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RANN embarks for extensive tour, hits SXSW + plays LPR on 04.10

Dueling left and right stereo channel guitar bursts introduce RANN’s live-in-studio video recording of “Falling,” the latest single off their debut album “Yellogun.” The polyrhythmic structure is soon filled out with precisely placed synth, sharp drums and driving bass figures that allow for dramatic spaces between those notes.  “How does it feel?” introduces the essential vocal hook, with the songs title embedded in the answer line “right before you start falling.”  When the arena sized chorus ultimately emerges, a catchy rising melody hook punctuates each passage through.  The overall feel is reminiscent of ELO’s psych-pop Beatles influenced hits. Directed, edited, and shot by Ryan Ela of Midnight Treehouse Productions, the video makes use of high quality black and white imagery in showcasing the bands impressive live performance.  The band is about to embark on a winter-through-spring tour including featured performances at SXSW, then on to LA and culminating with an end of tour concert at Le Poisson Rouge on April 10th. The band recently won  the Indie Pop section of our Best of NYC Readers'/Fans' Poll for Emerging Artists. - Dave Cromwell

 

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New Track: "Two Faces and a Vase" - My Son Bison

We can't help but notice the step in the right direction that My Son Bison have recently taken in finding their voice on the band's latest single "Two Faces and a Vase." Lovely harmonies and melodies (influenced by The Beach Boys) are accompanied by a driving backbeat, creating a joyous tune about self-discovery. The track was engineered, mixed and mastered by Ron DiSilvestro, and features Philly renaissance man Koofreh Umoren (West Philadelphia Orchestra, formerly of The Extraordinaires) on the trumpet. (BTW: Check out the neat cover art, titled "Conversation," by local street artist Joe Boruchow.) My Son Bison will open for The Shadowboxers this Wednesday, February 24 at Johnny Brenda's.

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Meat Wave is The Deli Chicago's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta, 3rd Campdogzz

Deli Readers,

Our Best of Chicago Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music. We have finally reached our destination and we can announce the final results!

The Post-Punk trio of Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums) known as Meat Wave formed in 2011. In September of 2015 they released their third album, first on Hollywood's SideOneDummy Records, Delusion Moon. The band spent most of 2015 touring the UK and North America fine tuning a sound that is both chaotic and pleasingly melodic.

The spirit of this Cumbia Jam band is undeniable, and Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta has a unique sound that our readers and voters both agreed on. 2015 saw the release of their thrilling debut album, Dos Santos.

Campdogzz is the duo of Jess Price (vocals/guitar) and Mike Russell (of Wedding Dress, Suns) (multi-instrumentalist) creating gritty blues-infused rock. The will be expanding the band and touring in 2016. 

Check out our poll's top 15 below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT ROCK - ELECTRO-HIP HOP - INDIE POP - NOISE ROCK/AVANT - PSYCH ROCK/POP - PUNK/GARAGE/METALROOTS MUSIC

[JASON, PLEASE UPDATE THE HEADPHONE LINKS IN THIS CHART!]

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING Chicago ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******

 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Meat Wave
6.5
 
0.017
6.517
2
Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta
 
3
2
5
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3
Campdogzz
3
 
0.072
3.072
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4
Soddy Daisy
3
 
0.065
3.065
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5
Luggage
3
 
0.012
3.012
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Al Scorch
3
 
0.012
3.012
7
Bleach Party
3
 
0.009
3.009
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8
Circuit Des Yeux
3
 
0.008
3.008
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9
Disappears
3
 
0.005
3.005
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10
Whitney
3
 
0.004
3.004
11
Archie Powell & the Exprts
3
 
0.002
3.002
12
Saba
3
 
0.002
3.002
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13
The Congregation
3
 
0.001
3.001
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14
Jude Shuma
2
 
0.5
2.5
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Burnside & Hooker
 
1
1.5
2.5
Legend: J = Jurors,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, 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 15+ Chicago scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). 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 Chicago produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Michael Gebel (Empty Bottle), Lisa White (Freelance Music Writer), Eric Muhlberger (Sofar Sounds Chicago), Bill Valenta (Theft Liable To Prosecute), Jim Kopeny (Chicagoist), Brendan Losch (Count Me Out), Jason Behrends (The Deli Chicago), Eric Schelkopf (The Total Scene), Adam (Saki Record store), Elle Quintana (Reggie's Rock Club), Coleman Brice (Cole's Chicago), Matt Baron (Coach House Sounds), Bill Valenta (TLTP.com)

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

The Deli's Staff





Los Angeles Readers/Fans' Poll Results!

The Deli LA Readers' Poll has come into a close, and after validating all of the votes, we can finally announce the winner and runners up!
 
A hearty congratulations to mope rockers Ballerina Black, as their loyal fans gathered together and amassed over 500 votes to earn them the largest number out of all the bands in our poll. Check out the broodily anthemic "Open Up Your Eyes", a rousing, yet darkly moody number that  can be found on their most recent Whails EP. 
 

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In second place, much sought-after singer-songwriter Miya Folick also counted on the support of her fervent fans, thus collecting over 450 votes to earn her the most votes in the always-challenging indie rock category. Miya has been earning accolades from many a major blog, and we're elated to have seen her evolve into a full-fledged breakthrough artist since we first wrote about her early last year. Have a listen to her knockout new single "Oceans", a heartstring puller that should be a highlight once she performs it at the Echo on February 25th alongside headliners Palehound.

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Newhall's singer songwriter Soren Bryce made it to the third place of this chart. Her soulful songs, at times just featuring her and a guitar, at others built on sparse arrangements of electronic instruments, speak to the heart. Her 2015 self-titled debut EP has found many fans, gathering hundreds of thousands plays on Spotify. 

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In fourth place we have a witch-house outfit that, with their highly creative mesh of chopped audio effects and playful samples, are creating a tenebrous sound that is truly of their own making: GRYPT. The trio recently released their most ambitious statement yet, entitled Thy Flesh Consumed, which you can currently purchase as either a digital or limited cassette through their official bandcamp page.

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Another talented female songwriter made it into the top of this chart - so new we had trouble finding her website and aren't able to find any embeddable music! Michaella (click on her name to listen) accompanies her beautiful voice with a ukulele: when two thing work so beautifully together, less is always more.

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Trailing not too behind is power pop band No Win, who are thankfully not only keeping those Badfinger guitar hooks alive but also wrote a killer self-titled EP that should be precedent for a knockout full-length debut (hopefully soon!) that will have me singing along all day long. You can listen to No Win (released Summer 2015) here. 

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And finally, a worthy mention to dance-fueled dream poppers Deep Fields for tallying a solid 200+ votes. Have a listen to their psychedelic-tinged debut, which should please both Madchester nostalgics and 4AD devouts in equal measure.
 

 
Also, a quick shout-out to the following artists below, who also scored impressive numbers and deserve your attention for doing so!
 
 
Thanks to all the bands and artists for promoting this poll, and thanks to the readers for weighing in on their favorites. It just goes to show that the quality of great new artists surrounding our sprawling city right now is simply astounding. 
 
The Deli LA Staff

 





Debut Cherry EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

After the disbandment of Kite Party, Russell Edling continued writing material that would eventual become his new project Cherry. He just released an impressive debut four-song EP, titled Gloom, which is available via Lame-O Records. Along with three relatable indie-rock/pop anthems, Edling also included a cover of Fugazi's "I'm So Tired" to close out the album. He will be celebrating the record's release on Sunday, April 3 at Kung Fu Necktie with Sun Organ, Lowercase Roses, and Cave People.

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