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Let’s Get Hypnotized - Bloc 11 - Union Sq. Somerville 1/20 TONIGHT!

Wednesday night, in the heart of Somerville’s Union Square, local songwriters Dan Blakeslee, Tim Riordan, and James Houlahan will be performing from 7-9 at Bloc 11 Cafe.  Dubbing themselves as “The Folk Hynoptists,” each of their sets will feature original songs covering a wide range of styles and feeling.  Blakeslee sings of late night wanderings, fascinating characters, and enduring love.  Riordan’s tunes evoke strong connections to the listener, drawing one in with detailed, powerful emotions.  Houlahan combines simple, sometimes traditional melodies with his own twist of folk magic and inventive language.  Hypnotic trances are encouraged.  Regardless, Bloc 11 is at 11 Bow Street, and they feature a variety of beverages and good eats. 

-- The Deli Staff

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Year End Best of New England Readers' Poll - Final Top 10!

1
 McAlister Drive
2
 M Bernier & the Uprising
3
 28 Degrees Taurus
4
 The Organ Beats
5
 The Day's Weight
6
 Dave Alpert
7
 Myra Flynn
8
 Jesse Dee
9
 The Points North
10
 Township
This is our final Year End Best of New England Fans Poll's Top 10 - full breakdown of the votes here.

On Wednesday we'll publish the results of the Best of New England 2009 Poll, which is calculated through a rather complicated system involving a jury of scene makers, The Deli's writers, our readers, the bands' fans, and also through an initial open contest - rules can be found here. - Stay tuned!

The Deli's Staff
 

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Haiti Earthquake Benefit at Great Scott in Allston

Keep the love and the funds flowing out to Haiti on this MLK eve while rocking out in Allston.

The music venue  Great Scott is partnering with the online arts mag, Boston Tea Party and the Boston-based charity Partners in Health to present a rockin’ Haiti Earthquake Release Benefit.

The $10 cover goes entirely to Partners in Health to support their ongoing efforts to provide quality health care to the people of Haiti.

Emceed by Foxy Action Group, (Featuring members of Mystery Roar), the night's entertaininment includes music from The New Collisions, D.J. Die Young, Southern Belle, E-603, and Key Brook. The music kicks off at 8PM. Get tickets here.

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Two Wicked Awesome Lizard Lounge Shows

Club D'elf makes it's 2010 debut tonight at the Lizard Lounge (1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge). The band can only be described as experimental-world-jazz-funk with a dash of DJ mixes and a sprinkle of psychedelia (especially their album art!). Bass-wizard, Micro Vard, has traveled around the world (and probably beyond the fringes of outer space) to find instruments, rhythms and styles to bring home to the cozy basement venue. Their work is brilliant and beautifully aged (11 years!) Show is $10. 21+

And, next Saturday the 24th there is a pop-rock extravaganza at the Lizard Lounge.

Oranjuly - 12am

The Motion Sick - 11pm
Brendan Boogie & The Best Intentions (with some special guests) - 10pm
Paul Melancon - 9pm

Brendan Boogie just released a new album, The Sweet and the Brutal last month. Boogie is also responsible for the amazing The Cover-Up shows, which rally a bunch of local musicians to cover songs by awesome bands such as, Queen and the Black Crowes. Oranjuly and The Motion Sick are two of the most raved about indie bands in the city.This show is a must see for the whole family (family members must be under 21). $8 adv/ $10 door and you can buy tickets here.

--The Deli Staff

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Editor's Picks: Funk-Jazz Trio Otis Grove @ Regatta Bar Thursday 1.21

 

Personal favorite, funk-jazz trio, Otis Grove, will be playing the Regatta Bar (in the Charles Hotel. Harvard Sq.) on 1.21 next week. They just let word out about a new album coming soon, The Runk. Their last album, Crank it Up is a delicious funk compilation (see rock-u-mentry of Crank it Up CD release above). Otis Grove will be playing the early show at 7:30pm Thursday the 21st. Tickets are $10, which is a really sweet deal, the Regatta Bar is a more elegant venue. You can go skating outside on that cute little pond they made and then go in and warm yourself up with the juiciest funk Boston has to offer.

--Meghan Chiampa

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