This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts



Best Emerging LA Bands 2017, the Deli's List!

Dear Deli Readers,

We have finally reached the end of the road for The Deli’s Best Emerging LA Artists Poll. As usual, it’s been a lengthy, exhausting, painstaking journey through an abundance of numbers, band names, and some seriously rad tunes. Now, before we get to our list of this year’s Top Performers, we would like to thank our wonderful, knowledgeable jury of local music experts/enthusiasts (which you can view below), dedicated Deli writers and all those who took the time to check out our nominees and cast their votes. You’re the best, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!

The Deli LA Jurors:

Janette Ayub (Girl Underground), Brandon (The Burning Ear), David Evanko (Minivan Photography), Grant Owen (We Found New Music), Deborah Farnault, Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet), Brandon (SUPERGOODMUSIC), Matt Draper, LA Weekly, The Regent Theater, The Hi-Hat, Liz Garo (The Echo), Juan Rodríguez (The Deli LA), Paolo de Gregorio (The Deli NYC).



The East L.A. quartet is giving indie rock a new face with their brash guitar dynamics, contributing a big sound that operates on a grander scale. But as they tackle themes that range from race to social class, these garage rockers punctuate their rising anthems with plenty of smarts, too.



The evocative singer-songwriter writes stripped-down, spacious ballads that gain potency with her fragile croon.



The trippy quartet creates rapturous soundscapes that have a classic songwriting mold even when they're at their most experimental.



Here's the top 20 of the Best of LA Poll for Emerging Artists!

1. The Tracks
2. Lael Neale
3. Mind Monogram
4. Test
5. Death Valley Girls
6. Shannon Lay
7. Feels
8. Doe Paoro
9. Starcrawler
10. DYAN
11. Numb.er
12. Sky Chefs
13. Andrew Kehogan
14. Weyes Blood
15. Gallant
16. Spencer Ludwig
17. EXES
18. Mating Ritual
19. Mind Meld
20. Ramonda Hammer




Overall Winner: Doe Paoro

Readers' Poll Winner: Satchmode



Overall Winner: Test

Readers' Poll Winner: Melted Bodies



Overall Winner: The Tracks + Readers' Poll Winner: The Tracks



Overall Winner: Weyes Blood

Readers' Poll Winner: Stalgia



Overall Winner + Readers' Poll Winner: Mind Monogram



Overall Winner: Lael Neale

Readers' Poll Winner: Shannon Lay


See you next year, best of LA Poll!

The Folks at The Deli

The Deli Philly's April Record of the Month: Dark Web - Dark Web

Self-proclaimed "sewer punks" Dark Web’s debut self-titled EP (now available on cassette via Suicide Bong Tapes) is the perfect remedy for a politically apocalyptic landscape. Their latest slew of anthems is unabashedly aggro (but in a good way), rooted in anxiety, angst, and audaciously messy emotions like paranoia and fear. Thematically grim yet cathartic, Dark Web’s mosh-ready riffs and punk-as-fuck swagger make heartbreak, alien invasion, and atomic bombs palatable.
Starting off with the fast-paced, sci-fi escapism of “Alien Vacation,” Dark Web upcycle a narrative, horror-punk trope by coupling it with searing humor and growling guitar that turn a tentatively terrifying scenario into a catchy dramedy laced with subtle sci-fi B-flick meets surf vibes. “Party’s Over” is a brief but persistent post-rager plea that announces frankly to listeners – fictive stand-ins for party-goers – that “it’s time for you to cruise.” Like Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” but less coy, “Party’s Over” is a tenacious reminder that all things – even the sickest parties – are temporal and meant to end.
Perhaps the most provocative cut on the album, “Toxic America” sums up the current state of the Land of the Free via buzzing chords and hissing cymbals. An inarguably political commentary reminiscent of The Misfits’ “Bullet” and The Spits’ Kill the Kool, the urgency and perceptiveness of “Toxic America” isn’t just subversive; it’s radical. “No Hope” is indulgently gloomy in a satisfying way, a ready-made dirge for nihilists and pessimists alike. Despite its overtly melancholy message, Dark Web’s “Iron Man II,” delves into the tortured psyche of a plausibly jilted lover, whose lamentations highlight the limitations that technology can impose on intimacy and human closeness: “This is not the way that things were supposed to be/and now I am more a man than a machine.”
In “A-Bomb,” an even more cataclysmic form of technological doom is explored, tapping into one of post-modernity’s most primal fears: nuclear annihilation. Whether interpreted as an allusion-laden metaphor or pure camp, the track forces listeners to contemplate the fragility of their mortality or at least humanity’s capacity for destruction, a theme that oozes into the eerie onset of “Pig Blood,” the album’s closer. Part psych, part haunt, the band’s final song makes Charles Manson’s Lie sound like a lullaby.

Slightly sinister, morbid, and relentlessly rock ‘n’ roll, Dark Web’s grime-y ballads will ensnare you at an instant and worm their way into your heart. “Resistance is futile.” You’ve been warned. – Dianca London

Echo Pearl Varsity are our #1 players

Finding ways to make jazz even more ecclectic and interesting than it already is might seem a creative challenge. There are so many ways in which jazz commands attention that finding a way to make it individually intriguing requires some alternative approach. For Echo Pearl Varsity, Portland's jazz fusion post-rock hybrid group, that approach was near effortless and incredibly fitting.

It all started back in 2015, when lead songwriter Sam Luna, bassist Nolan Henderson and drummer Ian Taylor were working at a pizza shop together, yearning to add something original to Portland's (and, the general) music scene. Once they were joined by saxophonist Levi Downey, Echo Pearl Varsity was complete, and their sophisticated innovation of post-fusion came to be.

Their EP Tragic Bronson debuted their mellow yet mercurial production but their first full length, Fires, takes it to the next level. Establishing the band as leaders in this avant category, Fires shows EPV as masterful yet mallable and commanding yet flexible, with a willingness to flow with the orchestrative freedom post-rock and jazz allow. They'll be releasing an EP of cover songs in the next few months, coinciding with another tour.

Congrats to Echo Pearl Varsity for winning our poll and our hearts. Listen to Fires in full below. 

New Kerin Maguire LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Kerin Maguire explores personal philosophy and emotional intimacy in her recently released full-length album Self-Titled. Minimally adorned in folk instrumentation, the songs gravitate toward an ever-evolving understanding of the world and one’s place in it. Exhibiting an essence of hope for the future and an honest evaluation of past moments through narrative vignettes, Maguire finds a mechanism to relate on a universal note without sacrificing communicative closeness. We’re all just trying to figure things out one day/moment at a time.

Artists on the rise: Lily Konigsberg goes pop + plays Union Pool on 04.05

We covered Brooklyn musician Lily Konigsberg's music before, since she is involved with art punk (bordering on no wave) trio Palberta. However, considering that band's strictly electric/percussive sound, we hadn't realized Lily had released several solo electronic records. In 2016 she released two records outside Palberta, one uder the moniker Lily and the Horn Horse and the 'kawai that claps' EP under her own name. The former is a collaboration with Matt Norman (aka Horn Horse), and sounds like an eccentric pastiche of jazz and DIY experimental madness. The solo EP, on the other hand, abandons the extreme edges of her previous discography for a poppier approach, although without betraying her signature quirkiness and DIY approach. The record also introduces us to the gentle version of her voice, something miles apart from Palberta's grunts, and to a songwriter with a noteworthy talent for catchy melodies. You can check out Lily's avant pop at Union Pool on April 5th.


- news for musician and music pros -