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The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Punk/Metal Artist: Mannequin Pussy!

Congrats to Mannequin Pussy for winning The Deli Philly's Readers'/Fans' and Overall (readers/fans + jurors) Polls for the Punk/Metal category! There are few emerging bands that can match the energy and ferocity of a live performance from Marisa Dabice, Thanasi Paul, Kaleen Reading and Colins Regisford. The band also released one of the best Philly albums of 2016 in Romantic (Tiny Engines), which was our November Record of the Month. "Mannequin Pussy’s ability to transition between melody and dissonance from track to track is mesmerizing." The quartet will be performing next in Philly on February 24 at Johnny Brenda's as part of The Trevor Project Benefit. 

We also need to mention Pinkwash, who placed second in the overall chart, and Soul Glo, who was runner-up in our readers'/fans' poll and third overall in this category - well done guys and gal!

 





Best Emerging NYC Folk/Americana Artists: The National Reserve, Margaret Glaspy, Bailen + 11 more!

Our Best of NYC poll for Folk and Americana artist ended yesterday and the winners are in! 

READERS' POLL WINNERS: THE NATIONAL RESERVE

Emerging New York City folksters, The National Reserve, who won the "popular vote," are mixing things up in the NYC scene by delivering a dose of much needed southern twang. Merging blues, rock, folk and country, their 2015 EP, "Easy Does It," is a solid slice of Americana, enriched by powerful and expressive vocals. Lead singer and guitarist, Sean Walsh, has this sort of storyteller voice that will rope you in and make you believe you are at a Honky Tonk in Nashville. Judging from their impressive 2016 live record, this is the kind of band you need to see on a stage, and you'll have the opportunity to do just that on February 16 at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. (Lea Phillips)

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

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OVERALL POLL CATEGORY WINNER (READERS + JURORS): MARGARET GLASPY

As you SHOULD know by now, there is also a winner of the composite chart for each category tackled in our polls. The composite chart also takes into account the votes of the local jurors (mostly bloggers and local venue bookers) who picked all the nominees in our list.

Sumptuous songwriter Margaret Glaspy is the winner of this category's overall poll - we covered her already many times, and her album 'Emotions and Math' made it in our "Best NYC Records of 2016 List" in our latest print issue.

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We also need to mention Bailen, who was our Artist of the Month not long ago and placed second in the overall chart, with a high score both from the jury and the readers - well done guys!

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Here's the list of all the finalists in the Folk/Americana category.

 Bailen
  27%   113 votes
 Bellows
  0%   3 votes
 Big Thief
  2%   9 votes
 Cassandra Jenkins
  0%   2 votes
 Don Dilego & the Touristas
  0%   0 votes
 The End of America
  0%   0 votes
 Howth
  23%   97 votes
 Julia Haltigan
  0%   2 votes
 Julian Lage
  0%   2 votes
 Margaret Glaspy
  3%   13 votes
 The National Reserve
  35%   146 votes
 Swoon Lake
  6%   25 votes
 Vagabon
  0%   1 vote
 White Lighters
  0%   3 votes




Bonzie

Bonzie released a new video and video this week called “As The Surface Rose”.





New Track: "Wishes in the Raindrops" - Sandcastle

It's been a little over a year since we've heard any new material from Sandcastle. However, the group has resurfaced to support Bandcamp's benefit campaign, which will be donating all proceeds from sales today to the ACLU. The band will also be donating all its proceeds, and plans to make its new record available for free download (hopefully later this month). Check out Sandcastle's lovely new single, "Wishes in the Raindrop," off the group's forthcoming album, whose working title is currently Netherodes Vol. I: Sunflowers for the Unnameable Daughter, and give all you can!





Who Was the Best Emerging Indie Rock/Pop Artist of 2016?

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Indie Rock/Pop category and after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Sun Seeker

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): Mom and Dad

Both of these artists offer a unique brand of indie rock. Mom and Dad concieve fuzzy rock n' roll songs that are catchy enough to linger in your head long after you think you're done with them. They fill a lo-fi, experimental sonic niche reminiscint of artists like Ty Segall, but structure their tunes in a way that emulates 60s pyscedelic pop hit makers like (ironically) The Mamas and The Papas. Both the heavy, garage rock fans and indie radio pop listeners have a friend in Mom and Dad, who don't have any qualms with a catchy synth line or cutesie pop vocal hook, but love to create heavy sonic scapes with distorted guitars. They're master dabblers who love swim in and out of different genre pools. 

Sun Seeker is a collective of local boys who give Nashville its much needed dose of alt-country rock. With simple beats, acoustic rhythm guitars and long, soaring pedal steel lines, they fill a somehow vacant space in the indie scene. Influeced by classics like Fleetwood Mac and Wilco, the songs are mature in their minimalism. Despite the band's young age, they have enourmous talent in crafting beautiful, simple work that feels classic on the first listen. 

Honorable mentions go to Keeps (third in the overall chart) and The Pills (second in the Readers' poll). The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks.

Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville indie rock/pop category and their readers' poll results: 

 ElEl
  4%   3 votes
 Keeps
  5%   4 votes
 Lylas
  1%   1 vote
 Mom and Dad
  76%   53 votes
 The Pills
  8%   6 votes
 Sun Seeker
  2%   2 votes
 
 
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