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August 2014
Dead Native
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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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2012 Chicago's Emerging Artist Poll Final Results! Deadbeat Wins!

2012 Chicago's Emerging Artist Poll Final Results! Deadbeat Wins!

The Deli's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Chicago Artists is finally over and we would like to thank our team of jurors and all those of you who voted.

Congrats to the winner Jessica Risker (aka Deadbeat)! 2012 has been an amazing year for Jessica not only for her Deadbeat project gaining fans, but for her other band Absinthe & The Dirty Floors - who released a well-received full-length album. Deadbeat's EP, My Eyes Are Bleeding Bits of Gold, was released over the summer.

Coming in second is the retro soul sound of The Congregation. Speaking of powerful female musicians, Gina Bloom made her mark on Chicago in 2012 as The Congregation released their debut album Right Now Everything.

Taking third is a more traditional (and lady-less) indie pop band, Minor Characters. The band released the self-titled debut EP right as 2011 was coming to close and made a big impact in 2012 by sharing the stage with some greats bands. Their year ended with a show opening for Company of Thieves and a promise of new sounds coming in 2013.

You can catch Deadbeat at Schubas on Feb. 1st, The Congregation at Subt on Feb. 1st, while Minor Characters will be at Lincoln Hall on March 1st.

Here's the full and final composite chart of The Deli's Best of 2013 Poll for Chicago Emerging Artists. 

 
ARTIST
J
 
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Deadbeat
5
 
0.021
 
5.021
2
The Congregation
3
 
0.017
1.5
4.517
icon
3
Minor Characters
3
 
0.082
 
3.082
icon
4
Ty Maxon
3
 
0.046
 
3.046
icon
5
Angel Olsen
3
 
0.017
 
3.017
icon
6
Wedding Dress
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
7
Hemmingbirds
3
 
0.014
 
3.014
icon
8
A Lull
3
 
0.013
 
3.013
icon
9
Heavy Times
3
 
0.012
 
3.012
icon
10
Panda Riot
 
 
0.008
3
3.008
icon
11
Dastardly
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
16
Disappears
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
17
Audiences
 
 
2
1
3
icon
  Cross Record
3
 
 
 
3
icon
  On an On
3
 
 
 
3
icon
  Surachai
3
 
 
 
3
icon
18
Glittermouse
 
 
1.5
1
2.5
icon
 
JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
icon
19
Brendan Losch
2
 
0.074
 
2.074
icon
20
Brontosaurus
2
 
0.053
 
2.053
icon
21
The Funs
2
 
0.046
 
2.046
22
Bailiff
2
 
0.014
 
2.014
icon
25
Clip Art
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
 
E+
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
 
Wild Belle
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
26
Outer Minds
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
27
The Vliets
 
 
0.003
2
2.003
icon
28
Cassettes on Tape
 
 
1
1
2
icon
29
Shuteye
 
 
0.001
1.5
1.501
icon
30
Fleur de Lune
1
 
0.5
 
1.5
icon
31
The Luck of Eden
1
 
0.109
 
1.109
icon
32
Xoe Wise
 
 
0.06
1
1.06
icon
33
Toupee
1
 
0.058
 
1.058
icon
34
Wannabe Heros
1
 
0.053
 
1.053
icon
35
Santah
 
 
0.042
1
1.042
icon
36
Meat Wave
 
 
0.03
1
1.03
icon
37
Marko Casso
 
 
0.028
1
1.028
icon
38
Volcanoes Make Islands
 
 
0.027
1
1.027
icon
39
Tiny Fireflies
1
 
0.021
 
1.021
icon
40
White Mystery
1
 
0.02
 
1.02
icon
41
Hidden Hospitals
1
 
0.016
 
1.016
icon
42
Thomas Comerford
 
 
0.015
1
1.015
icon
43
Mutts
1
 
0.014
 
1.014
icon
44
Jennifer Hall
 
 
0.01
1
1.01
icon
45
Milano
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
46
The Treasure Fleet
 
 
0.005
1
1.005
icon
47
King L
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
48
Quarter Mile Thunder
 
 
0.002
1
1.002
icon
49
Rego
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
53
Empty Isle
 
 
 
1
1
icon
  Lou Shields
 
 
 
1
1
icon
  Many Places
 
 
 
1
1
icon
  The Hit Back
 
 
 
1
1
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

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