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Garage pop boys Mainland release new video, Not As Cool As Me, and play the Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/4

 Need some awesome live music to float you to the weekend? Tomorrow night (2/4), swing by Fillmore Silver Spring and catch garage pop band Mainland as they kick things off for Marianas Trench. These guys have a crisp sound, seeming lo-fi but still very refined. The instrumentals are tight and the vocals are transcendental when matched with such honest, long-suffering lyrics. Mainland just put out a new video, "Not As Cool As Me," and every second is precisely constructed and beautiful. If their live show is a tenth as meticulous as their new video, you'll be in for a huge treat. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Mainland unveils video for "Outcast"

Brooklyn indie pop trio Mainland just unveiled this video for single "Outcast," which depicts the familiar two-boys-after-one-girl teenage drama. We fell in the emotinal trap band and director set up for us, reminiscing of our first romantic attempts in our teen years, with all their mixed signals, misunderstandings, and consistently disappointed dreams. But, suddenly, we wondered if - in the age of texting, Facebook and dating sites - this is still an accurate representation of how teens struggle for love. Which made us wonder... is the pursuit of love, in this day and age, and in most cases, becoming too boring to inspire a music video - or a movie, or a book? If so, let's take the opportunity to enjoy the good, vintage vibes brought by this song/video combo, and remember (with bleary eyes) our first crush, and how mind blowing it was to fall in love for the first time. Hopefully she's not on Facebook. 

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NYC's Mainland shares new single 'Not As Cool As Me' + plays Music Hall on 9.29

New York rock band Mainland's latest single "Not As Cool As Me" (streaming below) off forthcoming debut album 'Night Trials' is an unabashed screw-you to a former lover. Excitingly mixing the nerd rock of Weezer and the rebel punk of The Clash, the guitar-fuzzed track refreshingly bats away the remorse or melancholy that attends many songs about broken romances in order to burn a sure, hot anger. Frontman Jordan Topf's rattling voice itself makes the song distinguishable, perhaps elevating it from a break-up track to a war cry about intimacy. Mainland plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9.29. - Zach Weg - photo by Rachel Cabitt

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Mainland unveils new single 'Outcast' from upcoming debut album

It would be interesting to have stats about what's the percentage of indie bands that are still together after 2 or 3 years of existence: we are ready to bet that a majority of emerging bands doesn't last one year. Brooklyn's Mainland is a great example of what (should) happen to a band that manages to stick around for more than two years, while developing their sound: the songwriting becomes more mature, the sound more rounded out, the delivery more confident. Their new single 'Outcast' (streaming) raises above the ubiquitous "Brooklyn garage pop" sound, assuming the sonic characters of timeless pop. The single is the first tast from their debut album scheduled for an early 2016 releas.

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Best of NYC 2014 Readers + Fans Poll results: 1. Jeremy & The Harlequins, 2. The Fluids, 3. Mainland

Deli Readers,

The Deli NYC's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. 

It was an epic battle until the last minute, but revival rock band Jeremy & The Harlequins managed to land on top of the list - we are sure Jeremy's crooning and wooing talent, as displayed in the streaming single below, greatly helped their cause.

Kudos also to The Fluids, a very new NYC indie rock band we blogged about just a few days ago, and the always great Mainland, a very talented and very young Brooklyn indie band that made waves in 2014.

Please stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging NYC Artist of 2014.

Here is some music by the three bands that made the podium, and - below - the top 20 with links to each band's music.

1. Jeremy & The Harlequins


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2. The Fluids


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3. Mainland


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Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here

BEST OF LA 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Jeremy & the Harlequins 1417
2
The Fluids 1366
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3
Mainland 1343
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4
BRAEVES 794
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5
Pete Ayres Band 646
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6
Animal Years 629
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7
Christie Belanger 559
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8
Late Cambrian 548
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9
DREAMERS 535
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10
Ellis Ashbrook 512
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11
Viktor Longo 488
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12
Pants Velour 475
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13
Jane Lee Hooker 376
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14
Chargaux 369
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15
The Landing 251
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16
Sons of an Illustrious Father 198
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17
Future Punx 184
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18
Big Neck Police 180
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19
Lynette Williams 179
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20
Every Flavor Weather Machine 177
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The Deli's Staff

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