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Dragons and Champs and Netherfriends

Well, all of the votes have been tallied and the results are in… The Deli Chicago is proud to announce that their emerging artist for 2009 is I Fight Dragons! They not only won the hearts of our readers, but received several voters from our jury of experts. In 2009 we saw them release their debut EP, Cool is Just a Number, create an army of fans, and rock out on retro Nintendo controls.

In second play we have the electro-dance-rockers Hey Champ who recently put out their compilation album/mixtape Winner’s Circle. They made their biggest impact this year with their remix skills.

On third place band is Netherfriends who not only released their latest EP Calling You Out this year, but constantly toured the country.

We would like to thank our sponsors, the jury, all of the bands in the poll, and of course you the reader and voter.

Year End Best of Chicago Poll results: I Fight Dragons triumphs!

  BAND
J
W
R
TOT
 
1
I Fight Dragons
5
1
3
9
2
Hey Champ
6
1
0.042
7.042
3
Netherfriends
5
 
0.008
5.008
4
Pet Lions
5
 
0.006
5.006
5
The Smith Westerns
4
1
0.002
5.002
6
Skybox
5
 
0.001
5.001
7
King Sparrow
3
 
2
5
8
Treaty of Paris
3
1
0.091
4.091
9
Mazes
3
1
0.005
4.005
10
Makeshift Prodigy
3
 
1
4
11
Loyal Divide
2
1
0.066
3.066
12
Inkbat
3
 
0.036
3.036
13
Grammar
3
 
0.007
3.007
 
Raise High the Roof Beam
2
1
0.007
3.007
15
Mic Terror
3
 
0
3
16
Daniel Knox
1
1
0.107
2.107
17
Jerome Holloway
2
 
0.091
2.091
18
Hudson Branch
2
 
0.086
2.086
19
Kid You'll Move Mountains
1
1
0.072
2.072
20
The Fold
2
 
0.047
2.047
21
Van Ghost
2
 
0.032
2.032
22
In Tall Buildings
2
 
0.002
2.002
 
Pool of Frogs
2
 
0.002
2.002
24
Mikkey Halsted
2
 
0
2
25
Panda Riot
1.5
 
0.022
1.522
26
Color Radio
1
 
0.034
1.034
27
YAWN
1
 
0.029
1.029
28
BBU
1
 
0.022
1.022
29
Joe Pug
1
 
0.005
1.005
30
Cave
1
 
0.001
1.001
 
Conductive Alliance
1
 
0.001
1.001
32
The Yearbooks
1
 
0
1
33
Mr. Bear
0.75
 
0.030
0.785

Legend: "J" = Jurors vote + Points from Open Contest - "W" = Writers vote  - "R" = Readers vote - TOT = Total votes
 

Andrew Belle Record Release @ Schubas

The build up for his debut album has been warranted for Andrew Belle really does have a magical voice.  The Ladder, is out February 23rd, but he is playing a release show for the album this Saturday (Jan.23rd) at Schubas. Belle splits time between Chicago and Nashville and that mixture of musical cultures is vibrantly demonstrated in his music. If you go and pre-order The Ladder here you will receive a live acoustic album for free. 

Last Minute Plans: Inchworm @ Schubas

Inchworm has taken a bit of a hiatus from the show scene the last few months, but lucky for us, they're back and ready to rock. More specifically, they're ready to rock Schubas, Wednesday night, as part of Amplify's New Music Series. The band plans to unveil the new material they've been working on over the past few months, in a glimpse at what will inevitably become the follow-up to their '08 EP, Sheep in Wolf's Clothing.

Inchworm has also recently taken to Bandcamp.com, uploading their previous EPs to music's newest publishing platform. Following suit to recent preferred methods of music purchasing, Bandcamp promotes a name-your-own-price doctrine, allowing customers to donate as much (or as little) as they see fit. Visit Inchworms' catalog on bandcamp.

Tonight's show at Schubas begins at 9pm, with openers Sissy Mena and fellow locals, Save the Clocktower. Sponsored by Amplify, Beer Nuts, and UR Chicago, the show is 21+ and tickets are $5 at schubas.com. – Neph Basedow

Brighton MA Session

The Deli is sponsoring the upcoming two-night stay at Schubas with Brighton MA. We are excited to be working with such a great Chicago band. The other sponsor for the show is Coach House Sounds and they recently posted their live session with the band. Through out the week we will be featuring a different band playing at Schubas on Jan. 22nd and 23rd.

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