CMJ Preview / Artists + Showcases To See

Six Artists Not To Miss

1. Radiation City
We’ve spotlighted Radiation City before here on MOKB, but with them playing over six shows at CMJ, there’s really no excuse for festival-goers to miss out on them. The Portland-based group’s full-length debut, The Hands That Take You, is full of lovely indie-pop reminiscent of the soulful and playful girl groups of the ’60s.

10/19 @ Pianos [1pm]
10/19 @ Living Room [4pm]
10/20 @ Pete’s Candy Store [10pm]
10/21 @ Knitting Factory [1:35pm]
10/21 @ Lit Lounge – [8pm]
10/22 @ Spike Hill – [3pm]

2. Headless Horseman
This NYC duo has been generating buzz since 2010, but lately there’s been something in the air hinting at a big push, and even bigger next few months for them. They are a bit of an anomaly with their kooky loops and effects, falsetto vocals and hypnotic melodies, but somehow it all blends perfectly in that R&B-meets-world music-meets-electronic way, especially with their adrenaline-filled live shows.

MP3 : Headless Horseman – Jailbait (the original song is a French pop song: ETYL – “J’ME FAIS MAL“)
MP3 : Headless Horseman – Handstands (a remix of Chairlift’s “Bruises” with a sample from The Chordettes’ “Mr. Sandman.”

10/19 @ Pianos
10/20 @ Cameo Gallery
10/22 @ Pianos

3. The Stepkids
Soulful, shimmery, and psychedelic. With delicious tracks like “Shadows on Behalf” and “Suburban Dream,” you’ll be thankful for their reinterpretation of retro funk. The Stones Throw band also knows how to set the mood on stage: donning white suits head-to-toe, while a colorful kaleidoscope of lights beams on them and all over the venue space.

MP3 : The Stepkids – Legend In My Own Mind

10/19 @ Public Assembly
10/20 @ Thompson Hotel
10/20 @ Pianos
10/21 @ The Delancey
10/21 @ Glasslands
10/22 @ Public Assembly

4. Little Red
This Australian quintet have warm vocal harmonies and a vintage dance-rock feel that sounds familiar one minute (with bits of MGMT and Phoenix peaking through), and wholly unique the next. Their debut LP comes out on True Panther on 10/25.

MP3 : Little Red – Get A Life

10/19  @ Pianos [8pm]
10/19  @ Glasslands [8pm]
10/20 @ Rosenthal Pavilion at Kimmel Center [10am]
10/20 @ Pianos [12:30pm]
10/20 @ Pianos [7pm]

5. Emil & Friends
MOKB premiered Emil & Friend’s crunchy, dance-y track “Crystal Ball” just a few weeks ago, and we’re here again to encourage folks to catch his live show this CMJ week where he’ll be playing a number of songs off his recently released Lo & Behold (Cantora).

MP3 : Emil & Friends – Crystal Ball

10/21 @ Bowery Electric
10/22 @ Spike Hill
10/22 @ The Delancey

6. Yellow Ostrich
Recently signed to Barusk Records, the band — headed by creative songwriter Alex Schaaf — employs rousing looping, catchy and contagious a cappella arrangements, and pounding body-moving drum beats. Schaaf’s stage presence and their dynamic indie-rock sound make for a magnetic live show.

10/19 @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/21 @ Knitting Factory
10/21 @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/22 @ The Delancey

Six Showcases Not To Miss

10/19 – Lefse Records @ Pianos: Teen Daze, Gauntlet Hair, Cuckoo Chaos,  A Lull, Sunglasses, Balkans, Sun Glitters

10/19 – Dead Oceans / JagJaguwar / Secretly Canadian @ Union Pool:  Exitmusic, Porcelain Raft, Parts & Labor, Gauntlet Hair, A Place to Bury Strangers

10/20 – I Guess I’m Floating / Tell All Your Friends (day party) @ Pianos upstairs/downstairs: Body Language, Grimes, Guards, Beat Connection, High Highs, Warm Ghost, and more

10/21 – Yours Tru.ly Presents Pillow Talk / Pillow Fight 2 @ Glasslands: Active Child, Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble), The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, INC, Ava Luna

10/21 – Neon Gold Presents: New Shapes 2011 @ Santos Party House:  French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Slowdance, ANR, Fort Lean, Goyte, and more

10/22 – The Windish Agency @ Brooklyn Bowl: Givers, Free Energy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vacationer and more

Post by Michelle Geslani

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