock band - or as MOMS better describes, “ecstatic live shows [that] have been shaking hips with instruments grandma might have waltzed to.” - Gina Alioto

Jamie Drake to serenade the Hotel Cafe

Local songstress Jamie Drake will be celebrating the release of her debut album When I Was Yours at Hotel Café on May 13th. The show will feature Drake with a full band that features members of The Parson Red Heads. Sally Jaye, Amanda Jo Williams and Brother Sal (one of the best piano players in the city) will play as well. Things will get started at 7pm.


Happy Anniversorry to the Midgetmen! + more...

Plenty of shows on this weekend; we'll just single out a few: The Midgetmen (above) are celebrating their 8th anniversary with The Gary, La Snacks, Ringo Deathstarr and more at the Mohawk on Saturday (5/8), they plan to shower you with FREE PBR at irregular intervals throughout the proceedings. Attend. On the south side of the lake, also Saturday, Leatherbag, Lonesome Heroes, and Till We're Blue or Destroy will tear things up with a particular ferocity. Lastly - tonight (5/7) - at Encore, you've got a full lineup of local heroes helping celebrate the release of Quiet Company's EP Songs for Staying In (hmm- ironic), including The RocketboysThe Eastern Sea, STEREO IS A LIE, and more...  

The Press release new CD + Video + play The Clash Bar

The Press fits into a few different spots: they’ve got this subtle and folky warmth, a kind of cohesive thrash, a straight-forward upbeat dance grove, an in-your-face weirdness. They can touch on Primus and Grizzly Bear and The Stones and Saves the Day all at once, or completely disparately. The Beatles touchstone they cite is odd considering the band’s somewhat conspicuous lack of vocal harmony (they do have moments); but it’s also fitting in some of the ambitious turns the band makes song-to-song. Also on those vocals: the half-sung snarl reminds one of (all people) Daryl Palumbo or the more aggressive side of Isaac Brock – that is, until they make one of those hard turns and a feather-soft croon whomps you in the face with all the power of slumber-party pillow fight – it’s a good-natured kind of pain. The Brooklyn quartet is worth checking out, if only for their impressive collection of influences. See The Press live at The Clash Bar in Clifton NJ on 05.07 – DWE

DIY rootsy bill at Shea Stadium on 05.08: Roadside Graves, Gunfight! + more

This Saturday, May 8th, fans of roots music as revisited by NYC (and NJ) hipsters can enjoy a lineup of ass-kickin’ country, punk, Americana, and good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll. The Roadside Graves (in the picture - who just played with Andrew W.K.), GunFight!, Quiet Loudly, Yoni Gordon and the Goods, Movers and Shakers (Boston), Spirit Family Reunion and Wild Harem (on tour from Austin) will perform at Shea Stadium (warehouse venue) in Brooklyn. Duke Street Blog will be on hand to document the craziness for a new web series. Doors at 8! Don’t miss it!

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