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2015 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene

January 2016
Little Star
"Being Close
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There's something in the rain that falls in the Pacific Northwest that seems to breed a strong sense of creativity for our musicicans. The musicians I'm specifically referencing happen to be Little Star, whose early January release is a modern call back to the college radio era of the 90's, wherein Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. ruled the airwaves. Comparisons aside, Little Star hold true to their own validity. The ten trackson Being Close are all short yet poignant, each leaving their impression on you throughout the rest of the album. Bringing the best of Olympia, Wa and melding it with the classical syles of Portland, Being Close (and Little Star in general), are indicative of just one of the many scenes our city has to offer.

Portland Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2015 for Emerging Artists

Thanks a bunch to all the artists who submitted music for consideration in The Deli's Best of Portland Year End Poll for Emerging Artists!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage of the process, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts, no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from Portland: 28

Jurors: Juan (The Deli LA), Jonathan (The Deli DC), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Altadore (Indie) - 7.8
 
 
2. COMM (Post Punk) - 7.7
 
 
3. Space Shark (Psych Rock) - 7.3
 
 
4. Those Willows (Indie Folk) - 7.2
 
 
5. Le Printemps (Indie Pop) - 7.2
 
 
6. Rare Monk (Indie) - 7.2
 
 
7. White Bear Polar Tundra (Alt-Indie) - 7.2
 
 
8. LiquidLight (Rock) - 7.2
 
 
9. Foxy Lemon (Blues Rock) - 7.2

 

Honorable Mentions (ranked above 6.5): 

Dead Men Talking, Nature Thief, Dirty Revival, Sabonis, Cedar Teeth, Jeff True Jones.

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WHAT’S NEXT: These results conclude the first phase of the 2015 poll. Soon, I will name the artists selected by Portland's local jurors and then all you readers will influence the poll with your vote.

Thanks for reading and participating! Stay tuned!

—Cervante Pope, The Deli Portland Editor

How Portland deals with the loss of David Bowie

For the last couple days, we've all been sort of drifting throughout our daily routines sadly shocked by the loss of our icon, David Bowie. For most, myself included, nothing about the news seems real. The countless posts summing up his career into music video-laden listicles, the numerous social media posts reflecting on his memory. No matter how truthful they may be, it probably won't become a personal truth to a great deal of his fans (again, myself included) for a very long time. This being said, the people of Portland have basically banded together in a mournful celebration of his quite influential existence, creating quite a few gatherings for the lost ones to attend. If you're the type of person that needs collective grieving, here a few things happening around town where you can commiserate with others over booze and Bowie's extensive collection...
 


I will try my hardest to keep up with any more events and add them to this post, as they come up. Live forth and rock on.

-Cervante Pope

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Is/Is change their name to Candace

Amid the terrorizing tragedies that have been involving ISIS recently, the lovely ladies of Is/Is have decided to change their name. In a statement (both emailed to me and now found on their Bandcamp page) the ladies give a little detail about the decision:

In light of realities far beyond our control, Is/Is will thus forward be known as “Candace.”

“Is/Is” (/iz-iz/) has metamorphosed from an intentional non-signifier to an unintentional reminder of what can be horrible in this world.

We hope that the new name will make room for us to be more of what we’ve always meant to be—a reflection of the good and small mysteries that make living worthwhile.

It's a respectful and understandable move for the band, and hopefully won't interfere with their future successess. All former Is/Is related pages and correspondance have been switched in observance of the new name. Their first show under the new moniker will be at the Know on January 16th with Ah God and Seattle's Dræmhouse

-Cervante Pope  

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