Category Archives: CMJ

KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Saint Rich

It’s only a matter of time before Saint Rich, the musical brainchild of Steve Marion and Christian Peslak, becomes a household name. Beyond the Drone, their debut full-length album, was released earlier this month on Merge Records, and it’ll blow you away. Before becoming a part of Saint Rich, Marion had been performing solo aroundRead more...

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Song of the Day: The Dismemberment Plan - Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week’s featured songs come from artists performing during KEXP’s broadcast from CMJ. Today’s song is “DaddyRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 1: The Helio Sequence

After 17 years of existence, The Helio Sequence could easily kick back in comfort as a fixture in the Pacific Northwest music scene with their successful signature indie-rock sound. Instead, the duo has been ushered into a new, full-grown style on their fifth full-length album, 2012′s Negotiations, by the heavy rain infamous in their hometown of Portland, Oregon. WhenRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 1: Weekend

Brooklyn-based (formerly San Francisco) shoegaze band Weekend came into the picture at the turn of the decade with Sports, a strong introductory statement that could have seen the band go in plenty of different directions in the future. But in the form of Jinx, their sophomore step mixes dense texturing and noisy guitars with aRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 1: Cub Sport

With a sound as sunny as their hometown of Brisbane, Australia, Cub Sport shone on stage from our CMJ broadcast this morning. After a certain organization asked the band to change their name (can you guess who?), the newly-monikered quintet hit the road for their first-ever US tour, including their American radio debut on ourRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 1: Bear Ceuse

Well, that was a sure way to wake up the neighborhood! Kicking off KEXP’s 2013 CMJ broadcast was New York’s own Bear Ceuse, a band whose pounding drums, searing guitars, and loud, belted vocals definitely woke up the group of caffeinated New Yorkers who gathered at Judson Memorial Church for their morning session. Their guitarist/vocalistRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013 begins!

KEXP’s broadcast during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon kicks off today. Today through Friday, October 18t, from 9AM to 5PM Seattle time, you’ll hear performances from Eleanor Friedberger, The Helio Sequence, HAERTS, The Dismemberment Plan and many others, live from Judson Memorial Church. If you happen to be in the NYC area, come see us!Read more...

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Live Video: Chad Valley

Though named for a popular British toy company, Chad Valley is more than just a plaything Oxford, UK’s Hugo Manuel. Also the frontman for the group Jonquil, Manuel has turned a couple of lo-fi solo EPs into a fully realized project of lush, summery synth-pop. Like Jonquil, Chad Valley features Manuel’s distinctive falsetto as itRead more...

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Live Video: Paul Banks at CMJ

Paul Banks rose to prominence as the singer/guitarist of Interpol in the early 2000s, and on October 22 of this year, Matador released his third record as a solo artist. While Banks is Banks’ second full-length, it’s his first under his real name, as he seems to have put the Julian Plenti moniker to restRead more...

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Live Video: Line & Circle at CMJ

Line & Circle are a dream pop band who’ve come onto the national scene this year from LA. This five-piece started with the songwriting duo of Brian J. Cohen and Brian Egan -- both from Akron and Dayton, Ohio, respectively -- who met in college before moving from the midwest to Los Angeles. They comeRead more...

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