Communications in Philanthropy

"While program work and institutional work is alive and well, communications programs in the nonprofit sector are suffering. In many academic, scientific and research-based sectors, communications remains hobbled. While we pour investments into program work almost exclusively, basic communications infrastructures are neglected and marketing programs are gutted. Consequently, many critical works in the social impact sector remain obscured behind the scenes. Without stronger communications and marketing programs, the reach of nonprofit organizations will stay limited."

Record of the Month: Forth Wanderers - Self-titled

Forth Wanderers' new self-titled album, their Sub Pop debut, is symphonic and rollicking. The band's songwriting duo - Ben Guterl on guitar and Ava Trilling penning lyrics - are perpetually in sync, despite often writing at a physical distance. The five-piece band's members are rarely in the same place at once (they're all college students in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, respectively). Despite this, their chemistry and synchronization as a band is abundantly evident on this rele

Negative Gemini brings brooding electronica to Mercury Lounge 04.06

The music of Negative Gemini (real name Lindsey French) feels spring-loaded - full of tension and liable to blow at any moment. At a cursory listen, the instrumentation on Negative Gemini's most recent EP, Bad Baby, is smooth, and almost mellow. However, factor in her velvety-yet-seething vocals, and the color of her music takes on a whole different shade. It's dark, it's staticky, it's at times dissonant and it's always urgent. Dread seems to hover over many of French's songs - a vague sense of

Late Slip delivers rollicking country-punk at Hank's Saloon 04.12

NYC's Late Slip is best categorized as country-punk, though the band's genre-bending makes for a unique, if not undefinable, listen. Their 2016 EP, Other Men, is a rollicking four-song romp that grapples with the theme of love lost, without descending into tones of bitterness or self-pity. The tempestuous content of frontwoman Chelsea Nenni's lyrics is counterbalanced by uptempo, crunchy, roots-rock arrangements. Nenni's vocals are remarkably strong and versatile, carrying each song along with i

DJ Silky Smooth brings self-effacing indie pop to Trans-Pecos 03.22

DJ Silky Smooth is an enigma: a serious musician, he loathes to take himself too seriously. From the beginning of "Loser," the opening track off his 2017 LP Smoothie, DJ Silky Smooth (real name Jacob Schwartz) fearlessly and refreshingly deflates any air of pretentiousness all too commonly felt among musicians. He intones over bright, jaunty synths and chorus-laden guitars: "Have you heard there's this kid at our school who calls himself DJ Silky Smooth? What a fucking loser." The song is tight

Trace Mountains brings hypnotic indie-pop to Alphaville 03.30

Trace Mountains, fronted by LVL UP's Dave Benton, is a local act you want to keep your ears on: just listen to "Cary's Dreams" off their forthcoming LP, A Partner to Lean On, dropping March 30th on Figure 2 RC. "Cary's Dreams" is at once subtle and upfront, humming with muted emotion and the crackling-yet-contained energy of a thundercloud. Benton's lyrics have a quality of magical realism, infusing mundane social observations (by an unreliable narrator) with a sense of profound clarity, all the

Rivergazer plays Rough Trade NYC 03.15

Rivergazer, the solo project of New York guitarist and songwriter Kevin Farrant, is playing at Rough Trade NYC on 03.15, with Tall Heights. Farrant, also known for his work as lead guitarist in Porches, is a contemplative and versatile songwriter. His most recent release, 2017's Giver, showcases his ability to find his own unique groove across a broad palette of musical styles. Though the album is an inviting blend of indie pop, funk and R&B sensibilities, Farrant's smooth, polished arrangements

Snail Mail tours, plays Union Transfer 07.14 with Waxahatchee and Cayetana

Baltimore indie-rock act Snail Mail is playing Union Transfer on July 14th with DIY favorites Waxahatchee and Cayetana. On Snail Mail's most recent EP, Habit, fuzzed-out and reverb-drenched guitars lay the groundwork for Lindsey Jordan's resonant vocals, which often seem to drift out of painful, nebulous daydreams: "I wanna spend the entire year/Just face down/And on my own time/I wanna waste mine." The show will kick off the band first US tour of the year, followed by a second leg in October. C

The Naked Tungs releases debut EP

Austin's The Naked Tungs recently released their debut EP, Hear It Calls, an intriguing blend of garage, new wave and roots rock which showcases the band's natural pop sensibility and charming lo-fi character. With subtle time signature changes and diverse instrumentation - from touches of pedalsteel guitar to lead tones reminiscent of Hendrix and The Clash - each song in the five track release has its own unique structural and tonal flavor. Hear It Calls is a promising introduction to a band wi

Much 2 Much brings angelic indie-folk to Mohawk 09.12

Watch out, Austin - Much 2 Much is coming out to play. Originally born as a duo, Erin Thelen and Angie Holliday formed the band in 2015 during a trip to Asia, and has since taken Austin by storm as a four-piece. Their music is soulful and ethereal, full of evocative, intricate harmonies and fluid songwriting that hearkens to R&B, folk and jazz. The full band's musicianship is a force to be reckoned with, and they're guaranteed to move you. Don't miss Much 2 Much at Mohawk on September 12th, with
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Sean McVerry takes his blend of soul and indie-pop to Bowery Electric on 07.27

New York's Sean McVerry, who made our Best of NYC Emerging Artist Poll 2017, is a proverbial musical sponge. A skilled pianist and guitar player, McVerry incorporates elements of electronica, neo-soul and indie-pop to create a sound that's shifting but always recognizable, thanks to his signature, soulful voice. On his 2016 EP, Hourglass Switchboard II, McVerry's detexerous falsetto undulates effortly over drum machines and reverb-drenched, chordal piano work. Check out a live version of "Strang

Prince Fox and Bella Thorne collaborate on new single, "Just Call"

Los Angeles/NYC-based pop duo Prince Fox has collaborated with actress/singer Bella Thorne on a new synthpop single, "Just Call" (streaming below). Featuring dancey beats interrupted by heavily filtered vocal melodies, the single has gone viral in the last few weeks, pushing Prince Fox to the top ten of The Deli's NYC charts for emerging artists (third item in our NYC homepage). Prince Fox will be playing at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on July 28th. Listen to the single below! - Ethan Ames

Harry & the Hitmen: classic soul for contemporary ears

Harry & the Hitmen are a soul-laden six piece that rely heavily on lighthearted, loose takes on some of the most influential sounds of Motown. Each member is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and well-versed in on-the-spot improvisation, making every experience a unique and certifiable hit. Last fall they released their debut album, Deep In Your Soul, and are gearing up for a string of live dates this fall. - Joshua D. Huver

Søndags blends genres with breezy Bay-area pop

Bay-area indie pop band Søndags recently released a new track called "Haunted Paradise." The song is a mellow homage to myriad genres: the reverb-laden guitars and distant drums are reminiscent of Motown and surf rock, and Jason Swihart's vocals invoke Joy Division and The Kinks. It's an understated yet self-assured pop song, clocking in at just under two and a half minutes. Follow the link to hear "Haunted Paradise," and listen to "Ghost Woman" below! - Ethan Ames

The Revolution Vol. 17: Cross Culture, Beccs and Bridget Perez at National Sawdust on 07.29

Brooklyn non-profit venue National Sawdust is hosting The Revolution Vol. 17 on July 29th, a monthly installment in an ongoing performance series sponsored by The Deli. The Revolution is a showcase of Brooklyn and Harlem-based performers who advocate for community empowerment, change and activism through the arts. Featured this month are the hip-hop/soul powerhouse Cross Culture, the jarring and introspective songwriting of beccs, and the smooth R&B stylings of Bridget Perez. You can listen to s

Silent Pictures co-headlines at Bottom of the Hill 07.28

Bay-area psych quartet Silent Pictures will co-headline a show at Bottom of the Hill on July 28th, alongside United Ghosts and Breaking Lights. On their 2016 full-length release, Let It Begin, Silent Pictures weaves a melancholic tapestry of minor-key disillusionment. The band blends elements of Brit-pop, punk and new wave into a polished and impressive display of musicianship and cerebral songwriting sensibility. -Ethan Ames

Dirty Denim plays Rickshaw Stop 07.27

Bay-area garage/punk band Dirty Denim will be playing Rickshaw Stop on July 27th. On their self-titled demo, the four-piece is at once playful and attitudinal. The three-song demo incorporates elements of punk, surf, new wave, indie and even hints of Motown. Yet, Dirty Denim's sound is very much their own, and it's instantly catchy. Chances are, you'll be humming "Meant to Be" for a few days after one listen. -Ethan Ames

Weeping Icon releases debut EP, plays Alphaville 07.15

Brooklyn noise punk band Weeping Icon (featuring ex members of Advaeta) released its debut EP, Eyeball Under, on July 14th on Kanine / Fire Talk Records. Their first single, "Jail Billz," is alight with menace and confidence, blending elements of post punk and hardcore, with nasal sounding fuzz guitars, drums proceeding at breakneck speed, and manic vocals referencing vintage '77 punk. Weeping Icon will bring this madness to Alphaville in Brooklyn on July 15th. Listen to "Jail Billz" below! - Et

Raycee Jones opens for Joan As A Police Woman on September 20

On her latest singles, Raycee Jones comes across as a genre-bending artist with a wide range of influences. A self-professed protégé of Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse, Jones writes songs that are sonically innovative. Her tracks contain warbling synths, chimes, complex beats and confessional lyrics. A regular performer at Rockwood Music Hall, Raycee is currently in the studio working on her debut EP. She'll be performing with Joan As Police Woman at a (secret) show organized by Amnesty In

Rivergazer plays Rough Trade NYC 03.15

Rivergazer, the solo project of New York guitarist and songwriter Kevin Farrant, is playing at Rough Trade NYC on 03.15, with Tall Heights. Farrant, also known for his work as lead guitarist in Porches, is a contemplative and versatile songwriter. His most recent release, 2017's Giver, showcases his ability to find his own unique groove across a broad palette of musical styles. Though the album is an inviting blend of indie pop, funk and R&B sensibilities, Farrant's smooth, polished arrangements

Native Sun plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Yaasss and Coco Verde

"I Don't Mind," off New York's Native Sun's 2017 EP, Songs Born From Love and Hate, is eminently danceable, particularly for fans of '70s punk and the moody, '90s alt-rock of The Pixies. With their unrelentingly heavy drums, growling power chord-laden guitars, and in your face vocals, the band wears their punk influences on their sleeve, but enjoys occasional drifts into unsettling, psychedelic territory. For Native Sun, however, brevity is an asset, and they don't wade too long in the muddy wat

Buzz Alert: Cool Company plays Elsewhere 03.10

Cool Company's 2016 album, Slice of Paradise, is a salient and smooth piece of R&B/neo soul and hip-hop fusion. Each song is rife with enticing percussion, hypnotic melodies and deceptively intricate, jazz-like chord progressions. The album is appealing and original, a testament to Cool Company's potential for greatness. The band will be bringing their smooth sound to at Elsewhere on 03.18, alongside Argonaut & Wasp and Miles Francis. Check out "Slice of Paradise" below! - Ethan Ames

Stevie Wolf plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Cautious Clay, April + VISTA

New York indie-pop artist Stevie Wolf is playing at Baby's All Right on 03.18, alongside April + VISTA and headliner Cautious Clay. Wolf blends a wide array of musical influences toward a product that's uniquely his own. On the song "Who," a Jeff Buckley-esque voice floats over lush but sparse electro-pop instrumentation reminiscent of Tame Impala's 2015 album "Currents" and modern R&B. While the feel of the song is laid-back and radio-friendly, Wolf's lyrics subtly demand more than a cursory gl

Common Jack brings political folk songs to Mercury Lounge on 03.30

NYC folkster Common Jack is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 30th, in support of Giant Stone. The Virginia-bred, New York-based guitar picker is a master of the sweet and the morally dissonant. On his most recent release from August of 2017, a song entitled "One Too Many Days," Common Jack laments the violent travesty that was the protests in Charlottesville, VA. Channelling The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and early Bob Dylan with gentle finger-picking and mournful harmonica, Common Jack's se

Brooklyn folk duo Skout plays Rockwood Music Hall 03.20

Skout, the New York indie-folk duo consisting of Laura Valk and Connor Gladney, is playing Rockwood Music Hall on March 20th, as part of a tour in support of their latest single, "These Bones." A raw and moving song, its arrangement is alternatingly thunderous and intimate, a portrait of vulnerability and its accompanying ambivalence. Valk sings, "Please don't touch me/I know you're only here to help/But I'm so scared." She seems to know that salvation lies in her opening up to another person, y

Buzz Bulletin: Akinyemi plays Mercury Lounge 03.28

Akinyemi, the hip-hop sensation out of Queens, is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 28th, in support of Sylvan LaCue. Akinyemi's music is a captivating blend of R&B and hip hop that hearkens to the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean. On "Dust Calling," the opening track and first single off his 2017 EP, Summers, Akinyemi opens the door to a lush soundscape of longing and ambition. "Dust calling, waiting for the wind/Doors unopened, hopefully they let me in/Scribble this thought down, patented with

Trace Mountains brings hypnotic indie-pop to Alphaville 03.30

Trace Mountains, fronted by LVL UP's Dave Benton, is a local act you want to keep your ears on: just listen to "Cary's Dreams" off their forthcoming LP, A Partner to Lean On, dropping March 30th on Figure 2 RC. "Cary's Dreams" is at once subtle and upfront, humming with muted emotion and the crackling-yet-contained energy of a thundercloud. Benton's lyrics have a quality of magical realism, infusing mundane social observations (by an unreliable narrator) with a sense of profound clarity, all the
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Sean McVerry takes his blend of soul and indie-pop to Bowery Electric on 07.27

New York's Sean McVerry, who made our Best of NYC Emerging Artist Poll 2017, is a proverbial musical sponge. A skilled pianist and guitar player, McVerry incorporates elements of electronica, neo-soul and indie-pop to create a sound that's shifting but always recognizable, thanks to his signature, soulful voice. On his 2016 EP, Hourglass Switchboard II, McVerry's detexerous falsetto undulates effortly over drum machines and reverb-drenched, chordal piano work. Check out a live version of "Strang

Prince Fox and Bella Thorne collaborate on new single, "Just Call"

Los Angeles/NYC-based pop duo Prince Fox has collaborated with actress/singer Bella Thorne on a new synthpop single, "Just Call" (streaming below). Featuring dancey beats interrupted by heavily filtered vocal melodies, the single has gone viral in the last few weeks, pushing Prince Fox to the top ten of The Deli's NYC charts for emerging artists (third item in our NYC homepage). Prince Fox will be playing at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on July 28th. Listen to the single below! - Ethan Ames

Harry & the Hitmen: classic soul for contemporary ears

Harry & the Hitmen are a soul-laden six piece that rely heavily on lighthearted, loose takes on some of the most influential sounds of Motown. Each member is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and well-versed in on-the-spot improvisation, making every experience a unique and certifiable hit. Last fall they released their debut album, Deep In Your Soul, and are gearing up for a string of live dates this fall. - Joshua D. Huver

Søndags blends genres with breezy Bay-area pop

Bay-area indie pop band Søndags recently released a new track called "Haunted Paradise." The song is a mellow homage to myriad genres: the reverb-laden guitars and distant drums are reminiscent of Motown and surf rock, and Jason Swihart's vocals invoke Joy Division and The Kinks. It's an understated yet self-assured pop song, clocking in at just under two and a half minutes. Follow the link to hear "Haunted Paradise," and listen to "Ghost Woman" below! - Ethan Ames

The Revolution Vol. 17: Cross Culture, Beccs and Bridget Perez at National Sawdust on 07.29

Brooklyn non-profit venue National Sawdust is hosting The Revolution Vol. 17 on July 29th, a monthly installment in an ongoing performance series sponsored by The Deli. The Revolution is a showcase of Brooklyn and Harlem-based performers who advocate for community empowerment, change and activism through the arts. Featured this month are the hip-hop/soul powerhouse Cross Culture, the jarring and introspective songwriting of beccs, and the smooth R&B stylings of Bridget Perez. You can listen to s

Silent Pictures co-headlines at Bottom of the Hill 07.28

Bay-area psych quartet Silent Pictures will co-headline a show at Bottom of the Hill on July 28th, alongside United Ghosts and Breaking Lights. On their 2016 full-length release, Let It Begin, Silent Pictures weaves a melancholic tapestry of minor-key disillusionment. The band blends elements of Brit-pop, punk and new wave into a polished and impressive display of musicianship and cerebral songwriting sensibility. -Ethan Ames

Dirty Denim plays Rickshaw Stop 07.27

Bay-area garage/punk band Dirty Denim will be playing Rickshaw Stop on July 27th. On their self-titled demo, the four-piece is at once playful and attitudinal. The three-song demo incorporates elements of punk, surf, new wave, indie and even hints of Motown. Yet, Dirty Denim's sound is very much their own, and it's instantly catchy. Chances are, you'll be humming "Meant to Be" for a few days after one listen. -Ethan Ames

Weeping Icon releases debut EP, plays Alphaville 07.15

Brooklyn noise punk band Weeping Icon (featuring ex members of Advaeta) released its debut EP, Eyeball Under, on July 14th on Kanine / Fire Talk Records. Their first single, "Jail Billz," is alight with menace and confidence, blending elements of post punk and hardcore, with nasal sounding fuzz guitars, drums proceeding at breakneck speed, and manic vocals referencing vintage '77 punk. Weeping Icon will bring this madness to Alphaville in Brooklyn on July 15th. Listen to "Jail Billz" below! - Et

Raycee Jones opens for Joan As A Police Woman on September 20

On her latest singles, Raycee Jones comes across as a genre-bending artist with a wide range of influences. A self-professed protégé of Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse, Jones writes songs that are sonically innovative. Her tracks contain warbling synths, chimes, complex beats and confessional lyrics. A regular performer at Rockwood Music Hall, Raycee is currently in the studio working on her debut EP. She'll be performing with Joan As Police Woman at a (secret) show organized by Amnesty In

Rivergazer plays Rough Trade NYC 03.15

Rivergazer, the solo project of New York guitarist and songwriter Kevin Farrant, is playing at Rough Trade NYC on 03.15, with Tall Heights. Farrant, also known for his work as lead guitarist in Porches, is a contemplative and versatile songwriter. His most recent release, 2017's Giver, showcases his ability to find his own unique groove across a broad palette of musical styles. Though the album is an inviting blend of indie pop, funk and R&B sensibilities, Farrant's smooth, polished arrangements

Native Sun plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Yaasss and Coco Verde

"I Don't Mind," off New York's Native Sun's 2017 EP, Songs Born From Love and Hate, is eminently danceable, particularly for fans of '70s punk and the moody, '90s alt-rock of The Pixies. With their unrelentingly heavy drums, growling power chord-laden guitars, and in your face vocals, the band wears their punk influences on their sleeve, but enjoys occasional drifts into unsettling, psychedelic territory. For Native Sun, however, brevity is an asset, and they don't wade too long in the muddy wat

Buzz Alert: Cool Company plays Elsewhere 03.10

Cool Company's 2016 album, Slice of Paradise, is a salient and smooth piece of R&B/neo soul and hip-hop fusion. Each song is rife with enticing percussion, hypnotic melodies and deceptively intricate, jazz-like chord progressions. The album is appealing and original, a testament to Cool Company's potential for greatness. The band will be bringing their smooth sound to at Elsewhere on 03.18, alongside Argonaut & Wasp and Miles Francis. Check out "Slice of Paradise" below! - Ethan Ames

Stevie Wolf plays Baby's All Right 03.18 with Cautious Clay, April + VISTA

New York indie-pop artist Stevie Wolf is playing at Baby's All Right on 03.18, alongside April + VISTA and headliner Cautious Clay. Wolf blends a wide array of musical influences toward a product that's uniquely his own. On the song "Who," a Jeff Buckley-esque voice floats over lush but sparse electro-pop instrumentation reminiscent of Tame Impala's 2015 album "Currents" and modern R&B. While the feel of the song is laid-back and radio-friendly, Wolf's lyrics subtly demand more than a cursory gl

Common Jack brings political folk songs to Mercury Lounge on 03.30

NYC folkster Common Jack is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 30th, in support of Giant Stone. The Virginia-bred, New York-based guitar picker is a master of the sweet and the morally dissonant. On his most recent release from August of 2017, a song entitled "One Too Many Days," Common Jack laments the violent travesty that was the protests in Charlottesville, VA. Channelling The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and early Bob Dylan with gentle finger-picking and mournful harmonica, Common Jack's se

Brooklyn folk duo Skout plays Rockwood Music Hall 03.20

Skout, the New York indie-folk duo consisting of Laura Valk and Connor Gladney, is playing Rockwood Music Hall on March 20th, as part of a tour in support of their latest single, "These Bones." A raw and moving song, its arrangement is alternatingly thunderous and intimate, a portrait of vulnerability and its accompanying ambivalence. Valk sings, "Please don't touch me/I know you're only here to help/But I'm so scared." She seems to know that salvation lies in her opening up to another person, y

Buzz Bulletin: Akinyemi plays Mercury Lounge 03.28

Akinyemi, the hip-hop sensation out of Queens, is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 28th, in support of Sylvan LaCue. Akinyemi's music is a captivating blend of R&B and hip hop that hearkens to the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean. On "Dust Calling," the opening track and first single off his 2017 EP, Summers, Akinyemi opens the door to a lush soundscape of longing and ambition. "Dust calling, waiting for the wind/Doors unopened, hopefully they let me in/Scribble this thought down, patented with

Trace Mountains brings hypnotic indie-pop to Alphaville 03.30

Trace Mountains, fronted by LVL UP's Dave Benton, is a local act you want to keep your ears on: just listen to "Cary's Dreams" off their forthcoming LP, A Partner to Lean On, dropping March 30th on Figure 2 RC. "Cary's Dreams" is at once subtle and upfront, humming with muted emotion and the crackling-yet-contained energy of a thundercloud. Benton's lyrics have a quality of magical realism, infusing mundane social observations (by an unreliable narrator) with a sense of profound clarity, all the
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