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Best of NYC Indie Rock: Readers' Poll top scorers: Baby Acid and Rachel Angel

Our Best of NYC 2017 poll keeps rolling and last week, after you-the-people cast your vote, we had the results of the readers' poll for he Indie Rock category to share with you!

Readers' Poll 1st Place Winner: Baby Acid

Readers' Poll 2nd Place Winner: Rachel Angel 

Our yearly poll winner for Indie Rock, Baby Acid, blends and bends generic conventions to create entire sonic spaces. The accuracy of their self-described "grunge-gaze" immediately becomes apparent upon listening. They use the fuzzy, screechy, heavy-weight characteristics of grunge to layer sound, creating sonic atmospheres that eventually take on the qualities of psych and shoegaze. If you're a fan of noise rock and grunge classics like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Nirvana, Baby Acid serves as the perfect for vehicle for fusion.

Rachel Angel took second place in the readers' poll this year. She's the type of artist who makes music out of a sense of necessity. Her songs serve as a form of survival, something solid to hold on to in the overwhelming current of existence. The lyrics adopt the refined aesthetic quality of poetry while the content may as well be pulled straight from personal diary entries, offering a vulnerability that proves undeniably relatable. The sonic niche she occupies rests somewhere between fuzzy indie rock and alt country, with Frankie Cosmos-style guitars resting atop a cushion of atmospheric organ you might hear in the work of classics like Wilco or Phosphorescent. 





New Music Video: "Drugs" - Moon Bounce

We probably need to do a copious amount drugs to forget some of the things that we've seen in Moon Bounce's latest creation. Corey Regensburg stars and hilariously bares all in the Peter English-directed music video, with beautiful animation and artwork by Raymo Ventura. We can only imagine the amount of effort expended to pull this off, and they succeeded tenfold. "Drugs" is the lead single off Moon Bounce's forthcoming LP Clean House, due out on March 10 via Grind Select.





Portland's Best in Hip Hop and R&B for 2017: Lola Buzzkill, Karma Rivera, Chanti Darling and the Fur Coats

For the longest time, hip hop and r&b in Portland were backburner genres to the city's most popular categories of indie, rock and garage. Things started to change recently, where more artists took to the soulful sounds of rhythm and blues or incorporating the type of woke sensibilities often dropped in bars of hip hop tracks. The results for this round of our poll provide proof of who's been doing it the best in the last year, so keep scrolling to check them out.

Our top winners, Lola Buzzkill, are a supergroup of sorts dazzling audiences with their soulful croons and rhythmic tendencies. Their live performances integrate incredible makeup and costumes on top of their throwbacks to funky and sultry r&b and disco . They've got one of the best interactive live performances in town right now and if you haven't gotten a chance to see them yet, you're definitely missing out. Congrats on being our top dogs, Lola Buzzkill!

*video by blueheronvideo

Next is the Fur Coats, who swept the readers' poll without a hitch. The Fur Coats have been around for a little while now but have nonetheless been one of more dynamic iterations of modern psychedelic soul and mild jazz, using sax and organs in the most savvy of ways. They'll be heading off for a long tour of Europe and we couldn't be more excited for them.

Rounding out our winners are Chanti Darling and Karma Rivera, occupying two different sides of the same coin. Chanti Darling basically ran the last year, coming into it named Willamette Week's Best New Band. Taking over festival stages and running their own dance nights led by powerful vocalist Chanticleer, Chanti Darling mixeds soul, disco and r&b with electronic elements to produce some of the most danciest tunes in town right now. Karma Rivera is the only actual hip hop artist to place, and she one of the best to represent the genre. Her beats are banging as are her rhymes, and her femme power is much needed in music world typically dominated by men.

 





Best of Nashville Alt Rock/Metal Acts: Fable Cry and Killing Grace

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Alt Rock/Metal category and, after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Fable Cry

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): Killing Grace

Fable Cry is an alternative rock act that might more accurately be characterized as horror-rock. Their string-heavy compositions and theatrical song structures could easily be soundtracks to psychological thrillers. The band's style and sound are comically dark. They create a circus-like, psychedelic atmosphere that would please any lover of the occult and revel in pure weirdness. After listening to their work it's easy to see how they've come to develop such a cult following. 

Killing Grace packs a powerful sonic punch. With hard-hitting, distorted guitars, powerful vocals, and complex rhythms and melodies, these Tennessee natives carry on a metal tradition always in search of places to manifest. Influenced by the sound of bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Seether, they maintain and defend a sonic niche in a rock genre increasingly in need of torchbearers. 

Honorable mention goes to Jay Leo Phillips (second in the overall chart).

The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks.

 

 Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Alt Rock/Metal category and their readers' poll results.                    

 Fable Cry
  40%   158 votes
 Jay Leo Phillips
  0%   3 votes
 Killing Grace
  52%   203 votes
 Kinhin
  4%   18 votes
 Loss
  0%   0 votes
 Tower Defense
  1%   5 votes
 




Portland's Best in Psych and Shoegaze: Zozma and Cat Hoch

Our more trippy genre poll, psych and shoegaze, ran gazed out slow fuzz with the strange visuals psychedelia forces your mind to make. The two winners all of you felt rocked 2016 honestly come as no surprise, since they've been packing venues and mesmerized crowds all throughout the last year. Big congratulations go out to Zozma and Cat Hoch! Both of these names are of course familiar in the Deli Portland world, because our Deli readers have brought them to the top before.

We've thought of Zozma as one of the best psych acts in Portland for awhile now. All of you voted them as our Artist of the Month back in September of last year, so seeing them as the winner of our readers' poll solidifies their stance as the rulers of our spiritual psych world.

This also isn't the first Deli success Cat Hoch and her band have seen with the Deli either. She came out on top entirely in 2015, when she was voted the Best Emerging Artist of that year. From opening up for Ride to commanding even bigger stages, Cat Hoch and her talented group of musicians aren't stopping anytime soon.

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