Artist of the Month
  • local channel
  • local charts
  • studios
  • submit
  • submit

deli cover

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


scene blog


National Site

Lantern Opening for Dan’l Boone at JB’s Sept. 30

By now, you should know that after coming out of a Lantern show you tend to feel a bit grimier/sleazier but in a good way. The local crew, led by Zachary Devereux and Emily Rob, has been fearlessly delving into the history of rock ‘n’ roll, never afraid to explore its underbelly, while still paying homage to more popular music demi-gods. And if you didn’t know that already, you’ll have your chance when they open for an indie supergroup of sorts in Dan’l Boone, which is made up of Neil Hagerty (ex-Royal Trux), Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Alex Moskos (ex-AIDS Wolf), and Charles Ballas (Formant). Also, here from down under in support are Aussies, Ausmuteants. BTW: Keep watch for a new Lantern LP in the works that will be available via Sophomore Lounge and Cardinal Fuzz. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $13, 21+ - Alexis V.


NYC bands taking off: Great Caesar ends tour + releases new EP at The Knit on 10.04

Brooklyn's folk rockers Great Caesar absolutely floored us at our latest NYC B.E.A.F. Fest's Rootsy stage, with a performance full of emotion and dynamism at once. The band had a great 2014 so far - and it's not over yet: their video for single 'Don't Ask Me Why', unveiled in January (streaming), got an astonishing 250k plays on Youtube, and, after being included in our Year End Best NYC Emerging Bands list, the group spent September touring the US. Without wasting any time, they are now ready to celebrate the release of a new EP at The Knit on October 4. This kind of hard work is what it takes to go places in the band business.


Arum Rae plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10.12

Brooklyn’s “Warranted QueenArum Rae is a delightfully edgy cyber-soul singer who has so far managed to dodge generic stereotypes. Her latest release is masterfully threaded with bits of dance, pop, soul, R&B, and even a little hip-hop and industrial. The NYC based, Austin native’s sultry voice powers through eclectic synths, sound effects, and backup vocals of her own creation. If you dig the title track here, or the industrial blues of "I'm Smoke" (streaming below - at times reminiscent of early Suicide!!!) be sure to check her out at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 12th, followed soon thereafter by a November EP release. - Jillian Dooley


Ticket Giveaway: Tennis & Pure Bathing Culture at Underground Arts Tonight

We have a last minute ticket giveaway for tonight at Underground Arts with Tennis and Pure Bathing Culture. Now, if you fancy upbeat electro-pop, fronted by charming female vocals, then this evening's bill will be worth struggling through the rest of your workweek. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Tennis & a Bath, Anyone." Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!


Show Alert: Alanna Royale's "Achilles" Release Show at Exit/In 10.4

Alanna Royale's debut album, "Achilles" has been out since September 16th. However, October 4th will be when the band, friends, and special guests ring it in proper with an epic show at Exit/In. Because an album that is the culmination of two years of establishing the Royale name through heavy touring and intensive mind-blowing, not to mention a little, potentially career-ending brush with a hemorrhaging vocal cord demands a celebration. The band has been lauded for their airtight brass section almost as much as Royale's staggering stage presence, both of which will be in full-force on Saturday, as their joined by Kansas Bible Company and ELEL (fingers crossed that all groups joined Royale on stage for a final number. Just to prove the integrity of the venue’s support structures.)

While the show is sure to be a high-energy stiletto kick in the nuts, “Achilles" explores several dynamic avenues: sweet and wistful on “Phantom Limb,” fierce and vengeful on “Animal,” to maybe a little funky on “Big Time Me.” This magazine is partial to “Rock and Stone;" we interpret it as a neo-soul version of Reba McIntire’s “Fancy” (sans the prostitution bent. We're focusing more on the process of a woman coming into her own.)  and we love the addition of the string section of since the track’s appearance on their 2013 EP.   “Achilles” is a showcase of the band’s tested mettle, and their, as the opening lyrics of “Last to Know” perfectly sums up “backbone for days.” Saturday’s show starts at 8pm, and cover is $10. We’ll be amazed if it doesn’t sell out. –Terra James-Jura


The Cowards Choir to Release Cool Currency October 4th

 The Cowards Choir, the celebrated project fronted by DC's Andy Zipf since 2009, is set to release their new EP, Cool Currency, on October 4th at Iota. Cool Currency is Andy's first release since 2013's Reunion EP. Fans of The Cowards Choir will rejoice to hear yet another set of catchy, delicate, romantic guitar-pop. The production is immaculate, every evocative guitar tone seemlessly layered with other instruments, accentuating every idea and feeling in this gorgeous and emotional set. Four songs, each with sweet flavors baked delicately into a fulfilling whole, like a dessert-cart of perfect pastries, and each more tantalizing than the last. The Cowards Choir will be joined at Iota by Justin Jones, and you can get your tickets here. Check out The Cowards Choir performing "Soul Got Weight" for The Circus Life podcast last week below. --Natan Press


NYC Electro-Pop duo on the rise: My Body announces '6 Wives' EP + unveils single 'Boys'

The NYC scene is famous for its rock bands, but it's becoming apparent that electronic music is rapidly taking over the Big Apple. Brooklyn based celestial synth-pop duo My Body is yet another proof of this shift. Active for just over a year, the duo has already released a handful of quality singles that stand out for their imaginative arrangements (incorporating hip hop, 8 bit and jungle elements among others) and for Jordan Bagnall's unconventional melodies. The band recently opened for Lia Ices at The Mercury Lounge, and is about to release their new EP 6 Wives in November.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best NYC songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Show me the Body, Honduras, The Gradients and Heeney play Palisades on 10.02

As you may have noticed, our blogger Jake tends to favor bands with a DIY punk philosophy and an unpredictable, often uncompromisingly noisy sound. And that's what you are going to get at the show he organized - under the moniker "The Colonel Presents..." - at Palisades on October 2nd.  The show is headlined by noise rockers Honduras and The Gradients (check out album opener 'Growing Pile,' streaming), who are actually not that noisy, but play a brand of poppy post punk that's as good as (and in part reminiscent of) that mind blowind phenomenon that was early XTC. On the bill also macabre Brooklynites Show Me The Body (pictured, check out their bizarre but engrossing track 'One Train' below) and fast paced fuzz pop quartet Heeney



Which of these local acts should be our next DC Area Artist of the Month?

[sponsored by]

- news for musician and music industry peeps -