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Jaime Woods unveils new single "Hello Morning" + plays The Deli's CMJ show at Rockwood tonight

If you saw the cover of Jaime Woods' new EP, "Troy," and thought it was an effort in nu-feminist rock, ala Tracy Chapman or Sinead O'Connor, you'd only be half wrong. Musically, she's retro-soul with a modern twist; vocal inflections recall Amy Winehouse, though the restrained singer-songwriter vibe of cuts like “How Love's Made” keep things resolutely personal and poetic. Her more recent single "Powers" (streaming below) has been resonating with thousands, online. Don't miss he performance, tonight at Rockwood Music Hall within The Deli's CMJ 2015 Showcases. - Brian Chidester

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New to NYC, from Israel: Tesha's brings her stylish synth pop to CMJ

Few things are more effective in grabbing our attention than really good press pictures, and Israeli electronic chanteuse Tesha - who recently moved to NYC - sure knows a thing or two about that. But looks are irrelevant if not supported by good music, and, in this case, support was found. Tesha plays a stylishly cinematic, vaguely jazzy form of synth pop, reminiscent of some of the less trippy trip hop bands like Lamb and Morcheeba, but entirely her own. Her voice is confident and full of character, and her comfort zone is in the downtempo side of things, which opens space for the creative electronic arrangements. On her Bandcamp profile you'll find an instrumental single and a three song EP, entitled "Crystallization," both released in 2014. We paricularly enjoyed opening track "Over the Edge" (streaming). We have three opportunities to catch her live this week within the CMJ music marathon.

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NYC Negative Gemini plays three CMJ shows this week - Bowery Electric Tomorrow (10.14)

Queens-based Negative Gemini - a project started by composer/programmer Lindsey French after her hip hop group dismantled - has been getting some attention this year after the release of debut EP "Real Virtual Unison." Her electronic sound escapes the synth-pop cathegorization, borrowing insatead from the dark, tense, and drony aesthetics of the early new wave (as in the more electronic, less extreme cousin of post punk). Our favorite track "Forget Your Future" (streaming below), never lets the tension fade, flirting with dissonance, while extremely filtered vocals harmonize in a crescendo of desperation. Negative Gemini has three shows scheduled this week within the CMJ Music Marathon, the first one at Bowery Electric on Wednesday 10.14. - Photo by Julia Nichols.

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A Deli NYC premiere: Big Quiet's video for "Maura & Dana"

Most pop and rock fans are struck by the passion for music in their teens or early twenties, years that are emotionally rich and normally infused with optimism, excitment and some degree of rebellion. That makes them the perfect time to get high on rock'n'roll. We don't know if it's possible for adults to enjoy music as much as their teenager selves - we doubt it - but this adorable new song and video by Brooklinite garage pop trio Big Quiet awakened the teenager in us, and... well, it felt great! The song, entitled "Maura & Dana" is a super-catchy and uptempo power-dream-pop tune (with unintelligible lyrics) that's bound to set any indie fan's body in motion. The video, which appears to be shot in super-8, beautifully tackles the summer activities of two music loving young ladies, during the most fun filled years of their lives. You can find other songs by Big Quiet in their self titled debut album, and you can see them live at The Deli's Garage/Slacker Rock CMJ stage on Thursday 10.15 at Muchmore's.

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Shayna Steele plays The Deli's CMJ Roots/Soul stage on 10.14

There's no shortage of self-released solo albums by backup singers and Broadway celebrities, two posts which Shayna Steele knows well. Rise is her latest release, recorded between stints with Bette Midler, Moby, and the revival of Hairspray. Mellow cuts recall '80s Sade, though lively soul numbers like “Everybody's Crying Mercy” (streaming) make a solid case for Steele’s own spotlight. Shayna will be performing at The Deli's CMJ Roots/Soul stage at Rockwood Music Hall this coming Wednesday 10.14 - full schedule of our CMJ shows here. - Brian Chidester

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