One last post to celebrate the top three bands from our year end Best of SF Poll for Emerging Artists.
Down Dirty Shake
San Francisco based, psychedelic soul rock group, Down Dirty Shake has been honored with the title of The Deli Magazine San Francisco’s Emerging Artist of 2013. Even without that accomplishment, they are one of the hardest working bands in the Bay Area. This sometimes sultry, sometimes completely rowdy soul band that features the smooth Jim Morrison-esque vocals of lead singer, A.J. Lopez, plays a plethora of shows in San Fran and Oakland.
They played a four-week residency at The Milk Bar in the summer of 2013, and continue to record and release impressively psychedelic recordings. Their January release, The Beauville Boogie features two new songs: Sun Cheyenne and Stoned Love, which are previews of their upcoming full length album.
Down Dirty Shake's sexy ‘60s throwback ballads are completely romantic and lyrically impressive. You can always groove to their love and sex-centric music, as their songs are powerfully soulful, well composed and well written. If you haven’t seen Down Dirty Shake live, you will be doing yourself a favor by experiencing their energetic and wildly entertaining performances. (Note: you can read about DDS in the upcoming SXSW print edition of The Deli Magazine, coming soon!)
The noisy heavy, dank experimental and unpredictable Oakland based duo, Disappearing People is the runner-up for The Deli Magazine San Francisco Emerging artist band of 2013. Our hand selected jury and writers really thought DP was one of the cream of the crop in the SF Bay scene. We completely agree. This band's otherworldly dissonance and musical experimentation will take you on a wild ride, and show that music doesn't have to be structured and pop oriented to move a crowd!
French Cassettes is a veteran emerging band, finally getting their recognition as they were the second runner-up on the poll. They've proven time and time again that they can record great records, fill a room of anticipating and supportive fans and make their mark on the local music scene. We're always happy to cover this well rounded indie pop band. They're playing Noisepop 2014 this month in San Francisco, so keep an eye out here at The Deli SF for more details about their appearance!
Now that the poll is officially over, the Deli staff would like to thank all of the local jurors, artists, readers and writers for participating and making this year's Emerging Artist poll a great success. We look forward to introducing a new list of emerging bands next year as we continue to cover and support the SF Bay's underground and indie music scene.
Also look out for interviews with the winners of our Reader's poll, Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony and 2013's Emerging Artist of the Year, Down Dirty Shake - SF Editor, je