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The Way Down Wanderers





Best of Chicago 2014 Poll - FINAL RESULTS! 1. Zaramela, 2. The Way Down Wanderers, 3. Gramps the Vamp

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Chicago Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Kudos to funk collective Zaramela (pictured and streaming) for winning the poll and - with it - a blurb with picture in The Deli's upcoming SXSW issue, they'll actually be going to Austin to play!

Thumbs up to wicked old timey quintet The Way Down Wanderers, who earned second place thanks to their win in the Readers' Poll, and avant-funk group Gramps the Vamp, winners of the Open Submissions. Lots of funk in this year's Chicago's top 3!

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of Chicago scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Chicago produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2014 POLL FOR EMERGING CHICAGO ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
 
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Zaramela  
4.5
 
0.063
4.563
2
The Way Down Wanderers  
2
 
2
4
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3
Gramps the Vamp  
 
3
0.5
3.5
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4
Bailiff  
3
 
0.078
3.078
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5
Gia Margaret  
3
 
0.025
3.025
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6
Bleach Party  
3
 
0.009
3.009
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7
Marrow  
3
 
0.008
3.008
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8
PM Buys  
3
 
0.006
3.006
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9
Sarah Marie Young  
3
 
0.004
3.004
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10
The Kickback  
3
 
0.004
3.004
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11
Daniel Knox  
3
 
0.003
3.003
12
Hollows  
3
 
0.003
3.003
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13
Evasive Backflip  
3
 
0.002
3.002
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14
Last False Hope  
3
 
0.001
3.001
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15
J Fernandez  
3
 
0
3
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16
Twin Peaks  
3
 
0
3
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17
Secret Colours  
 
2
0.5
2.5
18
Werewolves At Hour 30  
1
 
1.5
2.5
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19
Hand Practices  
2
 
0.085
2.085
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20
Joyeux  
2
 
0.042
2.042
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21
Danna Devore  
2
 
0.041
2.041
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22
Tijuana Hercules  
2
 
0.018
2.018
23
The Orwells  
2
 
0.006
2.006
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24
Al Scorch  
2
 
0.004
2.004
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25
Sidewalk Chalk  
2
 
0.004
2.004
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26
Kellen & Me  
2
 
0.003
2.003
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27
Angela James  
2
 
0.002
2.002
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28
Exit Ghost  
2
 
0.002
2.002
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29
Forgotten Species  
2
 
0.002
2.002
icon
30
Lou Shields  
2
 
0.002
2.002
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31
Nick Astro  
2
 
0.002
2.002
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32
Matchess  
2
 
0.001
2.001
icon
33
Ne-Hi  
2
 
0.001
2.001
icon
34
Burnside & Hooker  
1
 
1
2
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35
Flesh Panthers  
2
 
0
2
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36
Hide  
2
 
0
2
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37
Ryley Walker  
2
 
0
2
icon
38
Sunjacket  
 
1.5
0.003
1.503
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39
American Wolf  
1
 
0.067
1.067
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40
LWKY  
 
1
0.048
1.048
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41
Smoker  
 
1
0.039
1.039
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42
Dylan Wright  
1
 
0.018
1.018
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43
Velociopter  
1
 
0.011
1.011
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44
Z  
1
 
0.009
1.009
icon
45
Dial In  
1
 
0.003
1.003
icon
46
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound  
1
 
0.003
1.003
icon
47
Rock Falls  
1
 
0.003
1.003
icon
48
Saba  
1
 
0.002
1.002
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49
Today's hits  
1
 
0.001
1.001
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50
Purrple  
 
1
0
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Swizzle Steve (Swizzle Steve Presents), Jim Kopeny (Chicagoist), Eric Muhlberger (Sofar Sounds Chicago), Brendan Losch (Music Blogger), Bill Valenta (djbv.net), Brandon Wetherbee (youmethemeverybody.com), Mike (Rooftop Sessions), Michael Johnston (Audiotree), Alyssa Welch (Midwest Action), Elle Quintana (Reggies Rock), Eric Schelkopf (The Total Scene), Casey Meehan (Chicago Mixtape), Mark Tanno (Culture junkie. Music addict), Coleman Brice (Cole's Chicago), Christen Thomas (Empty Bottle).

The Deli's Staff





Chicago's Best of 2014 (Readers' and Fans' Poll): 1. The Way Down Wanderers, 2. Werewolves At Hour 30, 3. Burnside & Hooker

Deli Readers,

The Deli Chicago's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. 

We happily announce the three top band in this contest: The Way Down Wanderers, Werewolves At Hour 30 and Burnside & Hooker!

Stay tuned for the finalcomposite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging Chicago Artist of 2014.

1. The Way Down Wanderers


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2. Werewolves At Hour 30


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3. Burnside & Hooker


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Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here

BEST OF CHICAGO 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
The Way Down Wanderers 799
2
Werewolves At Hour 30 707
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3
Burnside & Hooker 279
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4
Secret Colours 133
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5
Gramps the Vamp 127
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6
Hand Practices 85
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7
Bailiff 78
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8
American Wolf 67
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9
Zaramela 63
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10
LWKY 48
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The Deli's Staff

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