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Zaza and Dead Leaf Echo Play First Night of Northside Fest, 6.16.11

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We eased into the first night of Northside Festival 2011 with two great NYC bands playing aside from the main …Read the Rest

18 Jun 2011 | 1 comment | More

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2010: Glow Sticks, Plaid and Fur Are De Rigueur

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The bass traveling through the stage upstairs nearly pummeled us into the floor as we entered the basement of Music Hall of Williamsburg for the start of BEMF 2010. The girders were creaking and the studs were moaning…

21 Dec 2010 | 1 comment | More

Last Night To Shag: Theophilus London Fills in at CMJ 2010′s Final Night at the Fader Fort, 10.23.10

We’ve covered the bands, done the (usually) enthusiastic showcase reports, provided the pictures. But what does the CMJ Music Marathon really add up to? It’s all about finally seeing bands discovered in passing or heard about…

25 Oct 2010 | More

Blood Red Shoes, The Invisible Kid and KAV, CMJ 2010 Night 5, 10.23.10

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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…

24 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

The Jezabels and Zambri at Fat Baby, CMJ 2010 Night 5, 10.23.10

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For the last night of CMJ 2010 fatigue had set in, making the prospect of throwing elbows at the FADER Fort and Santos Party House to attend the more popular bills of the night too cumbersome an effort. Ditto for trekking out to Brooklyn Bowl in the hopes of seeing Kanye West and his fly red kicks.

24 Oct 2010 | 3 comments | More

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