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Kenny Wesley is The Real Thing.

DC based Kenny Wesley, the “Soulful Nerd,” is the most exciting artist since Prince. Woah. What did I just say? I don’t want to put too much pressure on him or anything, but the way he mixes genres, a smorgasbord of rnb, funk, alt-rock and love into a tight pop extravaganza denies any other comparison. His first full length, The Real Thing, was released in May 2013, and the title is no lie; Kenny is undeniable, and he’s about to explode into the national public consciousness. Already featured on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and 2nd prize winner as the U.S. representative for the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival’s Shure Vocal Competition (in Montreux, Switzerland), Kenny is up for 6 Wammies this year (Washington Area Music Awards: Record Design, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Urban Contemporary Recording, Urban Contemporary Vocalist). Kenny will performing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD, on 2/6, and will appear with an all-star lineup at the Hamilton in DC on 2/14. --Natan Press

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Playground Etiquette release new album, The Marionnette. Show on February 7th.

Baltimore’s Playground Etiquette released their new album, The Marionnette, on January 18th, during a sold out show at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery. The Marionette is thrilling from start to finish, as the band absolutely nails their ambitious prog/alternative sound. It’s hard to describe them in more specific terms, as they blend all sorts of musical ideas and genres into a cohesive whole. The arrangements are complex without being overwhelming. Each song engages the listener, at times to jump around, at others to head-bang, and always to grab your nearest friend and scream “this band is awesome! Why aren’t they huge?” Don’t let them sell a show out from under you again. Playground Etiquette plays the Velvet Lounge in DC, on February 7th. --Natan Press

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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging DC Area Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging DC Area Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it of with remarkable flair! Kudos to GEMS (pictured) for winning it!

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 15+ DC Area scene experts (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek 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 the DC Area produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING DC AREA ARTISTS
******* FINAL RESULTS *******
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
GEMS
11
 
0.009
 
11.009
2
Margot MacDonald
1
1
1.5
2
5.5
icon
3
Priests
5
 
0.002
 
5.002
icon
4
Walk the Plank
3
 
2
 
5
icon
5
Young Summer
4
 
0.068
 
4.068
icon
6
Drop Electric
3
1
0.006
 
4.006
icon
7
Joy Buttons
4
 
0.003
 
4.003
icon
8
The Last Bison
3
 
1
 
4
icon
9
Kindlewood
 
 
0.105
3
3.105
icon
10
The Cowards Choir
3
 
0.052
 
3.052
icon

11 

Elikeh
3
 
0.021
 
3.021
12
Widows Watch
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
13
Sweet Leda
3
 
0.01
 
3.01
icon
14 
Drugs Of Faith
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
15 
Iris Divine
3
 
0.007
 
3.007
icon
 
Young Rapids
3
 
0.007
 
3.007
icon
17
Protect U
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
18
Diamond Youth
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
19
The Walking Sticks
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Pree
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
21
Dead Professional
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
 
Highway Cross
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
23 
The Capital Hearings
3
 
0
 
3
icon
 
The Chance
3
 
0
 
3
icon
25 
The Sea Life
 
1
0.004
1.5
2.504
icon
26
Pasadena
2
 
0.141
 
2.141
icon
27
Black Clouds
2
 
0.063
 
2.063
icon
28
Derek Evry and His Misanthropes
2
 
0.047
 
2.047
icon
29
True Head
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
30 
Honor By August
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
31 
Redline Graffiti
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
32
Cherry Tree Band
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
The Mean Season
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
The Raised By Wolves
1
 
0.003
1
2.003
icon
35
Sunwolf
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
36
The Grand Candy
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Phil Ade
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
PLOY
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
39
Old Lines
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
Primitivity
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
Technophobia
2
 
0
 
2
icon
42
Bumpin' Uglies
1
 
0.5
 
1.5
icon
43
Bonnie Rash
1
 
0.046
 
1.046
icon
44
Dance For the Dying
1
 
0.019
 
1.019
icon
 
Pleasure Curses
 
 
0.019
1
1.019
icon
46
Me and Karen
 
 
0.0013
1
1.013
icon
47
Typefighter
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
48
The Mellish
 
 
0.009
1
1.009
icon
49
Caz & The Day Laborers
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
50
Heavy Breathing
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Midnight Eye
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Ravagers
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Smoke Green
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
55
Black Checker
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions


List of Jurors: Jon Meyers (The Vinyl District), Boo Valdez (Rams Head Baltimore), Brandon Linton (Rams Head Baltimore), Kisha Shorter (9:30 Club), Stephanie Williams (DC Music Download), Chris Buresh (DCHeavy Metal.com), Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds), Neal Becton (Som Records), Christopher Naoum (Listen Local First DC), David Hintz (DC Rock Live), Jennifer Vinson (The Hamilton/DC Setlist), Matty (The Sidebar), Don Zientara (Inner Ear Studios), Dawn Reed (Deli), Renee Schapiro (9:30 Club), Vincent Brown (Freedom Village), Jimmy Rhodes (The Fillmore), Catherine (showlistdc), Ora Nwabueze (The Dunes), Staff (Velvet Lounge).

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

 

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Walk The Plank: First Place in The Deli's 2013 Best of DC Area's Year End Readers' Poll.

DC’s Walk The Plank are keeping the hardcore punk they grew up with in the city alive and well. Forming in 2010, they've played a blistering amount of shows (literally hundreds), and their persistence is paying off with a strong following in the community. In 2013 they released a split 7” with Supreme Commander. In May of 2014 they will release yet another split 7”, this time with Daycare Swindlers. Walk the Plank play ALL THE TIME, so keep an eye on the listings and you’ll see them soon. Upcoming local shows include 2/7 at the Sidebar in Baltimore (for RABTFest), 3/11 at DC9 in DC, and 3/12 at Strange Matter in Richmond. 


Margot MacDonald: Second Place in The Deli's 2013 Best of DC Area's Year End Readers' Poll

The beautiful voice and loop pedal mastery of DC favorite Margot MacDonald have propelled her to national acclaim in the past year. NPR’s All Songs Considered featured her as one of their favorite discoveries at the 2013 CMJ Music Festival, and she is the current Washington Area Music Association "Artist of the Year." Her new self-released album, Canvas, includes an incredible cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop, which is about the ballsiest thing I’ve heard all year (also “oh that’s what the lyrics are”). Check out the lead single, Speed of Sound, below.

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The Last Bison: Third Place in The Deli's 2013 Best of DC Area's Year End Readers' Poll

The Last Bison are authentic “mountain top chamber” indie-folk. The seven member band is comprised of family and friends from southeastern Virginia, thrilling audiences with their live shows as did the country troubadours of a past century, and moving modern listeners on record. While similar bands have been successful in the mainstream, The Last Bison have an original edge, representing the musical history and community of Virginia. Check out their video for Setting Our Tables below.

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Dot Dash to perform 2/1 @ Comet Ping Pong (with Russian ballet dancers).

DC super-group Dot Dash (ex Julie Ocean, Youth Brigade, The Saturday People, Minor Threat, etc.) will be playing a show at Comet Ping Pong on February 1st. Dot Dash describe themselves as “post-punk pop,” combining and contrasting familiar “alternative” elements-- melodic and dissonant, sharp and jangly, stern and whimsical—in earworm after engaging earworm. They will be joined on the bill by History Repeated (ex Government Issue) and a band from Russia called The Gumbas, who are described as “a band featuring professional male Russian Ballet Dancers from the world famous Mariinsky Ballet Company, who will also be performing earlier in the evening in Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center Opera House.” I’m intrigued. --Natan Press

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Radiator Greys to Play Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar on January 18th.

Ambient music feels like you're either floating or drowning in the chords. The slowed down reverberations (often miscateogrized as "minimalist") are usually unsettlingly beautiful. Don't believe me? Listen to Justin Bieber's "U Smile" slowed down by 800%. It will make you a Belieber. Josh Levi's solo project Radiator Greys takes the genre's ethereal nature and runs it through a horror movie soundtrack machine. Shrouded behind a dark veil of hair he churns out, what he dubs, "experimental noise." Not necessarily something you can float to, but it is easy to drown in. You can check him out and his haunted music on Saturday, January 18th, at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar. --Alexandra Noghaven

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