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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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Best of Portland Emerging Artist Year End Poll Ends Tonight!

Alright, kiddos. The Best of Portland Emerging Artists Fan Poll is about to close. Time to rally your friends before we tally your votes. The fans poll ends February 1st (tonight around 9 pm!), and the artist from this list that will win the poll's composite chart (i.e. jurors + Deli writers + fans' votes) wins the illustrious title of Best Emerging Artist of 2010! Aaaaaand, BREAK! - The Deli's Staff

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Jon Drake & The Shakes and Grape Juice

Grape Juice Records recently announced the signing of Jon Drake & The Shakes. The band recently released a free ep called Side A, and will no begin to record their debut album. The band has been together for two years, and have built a solid fan base.

The signing will be celebrated on February 11 at part one of the Grape Juice Records 2011 Showcase Series at Subterranean in Chicago. The night will feature Jon Drake & The Shakes, Chaperone, Rachele Eve and Julie Meckler.

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Baron Grod wins Deli Austin Best of 2010 Fans' Poll!

Big congrats to Baron Grod, who made a late move to capture our Best of 2010 fans' poll. It's not the first and surely not the last accolade to be thrown at the instrumental post-rocker quartet, who edged out Saints of Valory (second) and The Canvas Waiting (third) to top the poll. Composite charts results will be tallied and announced within the week, meanwhile thanks to bands + readers for making this a hotly contested poll! Here's the Fans' Poll Top Ten for ya!

 
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Baron Grod
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Saints of Valory
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The Canvas Waiting
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Sip Sip
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The Rocket Boys
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Lacuna Incorporated
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7
Sad Accordions
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8
Quiet Company
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9
Leatherbag
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9
Little Lo
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The Deli Staff

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NYC Artists on the rise: Electric Child, live at Cameo on 03.03

We got familiar with Alison Clancy through her Huff This! project, which made it in the list of our Best of NYC Emerging Artists Poll 2010. Electric Child is another project featuring this intriguing NYC based singer/songwriter/dancer - here's a review of the song "Airshow".
It starts with an insistent beeping, the kind you would hear on a heart monitor or some other piece of annoying machinery. Then, with the static pop of a PA announcement, a pleasantly detached voice intones "good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. This is your pilot. The plane is about to crash. This is not a safety announcement. There is no plan for your survival." "Welcome to the air show" indeed. This slightly-electronic ethereal authority then tells us to sit back, relax and enjoy the crash. Cryptic predictions about rows 15-18 and row 25 make this reviewer think bandleader Alison Clancy is more than just the pilot of this flight, she's the one pulling the strings of time and space. And it's true. Clancy leads Electric Child on a disjointed journey; a touch of string guitar here, an electro-clash back beat there, a little bit emotional catharsis ("I can't let go!"), and then an abrupt sign-off. This is her rollercoaster, and we're all strapped in with blindfolds on, waiting for the next twist. - allison levin

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