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The Deli Philly's Best Emerging Artists of 2014 Poll - FINAL RESULTS: 1. Sheer Mag, 2. Nothing, 3. Cheerleader & More

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Philly Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we do enjoy seeing what everyone has been into!

Kudos to rock 'n' rollers Sheer Mag (pictured and streaming) for winning the overall poll and and certainly impressing many with their debut EP 7"!

Also, big thumbs up to heavy shoegaze outfit Nothing, who released our March 2014 Record of the Month, and rising indie popsters Cheerleader.

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 30+ Philly music scene enthusiasts/experts (our jury), and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. We polled our local writers, and we also requested fans and readers to vote for their favorite. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are interested in geeking out in all the subtleties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules HERE. But if all you care about is the awesome new music Philly produced in the 2014, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2014 POLL FOR EMERGING PHILLY ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Sheer Mag 22   2 0.005 24.005
2
Nothing 9   2 0.001 11.001 icon
3
Cheerleader 7   1 0.003 8.003 icon
4
Modern Baseball 5   3 0.001 8.001 icon
5
CRUISR 8     0 8 icon
 
Marian Hill 7   1 0 8 icon
7
Vita and the Woolf 7     0.006 7.006 icon
8
Amanda X 7     0.004 7.004 icon
9
Cayetana 6   1 0.002 7.002 icon
 
Suburban Living 5   2 0.002 7.002 icon
11
The Lawsuits 7     0.001 7.001
12
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band 5   2 0 7 icon
13
Mumblr 4   2 0.003 6.003 icon
14
Mo Lowda & The Humble 6     0.001 6.001 icon
15
Tutlie 2   2 0.01 4.01 icon
16
Alex G 2   2 0.009 4.009 icon
17
DRGN King 3   1 0.001 4.001
18
Bondage & Discipline 2   1 0.5 3.5 icon
19
Queen Jo   3   0.115 3.115 icon
20
The Cloth 3     0.026 3.026 icon
21
Dead 3     0.019 3.019 icon
22
Divers 3     0.002 3.002
  Ecstatic Vision 2   1 0.002 3.002 icon
  HIVELORDS 3     0.002 3.002 icon
 
Literature 2   1 0.002 3.002 icon
26
Chelsea Sue Allen 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Myrrias 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Pine Barons 3     0.001 3.001 icon
29
Ben Kessler   1   2 3 icon
  Hannah Taylor 3     0 3 icon
  Needle Points 3     0 3 icon
  The Mellowells   2   1 3 icon
33
Those People   1   1.5 2.5 icon
34
Blood Sound   1 1 0.011 2.011 icon
35
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five 2     0.006 2.006 icon
36
Bonzai 2     0.005 2.005 icon
 
Thin Lips 2     0.005 2.005 icon
38
Faking 2     0.004 2.004 icon
  Milton 2     0.004 2.004 icon
  Pinkwash 1   1 0.004 2.004 icon
41
Teen Men 2     0.003 2.003 icon
42
Bad Canoes 2     0.002 2.002 icon
43
Hound 1   1 0.002 2.002 icon
44
Dylan Jane 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Prime Homeless Time 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  The Yetis 2     0.001 2.001 icon
47
Lantern 2     0 2 icon
 
Locals 2     0 2 icon
49
Shark Tape   1.5   0.001 1.501 icon
50
Cave People 1     0.5 1.5 icon
51
Pushin' it 2 the Limit 1     0.065 1.065 icon
52
You You Dark Forest   1   0.029 1.029 icon
53
What Nerve 1     0.026 1.026 icon
54
Cherokee Red 1     0.023 1.023 icon
55
You Do You 1     0.018 1.018 icon
56
Aaron Parnell Brown   1   0.009 1.009 icon
 
The Stammer   1   0.009 1.009 icon
58
S.T.O.P. 1     0.008 1.008 icon
59
Abi Reimold 1     0.004 1.004 icon
 
Mock Suns   1   0.004 1.004 icon
61
Ill Fated Natives 1     0.002 1.002 icon
  Son Little 1     0.002 1.002
  The Bad Doctors 1     0.002 1.002 icon
64
Combine 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Commonwealth Choir 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Little Big League 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  The Goodbye Party 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Worshyper 1     0.001 1.001 icon
69
No Good Sister 1     0 1 icon
 
Noah Breakfast 1     0 1 icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Special Thanks to Our Jurors: Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters, Y-Not Radio), Jeff Blinder (Spazz Presents), Gabrielle Bonghi (Philly.com), Kate Bracaglia (Philly.com), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Jessica Craft (Rock to the Future), Ryan Crump (Philly Drum Project), Emma Fried-Cassorla (Philly Love Notes), Kevin Horn (Bonfire Booking), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out Of Town Films, Philly.com), David Kiss (Kung Fu Necktie), Fred Knittel (Folkadelphia), Josh T. Landow (Y-NOT Radio), Carolyn Lederach (Sofar Philly), Barrett Lindgren (Independent Promoter, Johnny Brenda’s), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (MilkBoy Philly), Jeff Meyers (The Guild, Boot & Saddle), George Miller (Jump Philly), Mark Schoneveld (YVYNYL), Stephanie Seiple (Tri State Indie), Matt Smith (HotBox Studios, CID), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Aaron Stampa (Radio Static Philly), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN), Allie Volpe (Philly.com), Nikki Volpicelli (Beatport, The Key), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, The Key).

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

Cheers,

The Deli's Staff





Weekend Warrior, February 6 - 8

Most Sundays, rest and recuperation are considered the optimal approach. Washing away the fatigue accumulated over the course of the week, and preparing for the dreaded Monday that lies ahead. However, the lineup at First Unitarian Church is the type that suggests or dare I say demands attendance. Carrying a three-headed monster of a lineup including a pair of local favorites. Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, a.k.a. Blues Control, attack the traditional boundaries. Cleanly experimenting in a bluesy, jazz-textured avant-garde realm that occupies or at least reaches for higher elevations. While some of the instrumentation offers a familiar air, the manner in which it is presented and unexpected nature of combinations shed a new light. Speaking of traditional sounds that jump up and smack you into attention, Sheer Mag does just that. Garnering The Deli Philly’s November Record the of Month honors with their debut EP 7", the group’s natural garage-punk hybrid steadily prowls along with a robust bass-thumping/drum-slapping looseness. Add in catchy guitar licks that step up for raw tight solos and Christina Halladay’s feisty tenacious vocals that grab hold of any audience, and you have a recipe for success. Finally, the night is headlined by the infectious psych-punk of Parquet Courts. So all things considered, it makes sense that this show is sold out. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Michael Colavita
 
 
More places to enjoy this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, SAT Scott Churchman
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells (Record Release Show), Trophy Wife, Bonzai, SAT I Think Like Midnight, Nixon’s Head, Beretta 76
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Pulling Punches, Die Choking/Hoser, Breezy, SAT The Nocturnal Jocks, Dead Tenors/Dixy Blood, The Scovilles, SUN Carl Madison
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI The Wonder Years: Performing The Upsides, SAT The Wonder Years: Performing Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing, SUN The Wonder Years: Performing The Greatest Generation
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI El Malito & the 33rd Century, Galvanize, DJ Kurtlife, Visitor 10, SAT Bardo Pond, Watery Love, Hound
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jah People, The Philly Reggae Band, SAT Adam Travis & The Soul,  Native Maze, SUN Bria Marie, Naeemah Z. Maddox, Jaye Sanders and Dena Underwood, Alisa Joe and Gyrl Problems
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Peek A- Boo Revue Presents High Thighs & Bow Ties, SAT Honor, Chestnut Grove, Hopscotch Jefferson
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Performer-Songwriters from Curtis, SAT (Upstairs) (Noon) 3rd Annual Winter Doldrums Music Festival: The Rent-A-Cops, Divers, Vilebred, No Good Sister, Christine Havrilla, Brian Flanagan Band, Andrea Nardello, Kicking Down Doors, Tin Bird Choir, Mason Porter, Sweetbriar Rose, Lovers League, Black Horse Motel., Sparkle Pony, Paige Allbritton, Chelsea Sue Allen, Gavilán, John Galla (Downstairs) (7pm) Alo Brasil, (10pm) Alo Brasil, SUN (Upstairs) Andorra, The Excape
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Foxhound, The Spinning Leaves, SAT (5pm) Legs Like Tree Trunks, Jet Set Sail/(9pm) Verbatum Jones, Hazie Blue, The Bul Bey, Gabriel Wolf, SUN Varials, Young Graves
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI La Capitaña, SAT Venice Sunlight
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Wild Rompit, Nark, The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver, SAT The Blessed Muthas, The Improbables
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Go Around, SAT Plantation, Solus Rex, Black Rue
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI John Mallinen, SAT Rust - The Music of Neil Young
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI 2F Club, StarSkream/Boy Wonder, The Hvddle, Chartel, SAT Pontious Pilots, Black Market Revolution, One Inch Gap, Dorkosaurus/Unit Theory Hopochie Coochie Men, Sunblaze Lane
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Music Box Dynamo, Sucker, HighKick
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI RC, SAT Serious Boom, SUN Jacqueline Constance
 
Club Risque (1700 S. Columbus Blvd.) FRI Prosper or Perish (CD Release), Slave Dog
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI McRad, Ra Leaf, Boots Movement Show Featuring: Doc Hero, George “Spanky” McCurdy, SAT Control For Smilers
 
Mount Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sic Bacchus (Final Show), Collect Yourself, Thieve
 
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, Euphoria Again
 
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Post Sun Times, Shakai Mondai, Minka
 
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Abi Reimold, Row, Eleby, Euphoria Again, Shannen Moser
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT A Day Without Love, Second Marriage, Languid PA, Uncle/Father Oscar
 
The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pussy Dogs
 
The Nut House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI GG Lohan, Bridget McEnerney, Gwendolyn Rooker
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Tiny Rianbows, In Place
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Come Along for the Ride w/Sheer Mag at The Farm Jan. 3

“What do you want? What do you want me to do?” Christina Halladay (formerly of The Shakes) vociferates on the opening track of Sheer Mag’s debut EP 7”. And that’s not the only song where Halladay vents some frustration. On “Point Breeze,” she roars, “I want somebody to love,” and closes the track with barks of ““Aye-aye-aye-yeah!” With a rawness in her voice (probably due to all that whiskey drinking), Halladay helps create Sheer Mag’s distinctive sound: that kind of fast and loud garage rock with pop hooks. There’s much-appreciated tambourine throughout the LP and guitar riffs aplenty that are something to celebrate. While there are only four songs on 7”, that’s more than enough to get you hooked on Sheer Mag and pumped for some new material. They’ll be playing with one man punk Philly act The Holidays at The Farm on Saturday, along with Arm, Glue, Proxy, and Aseptic. It’s looking very promising for these Philly rockers, catch them at the beginning of their ride. The Farm, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages - Emily DiCicco

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Q.D. Tran’s 40 Favorite Philly Records of 2014

It’s that time of year again for our last post of 2014 and my list of favorite Philly records for this year. My procrastination was strong this year, but once again, I just managed to make it just under the gun. It’s always overwhelming to dig into all the great music that we have been lucky enough to come across throughout the year. I’m sure that there are some albums that have fallen by the wayside of this list, but hopefully you’ll discover or rediscover a new favorite like I have while taking this journey. It’s been fun, and as always, looking forward to seeing you on the other side - cheers! - Q.D. Tran

1. Guilty of Everything (Relapse) – Nothing

 

2. You’re Gonna Miss It All (Run For Cover) – Modern Baseball



3. Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth) – Mumblr



4. 7” (Wilsuns RC) – Sheer Mag



5. The Spirit of the Beehive (Ranch) – The Spirit of the Beehive



You can view the rest of the list HERE.





Sheer Mag Opening for Screaming Females at JB's Nov. 5

The three-headed lineup this evening at Johnny Brenda’s has been marked on my calendar for quite some time. The show begins with Sheer Mag, whose 7’’ is currently our album of the month and for a good reason; it genuinely rocks! The relatively new Christina Halladay-fronted group packs a decisive punch, filling all four songs with a garage-rock sound littered with saucy guitar riffs. Halladay’s snarly-combative vocals mesh well with a heavier jangly groove, which falls into place and provides a smooth shape to otherwise tough sounding tunes. Exuberant Tennessee garage-rockers Pujol, whose songs hover that threshold where grit and catchy-hooks intermingle, bridge the gap to New Brunswick juggernaut trio Screaming Females, whose live shows are a sight and sound to behold, captivating with all-out sizzling guitar shreds and a relentless hard-charging backbeat that will have the building bouncing tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $13, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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