Boy/girl garage duo Blood Red Shoes put on a rockin’ hard (and loud) afternoon set at the Bowery Electric on Saturday, the fifth and final day of CMJ 2010.  Sharing vocals with back and forth lines made for a fun mix, though the vocals were slightly inaudible at times.  With grunge influences including some Nirvana, the Brighton twosome could (arguably) become the British indie version of the White Stripes. “It is Happening Again” drummer Steven Ansell revealed was about their Twin Peaks obsession, noting that they actually had their tour manager take them to Washington state to visit the area where the infamously macabre David Lynch-created series was filmed. 

Over in Bushwick, Brooklyn at Vaudeville Park, The Invisible Kid (aka Daniel Cousins) put on an awesome rock/electronica show with impressive video visuals accompanying the set.  The music, with pre-recorded tracks and live electric guitar, coupled with the projected wall images of destruction, death, anime, old movie favorites including scenes from The Shining and The Crush made for a danceable, yet intense experience, at times, inadvertently getting lost within the imagery projected behind Cousins.

West Rocks New York showcased a handful of British artists back at the Bowery Electric.  With Leicester’s KAV putting on bluesy, dirty rock and sounds influenced by The Doors, frontman Kav Sandhu (formerly of the Happy Mondays) and band got the crowd up and dancing even at almost 2 am in the morning.  Sadly, the set was too short and left many, including me, wanting more.

–Tear-n Tan, Photos by Tear-n Tan

 
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