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-- The 60's --
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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 --
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The Fabulous Thunderbirds
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...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging DC Area Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging DC Area Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it of with remarkable flair! Kudos to GEMS (pictured) for winning it!

First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ DC Area scene experts (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music the DC Area produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING DC AREA ARTISTS
******* FINAL RESULTS *******
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
GEMS
11
 
0.009
 
11.009
2
Margot MacDonald
1
1
1.5
2
5.5
icon
3
Priests
5
 
0.002
 
5.002
icon
4
Walk the Plank
3
 
2
 
5
icon
5
Young Summer
4
 
0.068
 
4.068
icon
6
Drop Electric
3
1
0.006
 
4.006
icon
7
Joy Buttons
4
 
0.003
 
4.003
icon
8
The Last Bison
3
 
1
 
4
icon
9
Kindlewood
 
 
0.105
3
3.105
icon
10
The Cowards Choir
3
 
0.052
 
3.052
icon

11 

Elikeh
3
 
0.021
 
3.021
12
Widows Watch
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
13
Sweet Leda
3
 
0.01
 
3.01
icon
14 
Drugs Of Faith
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
15 
Iris Divine
3
 
0.007
 
3.007
icon
 
Young Rapids
3
 
0.007
 
3.007
icon
17
Protect U
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
18
Diamond Youth
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
19
The Walking Sticks
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Pree
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
21
Dead Professional
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
 
Highway Cross
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
23 
The Capital Hearings
3
 
0
 
3
icon
 
The Chance
3
 
0
 
3
icon
25 
The Sea Life
 
1
0.004
1.5
2.504
icon
26
Pasadena
2
 
0.141
 
2.141
icon
27
Black Clouds
2
 
0.063
 
2.063
icon
28
Derek Evry and His Misanthropes
2
 
0.047
 
2.047
icon
29
True Head
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
30 
Honor By August
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
31 
Redline Graffiti
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
32
Cherry Tree Band
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
The Mean Season
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
The Raised By Wolves
1
 
0.003
1
2.003
icon
35
Sunwolf
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
36
The Grand Candy
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Phil Ade
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
PLOY
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
39
Old Lines
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
Primitivity
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
Technophobia
2
 
0
 
2
icon
42
Bumpin' Uglies
1
 
0.5
 
1.5
icon
43
Bonnie Rash
1
 
0.046
 
1.046
icon
44
Dance For the Dying
1
 
0.019
 
1.019
icon
 
Pleasure Curses
 
 
0.019
1
1.019
icon
46
Me and Karen
 
 
0.0013
1
1.013
icon
47
Typefighter
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
48
The Mellish
 
 
0.009
1
1.009
icon
49
Caz & The Day Laborers
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
50
Heavy Breathing
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Midnight Eye
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Ravagers
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Smoke Green
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
55
Black Checker
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions


List of Jurors: Jon Meyers (The Vinyl District), Boo Valdez (Rams Head Baltimore), Brandon Linton (Rams Head Baltimore), Kisha Shorter (9:30 Club), Stephanie Williams (DC Music Download), Chris Buresh (DCHeavy Metal.com), Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds), Neal Becton (Som Records), Christopher Naoum (Listen Local First DC), David Hintz (DC Rock Live), Jennifer Vinson (The Hamilton/DC Setlist), Matty (The Sidebar), Don Zientara (Inner Ear Studios), Dawn Reed (Deli), Renee Schapiro (9:30 Club), Vincent Brown (Freedom Village), Jimmy Rhodes (The Fillmore), Catherine (showlistdc), Ora Nwabueze (The Dunes), Staff (Velvet Lounge).

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

 

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Walk The Plank: First Place in The Deli's 2013 Best of DC Area's Year End Readers' Poll.

DC’s Walk The Plank are keeping the hardcore punk they grew up with in the city alive and well. Forming in 2010, they've played a blistering amount of shows (literally hundreds), and their persistence is paying off with a strong following in the community. In 2013 they released a split 7” with Supreme Commander. In May of 2014 they will release yet another split 7”, this time with Daycare Swindlers. Walk the Plank play ALL THE TIME, so keep an eye on the listings and you’ll see them soon. Upcoming local shows include 2/7 at the Sidebar in Baltimore (for RABTFest), 3/11 at DC9 in DC, and 3/12 at Strange Matter in Richmond. 


Margot MacDonald: Second Place in The Deli's 2013 Best of DC Area's Year End Readers' Poll

The beautiful voice and loop pedal mastery of DC favorite Margot MacDonald have propelled her to national acclaim in the past year. NPR’s All Songs Considered featured her as one of their favorite discoveries at the 2013 CMJ Music Festival, and she is the current Washington Area Music Association "Artist of the Year." Her new self-released album, Canvas, includes an incredible cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop, which is about the ballsiest thing I’ve heard all year (also “oh that’s what the lyrics are”). Check out the lead single, Speed of Sound, below.

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The Last Bison: Third Place in The Deli's 2013 Best of DC Area's Year End Readers' Poll

The Last Bison are authentic “mountain top chamber” indie-folk. The seven member band is comprised of family and friends from southeastern Virginia, thrilling audiences with their live shows as did the country troubadours of a past century, and moving modern listeners on record. While similar bands have been successful in the mainstream, The Last Bison have an original edge, representing the musical history and community of Virginia. Check out their video for Setting Our Tables below.

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Dot Dash to perform 2/1 @ Comet Ping Pong (with Russian ballet dancers).

DC super-group Dot Dash (ex Julie Ocean, Youth Brigade, The Saturday People, Minor Threat, etc.) will be playing a show at Comet Ping Pong on February 1st. Dot Dash describe themselves as “post-punk pop,” combining and contrasting familiar “alternative” elements-- melodic and dissonant, sharp and jangly, stern and whimsical—in earworm after engaging earworm. They will be joined on the bill by History Repeated (ex Government Issue) and a band from Russia called The Gumbas, who are described as “a band featuring professional male Russian Ballet Dancers from the world famous Mariinsky Ballet Company, who will also be performing earlier in the evening in Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center Opera House.” I’m intrigued. --Natan Press

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Radiator Greys to Play Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar on January 18th.

Ambient music feels like you're either floating or drowning in the chords. The slowed down reverberations (often miscateogrized as "minimalist") are usually unsettlingly beautiful. Don't believe me? Listen to Justin Bieber's "U Smile" slowed down by 800%. It will make you a Belieber. Josh Levi's solo project Radiator Greys takes the genre's ethereal nature and runs it through a horror movie soundtrack machine. Shrouded behind a dark veil of hair he churns out, what he dubs, "experimental noise." Not necessarily something you can float to, but it is easy to drown in. You can check him out and his haunted music on Saturday, January 18th, at Dr. Clock's Nowhere Bar. --Alexandra Noghaven

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Eternal Summers releases new single "Gouge"

Roanoke’s celebrated Eternal Summers are preparing to release their fourth album, The Drop Beneath (on Kanine Records), and their first since 2012. The “dream punk” trio has provided the world with the single “Gouge,” a synth-poppy rocker reminiscent of the Cure, with Nicole Yun’s delightful voice, and the aggressive yet dreamy guitars that are Eternal Summers’ hallmark. The Drop Beneath will be released on March 4, 2014. --Natan Press

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PLOY keeps us coming back.

Electronic duo PLOY has consistently been releasing great tracks for the past year. When I first moved to the D.C. area and began writing, PLOY was one of the first local groups I was introduced to—they were good then, but their music is now on repeat on my iPod. PLOY’s sound is incredibly calm, understated and easy to listen to, but the themes of their tracks are mature beyond the pair’s two short years of making music together. From “XIX” to “From Home,” this group’s music keeps me coming back for more. Last month they released new track "Liker." Check it out below. --Katie Bowles

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