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Revolution #22 returns tomorrow with Soul Science Lab, Meridian Lights, The Experi3nce

Tomorrow's 22nd installment of The Revolution, a Deli-sponsored monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging local artists with a particular focus on Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, will deliver a lineup that's bound to lift souls. Yes, because soul is the common thread found in the three acts performing in the stylish architecture of Williamsburg's National Sawdust. 

Soul Science Lab is a collective of incredible musicians able to seamlessly combine afrobeat, funk, pop and hip hop into wonderfully produced tunes even the most static of New Yorkers will be hard press not to move to.

The lineup, co-curated by Soul Science Lab, alongside Katie Jones, founder + producer of The Revolution series, will also feature the mellow pop of Meridian Lights' and The Experi3nce's inventive soul/hip-hop.

The night will start at 10pm, tickets can be found here.





Fresh Buzz: Anna Shoemaker's soul mashup is worth the hype

Who has the guts to mash up Big Sean, Kendrick, and Chance the Rapper, AND perform said-mashup with an acoustic guitar? Anna Shoemaker does. The pop artist's downtempo cover has garnered almost 700,000 plays, and she's just released the VHS-filmed music video. shoemaker has quietly released covers on SoundCloud over the last 4 years, and the buzz surrounding her definitely isn't undeserved. She recently signed with Steve Madden's 5Towns Records, and plans to release new music next year. Anna Shoemaker's striking voice holds its own even without production elements, but we are interested and excited to hear her with a fuller pop sound. - Geena Kloeppel

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EaSWay slams onto the SF hip-hop scene with "The Panther In The Room" EP

The newest EP by the San Francisco-based EaSWay entitled The Panther in the Room (streaming below) is the exact type of career-defining work that any emerging artist needs, especially on the R&B and hip-hop scene. The 6-track project bumps all the way through, letting the catchy hooks, infectious beats, and introspective lyrics speak for themselves. EaSWay marries new trends with the classic conventions of hip-hop, paying homage to old favorites while inventing something completely new. This triumphant EP shows a hungry artist on the rise, prepping to take over the scene in a big way. Don’t sleep on this one and listen to the whole project below. - Lilly Milman





Soft Glas tours with Sports, brings electric soul to Mercury on 12.13 and Baby's on 12.14

The music of Soft Glas -- a.k.a. producer and songwriter Joao Gonzalez -- evokes dreamy and funky vibes that both excite and chill the nerves. It's music that works well in a full length format, and Joao seems aware of it, since Orange Earth, released in September, is the project's third LP. Live, the musician plays/samples/loops a series of instruments on top of electronic tracks, and does it in an entertaining fashion - so much so that Soft Glas has was recently asked to tour in support of Oklahoma-based group Sports, playing shows in Los Angeles and Baltimore. He'll return to NYC on December 13th at Mercury Lounge, and then on the 14th, in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right. Catch either show if you can; otherwise, stream Soft Glas's latest single "Perks of Being a Sunflower" below. Close your eyes, and daydream. - Will Sisskind





Folk-pop trio The Happy Fits lands Pianos residency in December

Charming NYC trio The Happy Fits plays an intriguing blend of folk, vintage pop and funk/soul. Their sound is sparse but - as you can hear in single "While You Fade Away" (streaming below) - it can be pretty punchy. If the bass in that track sounds a little bright to you, it's because it's not actually a bass, but a plucked cello, which impersonates the other four string instruments in all their songs. The young group has a fun live show and simple but sophisticated melodies everybody can relate to, and these are certainly two of the reasons why Pianos decided to give them a residency during the month of December. The next live performance will be on December 12, if you dig it, do not miss it!

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