Anti-boredom power pop trio Heathers kicks off national tour at Pehrspace tonight

Heathers' cardigan prince and Death Party label owner Michael Avishay celebrates his birthday in tandem with the band's national tour, and you're all invited to see them off and wax poetic about that late 20's lifestyle. A blend of power pop and indie jangle with fuzz in all the right places, Heathers is an eminent force in Southern California, playing with fine fellas like Roses, Girlpool, and Kera and the Lesbians, making venues like Lot 1 and Los Globos sticky with feelings and sweat. With ludic songs suggesting sex-positivity ("Teenage Clothes"), catchy songs that are as sad as fuck ("Fear"), and covers of the integral C-86 band The Wedding Present (courtesy of Part Time Punks), Heathers' musicality mashes heartfelt lyricism with propulsive rhythms. And that's exactly what you need in your life.

Heathers released their newest single "Tanker" on June 3rd, and they're probably most likely going to play it tonight. Catch them with Traps PS, White Bike, Uncrushworthy, and Media Jeweler at Pehrspace (event deets here) and get in on the Friday night feels. - Ryan Mo


LA's Open Submission Results for The Deli Magazine's Year End Poll, 2013

2013 was a year crowded with local talent. We are excited to begin announcing the results of our massive year end poll. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word and give bands a chance to have their music heard by critics all over the country. After tallying the votes for the Open Submissions stage of our Los Angeles Year End Poll, it's time to release the results.

Please note that no editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene. The editors that voted on the LA scene were: Q.D. Tran (Deli Philadelphia), Brescia (Deli NYC Contributor) and Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC, Editor-In-Chief). In the coming weeks we will release the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors and it will be up to you to pick your favorite Emerging LA Artist of 2013.

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll with a ranking above 6.5:

1. So Many Wizards (Dream Pop) - 7.8
2. The Futures League (Garage Rock) - 7.6
3. May McDonough & Company (Psych/Pop) - 7.3
4. Mina Knock (Hip Hop) - 7.2
5. FMLYBND (Electro Pop) - 7
6. Playthings (Electronic) - 6.6

Honorable Mentions (ranked above 6.25):

Babe Parade (Indie Pop) - 6.5
Micah Brown (Folk) - 6.5
Octopus Mask (Surf Rock) - 6.5
The Blank Tapes (Garage Rock) - 6.5
Mind The Gap (Electronic Rock) - 6.5
steffaloo (Dream Pop) - 6.5
Strangeheart (Electro Pop) - 6.5
Heaps N Heaps (Indie Folk Pop) - 6.3
Heathers (Alt Pop) - 6.3

Total submissions from the LA Scene: 79

WHAT'S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. In the next few days we'll unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors made up of venue promoters and other scene experts, and we'll let our readers and writers influence the poll with their vote.

Thanks to all the acts who submitted to us. Our open submissions pool was truly a celebration of the diversity and richness of LA's talent. Keep creating, keep supporting and stay tuned for your chance to vote!

The Deli Staff


Heathers Release ‘Teenage Clothes’ 7” at Pehrspace Oct. 19

I was first introduced to Heathers the last time they played Pehrspace back in June. I was there to see Ablebody, but was enchanted by the opening band, which, like a monarch butterfly, is a rare and magical experience, one you always hope for, but that mostly eludes you. Heathers’ unapologetically grunge and brit-pop influenced ennui wrapped me in its waify arms and grated on my soul to its unexpected delight. Their debut 7” aptly titled, ‘Teenage Clothes’, is not reinventing a wheel so masterfully perfected by its ancient predecessors, that it actually becomes more satisfying to your ears. Drenched in reverb and distortion, rife with repetition, speed, and catchy, screamable lyrics, like, “I don’t wanna be adored,” I didn’t even notice I had the two immensely brief songs on repeat for hours. Their ability to make you feel so indescribably ambiguous that it becomes cathartic is what makes them a must see live band. Stream the 7” below and catch them tomorrow at Pehrspace for the 7" release along with Roses, Vaude, and Media Jeweler. - Jacqueline Caruso