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Gorilla Vs Bear: Lee Bannon – BLOOD/LINE
Gorilla Vs Bear: Doss – Here Tonight
A Heart is a Spade: Pharrell Debuts New Video

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

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Cellar Doors & Cool Ghouls Co-Residency at Amnesia in San Francisco Begins TONIGHT

A single bill with both Cool Ghouls and Cellar Doors on it is a knock-out for any garage-psych fan. Multiply that formula by four and you get Amnesia's March residency. Every Tuesday this month, two of San Francisco's premiere rock and roll outfits--and some of California's biggest underground bands--will be co-headlining a residency at the intimate Valencia Street staple, and you can join the party for the sliding scale of $7-$10.

Since releasing their eponymous debut LP in 2013, the Cool Ghouls have risen to the forefront of the city's rock and roll community with a raw, classically-minded sound and raucous live shows. With infectious harmonies, three rotating lead vocalists and the occasional horn section, they never offer the same show twice, and these residency shows will be no different. Currently in the process of recording their second record, the band is ready to unload some new material, though you can also bet on hearing crowd favorites like Natural LIfe and the sweet, facial hair-inspired Grace.

Cellar Doors channels the city's underground psychedelic scene of the 1960s through their own modern, post punk filter. The result is a dark, distorted psych sound that exists in the more sinister spectrum of rock and roll. Though the band has only released a single EP, 2011's The Melody Haunts My Reverie, they have been busy spreading their reverb-soaked music like a plague throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Live shows are the only place to hear the band's latest tunes, so take advantage of the chance to catch them multiple weeks in a row at one of the cozier venues in San Francisco.  -Lauren Espina


Dancer and Gravy's Drop Play a Free Show at Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT

Dancer and Gravy's Drop are playing for free tonight at the Hemlock Tavern! Dancer is a hook-filled power pop band that also shares in the tradition of '77 punk artists like Johnny Thunders. This month, the band released its newest 7" dubbed Bitchin' Heat on Grazer Records. Managing to be saccharine sweet, but with an aggressive edge - the song Heart Failure off their newest release is worth checking out.

Borrowing from bands of the '50s and '60s, Gravys Drop is pure, unabashed rock n' roll. Last year, the band came out with their LP, Gumball on Burger Records, Spot-on Sound and Cut-Rate Records. It's packed to the brim with solid jams, that are influenced by doo-wop and surf rock of yore.

Make sure you make it out to the Hemlock Tavern tonight! - Erin Dage


The Deli SF's Guide to Noise Pop - Part 2

The 22nd annual Noise Pop Festival kicks off on February 25th and the week-long party, now a solid San Francisco institution, will be taking over many of the premiere venues in town.They'll be hosting some of the best independent music acts from our city and around the world. With so many shows to choose from (not to mention all the free happy hours, art shows and gatherings at the new Noise Pop HQ), it's a tough job to pick and choose which bands to check out. If you've looked through the festival's stacked lineups and still can't decide which ones to see, we've created a definitive Guide to Noise Pop to help aid in your decision making. -Lauren Espina

If You Like Sunny, Surfy Indie Rock: Real Estate, The Shilohs, Dominant Legs / Dream Boys

Brooklyn based band, Real Estate makes indie rock music, but they do it better than anyone else. Soaked in dreamy washes of surf and lo-fi pop, and sometimes even revealing traces of psych and alternative country styles, this band is the archetype of modern indie rock. They are set to headline not one, but two back-to-back shows at The Independent on February 28th and March 1st for this year's Noise Pop festival. Joining Real Estate for their first gig on Friday, February 28th will be Vancouver's melodic, folk-infused power pop outfit The Shilohs,and San Francisco's shimmery pop band Dominant Legs. For Saturday's show, from Los Angeles will sub in for Dominant Legs with their folk-psych tunes rounding out the lineup on March 1st.

If You're Looking for Diversity: The Soft White Sixties, NO, The She's and Cannons and Clouds

This is one of those lineups that makes no sense, and therefore makes awesome sense. The San Francisco-based outfit The Soft White Sixties churns out some soul-infused rock and roll, while Echo Park's (Los Angeles) NO,encased by the baritone vocals of Bradley Hanan Carter, offers lush indie rock that can be both dark and uplifting at the same time. The She's of San Francisco make pop tunes reminiscent of the 1960s, but add their own modern edge. Rounding out the lineup, Cannons and Clouds, also from San Francisco, offer an earnest brand of indie rock infused with multi-part harmonies. It's going to be weird and so, so rad. This unlikely mix of bands will all play together on Friday, February 28th, at The Chapel.

If You Know What's Good For You: Dr. Dog, Saint Rich, Moses Sumney

The underground masters of Dr. Dog are finally getting the recognition they deserve. With subtle threads of blues, folk, soul, 1960s rock and roll and modern country blended together into one infectious sonic fabric, this band has transitioned from the experimental hodgepodge of its debut album to the tighter, sophisticated songwriting of their 2013 LP, B-Room. Joining Dr. Dog will be New Jersey's Saint Rich, an Americana-flavored rock and roll outfit, as well as Moses Sumney, a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who has mastered his own brand of poignant folk-soul. Catch this show on March 1st The Warfield.

See Also: Strange Vine, French Cassettes, Dante Elephante and Irontom on Wednesday, February 26th at Bottom of the Hill


The Deli SF's Guide to Noise Pop - Part 1

The 22nd annual Noise Pop Festival kicks off on February 25th and the week-long party, now a solid San Francisco institution, will be taking over many of the premiere venues in town.They'll be hosting some of the best independent music acts from our city and around the world. With so many shows to choose from (not to mention all the free happy hours, art shows and gatherings at the new Noise Pop HQ), it's a tough job to pick and choose which bands to check out. If you've looked through the festival's stacked lineups and still can't decide which ones to see, we've created a definitive Guide to Noise Pop to help aid in your decision making. -Lauren Espina

If You Like Lush, Layered Pop: Social Studies, AAN, Maz and The Moon

The reigning dream pop darlings of The Bay Area, Social Studies has mastered a sophisticated blend of indie pop and experimental rock. Led by the distinctive soulful vocals of Natalia Rogovin, the band meticulously weaves an intricate sonic tapestry that is perfectly encapsulated on its 2012 sophomore album, Developer. Joining Social Studies on Thursday, February 27th at The New Parish in Oakland will be Portland-based experimental rock outfit AAN and Southern California's indie pop band Max and The Moon.

See also: Broods, ASTR and DJ Aaron Axelsen on Thursday, February 27th at Rickshaw Stop.

If You Like Punk with an Experimental Edge: No Age, Cheatahs, GRMLN, Straight Crimes

No Age is a Los Angeles-based duo that creates an experimental fusion of punk and noise rock. With a razor sharp pop sensibility woven throughout its raw aesthetic, the group traverses the gap between melodic moments and the rough, stripped-down sound of early punk rock. The band will be headlining Brick & Mortar on Saturday, March 1st along with London's shoegaze punk rocker band Cheatahs, Northern California natives of the dream pop outfit GRMLN and Okland's Straight Crimes, the new punk project of former High Castle guitarist Erin Allen.

See also: Noise Pop Happy Hour CCR Headcleaner, Skate Laws and Bicycle Day on Wednesday, February 26th at Bender's

If You Know Garage Rock Isn't "Over": Fresh & Onlys, Cool Ghouls, Sandy's, Luke Sweeney

With prolific songwriters Tim Cohen and Wymond Miles respectively taking the reigns on lead vocal and lead guitar, The Fresh & Onlys have risen as one of San Francisco's most beloved garage rock bands. Though some people have prematurely declared the death of garage rock, the band's 2013 EP, Soothsayer, a raw rock and roll record laced with traces of psych and power pop, is solid proof of the community's existence. Further evidence lies in the supporting acts of the Onlys' show this Wednesday, February 26th at Brick & Mortar. Further evidence lies in the supporting lineup of the Onlys' show this Wednesday, February 26th at Brick & Mortar, which includes San Francisco's rock and roll torch bearers Cool Ghouls, as well as the California-drenched surf rockers of Sandy's and bedroom pop artist Luke Sweeney.

See also: Bleached, Terry Malts, Mystic Braves and Tropical Popsicle on Friday, March 28 at Rickshaw Stop


Megan Slankard John Brodeur and Roem Baur Perform at The Lost Church TONIGHT

Come join Megan Slankard, John Brodeur and Roem Baur for an intimate night of acoustic music at The Lost Church in San Francisco tonight.

Megan Slankard writes endearing acoustic pop songs with a gritty edge. Her imaginative lyricism and americana-tinged modern-pop melodies form a sound that is reminiscent of Sheryl Crowe coupled with the eccentricities of Tori Amos. Roem Baur is a classically trained tenor who’s got a whole lot of soul. Rorm Baur draws inspiration from the classic funk and R&B records of the 60’s to make music that is both fresh and familiar. Known for his energetic live performances with his full band, this acoustic in-the-round show gives him a chance to highlight his operatic vocal range. New York-based songwriter John Brodeur plays soulful, melodic music ranging from introspective folk songs to crunchy guitar rock. His songs explore the existential longing of modern life while always remaining immediate and tuneful. In a live solo setting, Brodeur is a master of looping and layering his performance to create rich textures and a full band sound. - Ethan Varian


King Lollipop Santoros Wyatt Blair and Levitation Room Play Brick and Mortar Music Hall TONIGHT

Some know King Lollipop as Cody Blanchard, guitarist for the legendary Bay Area garage rock group Shannon and The Clams, but to others, he's simply known as the "goblin king of the junkyard, stealing pies from all the windowsills in the wasteland!" In all seriousness, King Lollipop is an artist from Oakland that sings about dumpster diving, trolls and cheeseburgers - in a hiccuping, rockabilly-style voice. Known for having his guitar slung high and the hem of his pants even higher, he looks like he has emerged straight out of a John Waters film, which is something that we at The Deli SF can definitely get behind! He'll be performing in San Francisco at  Brick and Mortar Music Hall TONIGHT with Los Angeles-based artists Santoros, Wyatt Blair and Levitation Room along with Bay Area based DJ, Al Lover

Bringing a sleepy, psych rock style of sound to the line up will be Levitation RoomWyatt Blair is an artist known for combining elements of glam rock guitar stylings, power pop lyricism and garage rock grittiness. Last year he released his album Banana Cream Dream on Burger Records. Santoros is a group of seven that plays a style of frenetic, psych-infused garage rock. They're known to put on an energetic show, and have an album called Ancestros that is worth checking out. -Erin Dage

Best SF Emerging Artists of the year: Down Dirty Shake, Disappearing People, French Cassettes

One last post to celebrate the top three bands from our year end Best of SF Poll for Emerging Artists. 

Down Dirty Shake

San Francisco based, psychedelic soul rock group, Down Dirty Shake has been honored with the title of The Deli Magazine San Francisco’s Emerging Artist of 2013. Even without that accomplishment, they are one of the hardest working bands in the Bay Area. This sometimes sultry, sometimes completely rowdy soul band that features the smooth Jim Morrison-esque vocals of lead singer, A.J. Lopez, plays a plethora of shows in San Fran and Oakland.

They played a four-week residency at The Milk Bar in the summer of 2013, and continue to record and release impressively psychedelic recordings. Their January release, The Beauville Boogie features two new songs: Sun Cheyenne and Stoned Love, which are previews of their upcoming full length album.

Down Dirty Shake's sexy ‘60s throwback ballads are completely romantic and lyrically impressive. You can always groove to their love and sex-centric music, as their songs are powerfully soulful, well composed and well written. If you haven’t seen Down Dirty Shake live, you will be doing yourself a favor by experiencing their energetic and wildly entertaining performances. (Note: you can read about DDS in the upcoming SXSW print edition of The Deli Magazine, coming soon!)

Disappearing People

The noisy heavy, dank experimental and unpredictable Oakland based duo, Disappearing People is the runner-up for The Deli Magazine San Francisco Emerging artist band of 2013. Our hand selected jury and writers really thought DP was one of the cream of the crop in the SF Bay scene. We completely agree. This band's otherworldly dissonance and musical experimentation will take you on a wild ride, and show that music doesn't have to be structured and pop oriented to move a crowd!

French Cassettes

French Cassettes is a veteran emerging band, finally getting their recognition as they were the second runner-up on the poll. They've proven time and time again that they can record great records, fill a room of anticipating and supportive fans and make their mark on the local music scene. We're always happy to cover this well rounded indie pop band. They're playing Noisepop 2014 this month in San Francisco, so keep an eye out here at The Deli SF for more details about their appearance!

Now that the poll is officially over, the Deli staff would like to thank all of the local jurors, artists, readers and writers for participating and making this year's Emerging Artist poll a great success. We look forward to introducing a new list of emerging bands next year as we continue to cover and support the SF Bay's underground and indie music scene.

Also look out for interviews with the winners of our Reader's poll, Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony and 2013's Emerging Artist of the Year, Down Dirty Shake - SF Editor, je


Peace Creep (Record Release Show) with Future Twin and Buffalo Tooth at Elbo Room TONIGHT

San Francisco based alternative punk band, Peace Creep will be celebrating the release of their upcoming self-titled EP (Alternative Tentacles Records) with Buffalo Tooth, Future Twin, comedian George Chen and DJ Jello Biafra at the Elbo Room tonight.

Buffalo Tooth is expected to kick out the jams with their heavy, riff-driven style of music that combines psych, blues, metal and good times. Future Twin, a female-fronted San Francisco based quartet whose sound is based on their stellar surf style riffs and '60s psych rock vibe will be sure to play a great set. Keep an eye out for their debut full length album Wavelength Sovereignty that is expected to be released later this year.

Peace Creep has described their sound as "Neil Young on SST Records wearing a dress playing Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets, Breeders, and Husker Du covers," and after giving Peace Creep a further listen, it was found that this description is pretty accurate. With vocals and songwriting that is reminiscent of Husker Du with their subdued hardcore riffs, it's clear that Peace Creep is quite familiar with the '80s SST Records catalog...which is awesome. Make your way out to the show to see to hear all these bands rock.  -Erin Dage.


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