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Monday
Oct252010

CMJ 2010

Dom

Dom band

I just can't figure out how much I really like Dom. Track's like "Jesus" and "Living In America" are insanely catchy and admittedly, I've been playing them over and over. The group definitely seem to be a mix of the more mature/newer MGMT and the overly poppy Passion Pit. Considering they just inked a deal with a major record label, it'll be interesting to see what direction they take their sound in. Either way the MA band's set this past Wednesday at Stereogum's CMJ showcase left very few disappointed. The heavily produced band, made a nice transition of their recorded material to their live sound. Oh, and they ended with a cover of the Pete and Pete them song "Hey Sandy". How could you not like a band after that?

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. were one the most hyped bands coming into this year's CMJ. I actually had the chance to catch them twice. The first being at the Syndicate's Conflict of Interest pre-CMJ party last Monday, were I was vaguely able to see/hear the duo from the back corner of the performance section in the over crowded club. I decided to hold off on judging their live show until I caught them again at Stereogum's unofficial turned official showcase at Santos Party House this past Wednesday and I'm glad I did. The Detroit act's set included a high level of energy I just couldn't pick up on at their Monday performance. The group's new songs also offered much to look forward too and lastly, the Jr. Jr.'s banter wasn't so bad either. Be sure to check out their debut EP, which I've been listening too non-stop, at Amazon.

 

Camden

Camden band

NJ/MA's Camden made the trek down from their school year residence in Boston to play an unofficial CMJ showcase at LES's Pianos. The 4 piece indie group currently only have one EP titled Vale out, but their set on Wednesday included plenty of new material to look forward too. Despite performing in the makeshift band space, with a less than stellar PA, Camden's set was probably my favorite of CMJ. I had always thought a decent amount of the groups sound was attributed to the production of their EP, but was pleasantly surprised to see them replicate and expand on their recorded sound. Everyone should get excited for a new release from these guys and until then download their debut EP for FREE here.

 

Marnie Stern

Marnie Stern

Around the corner from Glasslands Gallery, on S. 1st street, this past Thursday was an unofficial CMJ showcase, which featured Marnie Stern and Surfer Blood. Though I wasn't able to stick around for Surfer Blood, I did however finally get the Marnie Stern live experience. The New York City based singer/guitarist recently released her 3rd LP, this one being self-titled. The critically acclaimed songstress is now set to hit the road for the rest of the year, which includes national as well as European dates. You can pick up her latest effort at iTunes.

 

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms

By Kiani Angus-Torres 

TFB showed up for their CMJ performance at Spike Hill as a duo, with lead singer Brian on acoustic guitar, and drummer Matt on his usual full kit, chiming in with a mini-megaphone.  Despite the less-than-stellar turn-out, they packed the space with their high-powered pop-punk melodies, and sometimes-emo-driven lyrics.  The Front Bottoms’ songs tell the ‘you’ stories of complicated girls who bring out the worst in boys who just want to play guitar, bang on drums, and make-out, with light melodies make the bottom bright.  The audience of about 20+ were completely won over by the sincerity of this band, and will no doubt know all the lyrics by the time they make the trek from their native New Jersey across the two rivers again.


Pearl And The Beard

Pearl And The Beard

By Kiani Angus-Torres 

The Brooklyn based trio The Pearl And The Beard present a fearless and refreshing combination of instrumentals and eloquent harmonies, with Jeremy Styles on guitar, Emily Hope Price on cello, and Jocelyn Mackenzie on xylophone, glockenspiel, melodica, and kazoo (and pretty much anything her band-mates will hand to her.)  This group sets a new standard of performance quality, songwriting, and plain raw talent as they offer up a combination of folk, R&B, and indie-rock influences.  Price sets an astounding foundation to their unique sound on the cello, taking the same sort of imposing command of the instrument that Scott Avett does of the banjo – using and abusing it in ways you never realized were possible.  Mackenzie and Styles, however, do not fall behind with their high-energy rhythms and vocals, pursuing each melody with graceful force.

 

Screaming Females

Screaming Females

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Reader Comments (3)

That isn't Pearl and the Beard in the picture.
October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorey
CMGAY
October 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter..
is marnie sterns kissing booth still open? I finally have the $$ to take advantage of it.
October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Dre

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