Category Archives: Live at CMJ

KEXP at CMJ, Day 3: Ghost Wave

Text by Britta Plyler and Janice Headley For a group that’s only been together for three years, Ghost Wave has certainly made a splash on the worldwide music scene. They recorded their debut full album and first US release, Ages, in six short days and released it via Flying Nun this summer. This five-piece bandRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Ski Lodge

It’s pretty perfect that the frontman of Ski Lodge shares a surname with the guitarist for The Smiths since their sound is totally reminiscent of those Manchester legends. Andrew Marr, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist acting as the creative glue binding the New York band together, thrives on dichotomies. Ski Lodge’s debut album, Big Heart, delvesRead more...

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KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Wild Cub

At today’s CMJ session, dance-pop band Wild Cub brought their own baby cub: frontman Keegan DeWitt’s 4 1/2-month old baby was in the audience, watching his papa bear in concert for the very first time. A former NY-based composer, now living in Tennessee, DeWitt worked on the soundtrack for the film Dance Party USA, namedRead 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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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: Thieving Irons

Following the breakup of Brooklyn-based KEXP favorites Pela, half of the group went on to carry the torch of anthemic rock in We Are Augustines, but guitarist Nate Martinez sought a different path through Thieving Irons. Whereas Pela’s power punch belied raw soul-baring lyrics, Martinez’s introspection lies instead in his instrumentation and layered compositions. ThievingRead more...

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Live Video: KEXP at CMJ, Day 3

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, PortRead more...

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Live Video: KEXP at CMJ, Day 2

The second day of our live broadcast from Ace Hotel New York, sponsored by Toyota Free Yr Radio, was filled with some of the very best bands performing the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. Brooklyn trio Widowspeak started the morning in the lobby of the Ace with a moody yet charming set ofRead more...

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Live Video: KEXP at CMJ, Day 1

Last month, KEXP returned to New York City for three days of live broadcasting during the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. Hosted by Ace Hotel and sponsored by Toyota Free Yr Radio, KEXP held intimate live performances from the lobby of the Ace Hotel New York. The first day of these performances sawRead more...

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