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November 2014
Sheer Mag
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Relatively new outfit, South Philly’s Sheer Mag, fronted by The Shakes’ Christina Halladay, wastes no time with filler on their debut 7”. The four-track release is equal parts garage and punk bravado.
 
“What You Want” kick-starts the record with jangly percussion and pristinely fuzzed-out riffs. As the song’s melody unfolds, Halladay’s screamed-out, heartfelt vocals recount and flawlessly capture the dissonance of romantic antics and their aftermath. Guitar-drenched interludes and buzzing drums reminiscent of Colleen Green, circa Cujo, and early demos by Bleached render the piece memorable, while noisy shreds near the three-minute mark bring to mind the lo-fi glory of the Useless Eaters’ Daily Commute.
 
Sheer Mag’s “Sit and Cry” is bittersweet and abrasive. Opening with crisply executed riffage, the second track off the band’s EP audibly embodies the malaise of its namesake. Halladay’s vocals, coupled with trippy distortion, amplify the emotional nuance of the release as a whole. As “Sit and Cry” nears its end, chords morph into reverb as she croons “cry, cry.” Soon after, the satisfyingly moody “Point Breeze” begins. Starting off with a rhythmic drive evocative of Cousin Brian or Throwing Up, the undertone of “Point Breeze” captivates listeners nostalgic for Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice. Crisp with caustic yet earnest diction by Halladay, the song is energetically catching from start to end.
 
The album’s closer, “Hard Lovin,” is gritty, like a mellowed-out Bobbyteens’ B-side. Shaking tambourine and whining guitar lines perfectly compliment her rowdy vocals as the song progresses. Thematically, “Hard Lovin” is a kindred spirit to acts like No Bunny or Hunx and His Punx. It’s a song for romantics with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an anthem.
 
Overall, Sheer Mag's debut release is brief. Despite this, the four-song EP is more than enough to wet the appetites of their soon-to-be adoring fans. - Dianca Potts

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The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists Winner: Norwegian Arms

The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists Winner: Norwegian Arms

Dear Deli Readers,

We are proud to announce that The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Emerging Artist is Norwegian Arms! It was a tight race from the get-go between the self-described “weirdo-folk” duo turned trio and power-pop outfit Hop Along with Lushlife solidly representing the local hip-hop community in third place.


Please take a look at our chart of 60+ Philly area artists below. The highest value of votes came from our jurors, who included individuals involved in local music. This includes promoters, venue owners, press, DJs and other music experts (who are listed below - thanks y’all). The remainder of the votes was compiled by The Deli Philly contributors, readers, and open submissions voted on by national Deli editors.

List of Jurors: Brendan Bercik (Pilam), Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters, VICE, Live Nation), Jeff Blinder (Spazz Presents), Kate Bracaglia (Philly.com, WXPN2, The Key), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Ryan Crump (Philly Drum Project), Kevin D’Mello (RockaPhilly), Mikele Edwards (Silk City), Nick Fanelli (The Fire, Guild Shows), Stacie George (Live Nation), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Matt Kelchner (Bikini Island), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out of Town Films, Philly.com, Pitchfork), Josh T. Landow (Y-Not Radio), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (Kung Fu Necktie), Brian McTear (Weathervane Music), Jeff Meyers (Guild Shows), George Miller (JUMP Philly), Brandee Nichols (Philly Mostly Vegan, JUMP Philly), Matt Ricchini (Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda’s, Kung Fu Necktie), Mark Schoneveld (YVYNYL), Maria T. Sciarrino (WPRB, Her Jazz), Stephanie Seiple (Tri-State Indie), Elliott Sharp (City Paper, The Key, Noisey, Village Voice), Sara Sherr (Sugar Town), Matt Smith (HotBox Sessions), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN, City Paper), Nikki Volpicelli (The Philly Music Showcase), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, Some Velvet Blog, The Key)

Congrats to everyone who made the list and thanks to all those who voted!

BEST OF 2012 POLL FOR EMERGING PHILLY ARTISTS 
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Norwegian Arms
24
3
0.016
 
27.016
2
Hop Along
19
3
0.013
 
22.013
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3
Lushlife
10
3
0.006
 
13.006
icon
4
Work Drugs
7
2
0.009
 
9.009
icon
5
Spacin'
7
2
0.005
 
9.005
icon
6
Chill Moody
7
 
0.5
 
7.5
icon
7
Cheers Elephant
6
1
0.045
 
7.045
icon
8
The Bailey Hounds
6
1
0.006
 
7.006
icon
9
Grande Marshall
5
2
0.004
 
7.004
icon
10
Cousin Brian
5
1
0.055
 
6.055
icon
11
Turning Violet Violet
2
1
0.011
3
6.011
12
Purling Hiss
3
3
0.008
 
6.008
icon
13
Cold Fronts
4
2
0.006
 
6.006
icon
14
+HIRS+
4
1
0.5
 
5.5
icon
15
The Districts
2
1
0.051
2
5.051
icon
16
Ghost Light
 
3
0.011
2
5.011
icon
17
The Lawsuits
5
 
0.005
 
5.005
icon
 
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
4
1
0.005
 
5.005
icon
19
DRGN King
4
1
0.004
 
5.004
icon
 
Laser Background
4
1
0.004
 
5.004
icon
21
Arrah and the Ferns
1
2
0.004
1.5
4.504
22
Night Panther
2
2
0.039
 
4.039
icon
23
Arc in Round
3
1
0.007
 
4.007
icon
24
Daniel Bachman
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
 
Gliss
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
 
Grandchildren
2
2
0.005
 
4.005
icon
 
Nightlands
2
2
0.005
 
4.005
icon
28 
Modern Inventors
3
 
0.004
1
4.004
icon
29
Vacationer
3
1
0.002
 
4.002
icon
30
Rainbow Destroyer
3
 
0.013
 
3.013
icon
31
Levee Drivers
3
 
0.012
 
3.012
icon
32
The Interest Group
3
 
0.007
 
3.007
icon
33
The Bad Doctors
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
34
Restorations
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
35
L.U.N.A.R. Revolt
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
36
Pattern is Movement
1
2
0.001
 
3.001
icon
 
The High Five
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
38
Dear Althea
1
 
2
 
3
icon
39
Ton-Taun
 
 
1.5
1
2.5
icon
40
Lockets
2
 
0.054
 
2.054
icon
41
Trophy Wife
2
 
0.027
 
2.027
icon
42
Dreambook
2
 
0.02
 
2.02
icon
43
Heyward Howkins
1
 
0.013
1
2.013
icon
44
Void Vision
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
45
Juston Stens & The Get...
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
Kate Ferencz
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
Nothing
 
1
0.003
1
2.003
icon
48
OCD: Moosh & Twist
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
 
Strand of Oaks
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
50
Bee Mask
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
White Birds
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
52
You You Dark Forest
 
 
1
1
2
icon
53
Sonni Shine & The...
 
 
0.05
1.5
1.55
icon
54
Eskimeaux
 
 
0.049
1
1.049
icon
55
Orion Freeman
1
 
0.047
 
1.047
icon
 
Toy Soldiers
1
 
0.047
 
1.047
icon
57
Willow Talk
 
 
0.024
1
1.024
icon
58
Prowler
1
 
0.007
 
1.007
icon
59
Modern Baseball
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
The Tough Shits
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
61
Swearin'
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
62
Nick Millevoi
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
63
Shark Tape
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
64
Banned Books
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Luther
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Residuels
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
67
XVSK
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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The Deli’s Staff

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