On Friday, we wrapped up our 2011 CMJ broadcast from Ace Hotel New York, sponsored by Toyota Free Yr Radio, with four bands that couldn’t be more different but are all quite excellent. First up was a new band called WATERS, fronted by Van Pierszalowski, who KEXP listeners already know from his previous band, Port O’Brien. WATERS, though, which Van joked as having been inspired by KEXP’s own Cheryl Waters, is a more spirited project... meaning they rock out a hell of a lot more! Recent tourmates of WATERS, EMA took the audience filling up the Ace Hotel lobby on quite a different journey. Frontwoman Erika M. Anderson expands on her earlier band Gowns’ drone-folk with an even more experimental sound, sometimes appearing more of a spoken word poet than a singer. New York quintet Caveman brightened the room with their jubilant pop melodies driven by primal beats and sweet vocals. Bringing the day and entire CMJ broadcast to a close was perhaps the most anticipated performance of them all: Bradford Cox’s solo project Atlas Sound. Bradford, who was staying in a room at the Ace during the festival, came down in his pajamas to perform his ethereal set of songs, mostly from his new album, Parallax. Check out the videos from our final day below and videos from Day 1 and Day 2.
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