Category Archives: CMJ

Live Video: Cody ChesnuTT at CMJ

Sure to be one of KEXP DJs’ and listeners’ favorite albums of the year, Landing on a Hundred comes ten years after Cody ChesnuTT‘s critically acclaimed debut, The Headphone Masterpiece. For ChesnuTT, a lifetime of experiences, full of ups and downs, occurred within that decade, but now he’s back. While blending elements of Afrobeat, gospel,Read more…

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Live Video: Hey Marseilles at CMJ

Seattle band Hey Marseilles plays gracefully crafted pop songs that rise and fall with the swelling of viola, cello, and guitar. While they are at face-value reminiscent of fellow Northwest band The Decemberists, they play a blend of stately pop-folk with their own unique depth to elevate solid songs to a very moving, earnestly romanticRead more…

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Live Video: Little Green Cars at CMJ

Irish band Little Green Cars have been making music as a group since they were 15 years old, and they play like it — their confident harmonies and folksy performance show an enthusiastic group who takes a youthful delight in singing and playing together.  Their energy is infectious, and the songs are catchy and tenderRead more…

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Live Video: The Antlers at CMJ

The Union Square Ballroom was packed tight with a reverent and enraptured audience for The Antlers‘ set during KEXP’s broadcast at CMJ.  The Brooklyn band mesmerized listeners with a soulful and atmospheric mix of songs from their 2012 EP, Undersea, and their 2011 album, Burst Apart.  Peter Silberman’s project began as self-recorded bedroom chamber pop, andRead more…

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Live Video: Wild Nothing at CMJ

Captured Tracks band Wild Nothings have been on the rise the last few years for good reason. With new album Nocturne out this year, a delightfully balanced trip back into the late 80s, where pop majesty and reverberated harmony both take front and center stage. Nocturne takes their critically acclaimed 2010 debut Gemini and buildsRead more…

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Live Video: DIIV at CMJ

It was the longest wait of the KEXP broadcast at CMJ. As we were midway through hosting a dozen bands at Union Square Ballroom during the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon, on Thursday afternoon a packed house stood eagerly waiting for DIIV to come on. Missing drumsticks were the culprit, but once new ones were acquired,Read more…

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Live Video: High Highs at CMJ

photo by Lauren Slusher

High Highs are a band of complex origins. They’re originally from Sydney, Australia, but are currently based in New York. Lead singer Jack Milas provides the acoustic guitar and earnest lyricism while Oli Chang brings the ethereal synths. Together, they’ve crafted some quietly beautiful melodies capable of moving listeners (or at least this one) toRead more…

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Live Video: Daughter at CMJ

photo by Lauren Slusher

The past eighteen months have been a whirlwind for Daughter. The London-based trio released two EPs last year (His Young Heart in April and Wild Youth in October), played a sold-out show at the Assembly Hall of North London, and signed with 4AD this past spring. Daughter gave four performances at CMJ this year, including aRead more…

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Live Video: Kishi Bashi at CMJ

Although Seattle-born violin virtuoso K(aoru) Ishibashi isn’t new to indie rock — he’s recorded and toured with the likes of Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal — he only just released is solo debut, 151a, this year. Using loop pedals to create multi-layered chorus of each song, Kishi Bashi will easily remind you ofRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2012, Day 3: The Antlers

written by Chris Payne In just a few years, shape-shifting The Antlers have undergone more reinventions than many successful bands do in a lifespan. Hospice, their 2009 breakthrough, was a heartbreaker of a chamber pop album with an intertwined narrative about a dying cancer patient. Leading man Peter Silberman followed that up with last year’sRead more…

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