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BMI Jumps into CMJ With Ambassadors, DELS & More

DELS, The Pernikoff Brothers, The Young Evils, Ambassadors, Royal Teeth, Tesla Rossa, Nightmare and the Cat are set to perform at CMJ. Sponsored by LEWITT and presented by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the American performing right organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million works.

WHAT: The 2011 BMI-presented CMJ showcase will present seven auspicious acts ranging from indie upstarts to progressive pop amalgamators. The diverse line-up reflects CMJ's ethos of celebrating new music first. The cost for non-registered CMJ attendees is $10.

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WHEN: Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Arlene's Grocery (95 Stanton Street, NYC)

EXPECTED: Seven must-see, hear-it-first bands.

7:30 p.m. - DELS: In an era of homogeneous hip-hop, the music of Kieren Dickins - better known as his on-stage alter ego DELS - comes as a breath of proverbial fresh air. DELS' Signature Sound belies a truly eclectic range of musical influences, from his days in a two-step garage band as a teenager to a long-standing creative partnership with Joe Goddard from electro-pop wonder team Hot Chip. The resulting product is a unique mishmash of squelchy bass lines, tinkering keys, syncopated drum patterns and the occasional steel pan, all juxtaposed against DELS' infectiously languid flow. DELS is currently adding the finishing touches to his debut album, which will be released on the legendary Big Dada label early in 2012.

8:15 p.m. - The Pernikoff Brothers: In September of 2009, Tom and Rick Pernikoff quit their day jobs in California, drove home to the Midwest, closed the door to their childhood practice room and emerged with an album reflecting their story. On My Way, The Pernikoff Brothers' debut album, sounds like a seasoned effort but exudes fearlessness only achievable by a New Group with something to prove. Enlisting longtime friend and drummer Dan Germain, and famed producer/engineer Ben Fowler, The Pernikoff Brothers have crafted a classic, intelligent indie rock album.

9:00 p.m. - The Young Evils: Seattle-based The Young Evils have an innate ability to make simple pop records infectious; just ask NPR, who selected the bands' "Get Over It" as the Song of the Day on Oct. 25 2010. Their self-released debut, Enchanted Chapel, was touted as the "Best Local Debut of 2010" by the blog, Three Imaginary Girls. Performances at Sasquatch! Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party and the SXSW Seattle Showcase have increased the urgency of the release of their sophomore offering, set to be recorded in Brooklyn with producer Shane Stoneback.

9:45 p.m. - Ambassadors: Ambassadors are a soul-infected, indie rock group based out of Brooklyn, NY. Since 2008, the four-piece outfit has proved themselves to be a powerful addition to New York's ever-evolving music scene. Their music is a dynamic blend of r&b/soul, Beach Boys chamber-pop, dark electronica, and heavy, hip-hop-infused beats, all brought together by a strong pop sensibility and a dramatic flair. The band has toured all over the U.S. and Europe, making stops at such music festivals as SXSW, CMJ and The Midpoint. Their video for their first single, "Tropisms," debuted on MTV-U's Freshman Five, claiming the #3 spot for two weeks. Their debut LP, Litost, will be released later this year.

10:30 p.m. - Royal Teeth: More often than not, Royal Teeth tries something and, despite the odds or would-be roadblocks, it simply works. High on the release of Act Naturally, the vocal duo of Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson provides heartfelt lyrics as this sextet of musician's travels through melodic soundscapes via a synth-infused sound, all the while boasting a brand all to itself that's not quite dance pop and not overly electronic. Royal Teeth makes music inspired by life's adventures with one simple goal: follow thy instincts and enjoy the journey.

11:15 p.m. - Tesla Rossa: Remembering days when rock music was about moving emotions, moving bodies and generally having a hell of a good time, Tesla Rossa is secretly cooking up a new brand of indie rock & roll. Just try to keep still while listening to this four-piece rock outfit. I dare you. Their daring sound is vigorously laced with rousing and thought-provoking lyrics that beautifully cut through rambunctious guitars, persuasive bass lines and fiery drums.

12:00 a.m. - Nightmare and the Cat: It is plain to see that brothers Django and Sam Stewart are extremely different, but are pleased to have found a common goal in making music together. Front man Django's fiery stage presence combined with Sam's subdued persona has created a unique sound and experience, evident in their live shows. Influencers such as Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix and Radiohead are omnipresent in their songs like "Girl In a Glass Dress." With dozens of shows played, Nightmare and the Cat are serious about making a name for themselves.

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

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