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Portland's Hottest Bands

Here at the Deli Portland, we're all about being professional. Always educational and more on the reserved side, The Deli Magazine exemplifies "serious" music blogging. We would never think of doing something immature, like, for instance, posting who we think some of the hottest local bands are - oh wait, yes we would!

Here is my list of the guys and gals from some of our favorite local bands that make my heart skip a beat. This is purely my opinion, so feel free to comment with your faves; in fact, we encourage it!



The indie/new wave band Dropa’s members look more like they belong on the cover of GQ than a record. Their tight fitted T-shirts and well groomed 5 o' clock shadows might just distract you from their true goal, which is their music. And if you need even more convincing of how hot this band is, the keyboardist and drummer are brothers, which makes them practically twins (fantasy!). They bring some major eye candy to the group and really complement singer Micah’s geek-chic look.

Nice Boys

You can tell by the smirk on these boys faces that they are anything but "nice," and I like that. Their '70s Mick Jagger style works well with their psychedelic punk sound. It takes a confident guy to pull of the white John Travolta pants, and the Nice Boys most definitely have that. I applaud them for keeping alive the '70s rock style that still makes bands like The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes so popular today.

Stephanie Schneiderman

This ambient-pop princess controls the stage with her voice, and enchants us with her girl-next-door face and feminine style. She looks equally as hot in jeans and a T-shirt as she does dressed couture. She has a mystery about her that keeps you wanting more.

Very International Love

If you are into the electronic pop style and sound, you will squeal for this baby-faced duo. Maybe it's the singer’s long eyelashes, or the guitarist/keyboardist’s perpetual curl in his hair. Whatever it is, it works, and makes female and male fans alike fight desperately to get their attention. The problem is figuring out which one you like more.

Beyond Veronica


Much like some of Bonnie Veronica's influences - like Blondie and The Yardbirds - the Beyond Veronica vocalist is a front woman through-and-through, and her male band mates don’t seem to mind that one bit. Who wouldn’t like a hot, fun rocker chick fronting them in knee-high boots and a short skirt? Punk Globe magazine called them one of the best bands they have heard all year, but I call them one of the hottest bands I have seen all year.

Toxic Zombie

The rockabilly, horror-pop band Toxic Zombie has everything I love: tattoos, zombie attire and hot go-go dancers. If you haven’t seen this band perform, you are sorely missing out. They have a fun, catchy sound that is best seen to enjoy, and once you catch a glimpse of their sexy zombie go-go dancers/back-up singers Kelly and Robyn gyrate on stage, and their sweaty, shirtless guitarist Sam jump head first into the crowd, you will understand why I call them one of the hottest bands in Portland.

Bonus Category: Hottest celebrity band

She & Him


Two words, Zooey Deschanel.

- Deanna Uutela


The Deli partners with Rooftop Films again - Submission link for NYC Bands

Deli readers,

For the second year The Deli Magazine and Rooftop Films will partner to give New Yorkers some quality independent music AND movies.
The Rooftop Films 2010 Summer Series, the 14th year of "Underground Movies Outdoors," will run every weekend from May 14-August 15, hosted by different suggestive NYC roofs.. Each night a local emerging artist will perform before the projection - considering how tall NYC buildings are, this is truly a match made in heaven!
The Rooftop Films 2010 calendar will be announced in a few weeks, in the meantime...


The artist selection will be made by the Rooftop Films music staff - no need to schmooze The Deli's staff to be picked - we know you!!!

The Deli's Staff


Heraldo Negro and Julianna Barwick at 92YTribeca on Arpil 02

92YTribeca has been contributing in recent time to bring the West Village scene back to relevance with a series of interesting shows mixing local music and art. Roberto Lange aka Helado Negro (in the picture) and Julianna Barwick, along with visual artists Jonathan Dueck and Kristi Sword take over the downtown venue with a night of music and month of art exhibitions. These artists will be engaging in a collaboration that blurs the divisions between studio, stage, touring and recording. While Roberto and Julianna collaborate to produce new music live on stage, Dueck will be documenting with drawings, video and photography which will later be incorporated into the packaging materials for the final product of this experience. Buy tickets here.


Weekly Feature 194b: Lissy Trullie

From Sid Vicious to Iggy Pop, real names have been forsaken for pseudonyms with a rock ‘n’ roll feel. Lizzy McChesney didn’t have quite the right ring to it, so the singer-songwriter christened the stage name Lissy Trullie to host the rotating musicians that write and perform in her band. Although she currently slays crowds with her guitar skills, she began her musical education with the least punk rock instrument, the xylophone.  This minor setback to dominating the world with her rock ‘n’ roll only fueled her desire to obtain a guitar. After a great deal of pleading, her parents finally bought her the much-coveted guitar. She began writing songs at 14 based on the basic song structures found in Tom Petty songs her instructor taught her. Over time, her songwriting shifted with her exposure to different frameworks and sounds. - read Nancy Chow's interview with Lissy here.


Weekly Feature 194a: The Antlers - Live at In Vino, April 11

Peter Silberman grew up in a family of writers and editors. When you hear his band The Antlers -- and more importantly, when you read his lyrics -- it's obvious. The story told in the band's 2009 album Hospice reads like a young writer's first tragedy. And it hurts to hear.
Just shy of 24-years-old, and fresh off of nearly four months of touring, Silberman was sipping coffee in Brooklyn on a December morning. He said he was "very happy," but he mostly spoke about illness, abuse and mortality, the themes of his latest record.
"I hate to say that my favorite writer is very depressing, but it's true," he said. He was speaking, of course, of 1980s short story writer and poet, the seminal minimalist Raymond Carver, whose work Silberman called both "hopeful" and "doomed."- read Joe Coscarelli interview with the band here.