Indie Rock

The Deli's Best Emerging Chicago Artists: FINAL RESULTS

Dear Deli Readers,

We have finally reached the end of the road for The Deli’s Best Emerging Chicago Artists Poll. As usual, it’s been a lengthy, exhausting, painstaking journey through an abundance of numbers, band names, and some seriously rad tunes. Now, before we get to our list of this year’s Top Performers, we would like to thank our wonderful, knowledgeable jury of local music experts/enthusiasts (which you can view below), dedicated Deli writers and all those who took the time to check out our nominees and cast their votes. You’re the best, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!

The Deli Chicago Jurors
Eric Muhlberger (So Far Sounds), Brendan Losch (Blogger), ERIC SCHELKOPF (The Total Scene), Robert Glick (Reggies' Music Joint), Coleman Brice (Cole's Bar), Elle Quintana (Reggieislive), Consequence of Sound (Year End List), Mike Gebel (Empty Bottle), Aragon Ballroom ), Double Door (Jesse Ewan), Jim Kopney (Music Writer), Jason Behrends (The Deli Magazine), Matt Baron (Coach House Sounds), Thalia Hall Events, Bill Valentina (Music Writer), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli Magazine).

And now, without further ado, CONGRATS to…

1. Post Animal is a band of psych poppers that knows how to capture the imagination. Their songs are structured around sweet-sounding hooks and round, groovy basslines while the timbre is sugarcoated in atomspheric reverb. They've mastered the art of taking simple, starightforward pop into the weird and sometimes mysterious realm of psych, making them a must listen for Chicago psych fans. 

2. Lala Lala offers a refreshing dose of female energy to a male-dominated punk scene. Their songs drip with raw emotion, pulling the listener in a multiple directions from rage to heartache to bliss. With subtle harmonies that dance across beds of fuzz and distortion, the trio captures the kind of adolescent, coming-of-age sentiment that proves perfectly nostalgic. 

3. Ne-Hi creates the kind of indie rock that just won't leave the mind. They use jangly, reverb-soaked guitars to piece together delicious little tunes that are powerful in their simplicity. In a musical climate increasingly devoid of real instrumentation, they offer a glimmer of hope for listeners who love guitar-based bands.

4. Oops 

5. Jessie Winslow

6. Mano 

7. So Pretty

8. Natlie Grace Alford

9. Furious Frank  

10. Robbie Fulks 

Below are more of this year’s Chicago Top Performers…

11. Robbie Fulks
12. Archie Powell & The Exports
13. Todd Kesler
14. DIM
15. Varsity
16. monakr
17. Saba
18. Jamila Woods
19. Hood Smoke
20. Tara Terra
21. Al Scorch
22. Robert Rolfe Fedderson
23. releases Parent
24. Glyders
25. Yeesh
26. Melkbelly
27. releases Dehd
28. Emily Blue
29. Ravyn Lenae
30. The Right Now

   

Jackson Boone Drops 'Organic Light Factory' Today

If you're a fan of trippy lo-fi folk rock much like that of, say, Kurt Vile or Kevin Morby, and you're NOT already listening to Portland's Jackson Boone, you're majorly missing out on some serious misty magic. A natural born songwriter, Jackson has been making music and playing festivals around the country since 2014. Today, he's releasing a new full length and gearing up to hit the road in support of it.

Organic Light Factory was inspired by the continual changes Jackson and his band the Ocean Ghosts experience as a result of their constant songwriting and touring. The songs are like a diary of their journey so far, showing personal transformation as well. "Don't" and "Mystic Winds (from the East)" are all we've heard on it so far, so you'll have to catch the rest of the tracks at the album release show/tour kickoff.

Head over to Mississippi Studios tonight at 9pm to hear the album performed live and in full, say goodbye the band and catch some sets from Cat Hoch, Sinless and Wave Action as well. 

   

Indie Rock

Time: 
8:00
Band name: 
Active Bird Communit
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/activebirdcommunity
Venue name: 
Rough Trade
   

Weekend Warrior, March 10 - 12

As one descends into subterranean cement-lined confines of Underground Arts this evening, a cavalcade of the city’s heavy-psych noisemakers will meet you on the inside. Cultivating a cozy temperamental air gently permeating the auditory system with hazy melodies before escalating into the ethereal, Creepoid delivers the calm and then the searing storm.  Speaking of sear, Purling Hiss pummels and rips through a fog-filtered, psych lens, delivering raunchy riffs among unrestrained rhythms. Meanwhile, with their new album, Pleasure Suck, due out in two weeks via Tiny Engines, the disorienting but enchanting surge of The Spirit of the Beehive will be on display. Likewise, the “raw rock fury” of Ecstatic Vision, whose aptly titled forthcoming album of the same name, will be available next month via Relapse, torching a menacing mesmerizing hole in the mind in the process.
 
For those seeking other accommodations, the bombarding, brutal, soul-crushing stomp of Pissed Jeans will celebrate their new album, Why Love Now (Sub Pop), with a pair of sold-out release shows Friday and Saturday at Boot & Saddle and PhilaMOCA respectively.
  
Other places to fuckin’ rock this weekend…
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision, Purling Hiss, Spirit of the Beehive, SAT Scott Sorry, The T.C. Cole Riot
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Pissed Jeans (Record Release), M Ax Noi Mach, Body Spray, SAT Thrills, Sad Heaven
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) John Dominy, Sun Hat/The Snails/DJ Deejay/One Sixty, Malevil , SAT Sabbra Cadabra/Dominic, Norwegian Arms/Fame lust, SUN Argyle Rings, Timelapzzz, Elaine Rasnake/The Up! Up! Ups!, Line Leader, Cabbage, The Lot
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Evil Sword (Tape Release), Ursula, SAT Pissed Jeans (Record Release), Mannequin Pussy, Prowler
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Strand of Oaks
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Flightschool, SUN Questlove
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT LoveKilledKurt, LeCompt
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) John Byrne Band, No Irish Need Apply, SAT (Upstairs) The Quixote Project, Smoke & Bourbon, Pawnshop Roses
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Zario DeCola-Heller, Novyy Stil', SUN Popular Creeps, Deuteronomy
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SUN Andorra
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Shy Boyz
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs? & DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Case Bloom, Francisco Collazo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Dean Sharon, Super Bonanza, Fitzwater, Railroad Fever, SAT Delmont (CD Release), The Good Mess, Hartline, Kevin McCove, SUN Trained Attack Dogs, Brown Sugar, Decontrol
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Posers
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dj Double Leo, Solar Circuit, Jam Traffic, SAT Red X, & Madame Jones
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Richie Navigator, Starter Jacket, Sunday Muse, SAT Blood Sound, The Silence Kit
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Cabin Dogs
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Hoser, SpaceWater, Mirrorsigns, Bungler, SUN Queen Jesus, Crooked Spine, Spot Collins
 
   

Tempers release new EP 'Fundamental Fantasy' + travel to Austin

We've been following NYC's Jasmine Golestaneh for a while now, and always found her music compelling - maybe because we grew up listening to tense and dark post punk music. Her current project, Tempers, offers a dark brand of electronic pop that suits her deep and intense soprano. The duo just released a new five track EP entitled 'Fundamental Fantasy,' which develops their sound in a more melodic direction, without necessarily embracing the sunny side of life. The band will be playing several shows next week in Austin, including one at Hotel Vegas on March 16. Check out single 'Tail in My Mouth' (streaming below), and last year's video for 'Undoing' - from their debut album 'Services', which we missed to highlight.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!