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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
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4
Slowdim
4
1
0.036
 
5.036
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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
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The Milkman's Union
1
 
3
 
4
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12
Doctor Doom Orchestra
3
 
0.107
 
3.107
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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

The Milkman's Union wins the Deli's Best of New England 2011 Fans' Poll, Followed by BrightNight and Oldjack

After 12 days of voting, the fans have spoken and The Milkman's Union from Portland, ME came out on top. Having been named the deli's New England band of the month back in April, these guys never cease to impress us. With folksy beginnings, they've leaned more toward an indie rock sound, with a countrified twist, recently on the Telos EP. And of course there's the phenomenal Texas Hold Me 7" featuring a collaboration with Brunswick, ME native Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. This band works their asses off perfecting their unique sound, constantly coming up with new material and they always seem to be playing gigs out on the road. With drive and passion like theirs, we predict big things on the horizon for The Milkman's Union, and we can't wait.

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brightnight

Boston's BrightNight came in a very respectable second place in our Fans' Poll. Brothers Peter and Eric Gollands are the founders and backbone behind the band. That said, BrightNight, whose debut album, Colderaire, came out in 2011 showcase a succinct, sharp and tight group of musicians. Their brand of alt rock is catchy, moving and fun. Their sophomore album is due to come out later this year.

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oldjack

Oldjack were the third place winners in our Fans' Poll. These guys put on some of the most fun, loud and intense shows in Boston. They always seem to have more and more musicians in their band (currently there are about 8 or 9 members) but the more the merrier as it just adds to their balls-to-the-wall energetic vibe. Stay tuned for more from this band, they're currently working on their first full-length which we hope will be out soon.

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Big kudos also to The Mallett Brothers Band and Tan Vampires, respectively 4th and 5th.

The overall results of our Year End Poll (including jurors' and Deli writers' votes) will be released very soon, stay tuned!

--Chrissy Prisco


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