Church Girls EP Release Show at MilkBoy Philly Jan. 31

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Local quartet Church Girls celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP tonight at MilkBoy Philly. Mariel Beaumont’s vocals vary from joy-filled to half-spoken downcast and world-weary. The instrumentation on the album captures a crisp steady fervent feel anchored by a tightly wound backend and electric guitar runs that are ready to spring loose. Multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer Jesse Gimbel, who contributed backing vocals on the release, dishes a rocking take on the singer-songwriter genre, incorporating lively licks into personal tales. Marc Neibauer’s tunnel-traveling, melodically peaceful tunes open this evening. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ – Michael Colavita


Francine Thirteen’s Future Soul

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Sometimes finding the right track to post takes a good amount of digging. Sometimes, though, you hit play on a track and you know in about five seconds that you’ve got something good. That’s what happened to me last night with Francine Thirteen, an artist we found through the submissions e-mailed to us through our form (use that form y’all!).

If you wanna hear somethin’ deep and good, somethin’ with soul coming straight out of the future, hit that play button down there yourself. Because "Queen Mary" is a hell of an opening salvo from a new artist that has shot to the top of my personal "to watch" list. It’s a track whose pitch-perfect siren vocals will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up, and whose slow, sliding clap-based beat contrasts with an incessant ticking sound (that may or may not be snares) and the smooth soul of Francine Thirteen’s voice to create a perfect balance of tension. It’s the buttered coffee of tracks: it gets in your system all soft and warm, and sets you buzzing for hours after imbibing. The few other tracks on Francine Thirteen’s Soundcloud show her to be a bit of an experimental artist and a powerful personality, but while that stuff is interesting and shows much promise, that promise is brought to fruition by the more traditional (admittedly not all that traditional, in this case) restrictions of this song. I want a whole album of "Queen Mary"-level tracks, and according to the word on the street, we’ll get one soon. Can’t wait to hear what this talented lady does next with her sound.


Dronen release new single “Lights Out”, drops new EP on Feb. 3

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Alt-rockers Dronen are prepping up for the release of their latest EP, 284 Days, a smoldering five tracks that serve as a re-introduction to the band after the release of 2013’s Digital Pathways (Analog Pathogens). The band’s brawny, muscular sound is best shown in first single "Lights Out", which has the hallmarks of a classic rock track with its roaring, clean guitars and uniform rhythm section set against singer Daniel Olivas’s powerful vibrato. 284 Days has an official release date of February 3, and make sure to catch them play at Proof Bar in Santa Ana on February 8.


catl @ the Horseshoe

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CATL is a badass duo that  brings you back to the days of dirty blues! They shake you up with fat guitar grooves, hard, bare drumming and killer gritty vocals. Their most recent album “This Shakin’ House” is littered with bebop from driving dance tunes, to harmony soaked blues-folk inspired tracks, it packs all the punch and vivacity you’d expect from a rock band and then some. Their Live shows seem to be no exception to that unmistakable zest,  ‘cause rumour has it they literally leave their blood and sweat on stage. They headline Jan 31 @ The Horseshoe Tavern, go find out if the rumours are true! –Courtney Chalapenko

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The Deli Magazine San Francisco Reader’s Poll Winners Are Announced!

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Deli Readers,

The Deli SF Bay Area’s Best of 2014 Readers and Fans’ Poll for local emerging artists is over! Thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Here are the top ten bands and streaming tracks of the top three bands – which we congratulate! Take a listen to David Brookings, Meet Me In Orbit and The Classical!

1. David Brookings & the Average Lookings

2. Meet Me In Orbit

3. The Classical

Here’s the poll’s top 10 chart, full results can be found here.

 David Brookings & the Average Lookings
 Meet Me in Orbit  

 The Classical  

 Unconditional Arms  

 Luke Sweeney  

 Friends Without Benefits
 Miss March  

 Before the Brave

 Breakdown Valentine


Stay tuned for the composite chart, with will be released soon. The chart will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers’ votes, and will crown The Deli’s Best Emerging SF Bay Area Artist of 2014.

The Deli’s Staff


The calculated psychedelic sludge of Leatherdaddy tonight at Hollow Earth Radio

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Sound, being the ever expansive beast that it is, sometimes demands to be quantified and the musician acts as the magician stirring the alchemical pots of sound and time to create something cohesive yet unique. Leatherdaddy are such magicians who do an exceptional job of reaching into the aether to present us with golden ratios of sound.  Take equal parts sludged-out guitars, odd timings, a penchant for the "post" sound of 90’s bands like Unwound and Black Heart Procession, and a dash of shoegaze and you might have something close. But even with all the right parts we would probably never come close to what Leatherdaddy sound like, so it’s best to leave them to what they do best.

Witness them alive tonight at Hollow Earth Radio 8:30PM 21+


Weekend Warrior, January 30 – February 1

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Looking for a cure to the Philly winter blues? The Yetis have just what you need to warm up with their modern take on 60’s surf-pop. Instead of the kind of wintry tunes you’d expect from a band named after the Abominable Snowman, these childhood best friends play infectious tunes served best at beach parties. (They get that it’s ironic.) Both of their latest tracks, which were released last September, were produced by Fancy Time Studio’s Kyle “Slick” Johnson. After this weekend, the Allentown boys will be taking time to record new material so this is going to be their last show for a while, and could be the only show where you can swing some baseball bats in between sets. Plus, there will Philly newcomers Locals, who are headlining the show, and Bucks County indie rockers Commonwealth Choir are all geared up and ready to hit some balls and have an eating competition or two. Bonus: It’s BYOB for those of age, and there will be tacos! What could be better? Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, All Ages – Emily DiCicco
Other places to escape the winter blues this weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Avenue Kings, Founders, Scuzbot, SAT Honey Radar, Strawman, SUN Solus Rex, Community Center, Toy Cannons, The Black Whatever/Three Man Cannon, Ghost Gum
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Seagulls, SAT JR Wolf, Among Criminals
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, SAT No Other
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Lyrically Fit: 30 & Over League, Slaughter Rico, Squablz, Tru Earner, Young Ros, Mercy Gang, SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies, Dobbee, Kellen 303
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Rootology, SAT (Upstairs) (2pm)
Gavin Becker, (8pm) Tim Hein
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wild By Law, Daughter Cells, SAT Mutomb0, Sexy Black Female, Get Up, SUN Cortana, Blakeslee
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vulcans, Arizona Lights, SAT Church Girls (Release Show), Jesse Gimbel, Marc Neibauer
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Clementine
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Gene Wildest, War On Orchids, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Keystoned, Curtis Jr., Paul Hocynec
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Matthew K
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Shithawks, Hellrad, Decap Attak/Gash, SAT Under This Fire, Nytrous, Kandela /Dell P, Fate Gryndhouse, N.A.B.H., Quaa Love
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Kingsnake, Black Rue, Stellarscope, SAT Sweet
Eureka, The Riverside Odds, Seoul Delhi, SUN Rev. TJ’s Blues Church
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Matt Gauss Band, SAT Hexwork, Tony Desimone & The River Mercy, Janine Toner
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Bird Watcher
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nemesisters, +HIRS+, Moor Mother Goddess, Joohyun Kim, Negative Infinity, Ex. By V.
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Water Polo, RFA, Eunoia
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Charley Few
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Armalite, Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw, The Half-Tones
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Euphoria Again
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kississippi, Abi Reimold, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, Tribute
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Cynthia Schemmer, Harmony Lebel-Tividad
West Phily Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Collect Yourself, Blankbook

Weekly Feature: Sunflower Bean celebrates debut EP release tomorrow (01.31) at Baby’s All Right

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Even if rock ‘n’ roll’s been declared dead for the millionth time since the new millennium, psych-trio Sunflower Bean don’t pay it any mind. After a year that saw them – with just three singles under their belt – sell out several NYC venues and get the cover of The Deli’s fall issue, the band is finally about to release their debut EP entitled "Show Me Your Seven Secrets," which features the three aforementioned singles and four more tracks, including "Rock & Roll Heathen," streaming below. Celebrations are scheduled for tomorrow night (10.31) at Baby’s All Right.


Psych-folk Brooklyn band The Highway announces release of “Enter to the Exit” LP

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Listening to Brooklyn band The Highway is a little like getting a 60’s music treatment involving heavy doses of both vintage psychedelia and acid folk, fortunately without those genres’ annoying prolonged and self indulgent spaced-out jams. Their van also emanates similar vibes – and probably fumes (see picture). Their debut LP "Forest People" could have possibly left a young Caleb Followill feeling a little jealous, while their new album "Enter to the Exit," due in April, is perfectly in line with their mission to carve out a niche for their sound, and bring a tripped out vibe to the DIY Brooklyn scene. Check out the preview single "All You Do," streaming below. The band was probably the last one ever to play a residency at now defunct Brooklyn venue, Spike Hill. – Robert Frezza

We added this song to The Deli’s playlist of Best psych songs by emerging NYC artists – check it out!


Jimmy Whispers

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Jimmy Whispers is a solo psych-pop crooner who falls somewhere in between Owen Ashworth and Ariel Pink. Whispers is releasing his opus Summer In Pain on March 24th via  the local label Moniker Records. Below is a vacation themed teaser video for the album and its first single "Summer In Pain".

You can catch Jimmy Whispers opening for Ariel Pink on Feb 17th at Thalia Hall.


The Deli Philly’s Best Emerging Artists Year End Poll 2014 Open Submission Results

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Thanks to all the artists who submitted and shared their music to be considered for The Deli Philly’s Best Emerging Artists Year End Poll! 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 rank bands in their own scene.
Total Submissions – Philly: 74
Jurors: Jordannah Elizabeth (The Deli SF), Juan Rodriguez (The Deli LA), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).
Acts Advancing to Our Readers’/Fans’ Poll:
1. Queen Jo – (Hip Hop) – 8 (out of 10)

2.The Mellowells – (Indie Rock) – 7.83

3. Shark Tape – (Indie Rock) – 7.67

4. Aaron Parnell Brown – (Soul/R&B) – 7.5

5. Blood Sound – (New Wave) – 7.33

6. The Stammer – (Indie Rock) – 7.33

7. Mock Sun – (Pop-Rock) – 7.33

8. Those People – (Alt Rock) – 7.33


9. Ben Kessler – (Singer-Songwriter) – 7.33

10. You You Dark Forest – (Post Rock) – 7.17


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. It’s now time for our readers and fans to influence this Year End Poll for Philly Emerging Artists with their vote. Look out for the Readers’/Fans’ Poll on the right column of this same page – coming soon!

The Deli Philly Staff


Seagulls Radiates a Natural Warmth at Bourbon & Branch Jan. 30

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With their debut LP, Great Pine, ready for re-release on vinyl this Tuesday via Yellow K Records, Seagulls are set to take the stage tonight at Bourbon & Branch. The former Featured Artist (s) Poll Winners quickly grabbed our attention last year with their debut LP, and became last September’s Record of the Month. It’s the type of album that you gradually absorb with its open-air vibe and delicate, lifting harmonies and instrumentation that remain vibrantly layered, somehow toeing the line between nostalgic and fresh with its 8-bit flourishes. The music radiates a natural warmth, allowing listeners to ease into the weekend. (BTW: Attendees will receive a free CD while supplies last.) Baltimore brotherly duo and fellow Yellow K labelmates, New God, bring a blend rich harmonies with an experimental side. New York’s Jagged Leaves unleash a high-energy variety of folk with an electronic bite, and Brooklynites Laura & Greg open the festivities with a tight, twinkling traditional take on folk. Bourbon & Branch 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ – Michael Colavita