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February 2012
Friendly People
"Friendly People EP
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Friendly People’s debut, self-titled 3-song EP gives a concise taste of a promising young Cambridge, MA-based band. Their jangly indie pop is peppered with hints of Americana, roots rock and folk with vocals that owe a debt to Neil Young. The EP’s clear highlight is its opening track—their namesake song—“Friendly People”. It’s a tremendous, positive track buoyed by a horn section in the bridge which lends a mariachi feel. “A Lot of Work To Do” brings out Harvest-era Neil Young, starting as a plaintive acoustic ditty which builds slowly into a passionate electric number. Closing track, “Branches”, follows the same acoustic-to-electric path. As the song builds, it introduces tribal rhythms that are reminiscent of 80s indie-punk legends, the Volcano Suns. Friendly People are scheduled to record their debut full-length in March. If the Friendly People EP is indicative of what we can expect from this young group’s next batch of tunes it will be a record to keep an eye on later in 2012.--George Dow

The Milkman's Union wins the Deli's Best of New England 2011 Fans' Poll, Followed by BrightNight and Oldjack

After 12 days of voting, the fans have spoken and The Milkman's Union from Portland, ME came out on top. Having been named the deli's New England band of the month back in April, these guys never cease to impress us. With folksy beginnings, they've leaned more toward an indie rock sound, with a countrified twist, recently on the Telos EP. And of course there's the phenomenal Texas Hold Me 7" featuring a collaboration with Brunswick, ME native Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. This band works their asses off perfecting their unique sound, constantly coming up with new material and they always seem to be playing gigs out on the road. With drive and passion like theirs, we predict big things on the horizon for The Milkman's Union, and we can't wait.

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brightnight

Boston's BrightNight came in a very respectable second place in our Fans' Poll. Brothers Peter and Eric Gollands are the founders and backbone behind the band. That said, BrightNight, whose debut album, Colderaire, came out in 2011 showcase a succinct, sharp and tight group of musicians. Their brand of alt rock is catchy, moving and fun. Their sophomore album is due to come out later this year.

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oldjack

Oldjack were the third place winners in our Fans' Poll. These guys put on some of the most fun, loud and intense shows in Boston. They always seem to have more and more musicians in their band (currently there are about 8 or 9 members) but the more the merrier as it just adds to their balls-to-the-wall energetic vibe. Stay tuned for more from this band, they're currently working on their first full-length which we hope will be out soon.

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Big kudos also to The Mallett Brothers Band and Tan Vampires, respectively 4th and 5th.

The overall results of our Year End Poll (including jurors' and Deli writers' votes) will be released very soon, stay tuned!

--Chrissy Prisco

Best of 2011 for emerging artists: Results + Schedule

Deli Readers,

Here's summary of the progress of each one of our 11 regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists. Due to high number of NYC submissions we organized that scene's results by genre.

BEST OF 2011 FOR EMERGING ARTISTS - LATEST NEWS:
01.23.2012 - AUSTIN READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.27.2012 - Austin Submission Results Announced  
01.23.2012 - LOS ANGELES READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.24.2012 - NYC FINAL RESULTS ARE IN!!!HERE
01.23.2012 - PORTLAND READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.23.2012 - SF BAY AREA READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.18.2012 - NASHVILLE READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.17.2012 - PHILLY READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.17.2012 - CHICAGO READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE 
01.17.2012 - Portland OR Submission Results Announced 
01.16.2012 - NEW ENGLAND READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.12.2012 - DC AREA READERS' AND FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - VOTE HERE

*** See below for results full list and schedule ***

A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting our poll and providing prizes to the winners!

THE DELI'S YEAR END POLLS RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

AUSTIN
Submission Results + Readers Poll - Final Results: February
BOSTON + NEW ENGLAND
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
CHICAGO
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
DC AREA
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
LOS ANGELES
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
NASHVILLE
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
NEW YORK CITY
- Open Submission Results:
Alt Rock/Revival RockAlt Folk - Electronic - Folk/Folk Rock - Hip Hop/World/Other - Indie Pop/Lo-Fi - Indie Rock - Metal - Psych Rock/Dream Pop - Songwriters - SonicBids submissions.
- Readers Poll Results
- Final Results
PHILADELPHIA
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
PORTLAND
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: early February
SAN FRANCISCO
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon

The Deli's Staff

Onslo -- Quartumdimensio ᴁdificium

Wow. Onslo’s Quartumdimensio ᴁdificium is a barrage of noise—but what fantastic noise it is!

It’s as though Karl Alverez and Bill Stevenson, the rhythm section of the Descendents and ALL, joined Weezer and started covering Frank Zappa tunes. This record is fast and hard with angular edges and bombastic choruses. Its 7 tracks clock in at well under 15 minutes so the only drawback is that it’s over so damn quick. With its mix of jazz and punk, prog and indie it’s hard to tell if these guys are serious or not but the sheer audacity of this combination of influences is some serious fun.

Stream or download Onslo’s Quartumdimensio ᴁdificium over at their bandcamp page or catch them live, opening for Grandchildren and Dinosaur Feathers at Church on April 11.--George Dow

RPM Challenge 2012

If this newly-arrived winter weather has got you down, don’t succumb to SAD—join the RPM challenge. RPM (Record Production Month) is an annual event established by The Wire (arts & culture magazine based out of Portsmouth, NH) in the month of February. The rules are that an individual (or group of individuals) must write and record an entire album’s-worth of material (ten songs or 35 minutes) in the month of February. All entries are compiled by a committee of volunteers and displayed at a special “listening party” (usually held in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas) where every entrant has a chance to have one song of theirs played for the public. All submissions must be either mailed or physically dropped-off at the RPM headquarters (on or before 12 noon, March 1, 2012. For more details and to sign-up visit rpmchallenge.com.--Daniel McMahon

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