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Congratulations to The Deli LA's Open Contest winners!

You listened to them, you love them, then you submitted them -- here are The Deli LA's top 5 contenders in our Open Contest, now eligible to be on our Best of 2009 poll! Congrats to Light FM, Mississippi Man, My Imaginary Friends, Spindrift, and Warpaint. Come back tomorrow to start voting for the best LA artists of 2009 in our massive poll put together by bloggers, industry heads, DJs, print journalists and, of course, you. Good luck to all participating artists and thanks to everyone in the community who's helped put this behemoth poll together for the third year in a row!

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Residency Alert: Rival Sons at Cinespace every Sunday in January

It's hard to say whether classic rock revivalists Rival Sons can hold a candle next to obvious heroes like, say, any ginormous British rock act between 1965 and 1978, but the execution might be worth checking out. Scour their MySpace page and a monster of new classic rock will come pleasantly crashing in, crappy speakers or not. Rival Sons hold Sunday nights at Cinespace all this month -- the cost is free and, yes, there will be loads of free vodka swimming around.

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Cold War Kids on CurrentTV's Embedded Tonight


Cold War Kids | CurrentTV's Embedded Tonight

While we fully understand Cold War Kids have far surpassed a long gone underground status--especially the kind that merits some mention on our beloved site--it's their faithfulness to the DYI spirit that keeps us listening. KROQ or not, they exploded without the typical transformation that goes hand-in-hand with lost dignity. Watch as the lead-singer-loses-voice-before-show drama unfolds tonight on CurrentTV at 11 p.m. [via LosAnjealous]

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Warpaint debut video for "Elephants," begin tour with Natural HIstory Museum set


Warpaint | "Elephants" [via FADER]
Dir. by Bruce Muller

Strangely enough, this video plays more like a dim preview inside the souls of one of our favorite ambient outfits. It's all sorts of intriguing, from the director's manipulation of time to the group's apparent desire to stay hidden behind their freshened up exteriors. Mission accomplished in the enigmatic department, Warpaint. Mission accomplished.

Warpaint play The Natural History Museum on Feb. 5 with Yesayer.

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Local Natives top off 2009 with holiday surprises and au revoirs to Europe


Courtney Coles

Local Natives played a sorta-farewell set to a sold out crowd at the Echo just before Christmas Day, sharing their bill with Chief and Voxhaul Broadcast as openers. It would be Local Natives' final home show until they return to Europe in March. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor (nickname of their home/rehearsal spot/party dungeon) was released November 2 in the UK (Infectious Records) and won't be available in these states until February 16 (Frenchkiss Records). The band had a few copies available for purchase along with a Christmas gift to the sold out crowd: a poster bill specially made for this night's event. Show closer "Sun Hands" ended in true Local Natives fashion: by inviting the bands they've toured with on stage including Johnny Wilson (The Union Line) and Stewart Cole (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes). -Courtney Coles

Click here for more photos of Local Natives' holiday show.

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