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Lazer Crystal @ the Hideout

I am really begin to love the “video flyers” for upcoming shows. On April 17th at The Hideout Lazer Crystal (Nicholas Read (electronics & vocals), Josh Johannpeter (percussion), & Mikale De Graff (vocals & electronics)) will celebrate the release for their Thrill Jockey debut, MCMLXXX. Lazer Crystal rests on the darker side of electronic retro-pop. Their sound hints to references of Joy Division or very early Depeche Mode, but with much more advanced electronics and layers of various elements.

The album will be officially released by Thrill Jockey on May 4th, and Lazer Crystal will be heading over seas for the month of May.


Best of NYC #61: Jacques Detergent, play Deli Fest in May

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list here (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

This keyboard happy quartet, does feature the occasional vocal, but what they really excel at is pumping out the keyboard jams a la french disco outfit Monocle. In November 2009 they got together to play their 1st ever show at Ash's Place in November of last year. Turns out Ash was a nice guy who treated them well so Jacques Detergent decided to stick around and play some more shows for brooklyn crowds. They've graced the stage at Death by Audio and have also filled the basement room of Secret Project Robot with their elegant bouncy pop. In the meantime they've been hanging out at the MET checking out the Egyptian art and warming up at their dreidel spinning hands at Chanukah parties throughout the recent holidays. As they keep practicing for their next gig in 2010, they 'll be eating potato chips while watching My Beautiful Laundrette.


Orbit to Leslie Land at JB’s April 15

Multi-genre bending super freaks Orbit to Leslie have been keeping things spicy since the release of their album The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake. From the salsa beats of “Elephant Fist”, to the drum processions, keyboard overtures and echoed up vocals of “Chocolate Cake” - it’s a manic rush of pure excitement. The band has played a bunch of local shows in support of their debut full length. Da Comrade! continue to impress with the songs from their homage album to their defunct West Philly house/venue, Chernobyl, The War From Your Living Room. And this outing might just mark their first big showing at JB’s. They’ll also be joined by Kite Party who just recently released the EP Wish Mountain on Prairie Queen Records and Brooklyn’s Caves (I think you should make an effort to get there early to see). Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


The Frontier Bros. EP release with Lemurs and Friends, Much Much More

Face facts, get a grip, clear your head. It's a good weekend coming up here. Our current poll winners The Frontier Brothers, who hail from a single frontier, despite recent signs to the contrary, will shake things down at their EP release party Friday at the Parish along with The Lemurs (pic above by Chris Carson) + Bright Light Social Hour...and up against that you've got Matt the Electrician & Drew Smith at the Ghost Room. Saturday you've got your Heartless Bastards, your Hacienda, and your Leatherbag all playing Antone's, with Hacienda kicking off their tour in support of their release Big Red & Barbacoa, out now. Bad news for the indecisive supporter of local music because that same night Monahans & The Low Lows are at the Ghost Room, plus Ruby James & Suzanna Choffel at Flipnotics. And so it goes.   


Chris Merrit plays Sullivan Hall on 04.15

Chosen for the "Top Six" in Billboard Magazine's Indie World Series and opening a show for rock legend Ben Folds in the same year, Chris Merrit is a stand-out performer, having played hundreds of shows across the U.S. and Japan. His music blends the sounds of piano-driven rock, pop, rhythm and blues with personal stories of love-at-first-sight, his best friend's sister, and being homesick to physics, corrupt governments and Miss Pacman. With plenty of wit and humor that's distinctively his own, Merritt's "voice and delivery draw you in to find out what happens next." - The Washington Post. Catch him tickling the ivories at The Sullivan Hall on 04.15 and at The Bitter End on Thursday, June 3rd at 9pm, with NYC piano pop songstress Shannon Corey. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).