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CMJ Music Marathon 2013 Live Show Review & Festival Recap: Caveman, Grandchildren, Porcelain Raft, Speedy Ortiz, More

CMJ Music Marathon 2013 yet again saw a convergence of hundreds of bands and thousands of fans on the clubs of the Lower East Side, East Village, and Williamsburg in New York City. Coincidentally, many of the bands we were most looking forward to were female-fronted (Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Hunters), and they did not...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010: John Vanderslice, Marnie Stern, Harper Blynn, The Drums, Francis And The Lights, Wild Nothing

The word “marathon,” when applied to CMJ is quite literal; it involves a lot of running around from place to place, trying to catch every single bit of amazing music that you can soak up. Here’s some of my favorites from what I was able to catch. Harper Blynn (Tuesday, 10/19, Mercury Lounge) This was...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010 : Matthew Dear, Braids, The Luyas, First Aid Kit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Active Child

Braids (Thursday, 10/21, M For Montreal Showcase, Arlene’s Grocery) Hailing from Montreal, Braids played on Thursday night at the M For Montreal showcase at Arlene’s Grocery. They blew me away with their art rock style and use of vocals as instruments, although their songs do have intelligible lyrics. They created a lush soundscape using lots...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010: Pre-Festival Coverage

cmj music marathon picks for tuesday, october 19th das racist This hip-hop duo took the internet by force and drilled their single, “Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell,” into thousands (perhaps millions) of heads repeatedly, and deservedly so. Not for a long time has hip-hop sounded this fresh, interesting, intellectual, and relevant. Check out their...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2009: Duchess Says, Malajube, We Are Wolves, Think About Live Show Review

More than a year ago, I was introduced to the raucous electro-indie-punk stylings of Duchess Says. They represented, to me, the perfect hybrid of mainstream dance rock and teen center electro, and in my book, they had the perfect recipe for success. Their song “Black Flag” seemed an automatic indie hipster staple, provided the hipsters...Read...
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