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January 2015
Bonsai
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
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2014 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene

LATEST NEWS: L.A. READERS' POLL IS ON! - CHICAGO READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Alt Folk Open Submissions - NEW ENGLAND READERS' POLL RESULTS! - TORONTO READERS' POLL RESULTS! - NASHVILLE READERS' POLL IS ON! - Los Angeles Open Submissions - NYC Indie Rock Open Submissions - PORTLAND READERS' POLL IS ON! - Nashville Open Submissions - NYC Garage Rock Open Submissions - KC READERS POLL RESULTS - Chicago Open Submissions - Portland Open Submissions - NYC Hip Hop + Other Open Submissions - S.F. BAY AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Psych Rock Open Submissions - DC AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - SF Bay Area Open Submissions - NYC Folk Rock/Americana Open Submissions.

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


Mincemeet or Tenspeed's new EP "Waiting on Surfing Bird"

Providence producer David Harms has emerged from the local scene with some fuzzy, disjointed, and over all freaky dance music on his new release “Waiting for Surfin Bird.” Along with occasional touring partner and label mate Unicorn Hard-On, the scene is putting out some great Experiemental dance music that rejected tired build-up-drop-breaktown formula of mainstream EDM. Instead, Mincemeat or Tenspeed relies on ear-tearing rhythmic noise, and minimalistic trancelike repetition slowly evolving throughout the track. Mosh-worthy and spaced out at the same time, Something for the whole freaky family! Brooklyn-based Decoherence Records released “Waiting for Surfin Bird” in October of last year, which was an obscenely good month for New England bands. Some of the tracks can be heard here.


-Paul Jordan Talbot

 

 


Grundlefunk Wins The Deli Readers' Best of 2014 Poll

Cramming an 8 piece band on stage can be a challenge at times, but it’s fitting for Grundlefunk’s wild party-like-it’s-1975 sound. Radically syncopated hornlines pull us from phrase to phrase and with Marshal Dominguez’s deep pocket drumming, these guys have no issue getting a crowd to move around. With an effortlessly strong alto voice, Nicole D’Elisa provides an engaging front to group while still showing off her rhythmic proficiency and funky sensitivity. For those into improvised music, Grundlefunk’s solos are always loaded with spicy ideas bouncing from player to player. These guys (and a gal) fly around their instruments, with no sign of tiring soon. They’ll be playing tomorrow night at Radio Bean in their hometown Burlington, VT. Check out their tour schedule here.

 

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Best of New England 2014 for Emerging Artists: Readers' Poll results

Deli Readers,

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

Here is the top ten, and streaming track of the top three bands - which we congratulate!

1. Grundlefunk


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2. Suitcase Junket


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3. Mixx Geo


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

BEST OF NEW ENGLAND 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Grundlefunk
366
2
Suitcase Junket
261
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3
Miss Geo
231
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4
Smooth Antics
193
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5
Derive
96
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6
Pat and the Hats
91
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7
Clara Berry
85
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8
And the Kids
65
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9
BLKBX
61
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10
Jet Black Sunrise
53
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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 EmergingNew England Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff


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