Category Archives: Live at CMJ

KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 4: Deastro

Like any self-respecting musician these days, Deastro’s Randolph Chabot began recording albums in the basement of his parents’ house. Having sung in his church choir, and even performed in a production of Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when he was 7-years-old, music has always been a part of his life. From those humble beginnings, he’sRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 4: The xx

As KEXP’s broadcast during CMJ mellows down to an end, so does the music with dreamy, twilight pop band The xx. The quartet of 20-years-olds from South West London were destined to make a name for themselves when they met at Elliot School, the same high school of Hot Chip, Four Tet and Burial. AtRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 4: The Temper Trap

There’s no wonder this band has made a few “Bands to watch in 2009″ lists. This Melbourne four-piece has exploded onto the scene this year with an amazing full-length album entitled Conditions, which has turned a few heads to say the least. The band recorded the new album in New York and Australia with ProducerRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 3: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Coming out of Brooklyn, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson creates his own brand of multi-instrumentational, introspective, and very personal songs. With vocals that feel warm and scratchy like wool, Robinson sings about one tulmutuous summer on his second release, The Summer of Fear, out on Saddle Creek.  His lyrics denote an even more tumultuous life, dealing withRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 3: Rubik

Rubik finally comes stateside all the way from Finland to celebrate their sophomore release, and United States debut album Dada Bandits. Their songs are beautiful, yet rhythmically off.  Artturi Taira’s vocals go against the grain of the rest of the instrumentation. It’s all very refreshing, yet structurally sensitive, like balancing rocks on top of one another,Read more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 3: The Blakes

Day 3 of CMJ couldn’t have been a better time for a power pop pick-me-up by our very own Seattle band The Blakes. The young threesome has managed to obtain the secret recipe for perfectly well-rounded rock n’ roll with their jangly guitars, vocal harmonies and jittery rhythms. Although the dynamic trio can’t claim overnightRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 2: Phantogram

Phan⋅to⋅gram [noun]: A phantogram is a form of optical illusion created with a pair of 2-D images that are distorted in a particular way as to appear 3-D to the viewer. Guitarist Josh Carter and keyboardist Sarah Barthel are just that– an illsusion of depth and perspective with their rich, layered and complex music. EyesRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 2: Surf City

Long ago, the land down under spawned one-of-a-kind first-wave punk and noise bands like The Clean and The Dead C. Now, decades later, Flying Nun Records’ initial sound is back, resurrected by the jangly, dark-fi Auckland, New Zealand band, Surf City (Surf City is actually on record labels Arch Hill Recordings/Pop Frenzy/Morr Music). If theRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 2: Chief

Most KEXP listeners have yet to hear of the band Chief, but that’s about to change very soon. A few years ago, the four-piece, made up of Evan Koga, Michael Moonves, and brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa, brought their Southern California harmonies from their native Los Angeles to New York City, where they all endedRead more…

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KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 1: Soft Black

Soft Black could easily get mixed up in the emerging Brooklyn lo-fi movement, taking minimalist folk-tinged tunes and turning them into modern retro rock gems. Fortunately, the band was lucky enough to get hooked up early with engineer Charles Burst (Crystal Stilts, Neko Case) who helped turn their early demos into the sound you hearRead more…

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