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The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Artists 2017: Psych Rock/Psych Pop Poll Is Up!

We are now into a couple of genres in The Deli's Yearly Best Emerging Philly Artists Poll that we are quite fond of - Psych Rock/Psych Pop! We love how Philly continues to keep things weird with acts whose music you want to explore. You can now take a listen to this year's list of nominees HERE, and vote for your favorite artist!

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New Sun Organ Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

While all of us have had to bear the brunt of bewildering winter climates and the regular barrage of perplexing national news, Sun Organ’s Timothy Jordan has been hard at work putting together their newest album, Something Doesn’t Feel Right. The EP wastes no time showing off its ability to transport listeners to a world of undulating tones, swaying behind mellow machine drumming, acoustic guitar, and melancholic verbal ruminations. Whereas previous releases operated within a larger group dynamic, Something Doesn’t Feel Right carries the intimacy of a one on one conversation, stripped of a cautious revisionism often present in social dynamics. What lets this record stand out from their previous work is its ability to be forthcoming while not giving off an air of urgency, wounded from torment but insistent on addressing one’s woes with an unforgiving clarity. Sun Organ are currently on the road with fellow Philadelphians Clasp. (Photo by Jersey Boy Photo)

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New Track: "Greyhound" (Kississippi Cover) - Tombo Crush

Tombo Crush puts an airy, ghostly spin on their rendition of Kississippi's "Greyhound". The track was recorded for Heart Hitter Vol. 1, a covers compilation that will give 100% of its proceeds to The Trevor Project, "the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24." Your donation will go towards running suicide-prevention hotlines, text lines, training/workshops, and community centers. You can take a listen to the rest of the compilation HERE, and give what you can.

New Track: "Cross That Line" - Coal Mine Canaries

"Cross That Line," the closing song on Coal Mine Canaries newly released EP We Poor Devils, leaves a lasting impression. The dreamy sparkle of xylophone steps into the soulful, inebriated sway. The song takes on the appeal of an evening shared with a close group or significant other, when everyone reaches that slightly tired but united buzz, thus allowing his or her exterior guard or pretension to drop and embrace the moment. Lyrically describing an unfortunate misstep, the track retains an inherent but slightly mournful fondness.

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The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Indie Pop Artist: Louie Louie!

The Indie Pop category was definitely stacked this year, and after compiling the jurors', readers'/fans' and writers' votes, congratulations go out to Louie Louie! The stylish garage-pop sisterhood has been working hard and steadily building on their artistic vision, causing many in the Philly music community to take noticed. Led by Emily Robb (Lantern, Myrrias) on guitar/vox and joined by Jenna Robb on drums/vox, Emily Eichelberger on bass/vox, and Leslie Burnette on organ/vox, the band harkens back to the golden age of girl groups that produced legendary acts like The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las; however, the ladies put their own surf-psych spin on the classic sound. Louie Louie just celebrated the release of its full-length album, Friend Of A Stranger (Born Losers Records), with a packed performance this past Friday at PhilaMOCA, and will be spending the rest of the month into March on the road in support of their first LP. 

We are also happy to see and share that runner-up honors go out to Mercury Girls, which features members of Literature, Pet Milk, and Little Big League. They released their debut 7" last year via highly respected indie-pop label Slumberland. And Queen Jeans, who placed third overall in our poll last year, continue to be on the minds of our voters with their recent honorable mention performance. Check out the latest releases from all these fine bands below!

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