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If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

 
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January 19, 2016
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Deli Lovers,

Our infamous Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music. We have finally reached our destination and we can announce the final results! In case you are not aware, the winner of this poll end up on the cover of our Spring Issue of The Deli! Last year it was Porches. The year before Big Ups.

And the winner is...

1. ACID DAD
Our jury of NYC scenesters converged towards this quartet of young Brooklyn residents devoted to a modern, "shoegazi-er" reinterpretation of the psychedelic garage rock sound of the '80s - a rather obscure wave that had NYC as its epicenter thanks to legendary - and still very much active - bands like The Fleshtones and The Fuzztones. Through songwriting that tames the outdated bluesy overtones typical of those pioneers in favor of poppier melodies, these guys may have found the recipe to bring psych-garage out of the underground. Check out their latest single "Fool's Gold," from their upcoming EP, scheduled for a late February release. Oh and yes: you'll see these guys on the cover of the Spring Issue of The Deli NYC!

2. DONNA MISSAL
The jurors who voted for New Jersey's soul rocker Donna Missal swear she's gonna be a star. Now, that's rare, because anybody employed full time in the record industry is perfectly aware of how slim those chances are. But listening to this young lady's two debut singles - both released at the end of 2015 and immediately gone viral - it's very hard to disagree with them: great songs, incredible energy, powerful, pitch perfect vocals, production that's dark and edgy without being too weird for the mainstream; and - what's crucial these days - stage presence and actual vocal prowess.We are sold!

3. HONDURAS
Channeling similar influences as this poll's winners, but in more sober, post punk-influenced ways, the guys in Honduras have the NYC running in their blood (and sound). 2015 marked the release of their very well received debut LP "Rituals," and because of it, although they haven't gotten to tour in their moniker-lending country just yet (which would certainly be a sign of world wide fame!), they landed a series of high profile gigs and got a ton of press out of it, with this very blog being second to none in that department. They are set to tour with Deli darlings Sunflower Beans in the spring. Don't miss the two of them at Bowery Ballroom on February 25th. Here's a new single from their upcoming EP, entitled "Hollywood" and recently premiered by none other legendary British publication NME.

Check out our poll's top thirty below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT FOLK - ALT ROCK - ALT SOUL - DREAM POP - ELECTRONIC - HIP HOP/OTHER - INDIE POP - INDIE/POST PUNK - PSYCH/SHOEGAZE - SLACKER ROCK - REVIVAL POP/ROCK - SOUL

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING NYC ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP THIRTY ******

 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Acid Dad
8.5
 
1
0.012
9.512
2
Donna Missal
6.5
 
1
0.002
7.502
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3
Honduras
5.5
 
1
0.022
6.522
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4
Lewis Del Mar
6.5
 
 
0.003
6.503
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5
The Mystery Lights
4.5
 
1
0.121
5.621
icon
6
Born Cages
3
2
 
0.009
5.009
7
Buscabulla
3
 
2
0.002
5.002
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8
Pam Steebler
 
2.5
 
2.019
4.519
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9
Sunflower Bean
4.5
 
 
0.006
4.506
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10
Lawrence
3.5
 
 
0.77
4.27
11
Pavo Pavo
3
 
1
0.01
4.01
12
The New Tarot
 
3
1
0
4
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13
Dayan
 
2.5
1
0.229
3.729
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14
Alexia Bontempo
3
 
 
0.563
3.563
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15
Howard
3.5
 
 
0.004
3.504
icon
16
RANN
 
1.5
 
1.985
3.485
17
Kevin Garrett
3
 
 
0.243
3.243
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18
Girls on Grass
2
 
1
0.179
3.179
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19
Janelle Kroll
3
 
 
0.153
3.153
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20
PMS and The Moodswings
3
 
 
0.128
3.128
21
Strange Names
2
 
1
0.124
3.124
22
CAFUNÉ
 
3
 
0.077
3.077
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23
Mobile Steam Unit
3
 
 
0.048
3.048
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24
Amy Leon
3
 
 
0.038
3.038
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25
surf rock is dead
 
2
1
0.035
3.035
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26
Pink Mexico
3
 
 
0.024
3.024
27
EVVY
3
 
 
0.014
3.014
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28
Yours Are the Only Ears
3
 
 
0.011
3.011
icon
29
LVL Up
3
 
 
0.01
3.01
icon
30
Belle Mare
 
3
 
0.004
3.004
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 20+ NYC scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). Then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open to the genres we cover, from Indie Rock to Roots Music, from electronic to Hip Hop (no jazz, no seriously experimental music).

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music NYC produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Alex Rossiter (The Studio, Webster Hall) Andy Bodor (Cake Shop), Ariel Bitran (Palisades), Billy Jones (Baby's All Right), Christine Cook (Sofar Sound NYC), Claire and Patrick McNamara (OhMyRockness.com), Diane (Bowery Ballroom), George Flanagan (Rough Trade NYC), Greg (The Delancey), Kelly Bruce (doNYC/RedBull) Lucas Sacks (Brooklyn Bowl), Matt Currie (Rockwood Music Hall), Max Brennan (The Flat), Nora Dabdoub (Shea Stadium), Rachael Pazdan (The Hum), Rami Haykal (Popgun Presents), Richard Sloven (The Knitting Factory), Sam Cox (BMI), Steven King (The Rock Shop), Steven Matrick (Pianos), Tim Maginnis (Ascap), Todd Abramson (independent promoter), Tyler Bates (Communiom Music).

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

February 11, 2016
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The uber-vague word "dreamscape" makes suddenly perfect sense when applied to Field Trip's repertoire, where songs are marked by seriously sleepy vocals yawning beautiful melodies, while psychedelic inflections and waves of reverb tidal over the listener. It's no accident that they recorded a cover of The Smith's 'Asleep.' The psych pop bedroom project, founded by Noah Champ Davies when he moved from LA to NYC in 2014, takes cues from dreampop, new wave and 90's synthpop, merging them to create songs that ooze nostalgia and longing. At the top of the project's sophomore EP 'Deep Blue' is “Never (b)” (streaming), a song that sounds precisely like the sonic equivalent of watching an old, homemade Super 8 film that’s flickered and tinted with light leaks, and that slowly comes apart towards the end, as the tail catches fire and all the images melt away - the holes of flashing color gaping on the screen. Field Trip will be playing Shea Stadium alongside Iris Lune and Gods tonight (02.11). - Adriana S Ballester

 

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February 11, 2016
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NYC based Colombians Salt Cathedral have been treating us to some really good synthpop with soul tinges in the last few years, and the magic isn't over yet. Check out their new, uber-mellow single 'No Ordinary Man,' released less than 24 hours ago, and don't miss their live show at Baby's All Right on March 5th.

February 11, 2016
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Born in the forests of Vermont as an intimate, mellow folk project, Alpenglow slowly morphed into a psychedelic entity that feeds itself with roots (music) and converts them into spacey songs full of synths and effects. The release of their beautiful 2014 EP Chapel openied up opportunities to tour with Lucius, Timber Timbre, and their spiritual guru, Jim James of My Morning Jacket. They are now announcing their full debut album, "Callisto," scheduled for a February 26 release, by unveiling single "Following The Scene." The band will play a bunch of East Coast dates supporting the album, before coming back to Brooklyn for a show at the new Williamsburg non profit venue National Showdust, on April 1st.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

February 10, 2016
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While New York City stands as punk rock’s birthplace, neighboring New Jersey has certainly contributed to that genre’s gritty sound. The Garden State may be known for established acts like Springsteen and Bon Jovi, but power-punkers Lost In Society find muse in early era punk and 90’s grunge. New single “I Want To Know” successfully touches those two bases in a concise two plus minutes. While the intro’s mid-tempo drum rolls and emphatic guitar chords suggest a classic power trio, subsequent tempo shift to a much quicker pace establishes meaner intentions. Verses come fast and hard and tell the story of working class people barely getting by “check by check” and “sinking down to a hopeless debt.” With the chorus initially (and conveniently) namechecking the song title, the next lines echo the best of Nirvana in cadence tandem with lyrics “when you take what you get and you don’t look back, do you feel no regret, do you really keep check?” Their full length record 'Modern Illusions' (produced by Pete Steinkopf, guitarist of The Bouncing Souls) is set for release on February 26th. Live shows will happen at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on February 25th and Convention Hall in their hometown (Asbury Park, NJ) on February 26th. - Dave Cromwell

February 10, 2016
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