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3IsABand – 10 Must See Trios at CMJ 2015

In my #3IsABand series, I feature bands whose music excites me and who are comprised of exactly three band members. While some long time favorites don’t play this year’s festival, or some I won’t feature (again), I discovered a few new ones I am very much looking forward to seeing live.[…]

Song Pick of the Day: Solvey – Wave

I just love this song by Solvey, the lastet project of Jessica Zambri. She will play CMJ on Friday 9:30 pm at Pianos and I will try hard to be there. Here is her song Wave, our Song Pick of the Day.

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Line & Circle Dilly Dally Infinity Girl’s For Esmé Beach Baby Blank Paper CHEATAHS

VIDEO: Stranger Cat – RED

Cat Martino, aka Stranger Cat, directed and edited this video herself, which features Charles Schneider as an evil sorcerer who abducts Stranger Cat into some enchanted forest. Beautifully done!

PHOTOS: Ibeyi delights a jam-packed Webster Hall

I fell in love with Ibeyi pretty much a year ago, when their name appeared on the first SXSW artist list. Since then they have released their full-length debut and have been touring the world non-stop, filling up bigger and bigger venues. Their last NYC stop was a packed Webster[…]

New Album/EP: The Fight – North America

When I came across Try  by the Canadian five piece The Fight, I was immediately hooked and wanted to listen to more of the pretty cool indie rock. I got in touch with the band, inquiring about their EP scheduled to drop in August. Then it was September. Luckily, as[…]

Song Pick of the Day: Blank Paper – Ambien

Today’s Song Pick of the Day is from Blank Paper, a Brooklyn four piece that does high energy danceable electronic music. They play CMJ Wednesday 9 pm at The Paper Box, a great venue that unfortunately hosts concerts only rarely.

Song Pick of the Day: Beach Baby – Ladybird

Already an hour late for yesterday’s Song Pick of the Day, I am scanning my list of songs and bands that I collected over the last few months and crosscheck whether they by any chance play CMJ… Bingo! Beach Baby come from London and are scheduled to play four official CMJ shows.[…]

LIFE SOUNDTRACK: Boomtown Rats – I don’t like Mondays

It’s Throwback Thursday, which also happens to be my birthday today and time for a new entry in our “Life Soundtrack” series. October 8th, 1979 among my presents was the 7″ of Boomtown Rat’s monster hit I don’t like Mondays. I still have the single, although it clearly shows its[…]

Song Pick of the Day: For Esme – Make a Sound

Here’s a another band from Toronto paying NYC a visit for CMJ: the electropop trio For Esmé. They will play Lit Lounge on Tuesday night at 11, but I hope they can line up some more gigs while they are here. “Make some Sound” is our Song Pick of the[…]

PHOTOS: Salad Boys dish up New Zealand indie rock at Brooklyn’s Palisades

When Salad Boys from Christchurch, New Zealand took the stage,  Holy Tunics and The Britanys had the audience already going and ready for more guitar driven indie rock.  What Joe Sampson (vocals, 12-string guitar), Ben Odering (bass) and Jim Nothing (drums) put on stage was impressive and highly enjoyable. It’s always[…]

Song Pick of the Day: Infinity Girl – No Man

When I put the pretty vinyl -clear with black sprinkles- on the turntables yesterday, and No Man came up, I knew that this would have to be today’s Song Pick of the Day. The track is from Infinity Girl‘s debut album Harm and sports just the right amount of easy guitars,[…]

Song Pick of the Day: Dilly Dally – Desire

I had my expectations how music by a band called Dilly Dally would sound, but they were all wrong. Listen below to be blown away! They are listed for CMJ, but are not yet on the schedule. Too bad, because I don’t want to miss this!

NEW ALBUM: Idgy Dean – Ominous Harminus

Idgy Dean was one of the first shows we saw this Spring at SXSW in Austin. Listed on the schedule as a “one-woman rock band from Brooklyn”, we didn’t quite know what to expect, but it turned out to be one of the best shows we saw at the festival.[…]