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Gorilla Vs Bear: video: Pure X – Heaven

-- 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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The Silver Liners -- New EP and shows.

D.C. natives, The Silver Liners, took their band name from the old adage, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The name seems very apt these days—after losing a few original members, the band revamped their former pop rock sound and released a new EP, Bliss. The EP features electronic tracks, with synthesizer backings and distorted vocals—a much more mature sound than before. Since the release, The Silver Liners have had enormous success, receiving airtime on MTV and local radio station DC101. The Silver Liners have a show this coming Saturday, 1/11 at the Rock & Roll Hotel. -- Katie Bowles


DC's Open Submission Results for The Deli Magazine's Year End Poll, 2013

We had an incredible pool of talent submit this year! Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word and give bands a chance to have their music heard by critics all over the country. After tallying the votes for the Open Submissions stage of our DC Year End Poll, it's time to release the results.

Please note that no editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene. The editors that voted on the DC scene were: Charise (Deli Austin) and Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC, Editor-In-Chief). In the coming weeks we will release the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors and it will be up to you to pick your favorite Emerging DC Area Artist of 2013.

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll with a ranking above 8:

1. Kindlewood - 9
2. Margot MacDonald - 8.75
3. The Sea Life - 8.5
4. Pleasure Curses - 8.25
5. The Raised By Wolves - 8.25
6. Me and Karen - 8
7. The Mellish - 8

Total submissions from the DC Area: 36

WHAT'S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. In the next few days we'll unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors (mostly venue promoters and other industry people who know the DC/MD/VA scene inside out), and we'll let our readers and writers influence the poll with their vote.

Thanks to all the acts who submitted to us. Our open submissions pool was truly a celebration of the diversity and richness of the DMVs talent. Keep creating, keep supporting and stay tuned for your chance to vote!


Open Submissions Featured Artist #1 - Kindlewood

Coming in as our most voted upon in the Open Submissions round and now moving on to our Best of 2013 Emerging Artists poll is Maryland’s dream folk rock trio Kindlewood! You can hear the love in every note this group produces together, especially on the featured track “Give & Take” below. Expect to hear even more from them this year.


Open Submissions Featured Artist #2 - Margot MacDonald

Coming in at #2 on our recent round of Open Submissions is DC based pop vocalist Margot MacDonald who’s recent release Canvas showcases her a cappella skills. She’s no stranger to topping lists either as she’s been recognized as NPR Music's Favorite Discoveries after the 2013 CMJ Music Festival. Check out her skills below then see her live at The Dunes on Jan 10.


Open Submissions Featured Artist #3 - The Sea Life

We are really not shocked that DC’s dream pop group The Sea Life were highly voted in our recent round of Open Submissions. Merely a 3 second listen to their EP Transitions and you know you’ve got a stellar band that needs to be heard. Check out the EP below and then see them live at the 9:30 Club on Jan 25.


2013 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene


For the full summary click...


Interview with The Mellish: DC Deli's Band of the Month (December)

2013 ends with the Virginia based funk punk band The Mellish as our Band of the Month! Their unique blend of a plethora of genres captures the creative complexity that can only be found in our region, right up there with go-go and Dischord hardcore. We wanted to find out more about these guys that are sure to be heard more in the new year, so we got a hold of Rev. Eugene Sickles (keys/vocals,) General Longstreet (guitar/vocals,) Justin Price (bass,) and Markus Gerhard (drums.) Here they tell us about memories at Memories, influences, and keeping the story behind their name a mystery. Now onto the interview

Catch the Mellish live this Saturday 1/4/14 at Memories Bar in Walfdorf, MD.


Interview with The Mellish

- by Dawn Reed

The Deli: How did the band start?

The Mellish: It began with Eugene Sickles jamming with General Longstreet in his raw, unfinished basement. Over the course of their late education, they rattled windows and fogged up glasses. In twenty-aught-eight, they happened to stumble upon a dangerously irresponsible skin-man with interstellar drum chops, Markus Gerhard. In the dank party light, they jammed for the first time and decided to form a band. It was all downhill from there. Sometime after, Squaw Mary found his way into the basement, taking up the low end responsibilities. Although his exceptional talent and humid aptitude were crucial in the development of the band’s first 2 LPs, his skills were needed elsewhere and he was called up to two tours of duty at Berklee College of Music. In the face of stifling adversity the band decided to ignore some better advice, and carry on with Justin Price. Justin plays bass.

Is there a story behind your name The Mellish?

Absolutely not.

What are your biggest musical influences?

To name too many: Abraham Lincoln, Pearl Jam, A Tribe Called Quest, The Doors, Bjork, Funkadelic, The Nuclears, Fishbone, Faith No More, Steely Dan, Primus, Mahalia Jackson, Lee Morgan, Tool, Prince, Eric B & Rakim, and Pantera. And Earnest Tubb.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently
listening to?

Death Grips, Chucho Valdez, and Gage Gerhard.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that
you ever bought?

The 1900 World’s Fair. First album was Nappy Brown’s Apples and Lemons.

What do you love about DC's music scene?

The U Street area and all of its going ons.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

More partying, more parades, and more screwing in the streets.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

More partying, more parades, and more screwing in the streets.

What was your most memorable live show?

Any one of our sweaty, ass-driven shows at the Velvet Lounge on U Street. Also, great memories at Memories in Waldorf.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Sam Winkler. We fuckin love that guy.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Eugene’s Black and Decker 550-watt blender. We never go onstage without it. Next question.






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