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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.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of
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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!


Repeater Pan Talk of Shamans and Zip Zilch Nada Play The Night Light - 2/1

San Francisco based experimental pop band Talk of Shamans will be playing an East Bay show tomorrow night at The Night Light. Oakland based experimental garage band, Repeater Pan will be headlining the evening while Zip Zilch Nada will start the night off with their debut live performance.

The Night Light hosts some of the best up and coming East Bay bands and Bay Area line ups. This show is a great example of a coherent, genre-centric line up that will flow super well. Be sure to head out to the show tomorrow night!

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The Deli Magazine San Francisco Reader's Poll Winners Are Announced!

Deli Readers,

The Deli SF Bay Area'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 are the top ten bands and streaming tracks of the top three bands - which we congratulate! Take a listen to David Brookings, Meet Me In Orbit and The Classical!

1. David Brookings & the Average Lookings


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2. Meet Me In Orbit


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3. The Classical


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

THE DELI'S BEST OF SF BAY AREA 2014
- READERS' POLL RESULTS
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Artists
Votes
 
1
 David Brookings & the Average Lookings
488
2
 Meet Me in Orbit  
366
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 The Classical  
175
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4
 Unconditional Arms  
155
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5
 Luke Sweeney  
118
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6
 Friends Without Benefits
82
 
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7
 Miss March  
76
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8
 Before the Brave
69
 
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9
 Builders  
57
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10
 Breakdown Valentine
50 
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Stay tuned for the composite chart, with will be released soon. The chart will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging SF Bay Area Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff

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Seaweed Sway Curates Kyle Lesley Benefit Show at Amnesia - 1/30

The Bay Area based music collective, Seaweed Sway will be putting on their first event of the year at Amnesia Music Hall in the Mission District in San Francisco. This event will be a benefit show for sound engineer and avid music community supporter, Kyle Lesley who was recently diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma.

Lesley is known for his volunteer work for causes like Occupy Wall Street SF and the Clarion Alley Mural Project. He inspires everyone who comes into contact with him to connect with and support the local music and arts community.

Mariee Sioux, Future Twin, T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes and Michael Musika will perform at the benefit show on January 30th. It's great to see bands come together to help their friend while he suffers through a difficult time. Give back to Kyle Lesley because he is a person who has given so much to others. 

To contribute to the fundraiser for his treatment, click here.


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