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Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging LA Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Congrats to Alt Rock four piece Dorothy, who won our overall poll and we therefore crown as "The Deli LA's Best Emerging Band of the Year. "

With their jubilant choruses and foot-stomping riffs, Dorothy brings an exciting modern twist to their classic rock influences. Singer... Dorothy is a tour de force: her powerful vocals and commanding presence instantly bring audiences to their feet. In the past year they’ve been regularly selling out shows in local venues and large theaters alike, a good indication that their musical journey is just getting started. Check out their break out single "Wicked Ones."

Kudos also to indie folk duo Girlpool (who, sadly for us, recently left the best coast for Philly), and to quirky electro-psych-poppers Fever the Ghost, who also placed third in last year's Best of LA poll! That must mean something - we are digging their new record as we speak.

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+ LA scene expert (our jury, listed at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for all genres, 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 LA produced in the year 2014, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2014 POLL FOR EMERGING LA ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Dorothy
7.5
 
 
0.002
7.502
2
Girlpool
4.5
 
1
0.011
5.511
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3
Fever The Ghost
5.5
 
 
0.003
5.503
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4
Avid Dancer
4.5
 
 
0.002
4.502
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5
Little Galaxies
2
 
 
2
4
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6
Banta
3.5
 
 
0.008
3.508
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7
Heaps N' Heaps
2
 
 
1.5
3.5
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8
Maudlin Strangers
3
 
 
0.5
3.5
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9
Kiev
 
3
 
0.003
3.003
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10
Moses Sumney
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
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11
King Washington
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
12
Pr0files
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
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13
Paul Bergmann
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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14
The Diamond Light
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
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15
Lion Kings
2
 
 
0.013
2.013
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16
Sex Helicopter
 
2
 
0.01
2.01
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17
Dead Ships
1
 
1
0.01
2.01
18
Fellow Bohemian
 
1
1
0.007
2.007
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19
Debt
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
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20
Jesus Sons
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
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21
Modern Time Machines
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
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22
Talk in Tongues
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
23
Van Ike
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
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24
Babes
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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25
Exist Elsewhere
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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26
Drab Majesty
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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27
BØRNS
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
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28
Fakers
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
29
Roses
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
30
Carney
2
 
 
0
2
icon
31
Evan Mellows
2
 
 
0
2
icon
32
Moth & The Flame
2
 
 
0
2
icon
33
Post Life
2
 
 
0
2
icon
34
The Dream Club
2
 
 
0
2
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35
Valley Queen
 
1.5
 
0.004
1.504
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36
Carlton
1
 
 
0.018
1.018
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37
Dark Furs
 
1
 
0.015
1.015
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38
Dalton
 
1
 
0.013
1.013
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39
Afternoons
 
1
 
0.009
1.009
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40
Hi Ho Silver Ho
 
1
 
0.004
1.004
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41
Dawn Thomas
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
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42
Corners
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
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43
Hearty Har
1
 
 
1
2
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44
Holy Folk
1
 
 
0
1
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45
Sullen Ray
1
 
 
0
1
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46
The Dead Ships
1
 
 
0
1
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47
Billy Changer
1
 
 
0
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions


Jurors List
(in random order): Molly Kodros (The Satellite), Britt Witt (Indie Rock Reviews), Dan Frazier (freebikevalet.com), Phil Jaurigui (Swing House), Anna Soffer (KXLU), Jennifer Tefft (Spaceland), Kelsey Mitchell (The Fold), Brandon Dorsky (Super Good Music), Jay Tinsky (Genghis Cohen Cantina), Matt Draper (Echo Park Records), Neil Schield (Origami), Portia Medina (music writer), Betty Elektro (Elektro-PR), Juan Rodriguez (The Deli LA). One juror asked us to remain anonymous.

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

The Deli's Staff

February 17, 2015
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Deli Readers,

The Deli LA's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. 

Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging LA Artist of 2014.

Here is some music by the three bands that made the podium, and - below - the top 5 with links to each band's music.

1. Little Galaxies (pictured)


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2. Heaps n Heaps


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3. Hearty Har


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Here's this poll's top 5 chart, full results can be found here

BEST OF LA 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Little Galaxies 1102
2
Heaps n Heaps 1076
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3
Hearty Har 136
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4
The Diamond Light 62
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5
Carlton 18
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The Deli's Staff

February 12, 2015
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The opening hook to the track "Jesus", by duo Drug Cabin, instantly brings to mind the "hip to be square" sounds of yacht rock. With a funky bass line and supple guitar work taken straight out of Steely Dan, Nathan Thelen and Marcus Congleton's blue-eyed soul affectation goes down as smooth as a shot of Kahlua on a bright Sunday afternoon. These two come to party and "pray to Jesus", as they effusively state, righteous activites for a chill weekend after a grueling 9 to 5 lifestyle. The track can be found on their upcoming debut full-length Yard Work, which releases on February 24. 

February 12, 2015
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Chameleonic post-punk band Corners are about to embark on a national tour, beginning with a hometown show at The Echo on February 10. The Echo Park four piece are currently promoting their second full-lengnth Maxed Out Distractions, a set of nine tracks that find a steady balance between skuzzy garage rock and chilly new wave.

February 08, 2015
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Forgiveness is a tough, hard process. It can be both liberating and excrutiating, and synth-pop duo OOFJ make sure to apply a dramatic angle to the term with their expansive new single "I Forgive You". The Danish/South Africa transplants' latest opens with a swathe of luscious strings and trickling sound bytes, which abruptly descend into a disquieting pause as singer Katherine Mills-Rymer softly coos with cold detachment, "I forgive you/ like I'm supposed to". We're never quite sure who or what she's referring to -- quiet submission or bold acquiensence -- its thorny ambivalence a sign of something that's about to happen even if we're not supposed to find out. 

"I Forgive You" is the first reveal off the duo's upcoming full-length release Acute Feast, which is slated for an April 21 release through Ring The Alarm/Fake Diamond.

February 04, 2015
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Alt-rockers Dronen are prepping up for the release of their latest EP, 284 Days, a smoldering five tracks that serve as a re-introduction to the band after the release of 2013's Digital Pathways (Analog Pathogens). The band's brawny, muscular sound is best shown in first single "Lights Out", which has the hallmarks of a classic rock track with its roaring, clean guitars and uniform rhythm section set against singer Daniel Olivas's powerful vibrato. 284 Days has an official release date of February 3, and make sure to catch them play at Proof Bar in Santa Ana on February 8.

January 30, 2015
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