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Bear Hands and BRAHMS at Bowery Electric, CMJ 2010 Night 4, 10.22.10

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My final jaunt for CMJ 2010 was the sardine tin-packed Cantora Records Showcase at Bowery Electric. A sign on one of the walls said something to the effect of occupancy by more than 108 is unlawful, but there were at least twice that many in the room…

23 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

The Black Atlantic at the Living Room, CMJ 2010 Night 4, 10.22.10

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Dutch quartet the Black Atlantic wrapped up their brief U.S. tour with an impressive performance at the Living Room’s CMJ showcase on Friday. With an attentive audience, the band breezed through a tranquil set of folksy indie pop songs featuring beguiling vocal harmonies and mesmeric piano and acoustic guitar melodies.

23 Oct 2010 | More

Crayon Fields, Francis and the Lights and Wild Nothing, CMJ 2010 Night 4, 10.22.10

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Melbourne, Australia’s Crayon Fields admirably took on the crowds at Public Assembly in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall in short order on Friday night. The easy, melodic sounds of their twee pop, Belle & Sebastian/Camera Obscura-esque gems…

23 Oct 2010 | More

The Whisperians, La Sera, The Howlies, Violens and Woven Bones at Pianos, CMJ 2010 Night 4, 10.22.10

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Friday night on Ludlow Street and it’s the Upstairs/Downstairs Watusi for this spring chicken reporter with scuffy boots, a bad haircut and dirty jeans.

23 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

Johnny Flynn, Solo and Oh Land, Burning Bright in Brooklyn, CMJ 2010 Night 3, 10.22.2010

The flaxen-haired, London actor/musician with razor sharp lyrics akin to the greatest of bards is a looker, it’s official. Girls in line waiting to get in with their badges are saying it. Boys are blushing…

23 Oct 2010 | More