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Rap TV Presents Philly Slick Performing Wu-Tang at The Blockley Jan. 5

I’ve asked many emcees about where I can go to check out up-and-coming hip hop artists. I usually come across statements like “that’s a good question” or “there really isn’t one”. However, it looks like Philly hip hop has finally found a home, well, at least temporarily. I’ve noticed that more and more acts have been taking the stage at The Blockley, and now every 1st Wednesday of the month you have Rap TV, a new hip hop series to help fill that void of underground hip hop that you’ve been missing in your lives. Tonight you’ll find the live instrumentation and old school love of Philadelphia Slick. And it appears that they might have been influenced by the recent emergence of legendary hip hop warriors Wu-Tang Clan, who just graced the stage of The Troc over the holidays, so if you missed the show, shame on you. Lucky Philly Slick have some of their favorite Wu-Tang tracks all ready to unleash on you this evening. They’ll also be joined by local favorites Germantown’s Writtenhouse & Elijah and the Trees to help settle them in. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnust St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman  

SonicBids Selected DC/Baltimore Artists

It's nearing the annual Deli Magazine Best Emerging Artist of 2010 Poll, a first this year for DC/Baltimore, and with our vast jury still getting in their votes and bands continuing to send in their submissions, we thought we'd let you in on the top 3 selected artists found through our SonicBids open call. First up is the Maryland born, Virginia raised avant-garde hip-hop maestro Atari Blitzkrieg who's released 3 albums & 15 EP's (in over a 3 year time period!), and has been in the game since '95 recording and producing with many major names in underground hip-hop. He was also selected as one of Urb Magazine's Next 1000.

Atari Blitzkrieg - The Maturation of Nothingness (Produced by Daedelus) by Godsendant Music

We also dig the lovely alt. soul folk sounds of Ally Way, a native of DC born into a musical family of a gospel singer mother and instrumentalist father. Singing since a toddler, Way draws inspiration from Joni Mitchell to Nirvana and more.

 And the 5-piece pop rock DC band The Silver Liners rocked the loudest on our list of Sonicbid submissions, who've recently released their second EP (S/T). Their first EP "Just Like the Rest" came out April 2010, and critics compared it to bands like Foo Fighters, My Bloody Valentine, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Awesome.

 And a mentionable found through our open-call is the ambient new age cellist T.A. Zook, from Arlington, who creates masterpieces of ambient classical soundscapes perfect for planetarium soundtracks, and in fact is working on a soundtrack for an upcoming IMAX film, "Outside In the Movie." Party! -Dawn


The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 1/6-1/9

Happy New Year Deli readers! Hope your holiday went well. Here are a few selections from the calender for your first weekend of 2011.

Tomorrow at the Hemlock former Artist of the Month Winners Thralls and Ash Reiter will be playing with the Pentacles, 9pm.

Thursday out at the Eagle Melted Toys will be playing with Nodzzz, Mantles, and The Art Museums, 8pm.

Friday catch Silian Rail open for The Velvet Teen alongside Low-Five at Bottom of the Hill, 10pm.

Finally, on Sunday close out your weekend at Kimo's with Commissure, Crawler, and Rogue Sounds, 9pm.


-Ada Lann


Pains Of Being Pure At Heart announce spring tour with Twin Shadow

In a whirlwind year, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, along with peers The Raveonettes and Deerhunter, have catapulted the genre of modern noise-pop into one of the most popular sectors of “indie-pop”. The band is gearing up for a European tour, and has been working on their sophomore album, with help from the best in noise pop’s past- specifically, producer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain). And they’ve announced a spring tour to showcase their recent work- catchy power-pop songs strewn with crystallized synth and dipped in heavy guitar feedback. Openers will be NYC electro pop prodige Twin Shadow. - Katie Bennett


Deli Year End Regional Polls results slowly released

Deli readers, indie bands and artists,

This year, our local Year End Emerging Artists 2010 Polls are proving to be more challenging than ever, with 10 US scenes involved and 1,500+ submissions between our own system and the Sonic Bids applications. We spent a significant portion of the recent Holidays listening to your music (thanks for that by the way!), and we haven't even had the chance to check out the bands selected by our jury of local promoters, bloggers and scene makers yet...

ANYWAYYYY... we have the results of the Open Submissions at hand and we are slowly going to publish them in the next few days. Sonic Bids selections coming soon. Whether you were selected or not, always remember that in 1961 The Beatles were rejected by Decca with the following gems: "guitar groups are on the way out" and "The Beatles have no future in show business." Just a friendly reminder that there is no final authority on music, despite what pitchfork.com would have you believe.

Year End Poll Next Phase: The Fans' Poll
The next phase of the Poll - a vote open to the fans - is likely to start towards the end of this week and the end of the next. We'll spread the cities out a little bit to minimize contemporary traffic spikes that repeatedly brought our site down last year. So stay tuned. We should have the final results for our two separate final charts (fans poll and composite chart including the jurors' vote) by the end of January.

Also, of course all this is possible also because of our sponsors - many of them are providing free studio time and prizes for the winners. Here they are God Bless 'em!



The Deli's Staff


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