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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

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


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Rex Riot and Basscamp tag teamed Daybreaker at Penn Social, 1/13

It's a new year and a new installment of Daybreaker DC! Filling up the basement of Penn Social on an incredibly chilly morning, the morning-loving crowd of dancers were treated to sublime mixes provided by Rex Riot and Basscamp and excellent MC-ing by Haile Supreme. Fueled by snack bars and coffee, the DC-based DJs provided the perfect atmosphere for a Wednesday morning party. Rex Riot's beats were sick, using energetic switches and great vocal tracks. Basscamp put together some inspired remixes of diverse origins, from Christina Perri to Major Lazer. My personal favorite was mix of Muse's Supermassive Black Hole, which featured good use of repetition and distorted Matt Bellamy's voice to be even more angelic. Another awesome party, all thanks to Daybreaker. -Jonathan Goodwin


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

 Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of DC Area Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. It was a tight contest and rich with musical talent.

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 the DC Area: 24

Jurors: Dan (The Deli New England), Ryan (The Deli LA), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC). 

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

The Walking Sticks - Indietronica/Synthpop


 X (Ten) - Indie Hip Hop


Sojourne - Alt-Soul


Honorable Mentions:

Jackie and The Treehorns, Atoka Chase, Night Kitchen, Harness Flux, Pete Curry 

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 DC Area Staff <3


Melodic grunge rockers Fadest played a great set at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1/8

Full of youthful energy and a lot of fun, Fadest is the new grungy, melodic outfit to watch for in the Baltimore-DC area. The rich, jarring vocals will get your attention and you'll be hooked on the perfectly synced bass lines and drumming. Integrating plenty of cymbal action and catchy guitar riffs, Fadest has a lot of stage presence and really understands how to interact with an audience, even if they're sweating gallons. Their sound captures some of the post-grunge grunginess of the early aughts and incorporate some melodic and indie undertones to give it some pizzazz. Keep an eye on this band as they line up more gigs because they put on some really captivating shows. -Jonathan Goodwin


Experimental folk singer Will Schaeffer releases debut album Hello, Its Will Schaeffer

Will Schaeffer seems to be a fount for the unexpected. Maintaining a barebones online presence, this artist from Baltimore has released an impressive new album called Hello, Its Will Schaeffer. Using conventional instruments, Schaeffer has created a work of unconventional sound, as the album is rooted a very DIY, lo-fi production scheme, but is gushing with quality musicality. His voice is raspy like the great blues men of the previous century and possesses a range similar to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and The Arcs or Cage The Elephant's Matt Shultz. Each song carries lyrical content that inspires reflective pondering and feature a strong percussive presence, replete with heavy drumbeats and crashing cymbals. The guitar work is also a treat as it eludes expectation and leads the listener on a merry hunt for rhyme and reason. Give this album a listen because it occupies its own space I'd like to call experimental folk.-Jonathan Goodwin


Richmond-based Imaginary Sons release explosive single, Taste The Waste, play Strange Matter, 1/23

It's been a year since the release of their first full-length album, the eclectic Let it Beer, Richmond's own Imaginary Sons put out a single to round out 2015. Taste The Waste is a departure from the previous releases, featuring light elements of thrash and garage rock instrumentality, but also having a feel of post with the somewhat ethereal vocals, which are somewhat reminiscent of Sigur Rós. Where Let It Beer was a delightful blend of heartland and psychedelic, this new single is a new step, keeping psych elements and incorporating some metal and garage flavoring. Through all of the high-speed guitar and drums, it's exciting to see this band evolve so quickly. Catch their first show of the year at Strange Matter, 1/23, doors at 8.-Jonathan Goodwin




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