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Thelma step things up with new single + plays Trans-Pecos on 12.20

One of the most difficult tasks for a musical artist is to develop her project's sound after a first, well-received album. Being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and a genetic joint disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, conditions that affect vocals and instrumental ability, certainly doesn't make the challenge any easier. None of this prevented Brooklyn songwriter Thelma (aka Natasha Jacobs) from taking her music to the next level in less than two years. Her 2017 self titled debut LP was a collection of heartfelt and somewhat odd orchestral ballads. From the sound of the first single from sophomore LP "The Only Thing," Jacobs is upping the ante of her songwriting by amplifying the oddness and intensity of her chord progressions, lyrics, melodies and arrangements. A sparse and imaginative mid-tempo featuring acoustic drums, synths and harp, Take me to Orlando" is an ode to illusions, a poem dedicated to a yet-to-be-met lover to whom Thelma sings: "I love how you play with illusion / cause you know how badly we need them / But honey you’re so real / and you dance around fear [...] and you don’t make me feel like I’m the woman I am not." Which sounds like a cleared-sighted expression of the healing power of art-making.

Don't miss Thelma's live show at Trans-Pecos on December 20th and look out for her new album, scheduled for a February 22 release.

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New Nyxy Nyx LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Magic Coffin Ride, the new album from Nyxy Nyx, arrived recently via Blight Records. Enjoy the comfort of a mesmerizing haze. Acoustic guitar leads one down a dreary/solemn path. The inviting, tranquil nature of the vocals contrasts with the volatility of the recording's frayed, fuzzed-out edges. It's an enchantingly eerie, adventurous adrift.

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Team Wild releases Volume 1 of project "The American Diary"

One of the best parts of Nashville's indie scene -- as is the case with scenes all around the country -- is that talent comes from far and wide to make their art. In doing so, they both blend into the American cultural landscape and stand out in it. Team Wild are one such example of this talent; their frontwoman, Amelie D. Noordzee, moved from Paris to Nashville in 2016, just as America was undergoing one of its biggest political shakeups in modern times. Noordzee made her anxieties known in the form of her debut album Clear Eyes / Full Hearts / Can’t Lose. Now, two years later, she returns with Team Wild to release her EP The American Diary / Vol. 1, a collection of thoughts put into song over her two years of living in the States. At times dissonant and dark, and at others bright and punchy, the three tracks on this first volume of The American Diary show a songwriter using all elements of music to spell out her emotions and observations about the current state of not just the nation, but the whole world. Take a listen for yourself below. - Will Sisskind

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Digital Brains and Strolling Omens host musical food drive at The End on 12.15

As the holiday season approaches, we here at The Deli jump at the bit to promote events that help the community, especially when good music is involved. If you're in town on Saturday 12/15, want to get off the naughty list, and enjoy some local music, head down to The End with your non-perishable food items. Local rock and roll bands Digital Brains and Strolling Omens are hosting a food drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, so you can do your good deeds while rocking out to songs like Digital Brains' new song "Self Destruction", which comes out 12/14. The first thirty people to bring donations to the show will receive a free copy of Digital Brains' newest EP III, so pack as much non-perishable food as you can and get to The End early. Then grab a whiskey toddy and warm up with some excellent music. Sounds like a night full of holiday joy.

Take a listen to "Catch A Break", the first track from III, below. - Will Sisskind

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Jessica Mindrum "Better Now"

Singer/Songwriter Jessica Mindrum recently released a new single “Better Now” b/w “River”. This comes on the heels of her debut EP, “Flickering”, which was released back in August.

You can catch Jessica Mindrum at Tonic room on January 9th with Poor Calvin.

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