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Jake McKelvie & the Countertops

New England Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2014 for emerging artists

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of New England Year End Poll for Emerging Artists.

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from New England: 43

Jurors: Jurors: Juan (The Deli LA), Maylis (The Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. As the Sparrow (Rootsy Pop) - 8 (out of 10)

1. Jake McKelvie & the Countertops (Indie Pop) - 8


3. Andre Obin (Electro) - 7.83


4. Miss Geo (Electro-Pop) - 7.66


5. Marina Evans (Songwriter) - 7.5


5. Doug Tuttle (Psych Rock) - 7.5


7. No Evil Star (Avant-Indie) - 7.33


8. Radclyffe Hall (Electro-Pop) - 7.16


9. Jet Black Sunrise (Alt Rock) - 7

9. Sarah Blacker (Folk Pop) - 7


Honorable Mentions (ranked above 6.5):

Streight AngularLittle UglyEd balloonThe SymptomsPonybird.


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We will soon unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors, and then let our readers and our writers influence the poll with their vote.

Keep creating, keep supporting, and stay tuned for your chance to vote!  

—The Deli New England Staff



Jake McKelvie & the Countertops unleash "Mini Monster" video

If you liked Jake McKelvie & the Countertops, whom we featured on the site last month, check out the band's newly released video for "Mini Monster." The sunny, carefree video matches the vibe of the Solid Chunks of Energy single perfectly, complete with costumed pizza shop stops and performances in a number of unlikely (and at times uncomfortable) spaces. You can watch the video below now. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Jake McKelvie & the Countertops will have you dancing on, well, the countertops

New Hampshire’s Jake McKelvie & the Countertops have a sound as weird as their name, and after seeing them play in an Amherst, MA, garage last month, I can say that they put on a good (but weird) live show as well. After promising their latest full-length first in March and later for an April release, Solid Chunks of Energy finally hit Bandcamp last week. The album kicks off in high gear with the energetic punch of “Mini Monster,” on which McKelvie’s distinguishably lackadaisical vocal delivery quickly grabs attention. “So Long, the Scrubber” benefits from the same energy, aided by an envelope-filtered bass guitar that dazzles from the backdrop. Like any solid album, the collection slows down with “Woke Awake” and “Aside From Your Hair,” but the Countertops are best when commanding a mosh pit. If you’re ready to join the pit, catch them tonight at Anchors Up in Haverhill, MA, or June 28 at West Street Parking Lot in Gardner. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


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