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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


In Like Lions -- Through Red & Blue

Making a solid record is like creating a “perfect storm” of music—all the instruments must be precisely aligned and in time, with the vocal performance cutting through and above the instruments, tying the whole project together. In Like Lions latest album, Through Red & Blue, harnesses all of those qualities to forge a truly impressive collection of pop songs. The record, set to drop this Valentine’s Day, is a unique combination of Top 40 pop sound, soul, and R&B, with a splash of rock n’ roll added for good measure.

The album opens with an ethereal, spacey instrumental that is highlighted by drums that sound like they are straight from a Fine Young Cannibals track. This piece flows perfectly into the next song, "Far Away," a soft rock number that showcases lead-singer Troy Ramey’s vocal abilities. Ramey’s vocals are the driving force behind the record, adding a dynamic and powerful element to each track.

"Honey" is the stand-out track on Through Red & Blue, complete with up-tempo guitar riffs and a hook so catchy you’ll be singing the words long after the song is over. I found myself drawing comparisons to the Counting Crows throughout the entire album, but “Honey” is one particular song where Ramey’s similarities to Adam Duritz are quite striking.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Through Red & Blue. In Like Lions have found the formula for making great pop songs and seem poised to make a huge impact on the Boston (and New England) music scene with this latest release. Check out the band’s Facebook page or inlikelions.com for more music and updates about the band and don’t forget to grab a copy of Through Red & Blue for you or a loved one this February 14th.--Daniel McMahon


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