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Asante Phenix: Nameless
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
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Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Tkay Maidza: U-Huh
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Future Punx: Spike Train
In their single "Spike Train," five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show...
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This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed...
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ASSEMBLE XII: A Sonic Experiment at the Ace Hotel
It's CMJ week in NYC, meaning the streets are flooded with thousands of artists vying for attention. In a festival that offers more music than anyone can possibly endure, avant-garde performance experiment ASSEMBLE puts on a sonic experience like...
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Shit Robot: We Got A Love (feat. Reggie Watts)
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted about that week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's surprising personal interests—#PrivateJam exposes their musical guilty pleasure...
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Rollo Grady Best of CMJ 2013 Mixxx
This week DFA dropped three new singles from their crew of talented artists; the Juan Maclean, Museum Of Love (Dennis McNany and LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney) and Shit Robot each offered hints at forthcoming albums with their respective electronic...
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Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime
NYC's CMJ Music Marathons have grown in popularity over the years, rising up from the underground to the mainstream, all without losing their credibility and reputation as a legit source for new music. LA-based agency Rollo & Grady did all the hard...
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Future Punx: Livin' In A Movie
"I generally try not to acknowledge the existence of a musical 'guilty pleasure' because I think treating music as some kind of cultural trophy hunting, or game of cool, denigrates the role music can play in our lives," explains musician RJD2 in our...
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Poliça: Shulamith
The latest musical incarnation from Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo, Future Punx are starting to garner underground love for their modern swipe at retro '80s soundscapes. Dancey and drawn from New Wave greats, their track "Livin' In A Movie" chops...
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Poliça: Shulamith NPR Music gave readers a first listen to Poliça's upcoming sophomore album, Shulamith, which the erudite outlet has dubbed "nearly perfect." Channy Leaneagh's silvery vocals have the magical ability to both soothe and probe, while...
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Bruar Falls CMJ BBQ Spectacular
Kids sporting laminates on NYC subways signals CMJ's descent on the city once again. Friends of CH, The Roulettes—a band accepted into the music showcase on their first try—put together an awesome lineup that we're sponsoring this...
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Giant Drag
The unofficial inaugural CMJ prom was held last night in NYC and featured LA-based Amazon.