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Sheer Mag

Get Hooked on Sheer Mag at Underground Arts March 11

Sheer Mag has hit the scene hard due in large part to its lethal combination of raw-rocking tenacity and soulfully fierce vocals. That potency earned them The Deli Philly’s Artist of the Year honors and for good reason. This crew jumps on you from the first raunchy fuzzed-out riff. As that steady churning rhythm section locks in a propulsive groove, the guitar licks take on an ageless feel. Then, the emotive fireball, otherwise known as Christina Halladay's vocals, enter the equation, tearing you up with her vigorous straight from the solar plexus soulful growl. Once you get a taste of this sound, you’ll undoubtedly be hooked. Below is a new single, Button Up, from the band's forthcoming self-titled 7" (Katorga Works), and don't be surprised to hear a Kiss cover added to Sheer Mag's arsenal. Tonight, at Underground Arts, they will be joined by local power-pop trio Ruby Buff, who use a bass-setting pace with songs that touch on groovy surf rock with assertive punk flourishes. A pair of New York bands round out this bill, including the high octane classic garage-punk sound of Dirty Fences and the reverb-charged garage-pop of Brooklyn trio Boytoy. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita


The Deli Philly's Best Emerging Artists of 2014 Poll - FINAL RESULTS: 1. Sheer Mag, 2. Nothing, 3. Cheerleader & More

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Philly Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we do enjoy seeing what everyone has been into!

Kudos to rock 'n' rollers Sheer Mag (pictured and streaming) for winning the overall poll and and certainly impressing many with their debut EP 7"!

Also, big thumbs up to heavy shoegaze outfit Nothing, who released our March 2014 Record of the Month, and rising indie popsters Cheerleader.

Here is how it all went down: 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 30+ Philly music scene enthusiasts/experts (our jury), and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. We polled our local writers, and we also requested fans and readers to vote for their favorite. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are interested in geeking out in all the subtleties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules HERE. But if all you care about is the awesome new music Philly produced in the 2014, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

****** FINAL RESULTS ******
Sheer Mag 22   2 0.005 24.005
Nothing 9   2 0.001 11.001 icon
Cheerleader 7   1 0.003 8.003 icon
Modern Baseball 5   3 0.001 8.001 icon
CRUISR 8     0 8 icon
Marian Hill 7   1 0 8 icon
Vita and the Woolf 7     0.006 7.006 icon
Amanda X 7     0.004 7.004 icon
Cayetana 6   1 0.002 7.002 icon
Suburban Living 5   2 0.002 7.002 icon
The Lawsuits 7     0.001 7.001
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band 5   2 0 7 icon
Mumblr 4   2 0.003 6.003 icon
Mo Lowda & The Humble 6     0.001 6.001 icon
Tutlie 2   2 0.01 4.01 icon
Alex G 2   2 0.009 4.009 icon
DRGN King 3   1 0.001 4.001
Bondage & Discipline 2   1 0.5 3.5 icon
Queen Jo   3   0.115 3.115 icon
The Cloth 3     0.026 3.026 icon
Dead 3     0.019 3.019 icon
Divers 3     0.002 3.002
  Ecstatic Vision 2   1 0.002 3.002 icon
  HIVELORDS 3     0.002 3.002 icon
Literature 2   1 0.002 3.002 icon
Chelsea Sue Allen 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Myrrias 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Pine Barons 3     0.001 3.001 icon
Ben Kessler   1   2 3 icon
  Hannah Taylor 3     0 3 icon
  Needle Points 3     0 3 icon
  The Mellowells   2   1 3 icon
Those People   1   1.5 2.5 icon
Blood Sound   1 1 0.011 2.011 icon
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five 2     0.006 2.006 icon
Bonzai 2     0.005 2.005 icon
Thin Lips 2     0.005 2.005 icon
Faking 2     0.004 2.004 icon
  Milton 2     0.004 2.004 icon
  Pinkwash 1   1 0.004 2.004 icon
Teen Men 2     0.003 2.003 icon
Bad Canoes 2     0.002 2.002 icon
Hound 1   1 0.002 2.002 icon
Dylan Jane 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Prime Homeless Time 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  The Yetis 2     0.001 2.001 icon
Lantern 2     0 2 icon
Locals 2     0 2 icon
Shark Tape   1.5   0.001 1.501 icon
Cave People 1     0.5 1.5 icon
Pushin' it 2 the Limit 1     0.065 1.065 icon
You You Dark Forest   1   0.029 1.029 icon
What Nerve 1     0.026 1.026 icon
Cherokee Red 1     0.023 1.023 icon
You Do You 1     0.018 1.018 icon
Aaron Parnell Brown   1   0.009 1.009 icon
The Stammer   1   0.009 1.009 icon
S.T.O.P. 1     0.008 1.008 icon
Abi Reimold 1     0.004 1.004 icon
Mock Suns   1   0.004 1.004 icon
Ill Fated Natives 1     0.002 1.002 icon
  Son Little 1     0.002 1.002
  The Bad Doctors 1     0.002 1.002 icon
Combine 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Commonwealth Choir 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Little Big League 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  The Goodbye Party 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Worshyper 1     0.001 1.001 icon
No Good Sister 1     0 1 icon
Noah Breakfast 1     0 1 icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Special Thanks to Our Jurors: Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters, Y-Not Radio), Jeff Blinder (Spazz Presents), Gabrielle Bonghi (Philly.com), Kate Bracaglia (Philly.com), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Jessica Craft (Rock to the Future), Ryan Crump (Philly Drum Project), Emma Fried-Cassorla (Philly Love Notes), Kevin Horn (Bonfire Booking), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out Of Town Films, Philly.com), David Kiss (Kung Fu Necktie), Fred Knittel (Folkadelphia), Josh T. Landow (Y-NOT Radio), Carolyn Lederach (Sofar Philly), Barrett Lindgren (Independent Promoter, Johnny Brenda’s), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (MilkBoy Philly), Jeff Meyers (The Guild, Boot & Saddle), George Miller (Jump Philly), Mark Schoneveld (YVYNYL), Stephanie Seiple (Tri State Indie), Matt Smith (HotBox Studios, CID), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Aaron Stampa (Radio Static Philly), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN), Allie Volpe (Philly.com), Nikki Volpicelli (Beatport, The Key), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, The Key).

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


The Deli's Staff

Weekend Warrior, February 6 - 8

Most Sundays, rest and recuperation are considered the optimal approach. Washing away the fatigue accumulated over the course of the week, and preparing for the dreaded Monday that lies ahead. However, the lineup at First Unitarian Church is the type that suggests or dare I say demands attendance. Carrying a three-headed monster of a lineup including a pair of local favorites. Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, a.k.a. Blues Control, attack the traditional boundaries. Cleanly experimenting in a bluesy, jazz-textured avant-garde realm that occupies or at least reaches for higher elevations. While some of the instrumentation offers a familiar air, the manner in which it is presented and unexpected nature of combinations shed a new light. Speaking of traditional sounds that jump up and smack you into attention, Sheer Mag does just that. Garnering The Deli Philly’s November Record the of Month honors with their debut EP 7", the group’s natural garage-punk hybrid steadily prowls along with a robust bass-thumping/drum-slapping looseness. Add in catchy guitar licks that step up for raw tight solos and Christina Halladay’s feisty tenacious vocals that grab hold of any audience, and you have a recipe for success. Finally, the night is headlined by the infectious psych-punk of Parquet Courts. So all things considered, it makes sense that this show is sold out. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Michael Colavita
More places to enjoy this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, SAT Scott Churchman
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells (Record Release Show), Trophy Wife, Bonzai, SAT I Think Like Midnight, Nixon’s Head, Beretta 76
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Pulling Punches, Die Choking/Hoser, Breezy, SAT The Nocturnal Jocks, Dead Tenors/Dixy Blood, The Scovilles, SUN Carl Madison
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Wonder Years: Performing The Upsides, SAT The Wonder Years: Performing Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing, SUN The Wonder Years: Performing The Greatest Generation
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI El Malito & the 33rd Century, Galvanize, DJ Kurtlife, Visitor 10, SAT Bardo Pond, Watery Love, Hound
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jah People, The Philly Reggae Band, SAT Adam Travis & The Soul,  Native Maze, SUN Bria Marie, Naeemah Z. Maddox, Jaye Sanders and Dena Underwood, Alisa Joe and Gyrl Problems
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Peek A- Boo Revue Presents High Thighs & Bow Ties, SAT Honor, Chestnut Grove, Hopscotch Jefferson
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Performer-Songwriters from Curtis, SAT (Upstairs) (Noon) 3rd Annual Winter Doldrums Music Festival: The Rent-A-Cops, Divers, Vilebred, No Good Sister, Christine Havrilla, Brian Flanagan Band, Andrea Nardello, Kicking Down Doors, Tin Bird Choir, Mason Porter, Sweetbriar Rose, Lovers League, Black Horse Motel., Sparkle Pony, Paige Allbritton, Chelsea Sue Allen, Gavilán, John Galla (Downstairs) (7pm) Alo Brasil, (10pm) Alo Brasil, SUN (Upstairs) Andorra, The Excape
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Foxhound, The Spinning Leaves, SAT (5pm) Legs Like Tree Trunks, Jet Set Sail/(9pm) Verbatum Jones, Hazie Blue, The Bul Bey, Gabriel Wolf, SUN Varials, Young Graves
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI La Capitaña, SAT Venice Sunlight
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Wild Rompit, Nark, The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, SAT The Blessed Muthas, The Improbables
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Go Around, SAT Plantation, Solus Rex, Black Rue
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI John Mallinen, SAT Rust - The Music of Neil Young
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI 2F Club, StarSkream/Boy Wonder, The Hvddle, Chartel, SAT Pontious Pilots, Black Market Revolution, One Inch Gap, Dorkosaurus/Unit Theory Hopochie Coochie Men, Sunblaze Lane
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Music Box Dynamo, Sucker, HighKick
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI RC, SAT Serious Boom, SUN Jacqueline Constance
Club Risque (1700 S. Columbus Blvd.) FRI Prosper or Perish (CD Release), Slave Dog
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI McRad, Ra Leaf, Boots Movement Show Featuring: Doc Hero, George “Spanky” McCurdy, SAT Control For Smilers
Mount Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sic Bacchus (Final Show), Collect Yourself, Thieve
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Euphoria Again
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Post Sun Times, Shakai Mondai, Minka
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Abi Reimold, Row, Eleby, Euphoria Again, Shannen Moser
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT A Day Without Love, Second Marriage, Languid PA, Uncle/Father Oscar
The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pussy Dogs
The Nut House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI GG Lohan, Bridget McEnerney, Gwendolyn Rooker
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tiny Rianbows, In Place

Come Along for the Ride w/Sheer Mag at The Farm Jan. 3

“What do you want? What do you want me to do?” Christina Halladay (formerly of The Shakes) vociferates on the opening track of Sheer Mag’s debut EP 7”. And that’s not the only song where Halladay vents some frustration. On “Point Breeze,” she roars, “I want somebody to love,” and closes the track with barks of ““Aye-aye-aye-yeah!” With a rawness in her voice (probably due to all that whiskey drinking), Halladay helps create Sheer Mag’s distinctive sound: that kind of fast and loud garage rock with pop hooks. There’s much-appreciated tambourine throughout the LP and guitar riffs aplenty that are something to celebrate. While there are only four songs on 7”, that’s more than enough to get you hooked on Sheer Mag and pumped for some new material. They’ll be playing with one man punk Philly act The Holidays at The Farm on Saturday, along with Arm, Glue, Proxy, and Aseptic. It’s looking very promising for these Philly rockers, catch them at the beginning of their ride. The Farm, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages - Emily DiCicco


Q.D. Tran’s 40 Favorite Philly Records of 2014

It’s that time of year again for our last post of 2014 and my list of favorite Philly records for this year. My procrastination was strong this year, but once again, I just managed to make it just under the gun. It’s always overwhelming to dig into all the great music that we have been lucky enough to come across throughout the year. I’m sure that there are some albums that have fallen by the wayside of this list, but hopefully you’ll discover or rediscover a new favorite like I have while taking this journey. It’s been fun, and as always, looking forward to seeing you on the other side - cheers! - Q.D. Tran

1. Guilty of Everything (Relapse) – Nothing


2. You’re Gonna Miss It All (Run For Cover) – Modern Baseball

3. Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth) – Mumblr

4. 7” (Wilsuns RC) – Sheer Mag

5. The Spirit of the Beehive (Ranch) – The Spirit of the Beehive

You can view the rest of the list HERE.


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