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GINGER ST.JAMES - CHERRY COLA'S THURSDAY

Ginger St.James is no stranger to the strange. She was an expert in burlesque before strumming her 6 string on stage. She's been playing tunes around Ontario for a long time now. Don't let her small statute fool ya....she'll out-smoke and out-drink ya....she'll probably also kick your ass to be honest. Along with her band The Grinders they bring a country/rockabilly show you probably didn't think existed anymore. A throwback to when country was bad ass music. Her record "Diesel n' Peas" was released last year and is full of honky tonk goods. Ginger is bringing her country to the city this week. Cherry Cola's is hosting a surf vs rockabilly event featuring instrumental surf acts King Beez and Luau or Die taking on Brendt Diabo & The Ramblers and of course Ginger St. James. 5 bucks before 10. -Kris Gies

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Workman Song Unveils New Single 'O, To Be In Love Again'

Sean McMahon, lead singer and guitarist of local Brooklyn/Boston band Workman Song has unveiled a brand new single with a distinctly different sound from his previous material. Recorded at The Hangar in New Jersey and produced by MGMT's Will Berman, 'O, To Be In Love Again' (streaming) is a fast paced, rhythm driven song, laden with intricate guitar lines and soaring, soulful vocals. Though the song still honors McMahon's penchant for storytelling, it is a far cry from his April 2014 release 'Lamb'. 

Workman Song has recently evolved from a solo folk project into a fully fledged 'art folk rock' band - a label created by McMahon himself. While his previous EP's (specifically Lamb and Ion Zelig Vol. III) are often compared to Cat Stevens, solo Neil Young and Dylan, his new sound sits far more comfortably next to Kurt Vile & The Violators, early War on Drugs, Jefferson Airplane and Springsteen. On Wednesday 02/03 McMahon debuted the new single at Mercury Lounge alongside local songstress Katie Von Schleicher, Lip Talk and Alexander F of Rubblebucket. The set was perfectly executed in front of a packed venue and was just a taste of what is to come in the very near future for Workman Song. With a full length LP in the works as well as a national tour, Workman Song is one to watch. 

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Rebuilder is The Deli New England's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd Horse Jumper of Love, 3rd Ruby Rose Fox!

Deli Readers,

Our Best of New England Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music, but we have finally arrived at destination: we can announce the final results. This year we heave a very eclectic chart - at least for the top positions.

We are happy to announce that Boston's pop punk band Rebuilder, thanks to an accumulation of jurors votes, is The Deli New England's Best Emerging Artist of the Year, and will therefore be featured in our upcoming SXSW print issue (check out last year's one digitally, here). We have been following this unstoppable power-quartet since their beginnings in 2014, and it's been great to see them grow and mature with each release.Their 2015 album 'Rock'n'Roll in America' blends the melodic punk tradition of pioneers Husker Do with a more modern and epic sound, without ever letting the BPM slow down. Don't miss them live!

Thumbs up also for weirdly named, slow core trio Horse Jumper of Love, also hailing from Beantown, who placed second. Their sound - from what we can hear from the two songs available online - channels the slacker rock of the 90's in rather seductive and chilled ways. They have a full release coming up on March 11th, from which first single 'Ugly Brunette' (streaming below) was premiered by Stereogum just about two weeks ago. We found another of their tracks on Soundcloud, here. Promising band indeed!

In third place we have a truly unique artist - and yes, she is a Bostonian too. Her name is Ruby Rose Fox, and we are really, really tempted to label her as THE (or some kind of) new Nick Cave, an artist we regard as one the best of all times. As you may have gathered though, Rosy is a lady. Gifted with an incredibly deep and expressive voice, and confidence aplenty, Ruby plays slow to mid tempo noir pop that flirts with Americana - and trouble. You definitely want to keep an ear and an eye out for this one - check out her stunning latest video for single "Dance of Frankestein."

Check out our poll's top ten below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT ROCK - ELECTRO/OTHER GARAGE/DIY - INDIE POP - 
INDIE ROCK
 - PUNK ROCK -ROOTS/SONGWRITERS

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING NEW ENGLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP TEN ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Rebuilder
6.5
 
 
0.033
6.533
2
Horse Jumper of Love
5.5
 
 
0.007
5.507
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3
Ruby Rose Fox
4.5
 
 
0.006
4.506
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4
Cactus Attack
3
 
 
1.5
4.5
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5
Danny Henry
2
 
 
2
4
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6
Feral Jenny
3.5
 
 
0.003
3.503
7
Something Sneaky
3
 
 
0.061
3.061
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8
Tigerman WOAH!
3
 
 
0.048
3.048
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9
The Copacetics
3
 
 
0.045
3.045
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10
Violent Mae
3
 
 
 
 
0.024
3.024
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ New England scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). Then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music New England produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Aaron Gray (Gray Skull Booking), Adam Blye (Mutiny on the Microphone), Adam Morgan (Surviving the Golden Age), Adam Parshall (Do617), Alyssa Spector (Lysten Boston), Dan McMahon (Deli NE Editor), Dave Crespo (WEMF Radio), Deep Thoughts (Deep Thoughts), Ellie Molitor (Allston Pudding), Erich Hagan (John Fleming Entertainment), Jacob Nathan (AS220), Jake (Boston Ska), Joseph Graham (NE Music Awards), Knar Bedian (Sound of Boston), Kristin Nicholls (Bishop & Rook), Lance Tobin (Brighton Music Hall), Lionel Train (The Middle East), llya Sitnikov (I Heart Noise), Malcolm Tent (Trash American Style), Paul Mayer (Cafe Nine), Perry Eaton (BDCWire), Radio Bean (Radio Bean), Ryan Agate (O'Brien's Pub), Salty Speakers (Salty Speakers), Samuel Potrykus (Boston Hassle), The Space (The Space), TJ Edson (Out of the Blue Too).

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

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FRANKIE & JIMMY: LIVE AT THE BALTIMORE HOUSE - HAMILTON!

Demento blues...ever heard of it? Well it's time you got a lesson on how it's done. Frankie & Jimmy are a demento blues duo from Hamilton. They released their album "Scream the Blues" in 2014 and it's full of traditional blues tracks done in a very original way. Frankie rips the slide guitar while Jimmy wails on the mic and harmonica. It's in your face and dirty as well as beautiful and unique. More recently these fellas have lined up a full band. They've also released some new tracks with music videos such as "My Harley". The best part about Frankie & Jimmy is their own brand of signature hot sauce. It's called "Burn the Blues Away" and as Jimmy says "it won't ruin your day but it'll ruin your next ten minutes." I've made my special hot wing sauce with it before and it was unreal. Frankie & Jimmy along with Torque Hound open up for Flamingo Báy at their Tape Release Party Friday Night (February 5th) at the Baltimore House in Hamilton. Sweet venue, sweet tunes and spicy sauce! Go.

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Sun Seeker finds the light on "Georgia Dust" EP, wants to share it with you 02.06 at Grimey's

Every now and then, we have music come our way that feels both fresh and like something faintly familiar that we've trying to find for ages, even if the sound of the track hitting our inbox is the first indication we have that it exists. That's the case with Sun Seeker's upcoming EP. The echo-for-days vocal production, jaunty piano line, and pedal steel vibes of Georgia Dust blend together like a Southern-bred Jeff Lynne watching dusk set in. It's the kind of shimmery trot that could easily give into a schmaltzy, sentimental build-and-peak, but Sun Seeker wisely decides to shield their eyes and let this low-key tune burn out all on its own.

Check out the A-side below and click here to preorder the 45. Given that this is a Third Man release, you know you're going to be getting some primo wax for the price of admission. Speaking of bargains you just can't ignore, make sure to drop by Grimey's this Saturday (02.06) at 5pm for a FREE in-store performance. -Austin Phy

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