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July 2014
"Hot Fruit Barbeque

Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig

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Best of Chicago Year End Poll for Emerging Artists - Open Submissions Results

We received a record number of submissions for our Chicago Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other cities and our finalist are listed below. These bands will advance to our Reader's Poll phase together with the artists chosen by our jury of local "scene makers" which will be launching shortly. We would like to thank all of the bands that submitted, it was truly a great showing from Chicago.

1. Rabble Rabble
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1. Sharpless

1. Sissy Mena
Rorschachs by Sissy Mena

4. The Kickback
5. Paper Thick Walls
5. The Steepwater Band
6. Driftless Pony Club
6. Future Rock
6. Go Long Mule
6. I:Scintilla
6. Michael Lux and The Bad Sons
6. Mutts
6. The Sweeps

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 You can catch Dastardly at Lincoln Hall with Brighton, MA and Santah on January 19th.


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The album is a triumph in garage rock and the albums first single, "Away" is a perfect example of the sound.


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