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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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For Lean releases debut LP 'Quiet Day' + plays CMJ at Pianos on 10.13

On October 2nd, Brooklyn stalwarts Fort Lean released their debut full-length album "Quiet Day" on indie label Ooh La La Records. Establishing themselves on the local scene over the last few years through a number of singles, EPs and live performances, the band delivers with its latest release their most accessible but also best orchestrated work to date. Standout track “Might’ve Misheard” (streaming) emphasizes the verse/chorus structure by aligning it with quite/loud production values. While the verses are sonically spacious (allowing for intimate detail storytelling), the bombastic chorus delivers a memorable vocal hook bathed in a sea of distorted guitars. “I thought you said we could both disappear – then we’d get away” provides both auditory and emotional release, while cleverly embedding the songs title within follow-up lyrics. Previously released opening single “Cut To The Chase” builds around clean, undistorted guitar figures over a 50’s stroll rhythm. Melancholy bridge chords emerge as the lyrics turn pensive and confessional. “Never mind, it’s alright, you can lie, you can say that it’s ok” comes as the defining hook. Title track “Quiet Day” burns slowly as a steady bass guitar pattern runs through it. Mental turmoil is suggested not only through lyrics but via audio textures that play like a tense psychological dramatic film soundtrack. Catch them at Pianos during the CMJ Music Marathon on October 13. - Dave Cromwell - The Deli interviewed Fort Lean in 2012.

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The Deli's NYC issue #44 is online!

Deli Readers,

I know, it seems like we put our latest issue out just the other day - but no, we haven't switched to monthly. It's just that the fall in NYC is a busy time for us, and with CMJ week and our NYC Synth Expo (linked to BEMF) coming up, there's a lot to write about.

Here's our 44th issue of The Deli NYC (one of our finest!). Check out cover band Stolen Jars, they'll be performing at one of the (several) Deli CMJ 2015 shows!

READ THE DELI NYC'S 44TH ISSUE HERE!

The Deli's Staff





Garage Pop trio Tuff Sunshine unveils video for 'Dreamin' + plays CMJ on 10.17

In their new video for single "Dreamin" - from upcoming LP "Fire In The Hero Building" - Brooklyn garage pop trio Tuff Sunshine sings: “I’ve got lots of dreamin left to do / And all my dreamin includes you,” while the images portray a young boy enjoying the gift of imagination while playing outdoors, alone. Although this sounds very much like a (Lynchian?) metaphor of the life of the average indie musician in the city, Tuff Sunshine's song is too sweet to corroborate this theory. We are therefore left with a very enjoyable tune an video taking us back to the days when life was still a book full of blank pages waiting to be written. Hopefully, we all have plenty of half written but still promising pages left - because, without a little bit of dreamin', things get tuff indeed! Tuff Sunshine will be performing at Union Pool on October 17 within the upcoming CMJ Music Marathon.

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NYC Indie rockers Loose Buttons unveil video for "Thrill" and play CMJ

Loose Buttons are a young NYC based indie rock quartet bringing some sophistication (in the form of danceable grooves and refined guitars lines and melodies) to the gritty sound of the current local rock scene. Their latest track, released just a few weeks ago, is called "Thrill" (brand new video streaming below), and it's a radio-ready example of the band's talent. The guitars shift back and forth between garage-rock grit and reverb-heavy echoes, while Eric Nizgretzky's vocals carry on in an ever-so-slightly distorted way that works well with the head-bobbing rhythms of the drums and bass. The single is the group's first release since last year's second EP, "Damage Gallery," but there has been no word on whether another record is in the works. Loose Buttons will be performing on October 15 - 17, at Alphabet Lounge, Fontana's, and Rock Shop respectively, as a part of the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon. Check them out! - Patrick Wolff

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