Here are two features I've written for The Deli Magazine that can now be found on that website.
Best of NYC #90: The Rassle play The Deli's B.E.A.F. fest
The Rassle - who placed at #90 in our latest Best of NYC Emerging Artists Poll - present a bratty vocal style and ramshackle rock band sound on songs like "Celebrate the Days" and "Full Speed Ahead." Positioned between the happier side of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Mick Jones' Big Audio Dynamite. The band played several Deli shows, including one in Austin during SXSW. They will be also performing at one of The Deli's B.E.A.F. (Best of Emerging Artists Fest) show at Brooklyn Bowl on May 26. - Dave Cromwell
Deli CD of the Month: Yellowbirds - The Color
Yellowbirds is the latest musical expedition, the “solo” debut, of Texas native Sam Cohen (guitarist/songwriter/vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine). To Cohen, Texas was not the home of the Bush family or Big Oil, but rather the home to Buddy Holly and the Space Program. New York then, the city Cohen now calls home, is the epicenter of modern art, the home to Charles Mingus and the Velvet Underground. The music of Yellowbirds is full of double-speed auto-harp glissandos, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars played underneath the extistensial lyrics, a place where, as Cohen says, “only the purist tones can be heard.” Yellowbirds has released two singles, both in 2010, “The Rest Of My Life” and “The Honest Ocean” and “The Color,” both featured in his full-length album The Color, which came out in February 2011. The music Cohen creates within the moniker Yellowbirds is, in three simple words, idealistic, dreamy and beautiful.
The Deli CD of the Month