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True Vine in Baltimore is throwing a show/fundraiser this Friday, 2/7, to help keep the record shop open.

It's pretty cool that artists can distribute their music on their own with the press of a button these days, but it can be a double egded sword. The less  physical records need to be sold, the less record stores stay open. Record stores are often the heart (or some important organ) of a music community. This is certainly true of True Vine Record Shop in Baltimore, a beloved "record shop/community center/walk-in therapy stand." Times are tight for the folks of True Vine, so they're throwing a fundraising party this Friday, at DIY space 5th Dimension, in the H&H Building (405 W.Franklin Street). The show will include “Rhodes Warrior” Liz Durette, Asa Osborn, Owen Gardner, Strange Times People Band, and DJ Jason Willett. True Vine has been featured by Rolling Stone as one of the best record stores in the USA, and is a Best of Baltimore Winner in the Baltimore City Paper. If you love music in Baltimore, make this your Friday night destination and bring a donation to help support both a local record store and a center for the music and art community. Check out some Rhodes magic by Liz Durette below. --Natan Press

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Luray to play Iota on Friday, February 7th.

DC’s Luray is currently on tour supporting their album The Wilder. The band, fronted by Shannon Carey on banjo, takes the traditional sounds of folk and country music, mixes them up delicately with pedals and synths for their beautiful recordings, and then retranslates those sounds for their entertaining and energetic performances. You can check out an interview we did with Luray a few months ago here. After a few days in New England, Luray is passing back through the DMV to play Iota on Friday, February 7th. --Natan Press

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Andrea Pais: debut ep Chasing Forever reveals a true pop talent.

DC’s pop singer/songwriter, Andrea Pais, is refreshingly much better than the usual young piano-playing songstresses on the radio. Her voice is not simply cute and youthful, but practiced, strong and evocative. The compositions on her debut EP, Chasing Forever, are interesting and complete, promising a true pop songwriting talent, both musically and lyrically. You can catch her at Bikenetic in Falls Church, VA on March 2nd, or the Jack Morton Auditorium (GW) in DC on March 8th before she heads to Austin, TX for an SXSW show at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on March 14th. Check out a video of Andrea performing one of the songs off her new EP below. --Natan Press

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JDVBBS releases first album subURBAN

Northern Virginia’s JDVBBS released his first full length, subURBAN, this January. JDVBBS background includes classical piano, DJing, and A Cappella, and he lists influences as diverse as Kanye West and Bjork. The eclectic nature of JDVBBS is apparent in each of the 10 distinct tracks on his new album, which constantly surprises, forcing one to go through each track wondering “what’s next?” Self-produced, the album is indeed a “self-made symphony, ‘bout to change the industry.” The album is fun, engaging and impressive, and JDVBBS is a welcome addition to the DMV's adventurous hip-hop scene. --Natan Press

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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. 


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