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Caliph, Gates, and ChizMac -- "Going Heavy"

The newest collaborative effort from Gates, ChizMac and Caliph—three rap artists from New Bedford, MA—has proven an immense success, from both a musical and business standpoint. The track, titled “Going Heavy,” has had over 2,000 hits on Youtube since it first dropped on January 19 of this year. According to Gates, the song was an attempt increase the buzz around his, Caliph’s and ChizMac’s own side-projects. In a conversation via Facebook, Gates explained that the group “came together and tried to make an anthem,” and judging by the tremendous online response, I’d say they have succeeded. “Goin Heavy” is a perfect balance of cocky rhymes and a powerful hook, anchored down by an unrelenting bass and snare drum-driven back-beat.

I was most impressed by the style and flow from this group. It’s clear from Caliph’s immediate entrance at the start of the video that these artists have an expert grasp on what makes an effective song (and video) and know how to portray that to the public. All three rappers are extremely animated in the delivery of their lines, each making witty, sometimes harsh commentary on their surroundings. Each member has a level of confidence and poise seldom found in the independent rap game. It was quite satisfying to hear such lyrical command coming from an indie rap trio.

If “Going Heavy” has you looking for more slick rhymes from this crew, each artist will be releasing his or her new material in the coming months. You can find updates about Gates on his Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/G5Gates?feature=watch), Caliph at akacaliph.com and ChizMac at chizmac.com.--Daniel McMahon

The Stepkids listed by Radiohead as "band they are listening to"

Most musicians dream to to be recognized and praised by their own musical heros, and that very admiration often triggered their ill advised decision to try the rockstar route. This dream suddenly came true for Brooklyn and CT based The Stepkids when, on January 28, none other than Radiohead's Thom Yorke posted this blog on the band's site. Since we picked these guys for our cover in our Fall 2011 issue of The Deli, we also feel like a little dream has materialized... MAYBE THOM YORKE READS THE DELI!?! Here's the song mentioned in the Radiohead blog - it's called "La La".

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Year End Polls for Emerging Artists - Final Results are in!

Chicago results HERE.
DC Area results HERE.
Nashville results HERE.
New England results HERE.
NYC results HERE.
Philly results HERE.
Portland results HERE.
SF Bay Area results HERE.

The Deli's Staff

The New Highway Hymnal Wins The Deli’s Best of New England 2011 Poll for Emerging Artists!

Deli Readers,

These are the final results of our Best of New England 2011 Poll for Emerging Artists. Congrats to The New Highway Hymnal, our new local "champions", and to runners up Oldjack and Night Fruit. Kudos also go to our Readers' and Fans' poll winners, The Milkman's Union.

The New Highway Hymnal blew our jurors away this year. Throughout 2011, The New Highway Hymnal --a psych rock shoegaze outfit -- (who seemed to all of a sudden come out of nowhere) started working their asses off playing basement shows, DIY fests, and local clubs week in, week out. Their hard work paid off because not only did these young (their average age is 21) musicians garner a cult following, they developed their sound, and came into their own... basically blowing away all other bands they shared bills with. Catch them a week from today, Friday, Feb. 10 at Great Scott for the release of Blackened Hands.

Runners up Oldjack, who also came in a respectable 3rd place in our Fans' Poll earlier this week, are also a band to keep your eye on. We love the raw, fun energy Oldjack bring to their live shows and we recommend checking them out. They'll be taking off for Austin, TX and  performing at SXSW next month.

Night Fruit came in a respectable third in our overall poll. The deli editors gave them the highest overall marks, leaving them the winners of the Open Submissions round of voting. Recently releasing their Dark Horse 7", this dream pop trio are just as pretty to listen to live as they are on record. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming shows.

 
BAND
J
W
F
OS
TOTAL
 
1
The New Highway Hymnal
7
1
0.039
 
8.039
2
Oldjack
3
1
1.5
 
5.500
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3
Night Fruit
 
2
0.098
3
5.098
icon
4
Slowdim
4
1
0.036
 
5.036
icon
5
Il Abanico
3
1
0.024
1
5.024
icon
6
The Wandas
5
 
0.007
 
5.007
icon
7
Autochrome
4
 
0.039
 
4.039
icon
8
Movers and Shakers
3
1
0.037
 
4.037
icon
9
You Can Be A Wesley
3
1
0.012
 
4.012
icon
10
BrightNight
2
 
2
 
4
icon
 
The Milkman's Union
1
 
3
 
4
icon
12
Doctor Doom Orchestra
3
 
0.107
 
3.107
icon
13
Hi Tiger
3
 
0.072
 
3.072
icon
14
The Grownup Noise
3
 
0.04
 
3.040
icon
15
GEM Club
3
 
0.037
 
3.037
icon
16
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
3
 
0.027
 
3.027
icon
17
Kingsley Flood
3
 
0.013
 
3.013
icon
18
Earthquake Party!
3
 
0.011
 
3.011
icon
  Sunset Hearts
3
 
0.011
 
3.011
icon
20
Blanche, Blanche, Blanche
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
21
Herbcraft
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
22
Miss Geo
 
1
0.046
1.5
2.546
icon
23
Tan Vampires
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
icon
24
The Mallett Brothers Band
 
 
1
1.25
2.25
icon
25
Fat Creeps
2
 
0.076
 
2.076
icon
26
I Kill Giants
 
1
0.072
1
2.072
icon
27
Butcher Boy
2
 
0.056
 
2.056
icon
 
Old Abram Brown
2
 
0.056
 
2.056
icon
29
Streight Angular
1
1
0.045
 
2.045
icon
30
Guillermo Sexo
 
 
0.025
2
2.025
icon
31
MMOSS
2
 
0.019
 
2.019
icon
32
Ghost Box Orchestra
1
1
0.014
 
2.014
icon
33
Aunt Martha
2
 
0.013
 
2.013
icon
34
Girlfriends
2
 
0.01
 
2.010
icon
35
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
2
 
0.009
 
2.009
icon
 
Dirty Virgins
2
 
0.009
 
2.009
icon
37
Stereo Telescope
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
38
Sidewalk Driver
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
 
Son of Salami
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
40
Radio Control
 
 
0.039
1.5
1.539
icon
41
The Bowry Boys
1
 
0.089
 
1.089
icon
42
Moniker
1
 
0.078
 
1.078
icon
43
Ethan Robbins & Cold Chocolate
 
 
0.055
1
1.055
icon
44
A Severe Joy
1
 
0.025
 
1.025
icon
45
Brothers McCann
1
 
0.02
 
1.020
icon
46
Cooling Towers
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
 
The David Wax Museum
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
48
Dirty Bombs
 
 
0.011
1
1.011
icon
49
Andre Obin
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
50
Lake Street Dive
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
51
Lawrence Welks & Our Bear to Cross
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
52
Moufy
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
53
Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
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Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions -
W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

The Deli's Staff

February 2012
Friendly People
"Friendly People EP
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Friendly People’s debut, self-titled 3-song EP gives a concise taste of a promising young Cambridge, MA-based band. Their jangly indie pop is peppered with hints of Americana, roots rock and folk with vocals that owe a debt to Neil Young. The EP’s clear highlight is its opening track—their namesake song—“Friendly People”. It’s a tremendous, positive track buoyed by a horn section in the bridge which lends a mariachi feel. “A Lot of Work To Do” brings out Harvest-era Neil Young, starting as a plaintive acoustic ditty which builds slowly into a passionate electric number. Closing track, “Branches”, follows the same acoustic-to-electric path. As the song builds, it introduces tribal rhythms that are reminiscent of 80s indie-punk legends, the Volcano Suns. Friendly People are scheduled to record their debut full-length in March. If the Friendly People EP is indicative of what we can expect from this young group’s next batch of tunes it will be a record to keep an eye on later in 2012.--George Dow

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