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May 2016
Mo Troper
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 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.


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Honduras releases 'Gathering Rust' EP and video for 'Hollywood'

 Just in, from Hunduras, this hilariously decadent new video for single Hollywood, launched in combination with their new EP 'Gathering Rust.' Yesterday the band embarked on a two week tour that will take them, among other places, to Austin's SXSW festival.

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Q&A with Yonatan Gat: live at Webster Hall's Studio on 03.11 + at SXSW next week

NYC-by-way-of-Israel guitarist Yonatan Gat performs and records as a power trio. The band's unworldly instrumentals are unleashed live with a rare combination of energy and precision, so much so that the group's performances have garnered a semi-legendary reputation, in particular in the DIY circuit, always welcome to artists that push the creative envelop without giving up punch. This year the band is literally taking over SXSW (list of shows here), but those who are not headed to Austin can catch them live at Webster Hall on March 11.

We asked the Gat are a few thoughts on being a nu-New Yorker and being psychedelic - or something. Read the Q&A with Yanatan Gat here.

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

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Drowners unveils 'Cruel Ways' from upcoming LP 'On Desire' + plays SXSW

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NYC/LA's fuzz rockers Pink Mexico head to SXSW

Brooklyn via LA Pink Mexico plays a gritty brand of fuzz rock, but their airy melodies with psychedelic inflections counteract the harshness of their distorted sound. In 2015, the trio followed up their 2013 self-titled debut album with a two track 7" featuring single "Cigarette Split" (streaming below), a plodding, uber catchy mid tempo that has the sonic power to make you feel under the influence (a cheap high, folks!). This year the band will travel to Austin to play SXSW - the many Austin fans of psychedelic rock (not to mention the hordes of New Yorkers who will be invading that city during Music Week) should check them out .

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Haybaby kicks offs extensive US tour at Palisades on 03.09, stops at SXSW

Active since 2011, Brooklyn trio Haybaby has been able to forge a power trio sound that, although flirting with the indie guitar rock of the '90s, reorganizes sonic elements from that era in a way that's fully their own. Lead singer Leslie Hong's voice reignites our teenage crush on Kim Deal (ok, ok, we were in our early twenties...),  while the band's sparse but tense sound and intricate bass lines flirt with Fugazi from the 'Repeater' days, although without venturing in the DC band's typically post-hardcore guttural explosions. 'Doored' - the final track from their impressively consistent latest album 'Sleepy Kids' - features a gritty loud-quiet-loud production that is bound to be well received in a live setting. Speaking of which, on March 9th at Palisade the band is kicking off a month and a half long US tour, with a prolonged stop in Austin during SXSW.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best punk/garage/slacker rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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