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Mutts are The Deli Chicago's Emerging Artist of the Year!

Deli Readers,

After a month and a half long painstaking process, we finally have the overall results of The Deli's Best of Chicago 2011 Poll for Emerging Artists! Unlike in NYC, where Caveman was a clear winner with 5 jurors vote, scores are very close this year in our Chicago poll, due to the fact that our jury's vote was extremely fragmented.

1. MUTTS

Congrats to heavy rockers Mutts, who won the overall competition in virtue of points accumulated through the Open Submissions, the Fans Poll and the Jurors votes (see below - they were picked as 2nd and 3rd choice by 2 jurors, and therefore were assigned 2 + 1 points in the jurors column).

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2. DRIFTLESS PONY CLUB
Driftless Pony Club grabbed 2nd place thanks to the 3 points assigned to them because of their win in the Fans Poll, plus one extra point earned through the Open Submission contest.


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3. SHARPLESS
Winners of the Open Submission contest - which earned them 3 potins - Sharpless also stacked up 517 fans votes, which granted them 3rd position in the overall poll. These indie rockers blend crooked melodies a la Modest Mouse with uplifting and dense choruses - definitely an emerging Chicago band worth checking out.

Here's the final chart of The Deli Chicago's Year End Poll for Emerging Artists - thank you all for spreading the word!

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Artist
J
OS

F

TOTAL
 
1
Mutts
3
1
0.008
4.008
2
Driftless Pony Club
 
1
3
4
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3
Sharpless
 
3
0.517
3.517
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4
Hemmingbirds
3
 
0.064
3.064
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5
Sissy Mena
 
3
0.053
3.053
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6
Rabble Rabble
 
3
0.048
3.048
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7
Photographers
3
 
0.037
3.037
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8
Island of Misfit Toys
3
 
0.021
3.021
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9
The Super Happy Fun Club
3
 
0.016
3.016
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10
E+
3
 
0.013
3.013
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11
Apteka
3
 
0.008
3.008
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12
Dastardly
3
 
0.008
3.008
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13
Disappears
3
 
0.007
3.007
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14
Canasta
3
 
0.006
3.006
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15
Gold Motel
3
 
0.006
3.006
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Radar Eyes
3
 
0.006
3.006
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17
Kids These Days
3
 
0.004
3.004
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18
Daniel Knox
3
 
0.002
3.002
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19
I:Scintilla
 
1
2
3
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20
Secret Colours
2
 
1
3
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21
The Steepwater Band
 
1.5
1.5
3
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22
Soft Speaker
2
 
0.254
2.254
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23
Milano
 
2
0.141
2.141
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Hidden Hospitals
1
1
0.093
2.093
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25
Jerome Holloway
2
 
0.037
2.037
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26
Little Light
2
 
0.028
2.028
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27
White Mystery
2
 
0.022
2.022
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Chaperone
2
 
0.01
2.01
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29
Scattered Trees
2
 
0.009
2.009
icon
30
YAWN
2
 
0.007
2.007
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Cross Record
2
 
0.006
2.006
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32
Unicycle Loves You
2
 
0.004
2.004
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The Kickback
 
2
0.002
2.002
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34
Valis
2
 
0.002
2.002
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35
Textbook
2
 
0.001
2.001
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36
Paper Thick Walls
 
1.5
0.174
1.674
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Oy Vey
 
1.5
0.002
1.502
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Good Evening
 
1
0.284
1.284
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Rock Falls
1
 
0.082
1.082
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40
The Sweeps
 
1
0.044
1.044
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41
The Noise FM
1
 
0.035
1.035
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42
Michael Lux & The Bad Sons
 
1
0.021
1.021
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43
Secret Science
 
1
0.018
1.018
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44
Briar Rabbit
1
 
0.017
1.017
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45
Go Long Mule
 
1
0.011
1.011
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46
Russian Circles
1
 
0.011
1.011
icon
47
Bare Mutants
1
 
0.009
1.009
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48
How To Dress Well
1
 
0.008
1.008
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49
Musikanto
1
 
0.006
1.006
icon
50
Running
1
 
0.005
1.005
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51
oshwa
 
1
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Lagos
 
1
0.002
1.002
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53
Eight Bit Tiger
1
 
0.001
1.001
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54
Future Rock
 
1
0
1
icon
55
Mike Golden & Friends
1
 
0
1
icon
56
Steve Knecht
1
 
0
1
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Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

The Deli's Staff

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Driftless Pony Club wins Deli Chicago Best of 2011 Fans' + Readers' Poll!

After almost 2 weeks of voting open to readers and fans, indie rockers Driftless Pony Club (pictured) emerged as the winners of our Chicago Best of 2011 Fans' + Readers' Poll - congrats to the guys! The most rocking pony club in history had definitely a great 2011, and this is a nice way to start the new year. Kudos also to sexy industrial-pop-rockers i:scintilla and roots rock advocates The Steepwater Band, who placed respectively second and third. The overall results of the Chicago year End Poll for Emerging Artists - including the votes from jury and open submissions - will be released soon.

1. Driftless Pony Club


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2. i:scintilla

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3. The Steepwater Band

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Best of 2011 for emerging artists: Results + Schedule

Deli Readers,

Here's summary of the progress of each one of our 11 regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists. Due to high number of NYC submissions we organized that scene's results by genre.

BEST OF 2011 FOR EMERGING ARTISTS - LATEST NEWS:
01.23.2012 - AUSTIN READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.27.2012 - Austin Submission Results Announced  
01.23.2012 - LOS ANGELES READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.24.2012 - NYC FINAL RESULTS ARE IN!!!HERE
01.23.2012 - PORTLAND READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.23.2012 - SF BAY AREA READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.18.2012 - NASHVILLE READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.17.2012 - PHILLY READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.17.2012 - CHICAGO READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE 
01.17.2012 - Portland OR Submission Results Announced 
01.16.2012 - NEW ENGLAND READERS' + FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - HERE
01.12.2012 - DC AREA READERS' AND FANS' POLL LAUNCHED - VOTE HERE

*** See below for results full list and schedule ***

A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting our poll and providing prizes to the winners!

THE DELI'S YEAR END POLLS RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

AUSTIN
Submission Results + Readers Poll - Final Results: February
BOSTON + NEW ENGLAND
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
CHICAGO
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
DC AREA
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
LOS ANGELES
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
NASHVILLE
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
NEW YORK CITY
- Open Submission Results:
Alt Rock/Revival RockAlt Folk - Electronic - Folk/Folk Rock - Hip Hop/World/Other - Indie Pop/Lo-Fi - Indie Rock - Metal - Psych Rock/Dream Pop - Songwriters - SonicBids submissions.
- Readers Poll Results
- Final Results
PHILADELPHIA
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon
PORTLAND
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: early February
SAN FRANCISCO
Submission Results - Readers Poll - Final Results: coming soon

The Deli's Staff


Noise Rock from Chicago: Bad Drugs

Stepping out into the numbing Chicago air after a Bad Drugs show you start to notice the sweat freezing all over your body, and you think to yourself "What the fuck just happened in there?" It was all over in a flash and you could barely hear yourself think over the vocals grinding through the crash of guitars and the relentless slamming of the drums. Kyle Reynolds may be in a few bands around town, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bad Drugs is the one that opens the flood gates to his aggression. No matter how disoriented everything may seem while surrounded by professional slam dancers, there is no need to worry because these guys definitely have their created chaos under complete control. - Michael H 

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Rockie Fresh Mixtape

Rockie Fresh has released a new mixtape called "Driving 88". The mixtape has been for a week, and already has over 20,000 downloads. Rockie is on his way, and is giving you some beats to make you drive down 88 or any hectic highway a little more enjoyable.

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Champions

The Traveler is polished debut from Champions, and the band celebrated the release earlier this month at Beat Kitchen. Recorded at Gallery of Carpet, this album filled with blistering and passionate indie pop. It is perfect balance of fuzz and polish that makes this radiate right now. There is a solid node to the '90's, but a few tricks that keep them fresh and modern. You can stream and purchase their debut through bandcamp.

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Willis Earl Beal

2012 is going to be another great year for Chicago music, but one of the releases that I am most excited about is the debut release from the local blues-man Willis Earl Beal. The hype surrounding Beal has slowly been building since the summer and his recent signing to XL Records has added greatly to the swell. Earlies this month, Beal released a new track called "Evening Kiss" that can be streamed below.

Willis Earl Beal's Acousmatic Sorcery is due via XL/Hot Charity on 19 March.

Willis Earl Beal - Evening's Kiss by HotCharity

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Into It. Over It. "No Good Before Noon"

Evan Weiss (aka Into It. Over It.) has released a video for his track "No Good Before Noon". The track comes from his recent release Proper. He will be touring the country, coast to coast, from now until spring and will be performing here at The Bottom Lounge on March 17th.

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