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Best Emerging NYC Bands 2017, the Deli's List!

Dear Deli Readers,

We have finally reached the end of the road for The Deli’s Best Emerging NYC Artists Poll. As usual, it’s been a lengthy, exhausting, painstaking journey through an abundance of numbers, band names, and some seriously rad tunes. Now, before we get to our list of this year’s Top Performers, we would like to thank our wonderful, knowledgeable jury of local music experts/enthusiasts (which you can view below), dedicated Deli writers and all those who took the time to check out our nominees and cast their votes. You’re the best, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!
 
The Deli NYC Jurors:
Rami (PopGun Presents), Lauren (Northside Media Group), Katie Jones (National Sawdust), Hannah Gold (City Winery), Chris Pickering (Alphaville), Christopher Thomas, Matt (Rockwood Music Hall), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli), Paul Bacher (The Knit), Christine (Sofar Sounds), Brett Tabisel (LPR NYC), Michelle (Bowery Ballroom), Tim (ASCAP), Eric (The Wild Honey Pie), Alex (Webster Hall), Patrick (Oh My Rockness), Tyler (Brooklyn Bazaar), Greg (The Delancey), Bowery Electric, Grace Gibson (Arlene's Grocery)
 
 
BEST OF NYC POLL - THE FINAL RESULTS
 
1. BABY SHAKES
This year's Best of NYC band is Baby Shakes, a power-pop/garage rock four-piece (there's a ghost member in the band) that knows how to have fun. The group wins this poll's grand prize: the cover of the spring 2017 issue of The Deli - we are looking forward to that issue! The band's catalogue is pleasantly varied, with everything from relaxed surf rock tunes to easy rock-n-rollers to borderline punk, heavy-hitters. Though the expert guitar work of Mary Blount and Judy Lindsay is apparent, featuring harmonization, synchronized riffs, and the occasional shredtastic solo, what really makes Baby Shakes so infectious is the raw force and high energy of their songs. It's something you can pick up on even through earbuds. Be on the lookout for their new album Turn It Up out this spring. - Andrew Strader
 

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2. BANGLADEAFY!
Bangladeafy!
 is a band that's hard to forget after a first listen. They take a mathy, complex, progressive approach to metal without resulting obnoxious. They tow a unique line somewhere between metal and electronica, using arpeggiating synths to compliment complex percussion patterns and distorted guitars. This band is, without a doubt, carving a new path for metal in the tech age. - Andrew Strader

  

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3. BREANNA BARBARA
Breanna Barbara
, self described as "occult blues" reimagines the roots of that genre, crafting a witchy, psychedelic take on it. Her latest record, Mirage Dreams was made in Nashville and there's no hiding it: slide guitar, rhodes, and fuzzy bass, all come together to create a fresh take on an authentically southern sound, but with an edge. - Andrew Strader

 

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OVERALL TOP 20

Here's the top 20 of the Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists! This chart reflects the scores of 

1.   Baby Shakes
2.   Bangladeafy!
3.   Breanna Barbara
4.   Big Thief
5.   Margaret Glaspy
6.   Cutworms
7.   Ex Reyes
8.   Sam Evian
9.   Bailen
10. Surf Rock Is Dead
11. Ela Minus
12. Pavo Pavo
13. Latasha Alcindor
14. Baby Acid
15. The Casey Hopkins Trio
16. Navy Gangs
17. Zuli
18. Dakota Jones
19. Yoke Lore
20. Winstons 

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BEST OF NYC ELECTRONIC/HIP HOP CATEGORY 

Overall Winner: Ela Minus 

Readers' Poll Winner: Latasha Alcindor

 

BEST OF NYC GARAGE/SLACK ROCK CATEGORY 

Overall Winner: Baby Shakes

Readers' Poll Winner: Stuyedeyed

 

BEST OF NYC PUNK/METAL CATEGORY

Overall Winner + Readers' Poll Winner: Bangladeafy

 

BEST OF NYC INDIE ROCK CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Big Thief

Readers' Poll Winner: Baby Acid

 

BEST OF NYC SOUL/BLUES ROCK CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Breanna Barbara

Readers' Poll Winner: Casey Hopkins

 

BEST OF NYC INDIE POP CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Ex Reyes

Readers' Poll Winner: Zuli

 

BEST OF NYC FOLK/AMERICANA CATEGORY

Overall Winner: Margaret Glaspy 

Readers' Poll Winner: The National Reserve

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See you next year, best of NYC Poll!

The Folks at The Deli

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“Brahma Frizz,” the latest single from Son Step, begins with delicate synths and vocal harmonies in sunrising tones. Then, a low-key but funky groove rolls in as a continuous current of electronics washes in and out. Its sonicly soothing while describing the ambiguity of heartfelt emotions. Feel just a little better this morning! Son Step will take part in a Planned Parenthood benefit at HH Ranch on April 14 with Power Animal, Impressionist, and Paperhaus.

Brian Harding (ex-Ex Cops) debuts new project Blonde Ambition

Blond Ambition, the new pop project of former Ex Cops frontman Brian Harding (who recently relocated from NYC to LA), is set to release debut album 'Slow All Over' on May 5 via Brooklyn's Swoon City Music. On Thursday, March 23, Harding will play an intimate, stripped-down performance at The Event Space at Genius (84 4th Street) -- the show is free with RSVP.

New Music Video: "Get Used to It" - Pretty Digital

What begin as a calming, airy synth while sprawled out on a couch quickly transforms into a heart–pounding, night-crawling endeavor in the new video for Pretty Digital's "Get Used to It". Directed by Jay Yachetta, the footage captures the high-speed, bright lights, bass-bumping, electro intensity that the song induces. However, the twist of Nala the dog occupying the driver’s seat, when the text conversation suggests that Justin Weismiller is walking him, provides an ironic conclusion.

Daddy Issues Releases Single Ahead of New Album "Deep Dream"

Daddy Issues is back with a bang, releasing a fiery single, “In Your Head,” from their upcoming album, Deep Dream. The tune chronicles the mess of emotion left behind after a breakup, marrying rage and melancholy in a way that brings 90s alt rock and grunge classics like Bikini Kill or Nirvana to mind. Sonically, this is the heaviest work the trio has ever made. The guitar tone is full bodied, with enough fuzz to make the highs crackle while the bass thunderously fills in the low end. The production is high quality, moving in the opposite direction of their previously lo-fi/diy style and bringing new clarity to the fuzzy, grunge revival they execute so well.  This is, without a doubt, the Nashville alt rock band to watch in 2017. 

-Andrew Strader

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