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Year End Best of Nashville Readers' Poll now on!

Deli Readers,

The Deli's Year End Best of Nashville Poll has finally entered its final stage with the Readers' Poll - sorry for the delay! This poll will contribute to our composite chart that will elect the Nashville Best Emerging Artist of 2009 and also forge the Deli's Readers' Best of Nashville 2009 chart. Winners of both charts will be rewarded with prizes and Deli love - a poll like this one is currently happening in all our 9 city branches, for more information about how our polls work go here, for info about the pool of prizes here.

The Deli Polls' goal is to give exposure to new and exciting local bands in a playful but meaningful way. The polls are open to all emerging artists from the specific area covered by our site, and the votes are cast by

1. a selected jury of local scene makers,
2. our writers,
3. the Deli readers including - of course - the bands' fans.

Unlike many other contests from many other music websites, our polls seem particularly effective in rewarding quality artists that end up having a long and successful career. This is a shortlist of bands that - in past editions - placed in the top 3 positions in our local polls: Yeasayer (NYC 2007), The Dodos (SF 2008), Vampire Weekend (NYC2006), Kid Sister (Chicago 2008), Drink Up Buttercup (Philly 2008), Chairlift (NYC 2008), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (NYC 2005), Vivian Girls (NYC 2008).

We hope you'll enjoy the selection of bands we are bringing to you - if you are here to vote for one particular band, please take some time to click on some of those headphones icons in the list on the right - we are sure you'll find some great local music you were not aware of.

The Deli's Staff


Nashville Open Contest for Year End Poll - Results

Hard rocking NashVILLAINS,

We apologize for being a little slow lately with all things related to our Best of Nashville 2009 poll for emerging indie artists. Our NYC Readers' Poll (which we recommend you to check out here) has brought an unexpected amount of traffic to our site, which has caused our server to crash several times yesterday, making us waste a lot of time. Because of this we decided to postpone slightly the beginning of some of the other cities' readers' polls, Nashville included.

Anyhoo... we just finished collecting the nominations from our knowledgeable and attractive panel of jurors and we are now ready to hit you all with an impressive list of awesome local emerging 100% independent artists. If you’d like to learn more about our voting process, please check out the rules here.

While we are organizing the list of nominees, we wanted to announce the winners of our Open Contest. For those unaware, this Contest is the part of our Best of Nashville Poll that nominates artists through an open submission system - while the majority of our finalists are freely selected by a jury of local bloggers, promoters and scenemakers. We’d like to thank all the artists who participated in our Open Contest, the ones who submitted directly, and the ones who qualified throughout 2009 by winning our monthly polls.

Choosing the winners was not an easy decision to make for The Deli writers, which is a testament to our amazing music scene. We are happy to announce that PUJOL, Milktooth, Vermicious Knids, Marj!, Square People, Diarrhea Planet and The Slow & Steady Winner have been selected to join our jurors’ list of nominees, and special congratulations to PUJOL (in the picture, sun tanning, rather sexily) who were (was?) the overall winners of our Open Contest!

The Nashville Readers' Poll will start soon, keep an eye out for it!

The Deli's Staff


Sorry for the interruptions...

Deli Readers,

The Year End Polls are bringing in a lot of traffic and our server provider doesn't like that - they suspended our account for a few hours because of eccessive load on their server's CPU. We tweaked the site's settings on our end and hopefully we won't have this problem again.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!


December 2010

January 2010

The Deli's Year End Best: Submissions Closed, 2nd phase starts in January

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweethearts in Bands,

As usual, The Deli's Year End Poll (for emerging artists) will assign the cover of our Spring Issue 2010. The polling process is as complex as rocket science (if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here).

The submissions for the open contest that will select minimum 3 artists for the next phase is now closed. We are currently receiving the jurors' votes. The next phase will be the readers' vote, which will start on January 3.

All the bands that submitted to our open contest were also added to our chart system for indie artists - which will get them some exposure in the future. 

Here we are taking a little bit of a holiday break - we'll still have some content up in the next few days, but not as much. We will see you back in early January - in the meantime Happy Holidays to you all!!

The Deli's Staff


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