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Weekly Feature #235a: Christopher Paul Stelling

Christopher Paul Stelling is an anomaly in the NYC indie scene, he is a guitarist who takes his craft to the next level and places a high emphasis on instrumental virtuosity. Playing a unique style of fingerpicking, reminiscent of bluegrass and folk legends from years past, Stelling tells stories of a gypsy musician going from town to town and room to room. Originally hailing from Daytona Beach, he has passed through Boulder, Boston, Orlando, Asheville and everywhere in between. Stelling has recently settled into his new home of Brooklyn, where he is winning a fan base through his captivating solo performances. He is equally comfortable playing larger venues such as Highline Ballroom as he is playing smaller, more intimate settings. - Read Alex Borsody's interview here.

Bermuda Bonnie on MTV's "My Life as Liz"

Do you wish that you were away from all this cold, snow, sleet, and whatever else winter seems to be throwing at us? Well, so does Bermuda Bonnie (a.k.a. Becca Huston), but she’s like most of us in this economy just barely getting by paying off her bills and debts while thinking, “Is bankruptcy that bad of an option?” Until the rock gods decide to make her rich and famous so she can finally take you and me on a real vacation, we’ll just have to let her track and video below for “Invisible” take us and her away at least for a few minutes. Alright, it’s not Bermuda like her name promises, but we still have cute ladies in swimsuits, plenty of sunglasses, a little lo-fi tropical beat, and a dude in a neat safari hat so lay back and enjoy! Bermuda Bonnie will have a couple of songs popping up on MTV’s "My Life as Liz" this season (Feb. 8 & March 14), which has also featured tracks from artists like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper, Generationals, and Takka Takka. - Q.D. Tran   
 

Invisible - Bermuda Bonnie from Kim Huston

Need something FREE to do on Tuesday night?

If you are as penniless as I am and need as many free shows as you can get, check out what's coming up from Future Sounds at Holocene tomorrow: rumbliest rumble you can tumble upon: THE RUMBLE PDX. The name always makes it sound pretty intense, but you won't get hurt, I promise. Tomorrow's installment pits the cautious cooing of Harlowe and The Great North Woods against the not-quite cooing of Pigeons, and tosses in the relentless Letting Up Despite Great Faults. And all for three easy payments of zero dollars!


Letting Up Despite Great Faults - In Steps
Harlowe & The Great North Woods - Roses
Pigeons - Dance It All Away

EWR 3rd Annual Valentine's Dance @ The 5 Spot, 2/12/11

There’s going to be a whole lot of love heating up The 5 Spot Saturday night. Why? Because Electric Western Records is hosting its 3rd Annual Valentine’s Dance. There will be a free photo booth and a live band will provide soul and Motown favorites, including some Ray Charles, to keep you dancing and set the mood for sexy times afterward. It starts at 10. Bring $8 for entry and get ready for drinkin’, dancin’ and romancin’. – Jessica Pace

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys win New England Best of 2010 Poll! Full results

Fellow New Englanders,

After a seizure inducing 2 months of polling and voting and number churning and link pasting... HABEMUS POLL WINNER!



Congrats to our 2010 champions, the orchestral, rootsy punks Walter Sickert & the Amy of Broken Toys, who preceded classic rock heroes (and not exactly mellow) Mellow Bravo and alt rockers Sidewalk Driver. Here's a picture of that crazy army during a recent show... and here's the full list of our Best of New England 2010 Emerging Artists Poll:

 
Artist
J
F
W

OS

TOTAL
 
1
Walter Sickert & the ARmy...
3
1.5
1
 
5.5
2
Mellow Bravo
5
0.057
 
 
5.057
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3
Sidewalk Driver
5
0.046
 
 
5.046
icon
4
The Wandas
1
2
1
0.75
4.75
icon
5
Ghost Box Orchestra
4
0.057
 
 
4.057
icon
6
MMOSS
3
0.018
1
 
4.018
icon
7
Brothers McCann
 
3
 
0.5
3.5
icon
8
Blue Button
3
0.397
 
 
3.397
icon
9
Brenda
3
0.15
 
 
3.15
icon
10
Streight Angular
3
0.124
 
 
3.124
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11
Lake Street Dive
3
0.083
 
 
3.083
icon
12
Michael Bernier & the Uprising
3
0.035
 
 
3.035
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13 
Spirit Kid
2
0.031
1
 
3.031
icon
14
Margaret Glaspy
2
0.027
1
 
3.027
icon
15
Young Adults
3
0.022
 
 
3.022
icon
16
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
2
0.017
1
 
3.017
icon
17
Kingsley Flood
3
0.009
 
 
3.009
icon
 18
doomstar!
3
0.009
 
 
3.009
icon
19
Gem Club
3
0.006
 
 
3.006
icon
20
Girlfriends
3
0.005
 
 
3.005
 
Oranjuly
3
0.004
 
 
3.004
icon
22
David Wax Museum
3
0.002
 
 
3.002
icon
23
Abbie Barrett
2
0.144
 
 
2.144
icon
 
Wesley Hartley & The...
2
0.047
 
 
2.047
icon
 
Good Kids Sprouting Horns
 
0.039
1
1
2.039
icon
26
Ladderlegs
2
0.021
 
 
2.021
icon
27
Rough Francis
2
0.02
 
 
2.02
icon
28 
Faces on Film
1
0.01
1
 
2.01
icon
29
Endless Wave
2
0.009
 
 
2.009
icon
30
Banditas
2
0.005
 
 
2.005
icon
31
Sodafrog
2
0.004
 
 
2.004
icon
32
Hooray for Earth
1
0.003
1
 
2.003
icon
 
Quilt
2
0.003
 
 
2.003
icon
34
Herbcraft
2
0.002
 
 
2.002
icon
35
Hey Mama
 
0.006
1
0.5
1.506
icon
36
Villenelles
1
0.018
 
0.5
1.068
icon
37
Organic Sound Project
1
0.041
 
 
1.041
icon
37
Butterfly Starpower
1
0.028
 
 
1.028
icon
39
Hallowed Butchery of the Son
1
0.021
 
 
1.021
icon
 
The Brother Kite
1
0.021
 
 
1.021
icon
 
The Organ Beats
1
0.021
 
 
1.021
icon
40
Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents
 
0.017
 
1
1.017
icon
41
Ad Frank & the Fast Easy...
1
0.01
 
 
1.01
icon
42
Avoxblue
1
0.006
 
 
1.006
icon
 
Dietrich Strause
1
0.006
 
 
1.006
icon
 
Night Fruit
1
0.006
 
 
1.006
icon
43
The Timberfakes
1
0.001
 
 
1.001
icon
44
The Luxury
 
0.1
 
0.75
0.85
icon
45
Nervous
 
0.021
 
0.75
0.771
icon
46
Love in Stockholm
 
0.155
 
0.5
0.655
icon
47
Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders
 
0.017
 
0.5
0.517
icon
48
Air Traffic Controller
 
0.035
 
0.5
0.535
icon
49
Spirit Animal
 
0.028
 
0.5
0.528
icon
50
This Blue Heaven
 
0.02
 
0.5
0.52
icon
51
Casey Desmond
 
0.009
 
0.5
0.509
icon
52
Camp Island
 
0.001
 
0.5
0.501
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Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

Thanks to all the jurors and the bands and the fans who helped us put together this list of artists. Please don't take our poll too seriously (but not even too lightly, as these are great new bands!), we see it as a fun, playful way to give exposure to deserving emerging local artists, and as an opportunity to keep our finger on the New England scene's pulse.
The Deli's Staff

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