New Music Tuesday: Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve is an artful multi-instrumental band that caused quite a stir when a phoney press release was written about them earlier this year. Though the press release gives no real justice to the band or their music, it does prove a point: not much is known about them. The best Google search result turns up a one line biography stating that Delicate Steve is the brainchild of New Jersey native Steve Marion. It’s a shame because they possess a charisma that should be more well known.

Delicate Steve’s debut album, Wondervisions, is a stress relieving half hour of music that will put a smile on your face. It captures the essence of summertime fun and the happiness of dancing the “Cha Cha Slide” with friends, all condensed into a beautiful 12 track record. Steve Marion belts his heart out through talented guitar playing as any vocalist would through singing; and the bass, percussion, drumming and vibrant synths add a whimsical feel.

At times both impressive and expressive, you may attempt to pinpoint what cultural influence the band has derived their sound from, but there is no certain influence – just originality.

Delicate Steve will perform on July 11 at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve


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Full Disclosure: Delicate Steve is a great band but we don’t work for them. We just dig their tunes.

{This post was written by our Editorial Intern Christina Butan!}

Emily Zuzik Featured in The Huffington Post

Emily Zuzik in The Huffington Post

Emily Zuzik in The Huffington Post

Congratulations to Emily Zuzik for the amazing feature by Laura Cococcia in The Huffington Post today!

Says the author: “Why I love her: she believes in the power of intuition to guide her, adoring her inspirations, but not a slave to the rules of what must define a songwriter. Emily and I had a chance to connect and talk more about the world behind her story. I’m thrilled to share it with you and hope that aspiring musicians — and writers — can visualize the vibrancy in the template she’s created for herself, a true lesson for me in what creativity can look like.”

Right on! Be sure to join us on June 25th at The Living Room to celebrate the release of Zuzik’s The Wild Joys of Living! 

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club Featured on Aol Music

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club Featured on AOL

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club Featured on AOL

Aol Music says Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club’s brand new self-titled album showcases their “knack for orchestral arrangements, dynamic song structure and heartfelt Americana.” Listen to it all this week on Aol Music here.

If you like Neil Young, Pearl Jam and The Hold Steady, get your hands on this album, and fast. Buy it here.

Upcoming shows:

June 16 in Brooklyn, NY at Littlefield
June 18th in Marlboro, NY at The Falcon
June 24 in Philadelphia, PA at Tin Angel

Introducing: Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club

Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club is a guitar-driven rock and roll band that sounds a lot like if Neil Young or Pearl Jam found themselves making music in Brooklyn, circa 2011. The band’s third studio album will be released on June 11 at Mercury Lounge in New York City.

The eponymous LP is a return to the form of the group’s melancholy and spirited Faithful (2005), but also an artistic departure for Cubeta, whose “sturdy, passionate … roots-rock quartet” (Time Out New York) takes a more nuanced look at the vast emotional territory of love, loss and the ambiguities in between.

“This album captures the space I’ve been in during the last few years in New York,” said Cubeta. “I’ve been trying to deal with ideas and colors at the same time. I want people to be able to feel the record viscerally on a first listen, but also to go back on subsequent listens and have some of those initial perceptions challenged.”

The new album, Cubeta’s first full-length effort in nearly five years, contains all the elements that have made The Liars Club a favorite on the New York City rock scene: plaintive, catchy melodies; lyrical attention to the vagaries of human relationships; and a powerful band (featuring Jeff Berner, John Passineau, and a host of other talented musicians) intent on conveying the cavalcade of feelings conjured by the frontman’s vocals.

However, the album also represents a broader musical palette, with words simultaneously more raw and more sophisticated than Cubeta’s previous efforts. The record is highlighted by the Dylan-esque, lyrical torrent of “All We Are,” the desperate momentum of “I Need You There” and the dynamic companion tracks, “I’m Sorry” and “You Should Be Too,” that punctuate the album’s cathartic conclusion.

The Liars Club has appeared at almost all of New York’s most notable venues, including Bowery Ballroom, The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Highline Ballroom and has hosted several, month-long residencies at The Living Room. They’ve also toured extensively in support of some of the industry’s biggest names: The Wallflowers, Suzanne Vega, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Jackie Greene, Will Hoge, Corey Smith, Wakey! Wakey!, Justin Townes Earle and Chris Trapper, among others. The band continues to frequent some of the best clubs in the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern areas of the United States, including Tin Angel (Philadelphia), Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington D.C.), Harpers Ferry (Boston), Headliners Music Hall (Louisville), Minglewood Hall (Memphis), The Valarium (Knoxville) and Bogart’s (Cincinnati). The Liars Club plans to tour the West Coast this fall.

For more information, visit www.chriscubeta.com

New Music Tuesday: Caleb Hawley

Caleb Hawley has a soft-rock, jazzy singer/songwriter vibe and a confident, smooth voice. His music is easy to listen to (think James Taylor), and features impressive guitar work.

Caleb Hawley

As a publicist I have to point out that Hawley also has a great bio. He has two versions on his website: the short version and the long-winded version, “for the stalker sorts.” The short one is great because it gives the who, what, where, when and why in a readable, succinct manner. The long version is just as readable but flows with an interesting story and a sense of humor. Here’s a snippet that made me chuckle:

“At 12, he learned his first Nirvana song on guitar. Due to the overwhelming response from the seventh grade girls, he decided to learn more. First Metallica, next Pink Floyd. Then Dave Matthews or whatever else made people like him. Soon Caleb was the youngest bar hopper in Minneapolis, performing for “old people” all over the city.”

Choice tune: “Other Side of it All”

Full disclosure: I have no personal or professional association with Caleb Hawley. Just digging the tunes, some of which can be heard on his website.