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Alex G is The Deli Philly's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd: Kississippi, 3rd: Queen of Jeans

Deli Readers,

Our Best of 2015 Poll for Emerging Philly Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music, but we have finally arrived at our desired destination. We can now announce the final results!

And the winner is...

1. Alex G

Alex Giannascoli gives hope to nice, normal, loner dudes everywhere who waste inordinate amounts of time recording solo jams in their bedroom. He unassumingly seeped into the Philly music community's subconscious with a slew of honest, lo-fi recordings. After winning The Deli Philly's Readers'/Fans' 2013 Poll for Best Emerging Artists, Alex G eventually went on to sign to Domino Recording Co., and released Beach Music, which was also our November 2015 Record of the Month. So this victory might not be such a surprise to some of our Deli faithfuls.

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2.
Kississippi

We discovered Kississippi after being intrigued by Shari Heck's cover of "Dogmas," which appeared on the original track list of Cyberbully Mom Club's Amy Locust Whatever. We were instantly smittened by Zoë Reynolds's endearingly candid lyrics and wispy lilt, highlighted by the stripped-down, acoustic version found on I Can Feel You in My Hair Still. On the group's label debut We Have No Future, We're All Doomed (Soft Speak Records), the band hooked up with Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald, who produced the album. 2015 is definitely only the begining for Kississippi.

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3.
Queen of Jeans

The ladies of Queen of Jeans challenged you to "get off your ass" and make them dance with their debut single, but we think that it might've been pulling a little reverse psychology. Featuring former members of The Interest Group and Work Drugs, the group enchants like sirens on its self-titled debut EP, which can found via Third Uncle Records and the UK's Super Fan 99. Queen of Jeans are certainly already drawing crowds.  

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Honorable Mention: The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive definitely won the nod from our Deli writers for their work in 2015. With a new full-length album coming out later this year via Jade Tree, it'll be interesting to see if they'll win over the rest of our panel of jurors next year. 

Take a gander at the rest of our Best Emerging Philly Artists list below, and we hope that you find some rad new artists that you weren't aware of!

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR EMERGING PHILLY ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Alex G
11.5
 
2
0.03
13.53
2
Kissisippi
10.5
 
3
0.009
13.509
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3
Queen of Jeans
9.5
 
 
0.006
9.506
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4
The Spirit of the Beehive
2
 
6
0.01
8.01
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5
Palmas
6.5
 
1
0.004
7.504
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Lithuania
5.5
 
2
0.004
7.504
7
Thin Lips
6.5
 
1
0.003
7.503
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8
YJY
 
3
2
1.5
6.5
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9
Girlpool
5.5
 
 
0.006
5.506
icon
10
The Writhing Squares
5.5
 
 
0.005
5.505
icon
11
The City & I
2
 
3
0.012
5.012
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12 
Suburban Living
2
 
3
0.001
5.001
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13
Howlish
3
 
 
2
5
 
Hurrican Hoss
3
 
1
1
5
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15 
Abi Reimold
4.5
 
 
0.021
4.521
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16
Shannen Moser
4.5
 
 
0.017
4.517
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17
Air is Human
4.5
 
 
0.005
4.505
icon
18
Tunji Ige
4.5
 
 
0.002
4.502
icon
19 
Blood Sound
3
 
1
0.005
4.005
icon
20
Hello Shark
3
 
1
0.004
4.004
icon
21
Cheerleader
3
 
1
0.003
4.003
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22
Petal
3
 
1
0
4
23
The Up Up Ups!
3
 
 
0.017
3.017
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24
Palm
3
 
 
0.012
3.012
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25
Nik Greeley
3
 
 
0.011
3.011
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26
Friendship
3
 
 
0.006
3.006
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27
Shelf Life
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
icon
 
Year Of Glad
2
 
1
0.005
3.005
icon
29
Ecstatic Vision
2
 
1
0.004
3.004
icon
30
The Stammer
 
2
1
0.002
3.002
icon
31
The Bul Bey
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
32
Silverton
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
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I Think Like Midnight
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
icon
 
Man About A Horse
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
icon
35
VoirVoir
 
1
1
0.015
2.015
icon
36
Weekender
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
37
Aunt Dracula
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
 
God Root
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
39
Joie Kathos
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
40
GrandeMarshall
1
 
1
0
2
icon
41
Museyroom
 
1.5
 
0.001
1.501
icon
42
Josh Miller
1
 
 
0.029
1.029
icon
43
Motherwhore
1
 
 
0.021
1.021
icon
44
Scantron
1
 
 
0.016
1.016
icon
45
Dogs on Acid
1
 
 
0.01
1.01
icon
46
R.R. Perkins
1
 
 
0.009
1.009
icon
47
Mercury Girls
1
 
 
0.007
1.007
icon
48
Madalean Gauze
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
icon
 
Pine Barons
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
icon
50
Needle Points
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
icon
51
Vita and the Woolf
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
52
Lazy Salon
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
 
The Captain The Pilot The Driver
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
 
Tango Leopard
 
1
 
0.002
1.002
icon
55
Steep Leans
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Bondage & Discipline
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Sad Actor
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Sandcastle
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Oldermost
 
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
RFA
 
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
61
Throbbing Chakra
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
Rosemary Fiki
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
Armani White
1
 
 
0
1
 
Straw Hats
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
TJ Smith and the Wild North
1
 
 
0
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, here is how it all went down: First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then, we polled a list of 20+ Philly music enthusiasts (our jury), and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). Then, we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open to the genres that we cover, from indie rock to roots music, from electronic to hip hop (no jazz, no seriously experimental music).

If you are a geek who is interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules HERE (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Philly produced in 2015, this list is what you are looking for. Enjoy!  

Many Thanks to Our Jurors:

Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters Selectors), Jeff Blinder (Goldilocks Gallery), Gabrielle Bonghi (Philly.com), Kate Bracaglia (Freelance Writer), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Jessica Craft (Rock to the Future), Shana Hartzel (Swell Tone, Y-Not Radio), Kevin Horn (Underground Arts), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out Of Town Films), David Kiss (Kung Fu Necktie), Josh T. Landow (Y-NOT Radio), Carolyn Lederach (Sofar Philadelphia), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (MilkBoy Philly), Jeff Meyers (Boot & Saddle), George Miller (Jump Philly), Stephanie Seiple (Tri State Indie), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN), Allie Volpe (Freelance Writer), Nikki Volpicelli (Urban Outfitter), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, The Key)

Much love,

The Deli's Staff

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New Track: "Kiss Me" (Sixpence None The Richer Cover) - Kississippi

Kississippi pull at the heartstrings with their stripped-down cover of "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer. The track was recorded for The Grey Estates and Negative Fun's new compilation, Sugar Rush. You can now stream the single over at Stereogum. (Photo by Eman El Saied)

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Work Drugs 5th Annual Holiday Spectacle w/Kississippi & Kate Faust at JB's Dec. 12

Grab your dancing shoes, white sports coats and sunglasses: Work Drugs are back this Saturday for their 5th annual Holiday Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s. With their glossy, tantalizing electro-funk rhythms, the group has established themselves over the years as prolific dance-pop songwriters, creating tunes that aren't just extremely groovable, but also at times, glazed with an introspective melancholy that can still maintain perfect pop sensibility. They'll be joined by the endearingly candid storytelling of Kississippi, who recently dropped their label debut We Have Know Future, We're All Doomed (Soft Speak Records), and siren-esque electro-pop singer-songwriter Kate Faust. Begin your holiday celebration early tonight! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10-$12, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock

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New Kississippi EP Available for Streaming

While Kississippi’s new EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed will be released tomorrow via Soft Speak Records, you can stream it now over at Brooklyn Vegan. Recorded with Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald, the album embraces a graceful pensive movement - the dreamy shimmer of vocal harmony and a steady yet relaxed beat presence. The sound winds around your mind in a reflective stroll that you'll simply want to move with.

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New Track: "Greyhound" - Kississippi

With their new EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed scheduled for release on November 20 via Soft Speak Records, Kississippi has issued another sonic glimpse in “Greyhound,” which you can stream over at Noisey. The song blankets listeners in comforting, endearingly candid lyrics, delivered in delicately tender vocals further backed by airy “oohs.” The group is set to perform as part Work Drugs 5th Annual Holiday Spectacle, which also includes Kate Faust, on Saturday, December 12 at Johnny Brenda’s.

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