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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Emerging Bands and Artists,

The Deli's Regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists are back!



Ugh, do you REALLY want to know? The process to determine these lists is rather complicated, and occurred to The Deli's fouding fathers during a collective nightmare back in 2006 - if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some free exposure, then STAY AWAY FROM THAT PAGE!!!

Eligibility: To be eligible, your band needs to 
1. be based in one of the scenes we cover (list here), 
2. have music available online
3. have played live at least once in 2013
4. Have less than 15k Facebook friends. By the way, fake Facebook friends make us angry. 

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the Best of your city nominees. This phase starts right now! 


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

Travel Near & Far w/Pet at Boot & Saddle Nov. 28

Thanksgiving seems to a have a residual fatigue, which temporarily knocks me out. But it’s Saturday, and the rust is coming off. The assemblage, formerly known as Snoozer, has reawakened as Pet. The trio throttles between a booming, full-on rush forward, with an internal edge. The outward instrumental push provides the primary jolt, but it’s reinforced by a pensive lyrical pull. That near-and-far sound holds you in limbo. Tonight at Boot & Saddle, they bridge the gap between the punk meets shoegazing, spacey synths of Janelle and the trio of Remote Player’s Club, featuring a pair of former State Radio members, Mike Najarian and Chuck Fay. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita 


Weekend Warrior, November 27 - 29

Colin “Bear” Regisford (Kids, Mannequin Pussy) started The City & I as a solo acoustic project in 2004. Now, with the help of friends from the local music community, which includes members of The Spirit of The Beehive, Gunk, and Ghost Gum, The City & I has released its first album Downer (available via Infinity Cat Recordings). Influenced heavily by “universal anxieties: late night munchies, early morning loneliness, the inability to deal with the pressures of choosing what to make for lunch,” the debut EP travels through an indica haze with bursts fueled by copious amounts of alcohol and power chords - so raw and rad. (Take a listen for yourself below.) You can celebrate its release with Bear and friends this Saturday night at South Philly’s The Pharmacy with support from QUIT and Unholy Pisces. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 8pm, All Ages - Alexis V.

Other places to chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Joy Riding
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Kiska (Record Release), Night Trip, SAT Pet, Janelle
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Writhing Squares / Tommy Hogunz, Dobbee,/ Rk$tdy, SAT AZN Jake
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Thankful For Amy: Elise Testone Presents an All-Star Tribute to Amy Winehouse: Wyllys
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Vacationer, Palmas
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  FRI Losing Your Grip, Tasty Face, Saint Phoenix, Diff'rent Folks, The Evergreen Drive, SAT (Balcony) The Weekend Riot, An Honest Year, Courtney Halpin/The Royal Ghosts, Beards & Whiskey,  Chasen Project, Tony Mecca & The Heavy Mental Gypsies
TLA (334 South St.) FRI August Burns Red, SAT Flightschool, Lightning Jones, Weekender
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Circa Survive
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down (EP Release), Modern Colour, Bible Riots, Jeremiah Tall, SUN Ghingy Bird, Malika Love, Nafesa
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) David Newman/(Downstairs) Breakwater, SAT (Upstairs) Deb Callahan  (Album Release) /(Downstairs) Beru Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Arturo Stable Bass-less Trio
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adlib, J.O. The Last Man, Slaughter Rico SAT Flux Capacitor, The Royal Noise, Chronicles of Sound, The Jawn, SUN Resilient, Alright Junior, The Loud Comany
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) Fri American Dinosaur, Light Gears, SAT Nicky P., Former Belle, Josh Miller
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Loafass, Thee Nosebleeds, MRC & The Souvenirs, SAT The Phonies, The Bad Tequila Experience
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, Cosmo Baker, SAT DJ Deejay
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Susan Werner, SAT Susan Werner
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Continuum, Civil Discord, SAT Vital Stats
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Take This Bird & Shove It Fest/FRI Combat Crisis, Posers, FTS, Dive in the Box, SAT Take This Bird & Shove It Fest, Duffy's Cut, Thunder & Glory, The Charley Few, Legion 76, The Droogettes, SUN Outer Heaven
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI The Groove Merchants, Vermilion, SAT The Members Club, The ToneBenders
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Nik Greeley  & The Operators, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Happy Dog
Jimmy Crickets Club (1838 S. Bancroft St.) SUN Super Bonanza
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hound
All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.)  SAT Line Leader
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT Shannen Moser, jnnsmnsn, Tombo Crush
The Bloody Pit Of Horror (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SAT Decap Attak, Heavy Temple, BlackHand
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue more info.) SUN (Matinee) Red Devil (Reunion Show), Stinking Lizaveta, The Invasive Species, Corrupt Justin


What's your favorite Emerging Chicago Artist on this list?

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