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Rockers Torino Black's Debut EP Release Party March 5 at The Parish

Festival season is in the air! We have SXSW right around the bend, Euphoria shortly after, a psychedelic rockers paradise, Levitation Fest, and numerous others all stuffed into a couple months. So prepare yourself, let your damn hair down, let your freak flag fly, and tune in to some of our top notch local bands.

One group to put on your list that will undoubtedly put on wondrous show if you’re able to make it out to see them is the rock group Torino Black. Formally known as Stella. The North, this powerful and grungy rock band is making some noise, and bangin’ some heads here in the Austin music scene. Torino Black is a badass rock n’ roll band based right here out of Austin Texas that was originally founded by lead singer Sisi Berry, and lead guitarist Saul Arteta in 2013. Since then they have added Matt Onkst on Bass guitar and Adrian Blanco with the heartbeat on the drums, and have really honed in a sound as unique as their name.

So, After a 3 month tour in Europe and generating a lot of attention, they might as well keep shit rollin’ and drop an EP! Coming up on Saturday March 5, 2016, Torino Black will have a release show at The Parish Austin right on 6th street for the debut of their EP Food for a Therapist. Buy tickets ahead of time to secure a spot at Eventbrite, or take your chances at the door, but I do not recommend you miss this show.

The delicious grungy guitar riffs coming from guitarist Saul Arteta are guaranteed to electrify your fuckin’ body and make you bang your head and dance till you’re dizzy and drunk. You will want to do it all over again when you hear that lovely orotund voice come from Sisi Berry, their lead singer, whose powerful vocals are assured to knock you right on your ass and longing for more. For those of you that can’t wait and want a lil’ teaser, check out the song ‘Fire’ off the new EP and stream it as many times as you would like; this ballsy, heavy hitting song is a perfect preview of what’s to come, and hopefully a nice driving song to push you through the week. Get listening, and rocking, below.

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Taylor Mangiameli

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The Boleys Do Some Damn Fine Shrieking on New Live Track "Learning"

We don't often post live recordings, but this is some live-played raucous ass shit worth hearing y'all. The Boleys submitted to us as psych rock, and some of their other tracks fit that bill a bit closer, but what we're hearing on the particular track we're presenting you today is some fine, fucking hard post-hardcore/post-punk noisy freak out guitar music. It's really a banner season right now for hard music in Austin, with acts like Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes, Popper Burns, Super Thief, Sailor Poon and more making it clear that this isn't just an indiefolk, pretty psych city, and it looks like we've got one more very talented trio to add to that ever-growing, ever-distorted roster with The Boleys.

In standout track “Learning” from their recently released live DaveTV.org recordings thick, thudding bass and snappy post-hardcore snare drive a diabolical pace that is matched and even exceeded in ferocity by lead shrieker Ethan Boley's maniacal questioning self-aware (and self-deprecating) nihilistic vocals that remind me of Slint, if Slint went more with a punk structure. Raw, fierce emotion buzzes and thrashes in “Learning” just as the guitars do, and it all comes together for a very fresh and fiery take on the ole noise music thing, and we fucking love it. Oh, and if this trio weren't interesting enough, they're all from one family (thus the name), which is just cool and weird for a hard-ass band like this. You can check out the vicious punk-punch-packer of a track below, and head over to their SoundCloud for more from this session, which features a pretty diverse range of sounds from the band in question.

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NYC/LA's fuzz rockers Pink Mexico head to SXSW

Brooklyn via LA Pink Mexico plays a gritty brand of fuzz rock, but their airy melodies with psychedelic inflections counteract the harshness of their distorted sound. In 2015, the trio followed up their 2013 self-titled debut album with a two track 7" featuring single "Cigarette Split" (streaming below), a plodding, uber catchy mid tempo that has the sonic power to make you feel under the influence (a cheap high, folks!). This year the band will travel to Austin to play SXSW - the many Austin fans of psychedelic rock (not to mention the hordes of New Yorkers who will be invading that city during Music Week) should check them out .

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Lionlimb impresses with "Shoo"

If you're reading coverage on psych-folksters Lionlimb (and you are), you'll more than likely hear a mention of Angel Olsen (and you have). And reasonably so—it's an interesting tidbit of musical genealogy that the two guys behind Lionlimb have previously best been known as members of her band. Her shadow is undeniably a large one to escape, but if there's anyone who could teach folks a thing or two about escaping big shadows, it's former Bonnie "Prince" Billy acolyte Olsen.  

It seems that these guys have learned that lesson and then some, as proudly showcased on the recently released-for-streaming Shoo. A nonstop soulful, groovy album offering its own take on 60's-styled pop in a modern context, Shoo flows effortlessly from one piece to the next. It doesn't demand your attention in any kind of aggressive way, but even if you turn your eyes toward another task, good luck keeping your head from bobbing along with the beat. To boast that these guys can stand on their own is an insult to what's going on here. There's no sense of trying too hard to make a path for themselves; they just let it roll, and the end result is rock-solid.

Shoo is available for streaming in full right now and is set for official release on March 3. -Austin Phy





James Supercave is The Deli L.A.'s Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd Rudy de Anda, 3rd Miya Follick

Deli Readers,

Our Best of L.A. 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. James Supercave

Sharp on the heels of their full-length debut album, Better Strange, James Supercave is giving psychedelic rock a welcome facelift with an array of infectious grooves alongside warm, creamy atmospherics. The Echo Park band write songs that are hearty and yet soulful, offering a wildly eclectic journey that constantly rewards. Right when stylish electro pop is beginning to overstay its welcome, leave it to James Supercave to rewrite its formula with wide-eyed wonder.

2. Rudy De Anda

A slight outsider in the LA music scene, Long Beach resident Rudy De Anda is proudly raising the flag of an oftentimes relegated territory that sports a bevy of talent. Rudy’s first solo-outing after founding psych-pop troupe Wild Pack of Canaries has something of a more slacker appeal, putting a stronger emphasis on lovestruck songwriting with a deft touch of whimsy.

3. Miya Folick

As stated on her strong readers poll showing, it’s safe to assume that Miya Folick isn’t just emerging…she’s here to stay. She’s captured the hearts and minds of numerous publications with her raw delivery, a dry, though evocative voice that echoes with resounding effect alongside her reflective observations and haunting melodies. Her latest, reveal, “Oceans”, is a darkly introspective number that should strongly connect with listeners.

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

ALT SOUL - AVANT-INDIE - DREAM POP - GARAGE/REVIVAL ROCKINDIE POP - INDIE ROCK -PSYCH/POST PUNK - ROOTS MUSIC SINGER-SONGWRITER - SYNTHPOP

[JUAN, PLS UPDATE THE HEADPHONE LINKS IN THIS CHART!]

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING L.A. ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******

 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
James Supercave
5.5
 
0.005
5.505
2
Rudy de Anda
5
 
0.036
5.036
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3
Miya Follick
3.5
 
1.5
5
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4
Paul bergmann
4
 
0.046
4.046
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5
Smoke Season
1
3
0.016
4.016
icon
6
L.A. Drones
2
2
0.007
4.007
7
Ballerina Black
2
 
2
4
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8
Michaella
3
 
0.5
3.5
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9
French Vanilla
3
 
0.13
3.13
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10
Death Lens
3
 
0.121
3.121
11
1st Vows
3
 
0.117
3.117
12
Kim and the Created
3
 
0.099
3.099
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13
NoMBe
3
 
0.016
3.016
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14
The Violet Mindfield
3
 
0.002
3.002
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James the Human
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+ L.A. 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 L.A. produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: [Britt Witt (Indie Rock Reviews), Betty Elektro (Elektro PR), Jay Tinsky, Droozie Lane (Freaky Styley Booking), Juan Rodríguez (The Deli LA), Pat McGuire (Flood Magazine), Janette Ayub (Girl Underground Music), John Giovanazzi (The Complex), Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet), Liz Garo (The Echo), Michael Grodney (Dirty Laundry), Angela Ratzlaff (OC Register), Karla Hernandez (Sofar Sounds), Neil Shield (Origami Vinyl), Ryan Mo (The Deli LA), Matt Draper (Echo Park Records), Jesser Boredom (Bored to Death), Rosemary  Bystrak (San Diego: Dialed In).]

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

The Deli's Staff

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