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New Music Video: "Walk Like An Egyptian" (The Bangles Cover) - Queen of Jeans

So often, your mom is your first and biggest fan, and while it might be natural, it’s often underappreciated. In Queen of Jeans's new video for their take on The Bangles classic "Walk Like An Egyptian," the group flips the script as their moms take center stage. Bob Sweeney captures the playful, heart-warming footage, showcasing how the moms can rock, while also returning the love. Queen of Jeans (and probably their biggest fans) will be at Ortlieb’s this Saturday, March 26, with The Morelings and The Stargazer Lilies. (Photo by Kelly Kurteson)





Church Girls Fill the Musical Void at JB's Feb. 19

Mariel Beaumont started Church Girls as a side project to “fill the musical void in her life.” The once rebellious teen spent her formative years attending basement shows, drinking forties, and enjoying the best times of her life. So it’s not surprising that the ache and love for music have seeped into her bones, like many of us, who hear its calling to get involved. Church Girls received critical acclaim from the gate for its debut single “Young Planes,” and recently released its latest album Thousand Lives, which will be on display tonight. Now, solidified as four-piece, the band is set to headline Johnny Brenda’s. Also along for support are Queen of Jeans, who have been pleasing ears and making a name for themselves with vibrant, swoon-worthy pop, and Madalean Gauze, who is another feminine force and rising star in the Philly music community. The ladies will be ruling the stage this evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill





New Track: "Dance (Get Off Your Ass) (Work Drugs Remix)" - Queen of Jeans

With Queen of Jeans's Matheson Glass having spent a stint in the band Work Drugs, a remix was bound to be spawned from their creative relationship. Below is Work Drugs's reworking of the ladies' debut single, "Dance (Get Off Your Ass)," which does a fine job at getting you to follow directions. You can find Queen of Jeans this evening at Johnny Brenda's opening for Church Girls.

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Alex G is The Deli Philly's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd: Kississippi, 3rd: Queen of Jeans

Deli Readers,

Our Best of 2015 Poll for Emerging Philly 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, but we have finally arrived at our desired destination. We can now announce the final results!

And the winner is...

1. Alex G

Alex Giannascoli gives hope to nice, normal, loner dudes everywhere who waste inordinate amounts of time recording solo jams in their bedroom. He unassumingly seeped into the Philly music community's subconscious with a slew of honest, lo-fi recordings. After winning The Deli Philly's Readers'/Fans' 2013 Poll for Best Emerging Artists, Alex G eventually went on to sign to Domino Recording Co., and released Beach Music, which was also our November 2015 Record of the Month. So this victory might not be such a surprise to some of our Deli faithfuls.

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2.
Kississippi

We discovered Kississippi after being intrigued by Shari Heck's cover of "Dogmas," which appeared on the original track list of Cyberbully Mom Club's Amy Locust Whatever. We were instantly smittened by Zoë Reynolds's endearingly candid lyrics and wispy lilt, highlighted by the stripped-down, acoustic version found on I Can Feel You in My Hair Still. On the group's label debut We Have No Future, We're All Doomed (Soft Speak Records), the band hooked up with Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald, who produced the album. 2015 is definitely only the begining for Kississippi.

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3.
Queen of Jeans

The ladies of Queen of Jeans challenged you to "get off your ass" and make them dance with their debut single, but we think that it might've been pulling a little reverse psychology. Featuring former members of The Interest Group and Work Drugs, the group enchants like sirens on its self-titled debut EP, which can found via Third Uncle Records and the UK's Super Fan 99. Queen of Jeans are certainly already drawing crowds.  

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Honorable Mention: The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive definitely won the nod from our Deli writers for their work in 2015. With a new full-length album coming out later this year via Jade Tree, it'll be interesting to see if they'll win over the rest of our panel of jurors next year. 

Take a gander at the rest of our Best Emerging Philly Artists list below, and we hope that you find some rad new artists that you weren't aware of!

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR EMERGING PHILLY ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
Alex G
11.5
 
2
0.03
13.53
2
Kissisippi
10.5
 
3
0.009
13.509
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3
Queen of Jeans
9.5
 
 
0.006
9.506
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4
The Spirit of the Beehive
2
 
6
0.01
8.01
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5
Palmas
6.5
 
1
0.004
7.504
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Lithuania
5.5
 
2
0.004
7.504
7
Thin Lips
6.5
 
1
0.003
7.503
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8
YJY
 
3
2
1.5
6.5
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9
Girlpool
5.5
 
 
0.006
5.506
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10
The Writhing Squares
5.5
 
 
0.005
5.505
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11
The City & I
2
 
3
0.012
5.012
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12 
Suburban Living
2
 
3
0.001
5.001
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13
Howlish
3
 
 
2
5
 
Hurrican Hoss
3
 
1
1
5
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15 
Abi Reimold
4.5
 
 
0.021
4.521
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16
Shannen Moser
4.5
 
 
0.017
4.517
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17
Air is Human
4.5
 
 
0.005
4.505
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18
Tunji Ige
4.5
 
 
0.002
4.502
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19 
Blood Sound
3
 
1
0.005
4.005
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20
Hello Shark
3
 
1
0.004
4.004
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21
Cheerleader
3
 
1
0.003
4.003
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22
Petal
3
 
1
0
4
23
The Up Up Ups!
3
 
 
0.017
3.017
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24
Palm
3
 
 
0.012
3.012
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25
Nik Greeley
3
 
 
0.011
3.011
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26
Friendship
3
 
 
0.006
3.006
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27
Shelf Life
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
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Year Of Glad
2
 
1
0.005
3.005
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29
Ecstatic Vision
2
 
1
0.004
3.004
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30
The Stammer
 
2
1
0.002
3.002
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31
The Bul Bey
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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32
Silverton
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
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I Think Like Midnight
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
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Man About A Horse
2
 
 
0.5
2.5
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35
VoirVoir
 
1
1
0.015
2.015
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36
Weekender
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
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37
Aunt Dracula
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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God Root
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
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39
Joie Kathos
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
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40
GrandeMarshall
1
 
1
0
2
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41
Museyroom
 
1.5
 
0.001
1.501
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42
Josh Miller
1
 
 
0.029
1.029
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43
Motherwhore
1
 
 
0.021
1.021
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44
Scantron
1
 
 
0.016
1.016
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45
Dogs on Acid
1
 
 
0.01
1.01
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46
R.R. Perkins
1
 
 
0.009
1.009
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47
Mercury Girls
1
 
 
0.007
1.007
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48
Madalean Gauze
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
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Pine Barons
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
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50
Needle Points
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
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51
Vita and the Woolf
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
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52
Lazy Salon
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
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The Captain The Pilot The Driver
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
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Tango Leopard
 
1
 
0.002
1.002
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55
Steep Leans
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
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Bondage & Discipline
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Sad Actor
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Sandcastle
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Oldermost
 
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
RFA
 
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
61
Throbbing Chakra
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
Rosemary Fiki
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
Armani White
1
 
 
0
1
 
Straw Hats
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
TJ Smith and the Wild North
1
 
 
0
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
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 20+ Philly music enthusiasts (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 to the genres that we cover, from indie rock to roots music, from electronic to hip hop (no jazz, no seriously experimental music).

If you are a geek who is 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 Philly produced in 2015, this list is what you are looking for. Enjoy!  

Many Thanks to Our Jurors:

Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters Selectors), Jeff Blinder (Goldilocks Gallery), Gabrielle Bonghi (Philly.com), Kate Bracaglia (Freelance Writer), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Jessica Craft (Rock to the Future), Shana Hartzel (Swell Tone, Y-Not Radio), Kevin Horn (Underground Arts), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out Of Town Films), David Kiss (Kung Fu Necktie), Josh T. Landow (Y-NOT Radio), Carolyn Lederach (Sofar Philadelphia), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (MilkBoy Philly), Jeff Meyers (Boot & Saddle), George Miller (Jump Philly), Stephanie Seiple (Tri State Indie), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN), Allie Volpe (Freelance Writer), Nikki Volpicelli (Urban Outfitter), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, The Key)

Much love,

The Deli's Staff

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Weekend Warrior, January 29 - 31

Bands like Queen of Jeans, who openly subscribe to the long history of girl-pop groups, are a great indicator of how much has changed or remained the same through the years within the canon. The excessively soluble pop melodies and sequences dating back to legendary 60’s acts like The Shangri-Las remain intact, but today are saturated with the textural bliss of 80’s bands like Cocteau Twins. The uncertainty and feels associated with courtship rituals are also still a heavy source of inspiration to this girl group - albeit now such confessionals are served with a smaller portion of melodramatic candidness and a thick glaze of emotionally insulating ambiguity. There are songs that move with a languid, dreamy stride that resonate with contemporary artists like La Sera, who exhibit similar influences. But Queen of Jeans colors their songs with more of a jazzy hue than most bands, who fixate on the 60’s era, which gives their sound a distinct sophistication. They’ll be celebrating the release of their debut self-titled EP at Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday with garage-rock rompers Louie Louie, who are another girl group whose focus is largely on 60’s pop, but they are more concerned with the psychedelic and garage-y side of the decade, which will also be represented by The Mysteries.  Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 7pm, $8-$10, 21+ - Bryce Woodcock
 
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Moon Bounce, SUN Glitter, Crybaby, Long Spells
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Shark Tape
 
 Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI The Last Brontosaurus, This is How I Feel / DJ Elijvh Vrms, SAT Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie/ The Mysteries / Ton-Taun, Kodiak Park, Scantron
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Northern Arms, Minka, Taupe, SAT Cayetana (EP Release), Mannequin Pussy, Jeff Riddle & The Bella Vista Social Club
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Grimace Federation, SAT Famdoola, 30 And Over League, André Altrez, DJ Kirsh
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)  FRI (Balcony) Tev Geez, Rahketz, SAT I Vampyre, Ashes of Our Sins, Ashes to Vanity, Suburban Murder, Slyphr
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Lotus
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Philly Gumbo, SAT (Upstairs) John Flynn
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Molly Rhythm, The ATM Machines, SAT Illinois, SUN Joy Riding
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Chestnut Grove, SAT RFA, The Chelsea Kills
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Purple Dialect, SAT Teknacolor Ninja
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Fishtown Beats, Frank Sriracha
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hank's Cadillac (CD Release), SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Post War Dream, Justin Patrick Foley, Vessna Scheff
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI L.A.W., Space Caravan, Danny Justice, Hometown Ghosts
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Track Jumpas, Corey Lee, Fis Geez The Rapper, Chronik
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Sweet Eureka, Joe Jordan’s Experiment, Mesina, The Terribles, Clint Reid Davis, SAT Keystoned,, The Jackson Rider, Soraia, The Better Half, Dan Callahan,
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Starwood, Kim Jong Ill, Revolution, I Love You, SAT Laura Cheadle, Lou, Amy Faden, Amy Saul Zerby, SUN Sad Boys, Chugsley
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  FRI Splintered Sunlight, Cabin Dogs, SAT Echotest (Feat. Julie Slick), HMFO
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Illvibe Collective, SAT Ed Christof
 
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.) SUN Montone
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT (Matinee) Welter, Teenage Bigfoot,  , Seeing Snakes, Lamplighters, Science Club , Down With Homework / (8pm) Humanshapes, Horsecops, Girl Dog, Crime Hands
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Socialite, The Guests
 
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Howlish, OhBree, Nark, No Stranger
 
Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Littler, Blowdryer
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Sad Hana, Lead Pipe
 
W/N W/N (931 Spring Garden St.) SUN Aphra, QQQ, Telequanta, Sad Hana
 
Goldilocks Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Arthur Shea, Frontyards, George Quinn, Chad Avery
 
Haus (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Wyndwood (Tape Release), Teenage Spaceship, Liz de Lise
 
 

 

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