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Best of The Bay Area Emerging Artists 2010 Top Three: Weekend, Michael Musika, The Family Crest

Surely it comes with little surprise that everyone's favorite of last year Weekend has topped our list and been named the Best Emerging Bay Area Artist of 2010. After causing a huge splash with their wildly successful EP (earning itself a Deli SF Album of the Month Award), impressive Noise Pop performance, and a currently successful new release Sports, Weekend have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with around the Bay Area. As they depart for their tour with the Wire we wish them the best exporting the finest of San Francisco's wonderfully shrill shoegaze-y noise-rock.

After a contentions reader's voting period Michael Musika earned himself a second place nod. Contrasting Weekend with a more subdued acoustic style Michael Musika brings some representation to the poll for the Bay Area's folk community.

Finally, after coming in first in the reader's poll The Family Crest took third for the overall contest. Bringing an orchestral indie-rock sound to the field, this placement hopefully will help The Family with their latest release The Village.

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Canasta win Deli Chicago Best of 2010 Fans' Poll! Overall results out soon.

Congrats to orchestral pop sextet Canasta for winning our Chicago Best of 2010 fans' poll. After a seriously tight race the band preceded charming and somewhat quirky rootsy combo (another sextet!?!) Dastardly and Soft Speaker and their songs ranging from the mellow to the rocking. Here's the Fans' Poll Top Ten - thanks to all the bands for spreading the word about it! The composite chart results (including the vote of our jury of scene makers listed here) will be out later this week, so be sure to check back for the overall winners!

 
Artist
 
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Canasta
2
Dastardly
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3
Soft Speaker
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4
Secret Colours
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5
Jon Drake and the Shakes
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6
Sad Brad Smith
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7
Suns
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8
Verona Red
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9
Está Vivo
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10
Gemini Club
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The Deli Staff

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Invictus Picks -- Streight Angular -- Everyone is Syncopated

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You know those songs that get stuck in your head just for the sake of catchiness? If you've heard Streight Angular's "HOTTIES" or "Are You Ever Satisfied?", you know what I mean. That's what this band does, they also know how to get a crowd going with their high-energy, crazy live shows. I single-handedly witnessed these guys turn every bro at Landsdowne Pub that was there to see Minus the Bear into a jumping up and down fool waving thier arms and singing along with Al and the rest of the Streight Angular crew.

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"Everyone is Syncopated" is their latest track. Its lyrics are gloomy, "Children are evaporating/Industry is culminating" but the song is catchy, is that possible? Yes, they did it again, you might find yourself singing "Oh Oh Oh Oh," despite the tune being about all that is wrong with the world. Their next show is Thursday the 3rd at Great Scott. 

 

Streight Angular - Everyone is Syncopated (Single)

-- Danielle Freudenthal





Best of SF Emerging Artists 2010 Poll Results - Weekend win!

SF Bay Area Deli readers,

After some serious number churning and link pasting we are finally able to give you the results of our Best of SF Emerging Artists 2010 poll. This chart is the result of a combined vote involving local scene makers (i.e. our jury, listed here), Deli writers and music fans (fans poll results here). If you wonder how all this works you can try to figure it out here (2 and 1/2 words of warning: it's complicated!).

 
Artist
J
W
F

OS

TOTAL
 
1
Weekend
6
 
0.011
 
6.011
2
Michael Musika
3
 
2
 
5
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3
The Family Crest
1
 
3
 
4
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4
Geographer
3
 
0.5
 
3.5
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5
Debbie Neigher
3
 
0.072
 
3.072
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6
Man/Miracle
2
1
0.009
 
3.009
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7
Skeletal System
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
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8
Hottub
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
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9
The Splinters
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
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10
Lazarus
3
 
0
 
3
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11
Ben Thompson
 
 
1.5
0.75
2.25
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12
Indianna Hale
2
 
0.074
 
2.074
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13 
The Definite Articles
2
 
0.07
 
2.07
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14
Birds and Batteries
 
1
0.013
1
2.013
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15
Shannon and the Clams
2
 
0.009
 
2.009
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16
LSD and the Search for God
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
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17
Butterfly Bones
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
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 18
The Dashing Suns
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
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19
Dominant Legs
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
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20
Business 80
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
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21
Amp Live
2
 
0
 
2
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22
Ash Reiter
 
 
1
1
2
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23
Moon Duo
1
 
0.067
 
1.067
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24
FpodBpod
1
 
0.016
 
1.016
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25
Swanifant
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
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26
Sugar & Gold
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
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27
Exray's
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
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28 
Nobunny
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
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29 
Moe Green
1
 
0
 
1
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30
Here Come The Saviours
 
 
0.046
0.75
0.796
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31
B. Hamilton
 
 
0.004
0.75
0.754
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32
The Spyrals
 
 
0.089
0.5
0.589
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33
Slowness
 
 
0.005
0.5
0.505
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Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

The Deli's Staff

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Raccoon Fighter land February residency at Cake Shop

Today it seems as if every musician sets out to claim the term “indie” for his or her own, adding slight nuances to a hackneyed structure in the name of innovation. In their often futile efforts, they forget the roots of their sound come from deep in the heart and soul of rock ‘n roll. But for Raccoon Fighter, there’s nothing else but good, hard rock ‘n roll and all its implications of drugs, sex, and sweat. Like their fore-bearers The Troggs, their sound is based in loud electric guitar, hard drums and cymbal crashes, and Sean Gavigan’s crackling yowling vocals, reminiscent of the late great Joey Ramone. These guys are about to rock the socks out of Cake Shop in February with a 3 day residency - the show on the 9th has our #4 and #70 Best of NYC bands Turkuaz and Lily & the Parlour Tricks in the line up as well. - Katie Bennett

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