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Best Emerging NYC Bands 2017, the Deli's List!

Dear Deli Readers,

We have finally reached the end of the road for The Deli’s Best Emerging NYC Artists Poll. As usual, it’s been a lengthy, exhausting, painstaking journey through an abundance of numbers, band names, and some seriously rad tunes. Now, before we get to our list of this year’s Top Performers, we would like to thank our wonderful, knowledgeable jury of local music experts/enthusiasts (which you can view below), dedicated Deli writers and all those who took the time to check out our nominees and cast their votes. You’re the best, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!
 
The Deli NYC Jurors:
Rami (PopGun Presents), Lauren (Northside Media Group), Katie Jones (National Sawdust), Hannah Gold (City Winery), Chris Pickering (Alphaville), Christopher Thomas, Matt (Rockwood Music Hall), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli), Paul Bacher (The Knit), Christine (Sofar Sounds), Brett Tabisel (LPR NYC), Michelle (Bowery Ballroom), Tim (ASCAP), Eric (The Wild Honey Pie), Alex (Webster Hall), Patrick (Oh My Rockness), Tyler (Brooklyn Bazaar), Greg (The Delancey), Bowery Electric, Grace Gibson (Arlene's Grocery)
 
 
BEST OF NYC POLL - THE FINAL RESULTS
 
1. BABY SHAKES
This year's Best of NYC band is Baby Shakes, a power-pop/garage rock four-piece (there's a ghost member in the band) that knows how to have fun. The group wins this poll's grand prize: the cover of the spring 2017 issue of The Deli - we are looking forward to that issue! The band's catalogue is pleasantly varied, with everything from relaxed surf rock tunes to easy rock-n-rollers to borderline punk, heavy-hitters. Though the expert guitar work of Mary Blount and Judy Lindsay is apparent, featuring harmonization, synchronized riffs, and the occasional shredtastic solo, what really makes Baby Shakes so infectious is the raw force and high energy of their songs. It's something you can pick up on even through earbuds. Be on the lookout for their new album Turn It Up out this spring. - Andrew Strader
 

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2. BANGLADEAFY!
Bangladeafy!
 is a band that's hard to forget after a first listen. They take a mathy, complex, progressive approach to metal without resulting obnoxious. They tow a unique line somewhere between metal and electronica, using arpeggiating synths to compliment complex percussion patterns and distorted guitars. This band is, without a doubt, carving a new path for metal in the tech age. - Andrew Strader

  

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3. BREANNA BARBARA
Breanna Barbara
, self described as "occult blues" reimagines the roots of that genre, crafting a witchy, psychedelic take on it. Her latest record, Mirage Dreams was made in Nashville and there's no hiding it: slide guitar, rhodes, and fuzzy bass, all come together to create a fresh take on an authentically southern sound, but with an edge. - Andrew Strader

 

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OVERALL TOP 20

Here's the top 20 of the Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists! This chart reflects the scores of 

1.   Baby Shakes
2.   Bangladeafy!
3.   Breanna Barbara
4.   Big Thief
5.   Margaret Glaspy
6.   Cutworms
7.   Ex Reyes
8.   Sam Evian
9.   Bailen
10. Surf Rock Is Dead
11. Ela Minus
12. Pavo Pavo
13. Latasha Alcindor
14. Baby Acid
15. The Casey Hopkins Trio
16. Navy Gangs
17. Zuli
18. Dakota Jones
19. Yoke Lore
20. Winstons 

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BEST OF NYC ELECTRONIC/HIP HOP CATEGORY 

Overall Winner: Ela Minus 

Readers' Poll Winner: Latasha Alcindor

 

BEST OF NYC GARAGE/SLACK ROCK CATEGORY 

Overall Winner: Baby Shakes

Readers' Poll Winner: Stuyedeyed

 

BEST OF NYC PUNK/METAL CATEGORY

Overall Winner + Readers' Poll Winner: Bangladeafy

 

BEST OF NYC INDIE ROCK CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Big Thief

Readers' Poll Winner: Baby Acid

 

BEST OF NYC SOUL/BLUES ROCK CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Breanna Barbara

Readers' Poll Winner: Casey Hopkins

 

BEST OF NYC INDIE POP CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Ex Reyes

Readers' Poll Winner: Zuli

 

BEST OF NYC FOLK/AMERICANA CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Margaret Glaspy 

Readers' Poll Winner: The National Reserve

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See you next year, best of NYC Poll!

The Folks at The Deli

Weekend Warrior, March 24 - 26

The week may have dragged, but now, as the clock dwindles down, the finish line comes into focus. Mother nature has decided to dial up the temperature as a temporary respite, so one may want to act accordingly. Tonight’s show at Kung Fu Necktie serves as a quality starting point. The rollicking, retrograde garage-rock of Scantron offers the type of relaxed but enthusiastic release that the hope of the weekend promises. Triangular boogie-injecting rhythms organically stack bass, organ and percussion into a freight train of fun. This evening, they’ll be paired with the tranquil, psych-garage pill of Burger Records, Los Angeles-based quartet Cosmonauts. Fellow Californians and tourmates, The Molochs, page ahead delivering streaming, straightforward, unhesitating narratives, mixing garage-psych and folk into a pleasing sonic stew.
 
And before bidding adieu, Roof Doctor performs their somber, melodic, melancholy juxtaposing joyful energy for a final time this Saturday night at PhilaMOCA. Proceeds from the show (which also includes Mumblr and Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes) will be donated to Southern Poverty Law Center. Meanwhile, the reserved yet ripping, shoegazing, fuzz-flavored tones of So Totally close out the weekend with a set on Sunday at KFN, joining Active Bird Community and The Regrettes. - Michael Colavita
 

 
Other places to enjoy this weekend’s weather…
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Mage Hand, This City Called Earth/Scantron/DJ Lean Wit It, DJ FM, DJ Tati Mia/Supah The Man, Jiliyah, SAT Cadaveric Spasm, Goat Wizard/Gordon Bombay, Tiedye Ky, Yuneer Gainz, Terrence Powers, SUN So Totally/McRad, Resilient
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Roof Doctor (Last Show), Mumblr
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN Trash Knife, N.E.G., Atomic Cretins
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Crouse, SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SAT Beach Slang
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Kingfisher, Max Morning-Height, Las Palabras, George Engel Brooks, SAT Darla, Muscle Tough, Tektonic
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Excursions, Mark Baxter, Aviance, Corey Wims and Jay Reezy, Image DaVoice, The Jawn, Jae The Artist, SAT Lucid By Midnight, Menace Of The Canvas, Powerless Rise
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Dirty Dozen Dance Band/(Downstairs) Funky Friday hosted by David Dye, SAT (Upstairs) Stars Apart/(Downstairs) Leonard Cohen Tribute: Under The Oak, Kim Fink, Alex Radus, Glim Dropper, William H. Travis, Catelyn Gipe, Danie Ocean, Chris Kasper, Max Fisher, Bak Pak
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Cacciato, Pansy/Sitting In Cars, Tucker Hill, Dot.gov, Hungry Ghost, SUN Col. Mike Tyler
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Soraia
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Inside Voices, SAT Flat Mary Road, Dolores, Taxes, Repelican/Suburban Living (DJ Set), SUN Ladybird
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejsy
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Disgruntled Sherpa Project, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Buddy Roc & The Heartbreak Kids, AndrexArciniega, SAT United Anonymous for Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert: Someone's Daughters, Sophie Coran, Emily Mineo, Erin Fox, Elissa Janelle Velveteen, George Engel Brooks, Red Queen Lilith, Naz
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Alex Catrambone, Matthew Gold
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Thirteen Reasons, On Top, Fairly Competent, SAT The Late Saints, The Way To The Egress, Edge Hill Rounders
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Katie Barbato
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Pinkwash, Ursula, Solarized
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Evergreen, Brain Grease, Along the Way, SAT Shannen Moser, Harmony Woods, Past Life, SUN Bungler, Whoopsydaisy
 
Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Planned Parent Benefit: Amanda X, Coping Skills

Century (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Dark Web (Tape Release), Blowdryer, Remote Control, Illuminati Sequence
 
 

New Music Video: "Toxic America" - Dark Web

Post-punk badasses Dark Web get hilariously freaky with the help of some Philly music community pals in their rad, new video for "Toxic America". The single can be found on the band's self-titled album, which is being released on cassette via Suicide Bong Tapes. They'll be celebrating its arrival this evening at Century with Blowdryer, Remote Control, and Illuminati Sequence, where the first 100 attendees will receive a free tape and download code with admission.

Moruga Scorpio Releases EP "1"

Moruga Scorpio's debut EP, 1, is an unapologetic collection of sweet, groovy, pop tunes that even music snobs can get into. The tunes blend surfy, classic sounding pop reminiscent of The Beach Boys with darker, heavier, weirder, psychedelic elements that bring The Butthole Surfers to mind. The songs are self-proudced by Evan Donohue, the mastermind behind Moruga Scorpio and former Diarrhea Planet member. Upon listening, it seems he harbors a strong distate genre limitations. There really isn't a single category you can definitively box these songs into, and that makes his music exciting. Morgua Scorpio is for anyone who simply likes great songs with great production. Give it a listen: 

-Andrew Strader

Miki Fiki Releases Debut EP

Miki Fiki is a new project started by singer/songwriting Ted Hartog. His debut self-titled EP is a brass-heavy collection of heartbreaky pop tunes that have an irresistably sweet blend of nostalgia, catharsis and melancholy. Clearly influenced by indie pop sensations like Whitney and Ben Folds, Hartog's work is lyric-heavy, with triumphant melodies that stick like glue to memory. The EP's three songs chronicle the chaos of the post breakup emotional state and painstakingly organize it. If this short work is any indication of what's to come from Miki Fiki in the future, indie pop fans had better be on the lookout because, sonically, there's nothing else like this happening in Nashville. 

-Andrew Strader

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