The L Mag's yearly appointment with their "8 [NYC] Bands You Need to Hear" issue is always perceived as some kind of "test" here at The Deli. The question we ask ourselves when we are about to check out this section is - of course: "Did they pick bands we never covered?"
In previous editions, the music editors of the biweekly entertainment magazine did find some local gems we had regretfully ignored or missed. But this year we feel particularly good about the outcome, since it turns out that we covered 7 out of the 8 highlighted artists - and the only missing one (Evi Antonio) was at least mentioned in a recent blurb related to a live show he played.
Here's a very self-referential list of coverage we did for the top 8!
These guys won our Artist of the Month poll ages ago (was that 2010?) - they sounded quite different at the time... they were #36 in our latest year end poll for emerging NYC bands.
They placed 6th in our latest Best of NYC Emerging Artists Poll. Recent interview here.
Covered in February 2012
Covered earlier in April
Covered big time in print and online, we also booked them twice. Deli Artist of the Month in 2011. Recent interview here. They placed in 19th position in our latest year end poll for emerging NYC bands.
Plates of Cake
Covered a couple of times in the last year
Ravens & Chimes
We've been covering these guys for at least 3-4 years: they were The Deli Readers' Best Band of 2010, and got this feature in print because of it.
We hit Robin Bacior, Old Monk and Hunters (current Deli Album of the Month), but missed The Immaculates, Island Twins and Trailblazer, which we will check out soon!
Of the bands we never heard, we were mostly impressed with Island Twins - This is why we gave them the picture on top of this blurb and the streaming song below.
The Deli's Staff