Posts Tagged ‘CMJ Music Marathon’

French-actress-turned-indie-folk-artist Soko brought her charm and her anger to the intimate little stage in the Lower East Side’s Living Room as part of CMJ week.  She quickly ran through songs that she described were either about “death or lies”, and after the 35-minute set (which she hoped would actually be three hours), it’s certain she’s likely a headcase.  She’s able to laugh at her own misery in some of her songs – while in others (“For Peter”, dedicated to her friend that she saw overdosing in front of her), it’s just all misery.  Maybe all she really needs is a hug?  Maybe I gave her one – or two.


Watch for the burp and the sing-along:

“For Peter”:


Holly Miranda, one of my “Babewatch” picks of ’09, took part in the CMJ line-up on Saturday, 10/23, as part of Baeble’s live music sessions at Bowery Electric in the East Village, NYC.  Miranda still falls under one of the best vocalists to come out of the Brooklyn scene (in my humble opinion), and Kanye West’s endorsement of her track, “Slow Burn Treason”, via his blog in early ’09 helped give her that buzz.  During her acoustic set, she belted through “Waves” and “Pelican Rapids”, but “No One Just Is” was the haunting standout. 

Video of “No One Just Is”:


“Pelican Rapids”

L.A. band Local Natives joined New Jersey band Titus Andronicus at last night’s (Thursday, October 21st) Spin Magazine/Ray-Ban event.  Below are pics from the downtown party at an old firehouse.



The fanbase for one of the standout bands of 2009, The Drums, seems to have grown substantially in the past ten months.  The Brooklyn-based band, who formerly had residencies at Pianos and Don Hill’s in NYC (sometimes free admission shows), officially sold out Webster Hall last night as part of the CMJ Marathon.  Playing through a 70-minute set that included tracks from their first official self-titled album released in the UK and US this summer (and their EP, Summertime), original members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham kept the energy at a solid level on stage – even when closing the show with their one ballad, “Down By The Water.”  Pierce seems to have become a more comfortable frontman on stage in comparison to a year ago.  If there were a Mick Jagger of the music indie-verse, Jonny would be it. 


WHO: Brooklyn band MEN JD Samson, Michael O’Neil, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi

COMPARISONS: An estrogen-filled version of The Rapture and Hot Chip, describing themselves as disco house punk reggae.

WORTHY: It’s a new spin to JD Samson’s days as a Le Tigre member.

MORE: MEN will perform as part of the CMJ Showcase at Santos Party House in NYC on October 19th.