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Winner's Circle: Quiet Company, Monahans, Baron Grod

Congrats to our 1-2-3 finishers in the Deli's Best of Austin Emerging Artist Poll: Overall champs Quiet Company, runners-up Monahans and third-place (and readers' poll winners) Baron Grod

Probably no shock to find Quiet Company on top; this seems to be their year here in Austin and beyond. They'll be bringing their special brand of lengthily-titled indie pop gems (e.g. "It's Better to Spend Money Like There's No Tomorrow Then Spend Tonight Like There's No Money") to the Mohawk Thursday 2/10, where they'll open for Fastball, one of the many Austin acts to break big in the past. And it just so happens that same night their above-referenced song will be featured on USA's show Royal Pains...so you could say they're having a good week. They're also official SXSW participants & are inching very close (possibly March) to the release of their new album, We Are All Where We Belong

The west Texas dunes-inspired Monahans dropped a new single on us every month of 2010, and they're compiling those into their next record as we type...you can catch them at Emo's one week after your Quiet Company intake, Friday, Feb. 18th. As for heavy but intricate post-rockers Baron Grod, who stomped off with a hard-fought victory in our readers' poll and ranked third overall, we'll keep you posted on their goings on - as of writing, they plan to record a new one in 2011. 

Thanks again to all who participated in the poll - reminded us again what an extraordinary music scene we have here...

 

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The Deli Magazine Presents “Aquarius Raging” at Danger Danger Feb. 12!

We were honored when asked this year to present “Aquarius Raging”! It’s a jam-packed showcase of talented folks brought to you by Danger Danger Gallery and the Grandchildren boys. “Aquarius Raging” was how Danger Danger started over 5 years ago at the original Danger Danger House. This year’s event is also doubling as a fundraiser to help support the gallery collective so they can keep making it an awesome place for live music to perform. The lineup of kind-hearted bands who are donating their time and talents this year are Dangerous Ponies, Gang, The National Rifle, Dinosaur Feathers, Spirit Animal, The Armchairs, Valleys and The Perfection!sts. We hope all who have shared in this special place will join us and show your support on Saturday, February 12 at Danger Danger Gallery. We look forward to “raging” with you! - The Deli Staff
 
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Quiet Company win The Deli's Best of Austing Emerging Artist 2010 Poll!

Austiners with a fine hear,

After a seizure inducing 2 months of polling and voting and churning numbers, HABEMUS POLL WINNER!
Congrats to pop rockers  Quiet Company, who preceded moody indie band Monahans and prog metal Baron Grod
(who also won our related fans poll). Here's a picture of Quiet Company for the ladies...



Thanks to all the jurors and the bands and the fans who helped us put together this list of artists. Please don't take our poll too seriously (but not even too lightly, as these are great new bands!), we see it as a fun, playful way to give exposure to deserving emerging local artists, and as an opportunity to keep our finger on the Austin scene's pulse.

 
 
Artist
J
W
OS

F

TOTAL
 
1
Quiet Company
5
 
 
0.035
5.035
2
Monahans
3
1
 
0.016
4.016
icon
3
Baron Grod
 
 
1
3
4
icon
4
Little Lo
3
 
0.5
0.027
3.527
icon
5
Crooks
3
 
 
0.02
3.02
icon
6
Politics
3
 
 
0.018
3.018
icon
7
SPEAK
3
 
 
0.007
3.007
icon
8
Amy Cook
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
icon
9
TV Torso
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
icon
10
Dana Falconberry
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
icon
11
Ethan Kennedy
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
12
Saints of Valory
 
1
 
2
3
icon
13
The Canvas Waiting
 
1
 
1.5
2.5
icon
14
Leatherbag
1
1
 
0.027
2.027
icon
15
The Authors
2
 
 
0.02
2.02
icon
16
Marmalakes
2
 
 
0.012
2.012
icon
17
Follow That Bird
2
 
 
0.006
2.006
icon
18 
Zlam Dunk
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
19
Cowboy and Indian
1
1
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
Pure Ecstasy
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
21
Butcher Bear and Charlie
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
22
Love at 20
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 
Ugly Beats
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
24
Meggan Carney
2
 
 
0
2
icon
 
Sip Sip
1
 
 
1
2
icon
26
Lacuna Incorporated
1
 
 
0.05
1.05
icon
27
Zorch
 
 
1
0.02
1.02
icon
28 
MoTel Aviv
1
 
 
0.011
1.011
icon
29
Fresh Millions
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
icon
30
Melogrand
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Ruby Jane
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Woven Bones
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Devil in the Drink
 
1
 
0.002
1.002
icon
34
The Rocketboys
 
 
0.5
0.5
1
icon
 
Markov
1
 
 
0
1
icon
36
The Sour Notes
 
 
0.75
0.006
0.756
icon
37
Horse + Donkey
 
 
0.75
0
0.75
icon
38
Sad Accordions
 
 
0.5
0.041
0.541
icon
39
She Sir
 
 
0.5
0.019
0.519
icon
40
The Boxing Lesson
 
 
0.5
0.011
0.511
icon
41
The Pons
 
 
0.5
0.009
0.509
icon
42
Sarah Jarosz
 
 
0.5
0.004
0.504
icon
 
Thai Paul
 
 
0.5
0.004
0.504
icon
44
Megan Tubb
 
 
0.5
0
0.5
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Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

 

The Deli's Staff

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TWIN SHADOW is The Deli's Best NYC Emerging Artists of 2010!

Deli readers,

At the bottom of this blog entry you can find the final chart of our Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2010 poll. Congrats to Twin Shadow, who won the poll and will therefore grace the cover of the Spring issue of The Deli!



All the artists in this list will get some kind of print coverage in that same issue (if we can fit them!), and we'll book as many as we can for our Best of NYC 2011 Fest (here's the poster from last year's edition).

1. TWIN SHADOW



When you think eighties, you think big hair. You think dance tracks, sequins and hot pants. Eighties music doesn’t ooze with emotionality, and when it does, it usually comes off as borderline cheesy. Yet for Twin Shadow’s full length debut, Forget, George Lewis Jr. takes the eighties sound and makes it emotional, sans cheesiness. This is quite a feat: it requires careful production, sincerely-felt lyrics, and beautifully, yet subtly, fueled instrumentals. Twin Shadow succeeds quite nicely on all three counts. With savvy production work by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, dark and complex lyrical language (“you hold the line, a bullet soul/it’s just that sometimes, time’s so slow”), and casual-smooth interludes of a piano, some strings, and other delicate synth work, Lewis captures what nostalgic music is all about. The track list is tight, infused with fluidity and synchronicity, and produces a sound we have likely heard before. Yet at the same time, while Lewis’ music comes off as familiar, the moments of innocence, shimmer and feeling layered within bring about something new, fresh and all around awesome. - Read Alexandra Vann's Q&A with George Lewis Jr.from last year here.

2. BUKE AND GASS

Our Deli Summer 2009 cover band won't please those who love music that conveys delicate emotions and a sparse sound, nor the traditional alt rockers and their epic needs. Buke and Gass is a band that lives in a parallel musical world, where originality, for once, is not a wasted word. The duo builds their own instrument and pedals and master them to perfection, creating a huge wall of wonderful distorted sound that can't be compared to any band we are aware of. Arone Dyer's vocals are amongst the most powerful and versatile in the NYC scene, ranging from PJ Harveyish full aggression to the Bjorky "I'm-a-helpless-baby" kinda thing (she is also cute by the way). The songs are complex but not inaccessible, full of memorable melodies and intricate rhythms that have the power to get even lazy NYC legs to jump manically. Their debut album Riposte (Brassland) came out in 2009 and will be remembered for generations - notwithstanding what Pitchfork says. - Read a Delicious Audio interview with Buke and Gass here.

3. GAMES

f I ever meet the two guys in Brooklyn's Games I'll tell them one thing, and one thing only: quit playin' games with my heart. And then I'd pause and say, "with my heart... my heart." Maybe this gets my heart all mixed up because these beats are so instantly likeable and, dare I say, danceable. That always throws my heart for loops and bleeps and clicks.
This fantastically catchy electro duo is longtime pals, Joel Ford (also in Tigercity) and Daniel Lopatin (who does Oneohtrix Point Never). Here's one thing you need to know about Games: samples. Here's another you need to know: synths. Here's one final thing you need to know: these two like to get DOWN... they like to get DOWNTOWN like Julie BROWN.
If you want some funk in your stuff, I suggest going out and seeing Games do their button pushing, lever pulling, mixtape making thing. I want to see Games play on a stage with Javelin and Gold Panda. Just so I can walk up to them afterwards and tell them my heart can't take all the games, Games. My head says no, but my hips say DANCE. - Oh My Rockness

Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2010 poll - FINAL RESULTS

 
Artist
J
OS
W

F

TOTAL
 
1
Twin Shadow
6
 
3
0.02
9.02
2
Buke and Gass
4
 
2
0.013
6.013
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3
Games
6
 
 
0.002
6.002
icon
4
Turkuaz
3
 
1
1.5
5.5
icon
5
Oh Land
4
1
 
0.124
5.124
icon
6
Oberhofer
5
 
 
0.008
5.008
icon
7
Lia Ices
5
 
 
0.001
5.001
icon
8
Norman Vladimir
3
 
1
0.11
4.11
icon
9
Yankee Bang Bang
3
 
1
0.106
4.106
icon
10
Fang Island
4
 
 
0.067
4.067
icon
11
The London Souls
3
 
1
0.048
4.048
icon
12
Devin Therriault
3
1
 
0.012
4.012
icon
 
Twin Sister
2
 
2
0.012
4.012
icon
14
Ava Luna
4
 
 
0.008
4.008
icon
15
Darwin Deez
3
 
1
0.007
4.007
icon
16
The Dig
3
 
1
0.003
4.003
icon
17
Dream Diary
4
 
 
0
4
icon
 
Ravens & Chimes
1
 
 
3
4
icon
19
The Loom
 
1.5
 
2
3.5
icon
20
Milagres
3
 
 
0.106
3.106
icon
21
Superhuman Happiness
3
 
 
0.039
3.039
icon
22
Hussle Club
3
 
 
0.019
3.019
icon
23
Yellowbirds
3
 
 
0.018
3.018
icon
24
Rubblebucket
2
 
1
0.009
3.009
icon
25
Acrylics
3
 
 
0.007
3.007
icon
26
Big Troubles
3
 
 
0.006
3.006
icon
 
Zs
3
 
 
0.006
3.006
icon
 
Cults
2
 
1
0.006
3.006
icon
29
Kendra Morris
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
icon
30
Julian Lynch
3
 
 
0.004
3.004
icon
31
Tanlines
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
icon
32
Air Waves
2
 
1
0.003
3.003
icon
33
Regal Degal
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
The Knocks
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
icon
35
Snake Dudes
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
36
Pillow Theory
3
 
 
0
3
icon
 
Coasting
3
 
 
0
3
icon
 
Leah Siegel
3
 
 
0
3
icon
 
My Radio
3
 
 
0
3
icon
40
Black Taxi
 
1.5
1
0.062
2.562
icon
41
French Horn Rebellion
 
1.5
1
0.026
2.526
icon
42
Hannibal Montana
2
 
 
0.47
2.47
icon
43
Zongo Junction
2
 
 
0.287
2.287
icon
44
The Yes Way
2
 
 
0.064
2.064
icon
45
Miracles of Modern...
2
 
 
0.045
2.045
icon
46
Daniel Wayne
1
 
1
0.044
2.044
icon
47
Das Racist
2
 
 
0.023
2.023
icon
48
Fifth Nation
2
 
 
0.014
2.014
icon
 
The Static Jacks
2
 
 
0.014
2.014
icon
50
Harper Blynn
1
 
1
0.011
2.011
icon
51
Alex Winston
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
icon
 
Sam Amidon
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
icon
53
Delicate Steve
2
 
 
0.006
2.006
icon
 
Holy Ghost!
1
 
1
0.006
2.006
icon
55
Caveman
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
icon
 
Dinosaur Feathers
1
 
1
0.005
2.005
icon
 
Tony Castles
1
 
1
0.005
2.005
icon
58
Further Reductions
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
59
French Camp
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
Gatekeeper
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
Thieving Irons
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
YC The Cynic
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
North Highlands
1
 
1
0.003
2.003
icon
64
Lacrymosa
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
 
Pink & Noseworthy
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
 
The Surprisers
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
 
Theophilus London
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
68
Dirty Fences
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 
Red Dawn II
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
70
Lily & The Parlour Tricks
 
1.5
 
0.461
1.961
icon
71
MiniBoone
 
0.75
1
0.014
1.764
icon
72
Shake The Baron
 
0.75
 
1
1.75
icon
73
Kagero
 
1.5
 
0.231
1.731
icon
74
Arpline
 
1.5
 
0.18
1.68
icon
75
Bird Call
 
1.5
 
0.147
1.647
icon
76
Dede
 
1.5
 
0.124
1.624
icon
77
Bear Hands
 
1.5
 
0.037
1.537
icon
78
Invisible Days
 
1.5
 
0.01
1.51
icon
79
Pearl and The Beard
 
1.5
 
0.01
1.51
icon
80
Amber Rubarth
 
1.5
 
0.005
1.505
icon
81
Waking Lights
 
1
 
0.348
1.348
icon
82
Huff This
 
1
 
0.16
1.16
icon
83
Submarine Bells
1
 
 
0.132
1.132
icon
84
Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshé
1
 
 
0.102
1.102
icon
85
Sonia's Party
1
 
 
0.071
1.071
icon
86
Lucius
 
1
 
0.049
1.049
icon
87
Living Days
1
 
 
0.043
1.043
icon
88
Gung Ho
1
 
 
0.027
1.027
icon
89
Alberta Cross
1
 
 
0.025
1.025
icon
90
The Rassle
1
 
 
0.013
1.013
icon
 
We Are All Romans
1
 
 
0.013
1.013
icon
93
Jangula
1
 
 
0.01
1.01
icon
94
Tony Scherr
1
 
 
0.006
1.006
icon
95
Pablo Picasso
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
icon
96
Forgetters
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Taurus
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Kordan
 
1
 
0.003
1.003
icon
99
Diamond Doves
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
 
The Golden Filter
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
 
Twin Stumps
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
102
Mary Halvorson Trio
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Melati Malay
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
MNDR
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
105
Blondes
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
Blues
1
 
 
0
1
icon
107
Steve Shiffman & The...
 
0.75
 
0.008
0.758
icon
Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

The Deli's Staff

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Rare Solo Performance by Power Animal at DDG Feb. 3

The last time I saw Power Animal (a.k.a. Keith Hampson) perform solo was in the basement of South Philly’s Castle Gay. Hampson said that it would be a while until he’d do it again since he had a full band in the works. That was almost a year and a half ago. Since then, he released his highly-underrated full length People Songs on Waaga Records and has been impressing audiences with his percussive experimental six-piece outfit that he assembled with some talented close-knit friends from the Northeast. The Deli was also proud to have them perform at our most recent Anniversary Party with The Extraordinaires and An American Chinese. Well, Hampson is back to his roots tonight performing solo at Danger Danger Gallery so make sure to check out this rare opportunity. Scheduled on the bill will be Lux Perpetua, Scott Churchman, Caring Practice and Attic Abasement. I also wanted to give you a heads up on a killer lineup that I am super stoked about happening at The Ox on Saturday February 19. The full Power Animal band will be joining Grimace Federation, Ryat and Circadian Rhythms. I can guarantee plenty of The Deli crew will be out for that one and you should be too! Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages (Photo by Robert Aitken) - Q.D. Tran
 

Sometimes by Power Animal

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