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17 Oct

Ah, it’s ALMOST here! Tomorrow, Thursday October 18th, we’ll be partying with our friends USvsTHEM with 10 GREAT bands at the Bowery Electric! To help get you all settled early, we’re going to have FREE BEER from 7pm to 8pm! How can we make the night even better? Our friends over at Move On, MS: Keeping You Moving Against Multiple Sclerosis will be raffling off a ton of awesome swag from a My Chemical Romance signed guitar to free tickets to a Live Nation show to a bunch of vinyl. It’s all for a good cause so please be sure to buy a raffle ticket when you arrive.

Enough talk, here are the set times. See you tomorrow night!

6:30pm Doors
7:00pm Midnight Spin
7:30pm Twin Berlin
8:00pm The Tontons
8:40pm Rah Rah
9:20pm JJAMZ
10:00pm Hey Marseilles
10:40pm The Last Royals
11:20pm Filligar
12:00am Sea Wolf
12:40am The Dead Ships
1:20am Yellow Red Sparks

The Audio Perv and USvsTHEM Official CMJ Showcase
w/Move On, MS: Keeping You Moving Against Multiple Sclerosis

Thursday October 18, 2012 6:30pm
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $10 / Free with CMJ Badge

21 Aug

It’s hard to believe but it’s almost already time for CMJ. Returning this October 16th through the 20th, the festival has revealed its first round of artists.

The Presets
The Walkmen
The Mountain Goats
King Tuff
Killer Mike
Com Truise
Pig Destroyer
The Jezabels
Electric Guest
Daughn Gibson
Robert DeLong
Icona Pop
Emma Louise
Mac DeMarco
Prince Rama
Young Magic
The Stepkids (these guys are great, we booked them last year)
The Soul Rebels

06 Nov

By Michel R Dussack

On Thursday October 20th, Alberta Cross, GIVERS, and Portugal. The Man played arguably the biggest show of the 2011 edition of the CMJ Marathon at Terminal 5. Alberta Cross, a band with origins both in Europe and New York took the stage first and played a solid 30 minute set, winning over many new fans and surely pleasing the fan who yelled out to them that he came to the show just to see them. It wasn’t hard to see why they garner enough dedication to have people come to the massive Terminal 5 to catch a short opening set. The band plays their music with an insane amount of energy, with vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee frequently coming to the edge of the stage to get right in the faces of the fans. At one point towards the end of their set, he took this one step further, hopping off the stage and into the photographer’s pit to get even closer to the crowd. While often classified as “folk rock”, Alberta Cross is so much more than that, nearing alternative on some of the heavier tracks, and country on some of the softer tracks.

GIVERS took the stage next and the indie pop group from Louisiana proved that they could easily handle playing on a large stage, something I had doubts about after catching them at the much more intimate Ace Hotel that afternoon. Vocalists Taylor Guarisco and Tiffany Lamson frequently trade lines and harmonize together, giving the band something that easily distinguishes them from the countless other indie pop bands out there right now. Tiffany Lamson can be seen as the bands secret weapon as she provides vocals, additional percussion, xylophone, and ukulele during the bands live set. Throughout their 35 minute set, the crowd was dancing, and many in the crowd seemed already familiar with the band’s material, most notably single “Up Up Up”.

By the time Portugal. The Man took the stage, the crowd was sufficiently warmed up, though whether or not they were fully ready for the nearly 2 hour, 24 song marathon set is debatable. Kicking things off with the massive hit “So American”, it’s clear there’s something about this band that can’t be captured on their records. Perhaps it’s their high energy performances, their outstanding lighting and stage designs, or even their dedicated fans. The crowd was something completely unexpected for many who’ve never seen the band before – moshpits broke out, and crowdsurfers came sailing over the railing frequently. Opening with one of your biggest hits from your newest album usually means a band is going to focus on new material solely, and while most of “In The Mountain In The Cloud” was played throughout the night, it would be a while before the band would even think of playing another track from it.

A roaring cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” came early on, something unexpected, at least from this reviewer. This was no straight cover though – the band made it their own, making it sufficiently heavier, and dare I say it, headbanging material. Old favorite “AKA M80 The Wolf” followed and the crowd really started to go insane. A blend of older hits and newer numbers would follow, each track seemingly morphing right into the next one. Popular cover “All The Young Dudes” would come a couple songs later, prompting a massive sing-along. When the band launched into “Elephants” next, it was clear that it wasn’t just covers that the crowd knew nearly every word to. Portugal. The Man then started alternating old song and new song, each one prompting a larger cheer from the crowd. By the time the last song “Sleep Forever” came, it was hard to imagine that the band could last much longer.

After a brief encore break, they returned however, for a 5 song encore that pushed what was already an outstanding performance over the top, into one that many will not soon forget. Most notable was a brilliant cover of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, something that many bands would never even think about attempting. They would then go on to play “Guns and Dogs”, and close the show with “Chicago”, off their debut album “Waiter: You Vultures”, a real treat for the long time fans at the show. If it seems to you that Portugal. The Man crept up out of nowhere to be playing to a near sold out crowd at Terminal 5, you’d be right. Just last year they were playing at the much more intimate Highline Ballroom. However, it’s clear that they belong in bigger venues, and that the reason behind their success (not to mention loyal fanbase) is their amazing live shows.

All photos by Michel R Dussack




26 Oct

US Royalty played the KCRW CMJ “It’s A School Night” Showcase last Tuesday at the Bowery Hotel. Check out photos from their set thanks to our photographer Patrick Eves (

25 Oct

One of the most exciting shows you can go to is a Peelander-Z show. They have outrageous clothes, monsters, hot schoolgirls, and are likely to climb all over the place. On Saturday, they played the Bowery Poetry Club as part of this year’s CMJ Festival. Our photographer Tommy Ottley was there to get some great shots of the band.

Check them out:

24 Oct

Written by Tina Benitez, Photos by Patrick Eves

“I’m a rock ‘n’ roll photographer, which is a strange thing to be,” said Tony Mott. Mott’s shot of the Divinyl’s singer Chissie Amphlett taken during one of the band’s residency shows at Sydney’s Picadilly Hotel in the early ’80s was selected for their tour poster (with a $20 pay off) changing everything for the former hotel chef. Today, Mott has rock stories that could fill a book—and he has. Mott shared tales on the road and in the studio during an exhibit of photos in his new book, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Photography is the New Trainspotting,” Tuesday night at the Red Bull Space.

A photographic journey through 20 years, only a small portion of the Mott’s work was on display, including an “Express Yourself,” cone bra-clad Madonna (1990), Bjork in 1994, a younger Michael Hutchence portrait and David Bowie on stage, both circa 1988, Nick Cave and others flashed on a big screen.

Sponsored by Sounds Australia, the exhibit also included live performances by two Sydney-bred bands, including the aptly-named, Cameras, who just released their debut In Your Room, brought their atmospheric rock with vocalist and keyboardist Eleanor Dunlop evoking a brooding Florence Welch in Stevie Nicks garb. The band moved through a short, five-song set for their first New York show while Guineafowl, whose singer Sam Yeldham was recently shot by Mott on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the CMJ exhibit, closed the evening’s music with some indie pop during another five-song set.

A tour with the Rolling Stones, intimate shots of Janet Jackson, Metallica, Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Stevie Wonder and INXS (list goes on), Mott is still amazed by his career path even three decades later. “I never meant to be a rock photographer,” he said. The photographer’s stories throughout the years spilled out, including the time he opened Ozzy Osbourne’s Sydney hotel window for some light to the astonishment of the metal god, who hadn’t bothered to the look at his view for three days; reviewing photos for hours with the Stones, whose tour was described by Mott as “the rock royalty of rock photography”; Perry Farrell grabbing the photographer’s private parts in a sign of trust prior to a shoot; and Bjork’s strange request to be photographed when the sun was a half-inch from the horizon—something Mott says worked perfectly.

Concluding his trip down memory lane, Mott reminded the CMJ crowd of the insanity of rock photography: “Rock ‘n’ roll is a strange game with strange characters.”

Read more of Tina’s work at and check out more of Patrick’s photos at



Tony Mott w/fans

Tony Mott

19 Oct

In what’s become a “festival” where bloggers and companies are focused on featuring indie/experimental hipster rock bands, it’s difficult to find some good alternative hard rock music at CMJ. This Thursday at the Studio at Webster Hall, the artist management company Fenway Recordings celebrates their 10th anniversary. Not only does Fenway Recordings turn 10 years old but so does the acclaimed post-hardcore alternative rock band Recover’s first album Rodeo & Picasso. Rodeo & Picasso was released in 2001 on Fueled By Ramen Records. Now, with the 10th anniversary of the album, Santiago, Ross, Robert and Dan from the band have decided to make available some segues from R&P that they recorded with Bob Hoag and Rory Phillips for free download.

We know that you’re already set on going to the show just to see Recover but you don’t know about the rest of the Fenway Recordings family and friends playing the show.

Joywave, Secret Music, The Static Jacks, WATERS, The Damn Personals are all playing this show. Oh yeah, the friends we mentioned? WE ARE SCIENTISTS. You get all of this for $15. This all kicks off at 5pm on Thursday October 20th. Don’t miss this show, we’ll be there!

Thursday October 20, 2011

Fenway Recordings Presents: Sessions at CMJ w/
We Are Scientists
The Damn Personals
The Static Jacks
Secret Music

Doors: 5pm
Tickets: $15

18 Oct

Cassettes Won’t Listen is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jason Drake. A partner and previous director of marketing for famed indie hip-hop record label, Definitive Jux, Jason relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2009 to record his latest solo record, EVINSPACEY. A follow up to his 2008 release, Small-Time Machine, CWL’s newest project is a synth/sample-driven record showcasing Jason’s contemplative and melodic vocals while experimenting with dark and otherworldly themes of travel, distance and despondency. Three years in the making, the title is a nod to his newly adopted hometown, his fascination with exploration, observations of broken hope within the city, and of course, those who sit on top.

Catch Cassettes Won’t Listen at CMJ (dates below) and take a listen to the recently released cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” (iTunes).

Cassettes Won’t Listen – Ordinary World (Duran Duran Cover) by Cassettes Won’t Listen

10/19 The Delancey 3pm

10/20 Googies Lounge (upstairs at The Living Room) 12am

10/21 Fontana’s 10pm

Watch “Runtime” Video

18 Oct

For Caveman, the last year and half have been a whirlwind. Formed in New York back in January of 2010, the band has gone from relative unknowns to opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Cursive, Wye Oak and Yuck in a little under a year. Listening to CoCo Beware, it’s easy to see why the band has garnered so much attention in such a short period of time. Recorded and produced by Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), CoCo Beware (out digitally now, in stores November 15th via Magic Man! / ORG Music) showcases the dreamy chamber pop and multi-part harmonies that have been turning heads at the band’s live shows for the better part of a year.

Catch Caveman at CMJ

10/19(9pm) @ Vice/Noisey – Santos Party House
10/19(12:15am) @ ASCAP – Canal Room
10/20(5pm) @ I Guess I’m Floating – Pianos
10/20(11pm) @ Deli Magazine- Pianos
10/21(11am) @ Fred Perry(invite only) – Stratosphere Sound
10/21(2:30pm) @ KEXP Radio (live broadcast) – Ace Hotel
10/21(4:15pm) @ 6DB Unofficial CMJ Showcase- The Delancey
10/21(10pm) @ Yours Truly – Glasslands Gallery
10/22(2pm) @ Bowery Presents Showcase – Pianos
10/22(4pm) @ Denver Post “Reverb”– Fontanas

18 Oct

We could tell you a story that a want ad lead to NYC music scene vet Greg Nelson joining Gavin Rhodes in forming the band Lightouts but you wouldn’t believe us. We’re not joking, it’s true. Gavin Rhodes was looking for “Robert Smith/Emily Haines” but he received far more when Nelson joined his band. Together, as Lightouts, the duo have drawn comparisons from everyone from The Hold Steady to Surfer Blood. Take a listen to a few songs below and let us know who you think they sound like and come catch them LIVE at our CMJ day party at the Delancey on Friday October 21st at 12:05pm

The Eloise Suite by Lightouts

All I Want / Heroes (LCD Soundsystem / David Bowie Cover) by Lightouts

“Only The Smart Ones” BreakThru Radio

“Only the Smart Ones” by Lightouts – BTR Live Studio [ep52] from BreakThru Radio TV on Vimeo.