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SF Artists on the rise: Hazel English plays The Independent on 03.23

East Bay by way of Australia dream pop aficionado, Hazel English has released a number of singles with the production of electro dream pop artist Day Wave. The musicians met at English's day job and the collaboration started after she played Wave her sensuous, home recorded pop tracks, including a rough version of debut single, "Never Going Home" (streaming). Since the release of that hazy track the duo released a series of well produced, simple dream pop gems that are a promising foreshadow to her (not yet announced) debut LP. Don't miss her show at the Independent on March 23rd. - Jordannah Elizabeth

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Day Wave Releases Hard to Read EP

Today Day Wave releases his highly anticipated sophomore EP, Hard To Read via Grand Jury. Hard To Read was performed, produced, mixed and mastered by Day Wave directly to tape, and the result is a beautiful 5-track EP bursting with California sunshine. Packed with ethereal, lo-fi vocals, captivating hooks, and celestial guitars awash with subtle synths, Day Wave builds an entrancing sonic milieu that makes him one of the most exciting up-and-comers today.

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Music Video Premiere: Scary Little Friends - Everything At Once

We're excited to premiere the newest music video from the San Francisco based band, Scary Little Friends. The band's oddly intergalactic video for their single, Everything at Once from the band's new EP entitled, Silent Revolution. The video is inspired by the album's cover art, bringing Silent Revolution's black and white outter space photo to life!

This is one of those places that made the Mission District special,” says band-leader, Chris Jones. “Like so many other great places, it had to close last year, but we were lucky enough to be able to say goodbye. We’ll miss the Bad Movie Nights, Live ‘Twilight Zone’ viewings, and underground sketch comedy. We dedicate this video to owner Jim Fourniadis, and all he and his venue have done for San Francisco.”

Jones continues, “(Director) Blake (Boxer) kept us far away from the usual, serious-faced style of music videos that you’re used to seeing. She took it in a fun and psychedelic direction instead. We think it’s really unique.

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Heartwatch is The Deli SF Bay Area's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd Emily Afton, 3rd Annie Girl and the Flight

Deli Readers,

Our Best of SF Bay Area 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. We have finally reached our destination and we can announce the final results!

Heartwatch

The Bay Area has spoken and the local indie pop band, Heartwatch has not only won this year's overall poll, but they dominated the Deli SF's Reader Poll as well making them our undisputed Artist of the Year! We can tell why with their dancible brand of pop music and admirable work ethic. It all paid off this year!

Emily Afton

Emily Afton's sultry, soulful style of indie pop melds elements of pop, soul and electronica to create original and penetrating modern ballads. She didn't come in too far after Heartwatch. She deserves a huge congratulations and we look forward to seeing more from her.

Annie Girl and the Flight

Well, Annie is nothing but pure rock and roll! We're thrilled to see her come in third place as she's been a relentless force in the local underground rock scene. A great songwriter, composer and live musician is something that is sorely needed in the Bay Area right now. Congrats to Annie Girl and the Flight!

Check out our poll's top 15 below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

AVANT INDIE - ELECTRONIC - INDIE POP - PSYCHREVIVAL POP/ROCK - ROOTS MUSIC

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING SF BAY AREA ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******

 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Heartwatch
5.5
 
2
7.5
2
Emily Afton
5.5
 
1
6.5
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3
Annie Girl and the Flight
3.5
 
1.5
5
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4
The She's
4.5
 
0.009
4.509
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5
Eight Belles
2
2
0.029
4.029
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6
The Seshen
3.5
 
0.015
3.515
7
Zodiac Death Valley
3.5
 
0.004
3.504
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Night Shapes
2
1
0.054
3.054
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9
Bells Atlas
3
 
0.015
3.015
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10
Waterstrider
3
 
0.009
3.009
11
Wicked Man
 
3
0.005
3.005
12
Useless Eaters
3
 
0.004
3.004
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Cellar Doors
3
 
0.004
3.004
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14
Fuzz
3
 
0.003
3.003
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Cathedrals
3
 
0.003
3.003
Legend: J = Jurors,
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+ SF Bay Area 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 SF Bay Area produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: David A Sikorski (Writer at SF Weekly), Doug Kinsey (The Night Light), Dace James Hines (Writer for SF Critic), Anisa (Sofar Sounds), Barry Smyth (Brick and Mortar Music Hall), Dennis Gonzales (POW Magazine), Jason Black (Writer for Beatport), Aisah Gemora (Sofar Sounds), Derek See (Indie Record Collector/Retailer), ​Sam Lefebvre​ (East Bay Express), Audra (Thee Parkside), Ash Reiter (Founder of Hickey Fest), Bob Patterson (SF Critic Managing Editor), Jordannah Elizabeth (The Deli SF).

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

The Deli's Staff


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Miserable Release New Single – Oven

After a triumphant debut release from her band, King Woman last year, Kristina Esfandiari has returned with her deep, moody music project, Miserable. Her new song, Oven explores suicidal tendencies due to the rejection of a lover.

Esfandiari told Noisey, “Oven' is about someone I was once so intimate with making me feel like they never cared. That can make you feel insane, and it causes you second guess everything you thought was real. It's about feeling extremely frustrated over miscommunication between you and someone you truly loved.”

With all the "darkness" that created this tragically beautiful song, the track is touching, honest, raw and a very brave piece of music for her to have shared. Esfandiari is arguably one of the Bay Area's most talented artists. Keep your eyes and ears on her current and future releases. -je

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