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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





San Francisco Bay Area Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2015

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of San Francisco Bay Area Year End Poll for Emerging Artists!

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.

Total submissions from SF Bay Area: 50

Jurors: Cody Wright (The Deli Toronto), Michael Colavita (The Deli Philly) and PDG (The Deli NYC)

​Wicked Man​ - (Indie) - 8.167​ ​​​

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Eight Belles​ - (Indie Folk) - 8 ​ ​​

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Future Twin - (Soul/Shoegaze) - 7.83 ​

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​Dangermaker​ - (Indie Pop) - 7.67

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Andy Kong​ - (Acoustic Indie Pop) - 7.67 ​

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Emily Afton - (Indie Rock) - 7.67

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Night Shapes - (Kraut/Psych Rock) - 7.3

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Lost Dog Found​ - (Jazz) - 7.3

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​Soft White Sixties - (Rock/Soul) - 7.3

Honorable Mentions:

Eliquate, The Humidor​s​, Sarchasm, Rin Tin Tiger, Roem Baur, Teens in Trouble, Sunrunners, Citabria, In Letter Form, Sit Kitty Sit, The Total Bettys and War Cloud.

WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We will soon unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors, and then let our readers and our writers influence the poll with their vote. Keep creating, keep supporting, and stay tuned for your chance to vote! —The Deli San Francisco Staff





Lush Indie Melodies from Velo, New Album on the Way

Velo is indie rock with lush melodies that set the listener adrift in a psychedelic sea of strings, horns, and sun-drenched synths. Founded in late 2014, Velo is already making waves in the Austin music scene and elsewhere, including big shows that had the group sharing the bill with local standouts such as White Denim and Mother Falcon. While their music is atypical in its lack of heavy hooks, their broad sound is accessible and memorable as they strike up an orchestra of controlled chaos. Velo is currently working on a seasonally themed concept record with producer Keith Gary (Coldplay, Rufus Wainwright), which is slated for release in 2016 and is expected to feature excellent indie tracks such as those on their Spring EP from last year. Take a listen to that below, and get ready for the next entry by this intriguing act.

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Lee Ackerley
@slackerleemusic

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