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Best Emerging NYC Bands 2017, the Deli's List!

Dear Deli Readers,

We have finally reached the end of the road for The Deli’s Best Emerging NYC Artists Poll. As usual, it’s been a lengthy, exhausting, painstaking journey through an abundance of numbers, band names, and some seriously rad tunes. Now, before we get to our list of this year’s Top Performers, we would like to thank our wonderful, knowledgeable jury of local music experts/enthusiasts (which you can view below), dedicated Deli writers and all those who took the time to check out our nominees and cast their votes. You’re the best, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you.

The Deli NYC Jurors:

Rami (PopGun Presents), Lauren (Northside Media Group), Katie Jones (National Sawdust), Hannah Gold (City Winery), Chris Pickering (Alphaville), Christopher Thomas, Matt (Rockwood Music Hall), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli), Paul Bacher (The Knit), Christine (Sofar Sounds), Brett Tabisel (LPR NYC), Michelle (Bowery Ballroom), Tim (ASCAP), Eric (The Wild Honey Pie), Alex (Webster Hall), Patrick (Oh My Rockness), Tyler (Brooklyn Bazaar), Greg (The Delancey), Bowery Electric, Grace Gibson (Arlene's Grocery)

BEST OF NYC POLL - THE FINAL RESULTS

1. BABY SHAKES

This year's Best of NYC band is Baby Shakes, a power-pop/garage rock four-piece (there's a ghost member in the band) that knows how to have fun. The group wins this poll's grand prize: the cover of the spring 2017 issue of The Deli - we are looking forward to that issue! The band's catalogue is pleasantly varied, with everything from relaxed surf rock tunes to easy rock-n-rollers to borderline punk, heavy-hitters. Though the expert guitar work of Mary Blount and Judy Lindsay is apparent, featuring harmonization, synchronized riffs, and the occasional shredtastic solo, what really makes Baby Shakes so infectious is the raw force and high energy of their songs. It's something you can pick up on even through earbuds. Be on the lookout for their new album Turn It Up out this spring. - Andrew Strader

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2. BANGLADEAFY!
Bangladeafy!
 is a band that's hard to forget after a first listen. They take a mathy, complex, progressive approach to metal without resulting obnoxious. They tow a unique line somewhere between metal and electronica, using arpeggiating synths to compliment complex percussion patterns and distorted guitars. This band is, without a doubt, carving a new path for metal in the tech age. - Andrew Strader

  

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3. BREANNA BARBARA
Breanna Barbara
, self described as "occult blues" reimagines the roots of that genre, crafting a witchy, psychedelic take on it. Her latest record, Mirage Dreams was made in Nashville and there's no hiding it: slide guitar, rhodes, and fuzzy bass, all come together to create a fresh take on an authentically southern sound, but with an edge. - Andrew Strader

 

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OVERALL TOP 20

Here's the top 20 of the Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists! This chart reflects the scores of 

1.   Baby Shakes
2.   Bangladeafy!
3.   Breanna Barbara
4.   Big Thief
5.   Margaret Glaspy
6.   Cutworms
7.   Ex Reyes
8.   Sam Evian
9.   Bailen
10. Surf Rock Is Dead
11. Ela Minus
12. Pavo Pavo
13. Latasha Alcindor
14. Baby Acid
15. The Casey Hopkins Trio
16. Navy Gangs
17. Zuli
18. Dakota Jones
19. Yoke Lore
20. Winstons 

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BEST OF NYC ELECTRONIC/HIP HOP CATEGORY 

Overall Winner: Ela Minus 

Readers' Poll Winner: Latasha Alcindor

 

BEST OF NYC GARAGE/SLACK ROCK CATEGORY 

Overall Winner: Baby Shakes

Readers' Poll Winner: Stuyedeyed

 

BEST OF NYC PUNK/METAL CATEGORY

Overall Winner + Readers' Poll Winner: Bangladeafy

 

BEST OF NYC INDIE ROCK CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Big Thief

Readers' Poll Winner: Baby Acid

 

BEST OF NYC SOUL/BLUES ROCK CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Breanna Barbara

Readers' Poll Winner: Casey Hopkins

 

BEST OF NYC INDIE POP CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Ex Reyes

Readers' Poll Winner: Zuli

 

BEST OF NYC FOLK/AMERICANA CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Margaret Glaspy 

Readers' Poll Winner: The National Reserve

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See you next year, best of NYC Poll!

The Folks at The Deli





NYC Soul & Blues Year End Poll Final Results: Breanna Barbara, Casey Hopkins Duo, Dakota Jones

The Soul & Blues Year End Poll results are finally in!

Overall Poll Winner (Combined Juror + Reader Poll Votes): Breanna Barbara

Dirty, brazen, and barefaced, Barbara Beanna is serving up old-style blues rock that's not afraid to kick some ass and take some names. Listen below.

Reader Poll First Place: Casey Hopkins Duo
The Casey Hopkins Duo are our overall reader poll winners, and with good reason--the band is playing electrifying fuzzy blues rock that immediately demands attention. Check out "Teacher's Pet" streaming below.

Reader Poll Second Place: Dakota Jones
The NYC-based band is crafts smooth soul rock that's sure to make it's way into your daily rotation. Take a listen to "Leave Me Alone" streaming below.

Here's the list of all the finalists with their Readers' Poll scores. As always, we'd like to thank all of our artists, jurors, and readers for participating in this year's polls.  Stay tuned and vote for all of our remaining genre polls! 

 The Skins
  0%   3 votes
 Eli Tyler
  0%   3 votes
 Sean Mcverry
  6%   82 votes
 Overcoats
  0%   2 votes
 Dakota Jones
  40%   517 votes
 Lawrence
  0%   7 votes
 Danielle Grubb
  0%   7 votes
 Breanna Barbara
  2%   27 votes
 The Casey Hopkins Duo
  49%   640 votes
 

 

 





Deli + Sofar Sounds event on 11.02 with Amy & the Engine, Ela Minus and Breanna Barbara

By now, most of us have seen a friend or family member break out the old acoustic guitar and play a mellow set of tunes right there in our living room. Maybe you yourself led the sing-along and did the playing? These days, private concerts are something of a new trend, and Sofar Sounds is a big part of it. Everything started in London, about six years ago, when two guys realized that most live shows felt kind of soulless. They started Sofar Sounds (aka Songs from a Room) as a way of booking intimate secret shows. Its website claims Sofar is now in over 200 cities worldwide; NYC is among them and (full disclosure) The Deli has helped book a show at a hush-hush location in Dumbo Heights on November 2! It's going to be a (NYC) ladies-only line up with Amy & the Engine, Ela Minus and Breanna Barbara, three very different but equally talented artists. Miss it not, there will be free magazines as well!

Buy and or apply for a ticket here, and check out all the artists performing that night below!





Breanna Barbara brings her folkedelic blues rock to Sunnyvale on 10.27

With her third release Mirage Dreams, Brooklyn-based (via Minnesota and Florida) Breanna Barbara has put out an uber confident record that defies time and space. Her peculiar blend of blues, folk, and psychedelia transports us to the west coast in the summer of 1968. Yet, the word revival sounds reductive here: behind the familiar overdriven organs, twangy guitars, and expanded jams, live rare intensity and power. The album title track (streaming below) perfectly examplifies this artist's - quite literally - howling fervor. Don’t miss your chance to see her live at Sunnyvale on October 27, where she'll bring her tales of melancholy dreams, delusions, and demons.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Alt Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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