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CMJ Showcase: Conscious Coupling, Father/Daughter and Miscreant Records

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(Flyer via Facebook)

Father/Daughter Records (SF) and Miscreant Records collaborative effort had me at “Bloody Mary & Doughnut bar,” though hopefully that doesn’t mean they’re one in the same. Get excited for the photo booth and “homecoming coronation” too. Oh, and the bands are worth checking out too. We’re looking forward to hearing from Nicholas Nicholas(contemporary, benzo’d-out elevator meditations) and PWR BTTM (short-on-vowels indie rock, super cute angst-riddled songs about cute boys, pill popping, and being not quite there). We’re also warming up to Hiccup, masters of a familiar frenetic pop punk sound without the commonplace vocal trappings of the genre.

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CMJ Showcase: Panache CMJ Showcase: Panache Records– The Men, Destruction Unit, Michael Rault, and More

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(Flyer via Facebook)

The Men are playing, nuff said. But we’re also loving Dirty Ghosts, a band writing bee-boppy keyboard rock worthy of the soundtrack to Saved by the Bell, if that show was actually edgy or cool. Usually any new music that consists of white guy’s first name/last name spells bore-ing and I shy away, but Michael Rault‘s aight. He’s got the voice of a little baby angel for one, and knows how to write riffs and sing glowing, ethereal-like as if he’s George Harrison’s youngest nephew or something (or just someone influenced by Paul McCartney’s early solo stuff for that matter). He’s a pop song “maker”, if you will, and good at what he does– also he’s from Canada so that makes him slightly less offensive.

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CMJ Showcase: Protomartyr, Dilly Dally, Perfect Pussy, Downtown Boys, Shopping, and More

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(Flyer via Santos Party House)

Perhaps most see-worthy is Protomartyr, the Detroit band that’s blowing up in a big way. Their last album, Under Color of Official Right, was a major departure for the fedora-loving band, but The Agent Intellect (Pitchfork called it “harrowing”) hovers halfway between the new sound and the old Protomartyr. The Dilly Dally squad sure know how to capitalize on ’90s nostalgia, or maybe they’re just as wooed by the decade of (presumably) their childhood as every other #millennial seems to be. Either way, hand me something that sounds like Hole circa Live Through This, and I’ll gobble it right up. Honorable mentions: Downtown Boys and Shopping.

 

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Shows: Father/Daughter Prom Party and CMJ Without Agoraphobic Nosebleeds

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(Flyer via Santos Party House)

CMJ is upon us, which translates to either the arrival of a complete shit show or (if you’re not really the observant type) venues suddenly appearing slightly more crowded with douchery than usual. Regardless of whether you’re in touch with the less-than-ideal reality for regular show-goers, or prefer to put on chakra glasses and render all those grayscale suits as rainbow zombies, you still gotta plan out this week just a little better than usual– having your friends drag you out of a cab, splash beer on your face, and carefully deposit your lifeless body at your favorite venue’s doorstep isn’t gonna fly. Instead, you’ll need PMA, advanced tickets, and whatever lies beyond this line.

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Aussie Invasion: 7 Acts to See at CMJ While They’re Up From Down Under

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The Babe Rainbow (Photo: thebaberainbow.tumblr.com)

Nowadays, you can’t swing a dead wallaby by its tail without hitting an exciting new band from Australia. Are they putting something in the water down under, or is it some sort of universal karmic balancing act for housing all those convicts back in the day? Whatever the story is, for now at least, Oz seems a country worth looking to for notable emerging acts. Case in point, CMJ’s recently revealed lineup, littered with the languid sounds of beach-dwelling crooners, rockers and rappers alike from the real Deep South. To bring you up to speed, we’ve compiled seven acts from the lineup worthy of the nation that brought you such cultural gems as Mad Max and Waltzing Matilda.

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CMJ Announces Lineup: Neon Indian, Titus Andronicus, Panda Bear and More

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 10.42.46 AMAnd here you thought the iPhone 6S was going to be the biggest announcement of the day. CMJ just dropped the initial lineup for this year’s music marathon, coming up October 13 and 17. Among the neon-worthy highlights: local label Neon Gold will be doing a showcase while Neon Indian will be performing cuts off of his first album in four years, due out next month. Local favorites like Titus Andronicus, LODRO, The Men, and Juan Wauters are in the mix, and the international acts range from Australian rapper Allday to Belgian indie rock band Balthazar to Norwegian psych rockers Death By Unga Bunga. Mercury Rev will be repping the old guard while Perfect Pussy is among the more recent breakout acts.

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Exploding in Sound: An Indie Label That’s Blowing Up, You Hear?

1658497_10152336345711746_687692639765391456_oEven with our handy-dandy guide to CMJ, it’s hard to know where to head this week — but one thing’s for sure: we’ll be at Silent Barn on Saturday to celebrate the third anniversary of Exploding in Sound.

Dan Goldin started the label in 2011 with money saved up from a desk job at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. “I didn’t, like, enjoy it,” the Greenpoint resident said of the gig he fell into after college. “But I didn’t hate going in either — it was one of those things where when my day ended, I didn’t have to think about it again.”
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CBGB? CMJ? OMG! Your Guide to The Acronym Invasion

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In the coming weeks a flurry of acronyms approacheth the city as CMJ and the CBGB music festival make landfall. Both apparently used to stand for something cool. It’s safe to open your ears now, because we promise our picks have developed a special antibody rendering them resistant to a case of the lames which develops in conjunction with Apple collaborations and/or the advanced stage of Music Industrial Complex infection.
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‘She’s Living This Bohemian Dream,’ Ukulele in Hand

(Photo: Andrea Castañon)

(Photo: Andrea Castañon)

It’s not every ukulele player who goes from being homeless and broke to filling the room at CMJ. But last month at Ella Lounge, the front row was practically treading on Catey Shaw’s toes as she sang. “Watch your feet!” she said. “This is rock n’ roll.”
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The Best Brooklyn Bands We Saw at CMJ

Ava Luna (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

Ava Luna (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

CMJ seems to have been a success this year — or at least, that’s what a handful of Brooklyn club owners said when we spoke to them earlier this week. Peter Shapiro said Steven Spielberg dropped into Brooklyn Bowl, Jake Rosenthal said Glasslands was sold out every night, and Todd P seems to have come around to the fest.
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