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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
Fastball
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
Spoon
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...
   


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Take a Walk at Night, and Listen to The Division Men

It’s pretty damn easy to do singer-songwriter acoustic stuff badly. When you cut out almost all of the instruments and voices from a potential song, the restricted format you’re left with can lead to all sorts of issues. Not the least of these oft-seen issues with the format are making songs that are too simple, songs that are too confessional without being interesting or songs that feature that annoyingly common tendency for people to “weird up” their voice to stand out.

The Division Men don’t trigger any of these warning bells. In fact, this acoustic pair writes deadly lullabies with just (for the most part) two guitars and their voices, and what comes out is dark music for dark nights. And it’s just good. Their compositions are brooding and manage complexity despite the pared-down format, and the vocal contrast of husband J. Spencer Portillo’s deep baritone with wife Caroline Rippy Portillo’s floating, hyper-airy vocals fits perfectly within the methodical, plodding structures of their instrumentation. It’s lovely night music for night moods, and if I could, I’d suggest walking your neighborhood in the small dark hours while you let it play around in your head. It makes for an evening that’s somber in just the right way, which is not a bad way to describe this duo in general. Get listening.

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LeBon LeBon Record Release w/Lushlife (DJ Set) at North Star Bar Jan. 24

Lifetime friends, Davey Cope and Damian Mason, who make up the local New Wave parody duet LeBon LeBon, planned on having a low-key release party for their debut album Devices. You know - they’d play some stuff off the record, and have some friends come to help them out, and maybe even sell one of their CDs. However, that quickly escalated into a more elaborate affair. Not only will there be choreographed dancing, campy costumes (complete with oversized sunglasses), and two opening bands... but Raj Haldar, a.k.a. Lushlife, South Philly’s most dope producer/DJ/emcee, will be spinning 80’s pop at the booth - not so low-key. Lushlife first blew away the blogosphere in 2009 with his mixtape, Cassette City, which maximized on long lost 90’s boom bap. 2013's Plateau Vision had the same style of indie old school hip hop, just on a whole lot of psychedelics and to a background of challenging philosophy. Lushlife is sure to set the scene for some serious grooving, and hopefully some of his own mind-altering beats. -North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Emily DiCicco

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Best of Toronto 2014 for Emerging Artists: Readers' Poll results

Deli Readers,

The Deli Toronto's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. 

We happily announce our top three local emerging artists Sun K, Laura Cole and The Pick Brothers Band! Whoo-Hoo!! This was an incredible experience! We thank you for all your Deli support!

1. Sun K


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2. Laura Cole


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3. The Pick Brothers Band 


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Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here

BEST OF TORONTO 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
 Sun K 470
2
 Laura Cole  393
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3
 The Pick Brothers Band   344
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4
 South of Bloor   188
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5
 Mumbai Standstill  135
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6
 Brother of North  126
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7
 The Tiger Box   72
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8
 Harlan Pepper  71
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9
 Streetlight Social  65
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10
 Ferraro  52
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Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging Toronto Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff


The Howl @ Quenchers (tonight!)

If you are looking for something to do tonight, Jan. 23rd, check out The Howl at Quenchers. They will be joined by Downtown Struts, Typesetter and Tornaparts.

The Howl recently released a fun video for their latest single "Sputter". If they can have this much fun in a van imagine what they can on stage.

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Lane

Lane is a producer and musician that creates dreamy electronic jazz-influenced hip hop. He released a three song EP this week called Argot and it will far exceed your expectations.

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