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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"


College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.


The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  


Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.


That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com

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O Annie Girl & the Flight and Balms Play Rickshaw Stop TONIGHT

A great local line up has been put together for tonight's show at Rickshaw Stop. O (formally known as Black Cobra Vipers) will be headlining the show with critically acclaimed local bands, Annie Girl & the Flight and Balms. These bands are a few of the cream of crop in the Bay Area music scene. We're excited to highlight this show because we've been listening to and watching these bands grow for some time.


SF Bay Area 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 SF Bay Area Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. We had a record number of submissions from SF this year - 94! - thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

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 SF Bay Area: 94

Jurors: Jurors: QD Tran (The Deli Philly), Jason Behrends (The Deli Chicago), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Summer Peaks - (Indie Pop) - 8 (out of 10)


2. Miss March - (Alt Folk) - 7.83


3. Goodnight, Texas - (Americana) - 7.33


3. Luke Sweeney - (Indie Pop) - 7.33


5. Builders - 7


5. Jet Trash - 7


5. Lemme Adams - 7


5. Royal Jelly Jive - 7


5. Meet Me in Orbit - 7


Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

The Galloping Sea, Rich Girls, Goose Ignite, Tremor Low, Wild Imaginaries, We Became Owls, The Union Trade, New Spell, Mammoth Life, Be Calm Honcho, French Girls, Feather-Bright, Cookie Tongue, The Treacherous French, One Hundred Percent.


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We have already unveiled full list of nominees that also includes the artists nominated by our local jurors (see left column here). It's now time for our readers to influence this Year End Poll for Emerging SF Bay Area Artists with their vote - look out for th readers' poll on the right column of this same page!

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Winter 2015. NYC Issue #41
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Con Brio Gears Up to Release New EP - Kiss The Sun - 2/3

San Francisco based R&B soul group, Con Brio is preparing to release a six track EP this winter. Their new release, Kiss The Sun is due out on February 3rd and is a smooth and sensual R&B album that is perfect for chilling with friends in an intimate setting or creating the mood for some baby makin'!

We don't get too much local rhythm and blues music that we really dig, but Con Brio's Kiss the Sun is impressively produced, sexy and modern. They're a sizzling musical group and you'll have a chance to see them perform live at their album release show on Valentine's Day (2/14), 2015!


2014 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene


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