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Meklit Performs at Rickshaw Stop on May 6th

The Ethiopian-born, Oakland-based artist Meklit will perform at Rickshaw Stop on May 6th!

Combining Ethiopian jazz influences with soul and pop, Meklit’s music melds complex rhythms with vibrant melodies. Her new album When the People Move, the Music Moves Too will be released on June 23rd through Six Degrees Records, and was produced by multi-grammy winning artist Dan Wilson of Semisonic (Adele, John Legend) and features Andrew Bird as well as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band horns on several tracks.

When the People Move, the Music Moves Too is the result of a fateful encounter Meklit experienced in Addis Ababa with the legendary vibraphonist/composer Mulatu Astatke, who helped spark Ethiopia’s 1960s musical renaissance. She was deeply engaged with his music at the time, but he pushed her to think about how to bring her own experiences into her songs - “He was very pointed with me, saying several times ‘You keep innovating!’” she recalls. “He took me to task and he tasked me. It took me a while to digest that. It’s a big thing to have someone like that say that to you. I sat with it for a couple of years.”





Buzz Alert! Ageless brings world big beat to Rough Trade and The Knit within a week

If you ever played in a band, you must be familiar with the "two weeks rule" requested by live venues (often extended to a month), and consisting in asking artists to abstain from playing any other shows within 14 days of the one already booked. Well, that's obviously something that doesn't concern NYC's electronic project Ageless, since it's scheduled to perform live at both Rough Trade and The Knit within eight days (04.28 and 05.06, respectively). Considering those rooms aren't exactly small, this fact, alone, earns the one man band a "NYC Buzz Alert." The brainchild of NY native Wes Paioff, Ageless concocts danceable electronic music reminiscent of the UK's big beat of the '90s (think Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim) but dressed with hip hop, soul and a million other influences (including, in new album 'Perfect World,' afrobeat and ragamuffin). No wonder he states in his bio: "At some point I started producing music exactly as it's always sounded in my head. Not bound to any specific Genre, but influenced by many genres." If we were you, we'd check out one of those two dates.

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





New Night Sins LP Available for Streaming

Night Sins will be releasing a new album, entitled Dancing Chrome, on May 19 via Funeral Party, but you can stream the release in its entirety over at Post-Punk. Kyle Kimball (Nothing) produces dire, danceable darkwave. Sinister baritone vocals bellow as percussion and synth ominously illuminate the ground below one's feet. It's dangerously designed to negotiate moving a gathering to the dance floor.





A Deli Premiere: Stream The City and Horses' new album "Ruins"

A pillar of the NYC indie pop scene (the group has been active since the late aughts) The City and Horses are back at it again with another absolutely delightful LP called Ruins, and if you're anything like us--chomping at the bit, unable to wait for the release to officially drop tomorrow--then we have a really killer gift for you: The Deli is streaming Ruins a whole day early. The album is 12 tracks worth of dynamic, wistful, and often quirky indie pop that draws on mastermind Marc Cantone's commanding lyricism and pop-writing prowess. The City and Horses describes the release as being "about a girl, a boy and his OCD," but there's so much more going on here, as the band manages to navigate a myriad of topics, feels, and genres--all while remaining infectiously catchy. Seriously, we dare you to not be humming these tracks after the first pass, but the songs are well worth spending the time on multiple listens. Check out Ruins streaming below and check back on their site tomorrow to get your paws on the downloadable version here. - Olivia Sisinni





New Eric Slick Album Available for Streaming

Palisades, the debut solo album from Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Lithuania), officially comes out tomorrow via Egghunt Records. However, it is currently available for streaming via Consequence of Sound. In surrounding himself and creating an array of instrumental depths, he explores personal pensiveness through a peacefully evolving lens. While there are dreary moments, an optimism persists. Slick is currently in the midst of tour dates supporting Sinkane.

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