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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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New video from The North Country for "The Cross We Bear"

Huzzah! The North Country have released a video for "The Cross We Bear," a single off their upcoming album There Is Nothing To Fear. The video shows the day in the life of a wooden artist's mannequin-cum-Everyman who's got just the dreariest life. I don't want top ruin the ending for you, but he gets out of his rut with the help of a skateboarding apatosaurus and some acid. Also serendipitous love.

The North Country is hittin' the road this April, with dates through the mid-atantic and South (and a couple stops in Texas), spreading the glory of the DC DIT scene far and wide. You should really go see them. --Natan Press 


Pompeii Graffiti tugs at your "Heartstrings" on Valentine's Day single.

You know when you're at a house-show in DC, for a "DIT" festival, and you run into that special someone? That someone who plays some sort of custom-looking 6-string with flatwounds as a bass (when he's not on the pedal steel) in a band with a killer cellist? It's one of those "at first sight" things you hear about from the motion pictures. 

Ahren Buchheister isn't the only member of Pompeii Graffiti, Pony Bones (the band I saw at The Paperhaus on that glorious day), or Black Rhinoceros, but he's the common factor that binds this Annapolis supergroup, like (dare I say it?) heartstrings, together in this lovely video. Ahren himself is on lead vox and guitar. Fret not, Ahren, I dig you "not only for your music skills."

But they are, like, a huge deal. Happy Valentine's Deli readers! --Natan Press

Interview with Footwerk, winner of the DC Area Deli's Reader's Poll. New video for "Eyes Low."

Footwerk is the DC Area Deli's Reader's Poll winner for 2014. A 6-piece pop outfit, combining all the parties into one big all night rager, Footwerk can't help but be hugely popular and on the cusp of breaking across the nation. They just released a new video for single "Eyes Low" through Vevo, and their debut album Casual Encounters is set for a Spring 2015 release. Check out their new video, and get to know the diverse group with a little Q+A. Click here for the interview, watch the new video below, and check out Footwerk's upcoming dates (including their record release show, Thursday, 4/23 at U St Music Hall). --Natan Press


Best DC Area Emerging Artists of 2014: FINAL RESULTS: 1. Typefighter, 2. Sleepwalkers, 3. Teen Mom

Deli Nation,

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

Congratulations to garage-pop wizards Typefighter for winning the poll! Typefighter released The End of Everything in early 2014 to much critical acclaim. Their tight and energetic live shows make them a must see, and obviously one of DC's most exciting bands. We wait with baited breath for their next move. 

Richmond's Sleepwalkers came in a close second with our jurors, thanks to their phenominal debut album, Greenwood Shade. Less than two years after they formed, Sleepwalkers released an impressively ambitious and succesful collection of well crafted psychedelic pop-rock that defies categorization and leaves jaws dropped.     

Teen Mom keep our excitement bubbling on a constant simmer, dropping lo-fi fuzz-pop gems every few months. A staple of DC's rich house-show scene, they do everything you love about electric guitars. We want more. Now please. Thank you.  

Here is how it all went down: 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 expert (our jury) 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 DC Area produced in the year 2014, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

****** FINAL RESULTS ******
Typefighter   7   0.001 7.001
Sleepwalkers   6   0.051 6.051 icon
Teen Mom   5   0.003 5.003 icon
Dead Professional   5     5 icon
GEMS   4   0.001 4.001 icon
Footwerk   2   2 4 icon
People's Blues of Richmond     2 1.5 3.5 icon
The Walking Sticks   3   0.5 3.5 icon
Party Like It's   3   0.072 3.072 icon
Dr. Robinson's Fiasco   3   0.026 3.026 icon
Avers     3 0.019 3.019
Louis Weeks   3   0.018 3.018 icon
ELM   3   0.007 3.007 icon
Spirit Plots   3   0.006 3.006 icon
Owen Danoff   3   0.004 3.004 icon
Hot Dolphin   3   0.003 3.003 icon
The Deadmen   3   0.002 3.002
The NRIs   3   0.002 3.002 icon
Barbelith   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Disciples of Christ   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Lowercase Letters   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Navi   3   0.001 3.001
  PLOY   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Putrisect   3   0.001 3.001 icon
Art Sorority For Girls   3     3 icon
  Black Clouds   3     3 icon
  Curse   3     3 icon
  Loud Boyz   3     3 icon
  Old Lines   3     3 icon
Sean Barna   2   0.037 2.037 icon
The Cowards Choir   2   0.028 2.028 icon
Feed God Cabbage   2   0.023 2.023 icon
The Trillions   2   0.015 2.015 icon
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong   2   0.012 2.012 icon
MH & His Orchestra   2   0.006 2.006 icon
Cigarette   2   0.003 2.003 icon
Two Inch Astronaut   2   0.003 2.003 icon
7 Door Sedan   2   0.002 2.002 icon
  Furniteur   2   0.002 2.002 icon
  Priests   2   0.002 2.002 icon
  The Milkstains   2   0.002 2.002 icon
Chaz French   2   0.001 2.001 icon
  Pure Disgust   2   0.001 2.001 icon
  Terracide   2   0.001 2.001 icon
Cemetery Piss   2     2 icon
  Lightwaves   2     2 icon
  Lobo Marino   2     2 icon
  Unsacred   2     2 icon
  Vexine   1   1 2 icon
The Northerners     1.5 0.008 1.508 icon
Andrew Aylward     1.5   1.5 icon
Walk the Plank   1   0.032 1.032 icon
Fortress   1   0.031 1.031 icon
Sun Cycle   1   0.025 1.025 icon
The Duskwhales   1   0.025 1.025 icon
Sol Root   1   0.019 1.019 icon
Moogatu   1   0.012 1.012 icon
YUM   1   0.009 1.009 icon
Baby Bry Bry   1   0.007 1.007 icon
Black Water Gold   1   0.006 1.006 icon
Wanted Man   1   0.004 1.004 icon
Shark Week   1   0.003 1.003
Mirror Kisses   1   0.002 1.002 icon
Pleasure Curses   1   0.002 1.002 icon
Diamond District   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Friendbeast   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Margot MacDonald   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Marian McLaughlin   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Pree   1   0.001 1.001 icon
Blockhead   1     1 icon
  GHz   1     1 icon
  Harmonic Blue   1     1 icon
  Joy Buttons   1     1 icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Lynda Lu (DC Rocks), Mike Rutz (WRIR), Nestor (Velvet Lounge), Matty Pants (The Sidebar), This Is Our Jam staff (This Is Our Jam), Jon Meyers (The Vinyl District), Mark (Strange Matter), Andrew Cothern (RVA Playlist), Josh Sisk (photography), Alley Gibson (DC Music Download), Craig Boarman (Ottobar), Chris Naoum (Listen Local First), Daniel Brindley (Jammin Java), Bobby Egger (Vinyl Conflict), Vincent Brown (Freedom Village), Tori Kerr (DCist), Andy Hess (DCist), John Church (Heady Entertainment), Jennifer Vinson (DC Setlist), David Hintz (DC Rock Live), Katie Bowles (DC Music Download), Metal Chris (DC Heavy Metal), Kevin Hill (Chunky Glasses), Brandon Wetherbee (Brightest Young Things), Erin Coulehan (DC Music Live/Rolling Stone), Kisha Shorter (9:30 Club).   

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

The Deli's Staff


ROM's new video for "Micro"

ROM has released a new video for "Micro," a track off their crooning, sizzling post-punk beauty soda christ. "Micro" is a fuzz-fueled simmer reminicent of The Jesus and Mary Chain with a little romantic twee a la The Pastels. The video shows the band in B+W trying to look serious in a picturesque graveyard, but they're such happy handsome fellows that they can't help but smile, and decide instead to go bowling, and play with puppies, before ending their day at the local pub, sharing drinks with other great local musicians, including members of Black Checker and BRNDA. I <3 DC. 

You can catch ROM tomorrow night at Comet Ping Pong, where they will be part of the lineup for the Get Lucid! show to raise funds for Say No To Food Waste. Bleached Bones and Galvanize fill the bill at Comet Ping Pong, tomorrow, Friday, January 30th, at 10pm. $12. All Ages. --Natan Press 



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