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Sam Evian

Four great locals play Mercury Lounge on 12.10: Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Sam Evian and Pavo Pavo

Lower East Side's Mercury Lounge is an important venue for emerging NYC bands, because it represents a trampoline towards other more prestigious Bowery Presents live show "opportunities." Sell it out, and it may unlock Rough Trade's stage a couple of months later (ask Lewis Del Mar about it, he ALSO sold out the W'burg venue this past Tuesday, by the way). On the flip side, if your band's draw is poor or unsatisfying, you may have a hard time getting booked there again. So... those are the rules of the game, and four super talented emerging NYC artists will face those odds on December 10, in a 100% local bill, something of a rarity at Mercury. We covered in this blog several times alt folksters Big Thief, soulful songwriter Nick Hakim, and orchestral pop quintet Pavo Pavo. We never covered Sam Evian (pictured), the new solo project of Sam Owen of Celesital Shore, but that very band graced the cover of our mag a couple of issues ago. The material we have access to for his solo project (limited to the song "Cherry Tree," streaming below) explores a ballad sound that, flirting with pop, blues and psychedelia at once, is reminiscent of that intense masterpiece that is The Beatles' "Abbey Road." Don't miss this show, great opportunity to catch four great emerging locals in one night.

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


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