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A Heart is a Spade: Wye Oak Debuts New Video
Drowned in Sound: Future Islands - Singles

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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A Million Billion Dying Suns - Strawberry EP

We may never achieve contact with aliens, let alone find out what they're listening to; fortunately, thanks to A Million Billion Dying Suns, we can take a guess. Perhaps the matured lovechild of Animal Collective and The Flaming Lips, AMBDS delivers synthy beats and airy vocals in the form of a fresh EP. Reminiscent of a spacey sci-fi flick, the tension-building intro to Strawberry Letter 23 launches the listener into the milky way and out of their usual zone. The raging guitars wail on amidst a whirlwind of sound, twisting and twirling through a hurricane of good vibes. Plush is not only a perfect adjective for the third track listing, but also the title; with a rich beat that makes you want to dance and a sick guitar solo, you may feel as if you're inside an 80's discotheque rapidly orbiting around the sun. Wonderfully foreign yet blissfully cozy, AMBDS certainly transcends earthly limitations. - Kat Collins


Mark Matos & Os Beaches and Harry and the Hitmen Play Amnesia - 12/29

SF based Portuguese, psychedelic folk band, Mark Matos & Os Beaches will be performing live at Amnesia on December 29th in San Francisco. This invigoratingly tripped out ensemble which includes former members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and Acid Mothers Gong will take the stage and share the bill with the equally creative Motown soul quintet, Harry & The Hitmen. This band puts their own psych folk spin on legendary Motown hits. This show is going to be nothing but a blast. We recommend you make it out to check out this awesome line up.

Disappearing People Release New Live Single + Play The Night Light TONIGHT

Stealthy Oakland based experimental duo, Disappearing People recently released a live recording of their November 13th performance at The Night Light. This untitled recording is impressively mixed by the club's resident sound engineer, Jeffrey Adam Wright, who made every bellowing note from founding member, Scott Johnston crystal clear and audible. Steven Sessler portrays proficiency and poise on the drums as he's able to improvise and blend with the every haunting, and echoing loop and atmosphere Johnston created on guitar and with his vocals. This new track permeates a moody, noisy and imploding chaos that somehow holds its composure in a way that keeps you listening until the last second.

You can catch Disappearing People live, once again at The Night Light TONIGHT. They'll be one component of a strong bill that includes two other great local bands, Clipd Beaks and White Cloud. -je


Fuzz To Release Live In San Francisco

If you’re not familiar with Ty Segall’s psychedelic sludge rock outfit Fuzz, then do yourself a favor and light one up, plug in a good pair of headphones and check this band out ASAP. The aptly named power trio, who released their self-titled stoner rock debut this October, mixes the heavy riffage and torrid guitar tone of groups like Sabbath, The Melvins and Sleep with the infectious garage rock energy Segall has become known for.

On December 3rd the band is set to release a new EP dubbed Live in San Francisco as part of an ongoing live series for John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. The recording captures the group’s blistering set at The SF Eagle earlier this year, featuring Segall bringing the doom on drums and vocals. You can preview the track “You Won’t See Me” below and purchase a CD or LP version of the album at -Ethan Varian


Matt Jaffe and the Distractions Play Starry Plough in Berkeley -11/26

18 year old, Bay Area based indie pop musician, Matt Jaffe will be performing live in Berkeley tomorrow night. After being discovered at an open mic by Jerry Harrison of the iconic new wave band, Talking Heads, Matt has been recording and performing with his band The Distractions while balancing tour dates and his college education. We're completely excited about this young talent. Check out his upcoming show at Starry Plough on November 26th in Berkeley at 8:30 pm.


Cool Ghouls Release New Live Music Video for Grace

Check out this beautifully shot video of the Cool Ghouls performing their song Grace. This intriguing video includes an interview like introduction from the band explaining the origin and lyrical content of this powerful and dramatic track, garage rock ode to facial hair. 

Shrouded in ocean fog at an abandoned bunker overlooking the Pacific ocean, the band rips through a soulful rendition of Grace, with a full horn section, and plenty of style. In all honesty will make you a loyal fan on the spot. Keep an eye out for this group. They’re sure to become a mainstay of SF’s resurgent garage rock scene. We're a big fan of their live performances and innovative composition style. -Ethan Varian

Cool Ghouls - "Grace" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.


Lemme Adams Hungry Skinny Fox and the Law Electric Shepherd at Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT

Hemlock Tavern, a small bar that features great music acts, will be hosting a night of some bands bringing stylistic twists to the well-known rock and roll genre. Lemme Adams, who just released a new album, “Gorilla Back” this August, will be bringing some experimental psychedelic rock to the bill, bringing a trumpet and trombone twist to an otherwise eclectic daze sound. Hungry Skinny takes the classic blues rock sound and adds a dirty twist to it. Fox and the Law, coming from Seattle, bring a garage rock sound to the line-up, while mixing very unorthodox, but enchanting, vocals to the mix. Electric Shepherd, who just released their new single, “Glass Devil Blues,” use classic psychedelic riffs and breakdowns, a funky rhythm section, and a large amount of heavy drive to create their heavy psychedelic rock sound.

It’ll be a good night to catch some good ol’ rock n’ roll! Be sure to head on out! -Victor Casillas Valle


Independent Bands and Artists,

! - it's free.
(see prizes below)


coverOnce again, the big prize for the Year End Poll winners is to be featured on our upcoming SXSW issue (see last year's edition on the left, read it in pdf HERE), and this year we'll also have a bundle of recording software (to be announced soon).

The process to determine these lists is rather complicated - if you want to try and get your head around it, be our guest and go HERE. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some exposure, then read on.

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST based in one of the scenes we cover to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the "Best of" your city nominees. This phase starts right NOW! 

Submit your music to The Deli's Local Scene Year End Polls 
Deadline: 12.09.2013

A team of Deli writers will choose a minimum of 3 artists that will be added to the pool of nominees for the next phases of the poll. The bands selected  will be announced in early 2014.

Please spread the word about this and good luck!

The Deli's Staff


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