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Capyac is The Deli Austin's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd Annabelle Chairlegs, 3rd Tomar & the FCs

Deli Readers,

Our Best of Austin Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music. We have finally reached our destination and we can announce the final results!

1. CAPYAC

The Artist of the Year for The Deli Austin 2015, the artist voted in by our panel of Austin music folks in the know in tandem with you the public, is the inimitable future funk outfit and Austin standard carrier CAPYAC. To put it as blunt and forward as the good beats this act puts out, the win was no surprise. CAPYAC have taken their sound, their show and their presence in the music scene and have exploded them all to new heights this year. We once called them the 'smoothest music in Austin right now,' and not only has this sly scifi-appropriate spacefunk + beats duo lived up to that title with numerous spot-on spaced-out releases since our last review of them, they've also added 'most fun,' 'most consistent' and very possibly 'best live show in Austin, right now' to the list of claims they can make on the Live Music Capital of the World's local scene. Those alone are some damn chops to contend with, but since CAPYAC also had the single that was the biggest repeat play in The Deli Austin's offices this year with the cherry red, lazer-beats and deep funk glorious “Speedracer,” we really can't argue with this pick. It's been, and it continues to be, the age of CAPYAC in Austin, Texas.

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2. Annabelle Chairlegs

If there are two scenes producing at the top of their game in Austin right now that are most visible (out of many such scenes, let's not short this crazy city its talent), it'd be the beat scene, of which our contest winner CAPYAC is a member, and it would also be the psych rock side of this here music town. Among those acts bending the psych thing back around to new 2016-primed directions, Annabelle Chairlegs is perhaps the most exciting. They're also The Deli Austin's #2 Best Emerging Artist of 2015, an accomplishment this young and daring band has achieved due both to its embracing of the spirit of early psychedelic music and for where they branch off from that parent sound to express themselves in their own new and rebellious ways. They're as much punk and 80s/90s lush indie pop influenced as they are psych; pretty and layered when they're being edgy and poppy and druggy, and pretty even when they are actually trying to be pretty. It's hard to do both of those at the same time, but 2015's Watermelon Summer was a debut album that is very likely to be the soundtrack of this summer in Austin for the young and ultra-hip in the hippy/psych scene, just as it was last summer. These young art partiers, with their bubblegum hair-sporting banshee songstress and dreamy pop singles, are one of the acts we think very well could break out of this city in a big way. With a second place showing in our contest, it looks like the rest of Austin agrees with us.

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3. Tomar and the FCs

The thing about real, good soul is that it says it right there in the name: it's gotta hit you in the soul. That shit can't be faked; though many try to achieve it, soul isn't something that can be tried at or denied when it's heard in its real form. It hits you, in your own soul like a burning weight, and you know you're hearing it done right. And, when you hear it done right, you know just why it is so good, and why that's important. Tomar and the FCs, our third place band this year, are soul. They're soul, and they're good, and it's cool as fuck. They put out songs that sound like new classics, like the guys writing and performing them know their musical history and just went and inserted themselves into the soul canon through the sheer quality and dedication and, to bring it back to the point, the pure fucking soul of their music. Hell, Tomar and the FCs, aren't trying to bring soul back, they've done it. They are soul, and it's just plain feel good badass sing-it-out music. To do what they do with an old sound in a day that's so aware of what's come before, and to make it feel fresh and damn fine to boogie down to, is tremendous, and Tomar and the FCs well deserve the showing they've made in our poll.


Check out our poll's top 15 below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT ROCK - FOLK ROCK - HIP HOP + FUNK - INDIE POP - INDIE ROCK -PSYCH - PUNK/METAL - ROOTS MUSIC SINGER-SONGWRITER

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING NKC ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******

 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Capyac
8.5
 
0.012
8.512
2
Annabelle Chairlegs
7.5
 
0.028
7.528
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3
Tomar & the FCs
6.5
 
0
6.5
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4
Loteria
6
 
0.015
6.015
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5
Cross Record
5.5
 
0.005
5.505
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6
Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes
5.5
 
0.004
5.504
7
Super Thief
5.5
 
0.001
5.501
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Mayeux & Broussard
4.5
 
0.014
4.514
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9
The Cuckoos
3
 
1.5
4.5
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10
Daniel Eyes & The Vibes
3
 
1
4
11
The Halfways
3.5
 
0.372
3.872
12
Sailor Poon
3
 
0.01
3.01
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13
Hard Proof
 
3
0.003
3.003
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14
Aaron Miller aka Multi-Tracker
3
 
0.002
3.002
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Katy Kirby
3
 
0.002
3.002
Legend: J = Jurors,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, 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 15+ Austin scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). 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 Austin produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Trevor Talley (The Deli Austin), Howdy Darrell (The White Horse), Austen Bailey (The Parish), Tyson Swindell (Red 7), Jason McNeely (Hotel Vegas), Ashley Bradley (Ovrld) Ben Webster (The North Door) Alice Geaccone (Witchxxdoctor) Matt Reilly (KUT Austin) Maggie Lea (Cheer Up Charlies) Margaret Galton (C3) Diane Scott (Continental Club) Shelley Neuman (ATX Streetstyle) Marcus Lawyer (Transmission Events) Jonathon Gaylon (American Icon Records) Gillian Driscoll (Sound Dessert) Alexander Dubois (Self)

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff





TORONTO "BEST OF 2015" READER'S POLL RESULTS!

Hey boys n' girls, the results from our "Best Of 2015" Reader's Poll are in! Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who listened and voted. Here are your Top 5!

1 - Ol'CD: Deadly 4 piece garage band. Throwing in some elements of punk and surf into their rock jams. They fire on all cylinders during their live shows. Awesome pick to win it all this year. Don't miss them when they come through your town! 2 - The Cardboard Crowns: Originally from Ottawa, the Cardboard Crowns find a way to mix in almost every element of music possible. They're like all dressed chips. They do folk/alt-rock/punk/ska/etc, etc. Check out their "Global Citizen" album on bandcamp. They're heading down south later this year so jump on the bandwagon now. 3 - Sedge: Bronze medal going out to Sedge. Cool 90's vibes from these fellas. Their album "Selective Reasoning" was released in August of last year. I hear some blue album Weezer, Age of Electric and Dandy Warhols influences. 4 - Shallow Waves: Of course a band with waves in the band name would have some surf influences in their tracks. However we're not talkin Beach Boys stuff...I'm talkin dirty rock n roll that'll make you dizzy with headbanging. Crunchin guitars, Dee Dee bass rips and "f*ck you" vocals. Lookin' forward to hearing more from these guys. 5 - Fat As Fuck: Roundin' out the top 5 is an experimental psychedelic outfit called Fat As Fuck. They might not be for our basic music fan but if you like your tunes a little weird...or a lot weird then go listen to Fat As Fuck. Your ears will get a barrage of noise headin' straight to the center of your cranium. Sounds like video game music at times. Good to go! Thanks again to everyone involved in the Deli Magazine Reader's Poll. Giving you all the best Toronto has to offer! -Kris Gies





Dam Gila @ The Whistler

YAWN frontman Adam Gil is set to release his second album, Face The Sun EP, under the moniker Dam Gila. He released the first single, "What Fire", from the EP due out April 1st via Joyful Noise.

You can catch Dam Gila at The Whistler on Feb. 28th with Yoko and The Oh No's

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SF Bay Area Best of 2015 Readers' Poll Results! 1. Heartwatch, 2. Annie Girl and the Flight 3. Emily Afton 4. Lost Dog Found

The Deli Magazine Reader's Poll Results are completed! Congratulations to the winners, especially the amazing Heartwatch who came in first, stealing the hearts of The Deli Mag Bay Area Readers! We wish all the bands the best of luck in their endeavors!

Heartwatch

 
Annie Girl and the Flight


Emily Afton


Lost Dog Found

And a huge shout out to our honorable mentions!

Kendra McKinley
Keyan Keihani
Night Shapes
Debbie Neigher
Dangermaker
The Soft White Sixties

You can see all the nominated artists organized by genre here:

AVANT INDIE - ELECTRONIC - INDIE POP - PSYCHREVIVAL POP/ROCK - ROOTS MUSIC

The Deli's Staff

 





West coast garage Repeated Measures releases Dark Matters 2/23

Despite radio-ing out from the foggy northern city of Sendai, Repeated Measures' tripped out, overcast garage trickles through the Internet, and it feels like he's still here in Orange County. Guitar harmonics. Negative-range sine waves. Obfuscated sighs. Christopher Norwood's electronic ephemera dabs UK beats with West Coast psych, coming up distinct from the Los Angeles beat scene with the Grn+Gld collective: Dirty Merlin, Kalva Won, Cicero, Chip Monk, Dripping Gems, and more. After last year's ambient love letter Transmission, Norwood's been teasing out his upcoming release Dark Matters over the past two months, and the wait is finally over. You can still listen to the entire album via Norwood's Bandcamp, including our personal favorite sonic imprint "Rooftop Comedown"—contemplative, detached, poignant. - Ryan Mo

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