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No Joy and Viva L’American Death Ray Music at the Mexican Summer Showcase at Knitting Factory, CMJ 2010, 10.21.10

No Joy, a Montreal/L.A. quartet fronted by two guitar-wielding ladies with Cousin It hair streaming down to hide their faces, opened the Mexican Summer night in contemplative fashion…

22 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

Penguin Prison, Two Door Cinema Club and Shwayze, CMJ 2010 Night 3, 10.21.10

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Thursday night started off at Webster Hall with New York’s very own Penguin Prison showcasing doing their funky/R & B/pop sounds reminiscent of the Top 40 charts in the 1980s. Singer and sole creative force behind the “group,” Chris Glover’s vocal stylings seemed to echo the erstwhile (and current The Social Network star) Justin Timberlake…

22 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

The Luyas, Uncle Bad Touch and PS I Love You at Arlene’s Grocery, CMJ 2010 Night 3, 10.21.10

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Choosing to eschew overcrowding and hype on Thursday night in favor of paying a visit to the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene’s Grocery proved to be a thoroughly entertaining and gratifying selection for those of us already fatigued by CMJ 2010.

22 Oct 2010 | More

Delilah, ArpLine and Sherlock’s Daughter at the Bell House, CMJ 2010 Night 2, 10.20.10

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Among the many acts included on the PopJustice + High Rise PR CMJ showcase on Wednesday were Delilah, ArpLine and Sherlock’s Daughter. I only caught a portion of Delilah’s set, but the trio, lead by model Jamie Burke, rocked with some seriously punchy grunge and punk-influenced tunes.

22 Oct 2010 | More

Steve Five of The Library is on Fire at the Living Room, CMJ 2010 Night 2, 10.20.10

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The Living Room, known for mellow musings (similar to Los Angeles’ Hotel Café), is probably not where you’d expect to see the lead singer of The Library is on Fire on stage, but Steve Five’s quieter side was on display for his solo acoustic set there on Wednesday night…

22 Oct 2010 | More