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