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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

White Belt Yellow Tag at BMI’s CMJ 2010 Showcase at Bar Matchless, 10.20.10

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BMI took over Bar Matchless last night for a crop of mismatched but mainly worthy acts, the standout being the UK’s White Belt Yellow Tag…

21 Oct 2010 | 3 comments | More

Salem at Santos Party House, IAMSOUND Showcase, CMJ 2010 Night 1, 10.19.10

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxfFYFw9OEw Salem, just before the polite stroke of midnight, plowed through a tight set that began with a new instrumental …Read the Rest

20 Oct 2010 | More

Ma Mentor, City Riots, Fenech-Soler, Viva City, CMJ 2010 Night 1, 10.19.10

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Ma Mentor at Pianos: Northern Ireland was nicely represented to kick off this Great Escape showcase on the first night of CMJ 2010, seeing that this band was on the stage and Tim Wheeler of Ash was in the crowd.

20 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

Yukon Blonde, Hooray for Earth, Electric Tickle Machine, Oberhofer, Zowie and BRAHMS at Pianos, CMJ 2010 Day 1, 10.19.10

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Time check: 1:21 PM and things are off to a relatively quiet start for the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2010 at Pianos on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the Music Slut showcase on Tuesday afternoon.

20 Oct 2010 | 4 comments | More

CMJ Preview: Some Official Showcase Picks

Of course, this selection of official showcases is by no means exhaustive and is not even representative of all of …Read the Rest

19 Oct 2010 | More