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Cellar Doors Denney Joints and The Shivas Support The Warlocks For Two Bay Area Shows - 2/14 & 2/15

Cellar DoorsDenney Joints and The Shivas will be supporting the influential neo psych band, The Warlocks this weekend at DNA Lounge in San Francisco on Friday, February 14th and at Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland on Saurday, February 15th.

Cellar Doors are a San Francisco based band that musically blurs the lines between post-punk and psych rock. They seamlessly mix both genres, which makes for a dark, haunting and ultimately enveloping sound. Denney Joints is an Oakland solo act with a taste for ‘80s goth vocals, dream-like choruses and a drum machine. Last year, he released an album called On Repeat on Exitos Gnosis Records. The Shivas are a Portland based band that takes joy in creating surf rock riffs, reverb-heavy vocals and psych rock breakdowns. Known for energetic performances, they put on a raucous and rowdy show.

And with those bands in tow, The Warlocks play chaotically dreamy psych rock songs that embody a drone rock style within their elusively genre bending sound. What makes The Warlocks’ string of Bay Area shows so special is that they're throwing a San Francisco release party for their most recent album, Skull Worship. Skull Worship is their first release in five years. Currently a quintet, the Los Angeles based band has been compared to the Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3 and Jesus and Mary Chain. With ties to Brian Jonestown Massacre (vocalist Bobby Hecksher was a former guitarist for BJM), the band has gained cult status and has established themselves as one of the most impressive psych rock bands to date. - Erin Dage


Blackalicious Performs at Slim's - 2/14

The bay’s preeminent indie hip-hop duo, Blackalicious will be performing this Valentine’s Day at Slim’s in San Francisco. Pioneers of The West Coast Underground Hip Hop, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel have been making eccentric, soulful hip-hop for more than two decades. Like fellow west coast “alternative” rap groups, the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious favors classic R&B and jazz samples and lofi sounds to the overproduced beats of mainstream hip-hop. Xcel’s funky beats combined with Gab’s complex rhymes and uplifting messages, make the group one of the most charismatic and compelling hip-hop groups touring today.

The duo will be performing classic cuts from their deep and extensive catalogue, as well as new tracks off their upcoming album Imani, which is set for release in June 2014. Joining the group at Slim’s will be special guests Lifesavas, Kween, Myron and Mission-based musical collective Jazz Mafia.

Bring your Valentine to Slim’s for a night of some of the Bay Area’s best hip-hop. - Ethan Varian

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Annie Girl and the Flight Everyone is Dirty and Balms Perform at The Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT

Annie Girl and the Flight, Everyone is Dirty and Balms are set to bring their haunting styles of indie pop to The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, tonight. Balms describe their layered, shoegaze-influenced music as dark-pop, a moniker that is certainly fitting of the band’s sound. The trio envelops their delicate vocal melodies with a wash of guitar and reverb that is both foreboding and strangely mesmerizing.

Combining the grit of 90’s era Sonic Youth with the pop sensibilities of Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley, the Oakland’s Everyone is Dirty have established themselves as one of the East Bay’s most exciting emerging acts. Lead singer Sivan Gur-Arieh’s darkly seductive vocals and electric violin are the highlight of the group’s transfixing live performances.

Annie Girl and The Flight close out the night with their hypnotic, trance-inducing art-rock. Annie has performed solo and with numerous groups around SF, but with her new band The Flight, her introspective songs take on an edgier and more psychedelic sound. - Ethan Varian

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Milk Was A Bad Choice at The Milk Bar Showcases Religious Girls GuMMyBeAR The Classical and Eitch TONIGHT

Every Wednesday, San Francisco based bar and venue, The Milk Bar hosts an event showcasing local talent called, Milk Was a Bad Choice. This week, Bay Area artists Religious Girls, GuMMyBeAR, The Classical and Eitch will all be playing this ongoing event.

Oakland mainstays, Religious Girls have been perfecting their performances down to an art since 2008. Making the bold choice to play on the floor rather than a stage, they strive to have both the audience and performer on the same level. Playing their own brand of experimental pop which is heavily dependent on harmonies and percussion with intricate time signatures, we're sure that Religious Girls will wow audiences tonight!

Another Oakland based artist, GuMMyBeAR is well known for playing experimental "glitch" hip-hop. Their instrumentals for the most part, creates light and airy beats. The Classical, a San Francisco based group, brings their style of subdued avant-garde indie pop to the table. And finally, San Francisco and New York based artist Eitch, pronounced, "H" has made a sound all her own. Striving to make music with equal parts alternative, electronica and pop, she has coined the term "altronipop" to describe her music.

Be sure to see all of these artists tonight at the Milk Bar! - Erin Dage

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Happy Diving Releases New Music Video For Never Been

Bay Area grunge-pop band, Happy Diving has recently come out with a video for their song Never Been. Similar to Pinkerton-era Weezer and Dinosaur Jr., the song is melody-laden and filled to the brim with angst in the best ways possible. In the video, Happy Diving plays the duration of the song while photos from a projector flash rapidly on the wall behind them. Much like the song, the video's shots are layered and create a hazy atmosphere. We at the Deli SF encourage you to listen to this band's wonderfully sludgy style of power pop. With dead pan vocal delivery and a healthy helping of feedback in tow, Happy Diving will be releasing a self-titled EP on cassette on local label Father/Daughter Records on February 18th. -Erin Dage

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Harsh Vibes Releases Three Songs from Their Upcoming Album

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the intensely dark, screamcore metal band (and SF based band Happy Diving's side project), Harsh Vibes has graced us with three songs from their upcoming album. This collection of songs which is appropriately titled, III showcases the tracks, LOVESICK, ENDLESS and UNTITLED. It's hard to say if or what the full length upcoming album is going to be titled, but the three songs that the band has released are disturbing, loud and awesome. III is aggressive and the instrumental basis of the songs are tighly composed and almost traditional with their metal stylings.

Keep an eye out for Harsh Vibe's complete album. In the meantime, they've shared an insanely strong example of what to expect, and the level of the new material they have to offer. -je

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Best of 2013 Poll for SF Bay Area Emerging Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

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

Kudos to vintage sounding psych rockers Down Dirty Shake (pictured) for winning it! Thumbs up also to dissonance masters Disappearing People (ion second place) and to bronze medal winners indie pop high fivers French Cassettes who bring a wave of optimism to this truly out there top 3... but it's SF, baby! (Oh and there's no medal, really...)

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, list 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 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 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING SF BAY AREA ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
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W
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R
TOT
 
1
Down Dirty Shake
7
 
 
1.5
8.5
2
Disappearing People
6
1
 
0.003
7.003
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3
French Cassettes
3
 
3
0.051
6.051
icon
4
The Love Dimension
6
 
 
0.015
6.015
icon
5
Chasms
6
 
 
0.006
6.006
icon
6
8th Grader
3
1
 
0.052
4.052
icon
7
Meat Market
3
1
 
0.012
4.012
icon
8
JAM
2
 
2
0.004
4.004
icon
9
Everyone is Dirty
3
 
 
0.096
3.096
icon
10
Sea Dramas
 
 
3
0.045
3.045
icon

11

Twin Steps
2
1
 
0.037
3.037
12
Black Cobra Vipers
3
 
 
0.008
3.008
icon
13
Cellar Doors
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
icon
14
Happy Fangs
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
15
Major Powers & The Lo-Fi...
 
 
1
2
3
icon
 
California Honeydrops
2
 
 
1
3
icon
 
Koruscant Weekend
2
1
 
0
3
icon
18
False Priest
1
 
1
0.091
2.091
icon
19
Range of Light Wilderness
2
 
 
0.046
2.046
icon
20
Miserable
2
 
 
0.011
2.011
21
Fuzz
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
icon
22
Fine Steps
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
icon
 
Warm Soda
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
icon
24
Gitter Wizard
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
icon
25
Cold Beat
1
1
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
Asteroid #4
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
The Family Crest
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
There's Talk
1
1
 
0.004
2.004
icon
29
Blackbird Blackbird
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
30
Art Elliot
 
 
1.5
0.024
1.524
icon
31
Devin Farney
 
 
1.5
0.018
1.518
icon
32
Agony Aunts
 
 
1
0.5
1.5
icon
 
Airs
1
 
 
0.5
1.5
icon
34
Owl Paws
 
 
1
0.092
1.092
icon
35
Down and Outlaws
1
 
 
0.082
1.082
icon
36
Seshen
1
 
 
0.069
1.069
icon
37
The She's
1
 
 
0.053
1.053
icon
38
Chris Klippel
 
 
1
0.035
1.035
icon
39
Fritz Montana
 
 
1
0.027
1.027
icon
 
Religious Girls
1
 
 
0.027
1.027
icon
41
Hot Lunch
1
 
 
0.025
1.025
icon
42
Electric Shepherd
1
 
 
0.016
1.016
icon
 
Spider Heart
1
 
 
0.016
1.016
icon
44
Psychic Jiu Jitsu
1
 
 
0.015
1.015
icon
 
Scraper
1
 
 
0.015
1.015
icon
46
Front Country
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
icon
47
Churches
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon

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

The Deli's Staff


Rykarda Parasol Performs Solo - Opens for Asaf Avidan at Bimbos - 3/7

Sultry, raspy voiced singer/songwriter Rykarda Parasol has returned to her native city of San Francisco from a long sabbatical of sorts, in Europe. Her grizzly vocal range is oddly beautiful and appropriate as she sings bravely honest lyrics, and carries a tune perfectly over acoustic folk pop music. Parasol sounds like a Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s lovechild. Her style is a bit perplexing and will be cool to experience live.

She’s opening for uber famous Tele Aviv based Asaf Avidan who is a massive and breath taking talent. If you want to hear something different next month, and don’t mind being moved to the core, arrive at Bimbos at 9 o’clock to see and hear a great show. -je

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