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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.
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Dronen release new single "Lights Out", drops new EP on Feb. 3

Alt-rockers Dronen are prepping up for the release of their latest EP, 284 Days, a smoldering five tracks that serve as a re-introduction to the band after the release of 2013's Digital Pathways (Analog Pathogens). The band's brawny, muscular sound is best shown in first single "Lights Out", which has the hallmarks of a classic rock track with its roaring, clean guitars and uniform rhythm section set against singer Daniel Olivas's powerful vibrato. 284 Days has an official release date of February 3, and make sure to catch them play at Proof Bar in Santa Ana on February 8.

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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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3
 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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The calculated psychedelic sludge of Leatherdaddy tonight at Hollow Earth Radio

Sound, being the ever expansive beast that it is, sometimes demands to be quantified and the musician acts as the magician stirring the alchemical pots of sound and time to create something cohesive yet unique. Leatherdaddy are such magicians who do an exceptional job of reaching into the aether to present us with golden ratios of sound.  Take equal parts sludged-out guitars, odd timings, a penchant for the "post" sound of 90's bands like Unwound and Black Heart Procession, and a dash of shoegaze and you might have something close. But even with all the right parts we would probably never come close to what Leatherdaddy sound like, so it's best to leave them to what they do best.

Witness them alive tonight at Hollow Earth Radio 8:30PM 21+

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Weekend Warrior, January 30 - February 1

Looking for a cure to the Philly winter blues? The Yetis have just what you need to warm up with their modern take on 60’s surf-pop. Instead of the kind of wintry tunes you’d expect from a band named after the Abominable Snowman, these childhood best friends play infectious tunes served best at beach parties. (They get that it’s ironic.) Both of their latest tracks, which were released last September, were produced by Fancy Time Studio’s Kyle “Slick” Johnson. After this weekend, the Allentown boys will be taking time to record new material so this is going to be their last show for a while, and could be the only show where you can swing some baseball bats in between sets. Plus, there will Philly newcomers Locals, who are headlining the show, and Bucks County indie rockers Commonwealth Choir are all geared up and ready to hit some balls and have an eating competition or two. Bonus: It’s BYOB for those of age, and there will be tacos! What could be better? Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Emily DiCicco
 
Other places to escape the winter blues this weekend…
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Avenue Kings, Founders, Scuzbot, SAT Honey Radar, Strawman, SUN Solus Rex, Community Center, Toy Cannons, The Black Whatever/Three Man Cannon, Ghost Gum
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Seagulls, SAT JR Wolf, Among Criminals
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, SAT No Other
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Lyrically Fit: 30 & Over League, Slaughter Rico, Squablz, Tru Earner, Young Ros, Mercy Gang, SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies, Dobbee, Kellen 303
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Rootology, SAT (Upstairs) (2pm)
Gavin Becker, (8pm) Tim Hein
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wild By Law, Daughter Cells, SAT Mutomb0, Sexy Black Female, Get Up, SUN Cortana, Blakeslee
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vulcans, Arizona Lights, SAT Church Girls (Release Show), Jesse Gimbel, Marc Neibauer
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Clementine
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Gene Wildest, War On Orchids, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Keystoned, Curtis Jr., Paul Hocynec
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Matthew K
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Shithawks, Hellrad, Decap Attak/Gash, SAT Under This Fire, Nytrous, Kandela /Dell P, Fate Gryndhouse, N.A.B.H., Quaa Love
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Kingsnake, Black Rue, Stellarscope, SAT Sweet
Eureka, The Riverside Odds, Seoul Delhi, SUN Rev. TJ’s Blues Church
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Matt Gauss Band, SAT Hexwork, Tony Desimone & The River Mercy, Janine Toner
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Bird Watcher
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nemesisters, +HIRS+, Moor Mother Goddess, Joohyun Kim, Negative Infinity, Ex. By V.
 
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Water Polo, RFA, Eunoia
 
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Charley Few
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Armalite, Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw, The Half-Tones
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Euphoria Again
 
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kississippi, Abi Reimold, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, Tribute
 
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Cynthia Schemmer, Harmony Lebel-Tividad
 
West Phily Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Collect Yourself, Blankbook
 

Weekly Feature: Sunflower Bean celebrates debut EP release tomorrow (01.31) at Baby's All Right

Even if rock 'n' roll's been declared dead for the millionth time since the new millennium, psych-trio Sunflower Bean don't pay it any mind. After a year that saw them - with just three singles under their belt - sell out several NYC venues and get the cover of The Deli's fall issue, the band is finally about to release their debut EP entitled "Show Me Your Seven Secrets," which features the three aforementioned singles and four more tracks, including "Rock & Roll Heathen," streaming below. Celebrations are scheduled for tomorrow night (10.31) at Baby's All Right.

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