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Review: Grips on Heat, by Steep Leans

Steep Leans’ latest effort, Grips on Heat, reminds me of a drug-induced dream sequence from the movies--or just that feeling you get when you’re still awake at 4am and questioning what it is exactly that you’re doing with your life. A great combination of lo-fi production, floating vocals and fuzzy guitars, this record certainly deserves to find its way into your weekly listening rotation.

Check out the Steep Leans Facebook page for more info about the band.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Shah Jahan

The Psych-Pop band Shah Jahan has announced that their single "Baby Blaise" (b/w "In Samsara") will be released by the local vinyl label TMB Limited. Preorders are available now with the limited 300 copy run shipping on March 1st.

You can catch Shah Jahan at Reggies Rock Club with Soddy Daisy, Rebel Soul Revival, Big Syn, and Arclight on Feb. 12th.

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Boston's Celebrity Look-Alikes play Middle East on 2/6

Back in September, Boston "psych dance-rock" quartet Celebrity Look-Alikes released its unabashedly mellow self-titled EP. Starting with the bass-zipped “Gargoyle” (streaming below), its loose yet controlled keys as chimerical as its titular beast, and ending with the swirling guitars of the existential musing “Revolving Door,” the effort shows a young, undeniably talented band searching for meaning while having fun along the way. Celebrity Look-Alikes play at Middle East in Cambridge MA on Saturday (2/6). – Zach Weg





Ace Quaalude rides high on "aq"

From the goofy band name to the crass track titles right down to the muddy-as-hell mix, Ace Quaalude's debut aq is the rare kind of album that manages to look and sound like it cares very little what you think of it while still coming off as unpretentious and—more importantly—highly enjoyable. To make a series of recordings so naturally slick (think Fat White Family with a gothic streak) takes serious chops. The sense of "bedroom fuckery that came out way better than expected" is strong here, and the result is an enjoyably raw and honest EP. Check it out or don't; Ace Quaalude will be having a chuckle about it either way. -Austin Phy

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Toronto Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2015 for emerging artists

Welcome one, welcome all! The time has come to present who is advancing on to the next phase of our poll for Toronto's emerging artists. Infinite thanks to all the bands that submitted; it was a pleasure listening to their tracks!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it's time to release the results. PLease note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Now without further ado, drom roll please... 

Total Submissions from Toronto: 15

Jurors: Michelle Bacon (The Deli KC), Cervante Pope (The Deli Portland), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC)

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Spells of Vertigo (Noise Rock) – 7.8

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1. Dilly Dally (Indie Rock) – 7.8

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3. Terrorista (Pop Punk) – 7.33

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4. Rolemodel (Electro-Pop) – 7.16

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4. HIGHS (Indie Pop) – 7.16

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6. Shallow Waves (Psych Rock) – 7

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Honorble mentions (rating average above 6):

The Dearly BereftNew Design,Bile SisterReady the PrinceThe AlpacasThe Honest Heart Collective

Stay tuned for the Readers' Poll, to start within the week!

The Folks at The Deli

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