This week is Northside Music Festival. For seven days every June, over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters converge in Brooklyn to uncover the future of music, innovation and content; with over 400 bands, 150 speakers and 100 content creators. The Northside Festival encompasses a constellation of venues – small clubs, outdoor spaces, boutique hotels, local movie theatres and more. A single day might include discovering your favorite band, the next big start up, or the best film you’ve seen all year.
Classic electric chicken grease somewhere between Ray Charles & Tom Waits from eccentric Australian bluesman CW Stoneking.
Hailing from Australia’s remote Northern Territory, Stoneking grew up listening to gospel, ragtime and Chicago blues, citing American musicians including Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James and Bukka White among his earliest influences. “When I first heard it I thought it was kinda funny music,” Stoneking explains, “because it was so deconstructed and not really adhering to any rules that I’d been told music [should] fit into.” .”Hearing Stoneking perform live is, somehow, like listening to an old ‘78 recovered from a dusty attic in New Orleans.”-The Guardian
So much amazing music given to us by this creative genius.
Goodbye Space Commander – you will be truly missed. RIP
Rockwood Stage 2
Tue, October 13, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Thu, October 15, 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Fri, October 16, 7:45 PM – 8:15 PM
Sat, October 17, 7:20 PM – 7:45 PM
After playing a flawless series of shows at SXSW and The Great Escape 2015, he’s now NME approved, hotly tipped by BBC’s Radio 6 and Radio 1 and signed to an international label deal with Marathon Artists who have just released his acclaimed debut album “Slow Gum”. (CMJ)
Tue, October 13, 6:00 PM
Sat, October 17, 9:30 PM > 10:00 PM
Hudson Valley-born troubadour Sam Kogon has a sound pulled from NYCs 70s Bowery scene that flourished blocks away from his former East Village abode. Romantic and wistful, Kogons songs with Orbison-esc melodies and new wave tendencies are an autobiographical and imagined blur. Seagreen Records will release his debut album 9/18. (CMJ)
Tue, October 13, 6:15 PM > 7:00 PM
Sat, October 17, 8:15 PM > 8:45 PM
“Native Harrow combine the purity of Folk and the DIY of Indie that gives the words and music a determined presence within the dreamlike space of the songs” – The Alternate Root. (CMJ)
Tue, October 13, 6:00 PM
Coke Weed is a rock quintet formed in Bar Harbor, Maine in 2010. Having tackled acid-drenched folk-rock and revved-up indie on their first three full-lengths, Coke Weed shift their focus to the 70s on new album Mary Weaver. Namely the seminal art-rock of Bowie, Eno and Ferry. (CMJ)
Tue, October 13, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM
Tue, October 13, 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Caged Animals is the alias for Brooklyn-based songwriter Vincent Cacchione’s pop-leaning and spiritual songs. Brought to life by a band featuring his wife, Magali, sister, Talya, and friend Patrick Curry, the band has transformed it’s originally homemade recordings into transcendent, living moments on stage. (CMJ)
Alex Luciano (guitar) and Noah Bowman (drums), New Paltz, NYs Diet Cig made big statement out of a handful of highly infectious pop songs. While recalling the sound of speedy twee-pop groups like Tiger Trap and All Girl Summer Fun Band, the band explores “the innocence of adolescence and infatuation.” (CMJ)
Wed, October 14, 5:15 PM > 5:45 PM
Thu, October 15, 8:00 PM
Fri, October 16, 10:00 PM > 10:30 PM
Pete’s Candy Store
Sat, October 17, 6:15 PM > 6:45 PM
Sat, October 17, 1:00 AM > 1:45 AM
Last night, electronic music band Neon Indian debuted their tech-powered live performance at Webster Hall, as part of the CMJ Music Marathon.
The act, which explores new realms of live performance, was developed with Microsoft Kinect technology and provided the audience an immersive visual experience like no other. The band’s set list came to life through visuals created in real time, using five Kinect sensors that captured each band member, reacting to the music and movements happening live on stage. The results were an explosive light and color show, complementing the band’s diverse electric sound; in line with their experimental approach to new media.
The performance kicked off Neon Indian’s tour this fall in support of their new album VEGA INTL. Night School, which launches tomorrow, October 16th. Microsoft has built a custom PC for the band to take on the road to run their live show, and as part of the collaboration a performance tool-kit will be released following CMJ, allowing artists, media artists, and event producers access to the project blueprints used to produce the show.
For more information on the collaboration go to www.cmj.com/ITMxNeonIndian
Tue, October 13, 11:15 PM – 12:00 AM
Indie alternative pop/rock band Caverns was founded in 2012 by Nicola Wincenc (vocals/guitar), Lucio Westmoreland (guitar/ vocals), Isaac Sleator (keyboard/synth/vocals), Nick Katz (bass/vocals) and Russell Holzman (drums) after they all attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York together, studying music and film photography. Their sound is heavily influenced by a plethora of bands like Tame Impala, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear and Pink Floyd. (CMJ)
Bowery Electric (Map Room)
Tue, October 13, 9:30 PM
Carpenter by day & songwriter by night, Hammerstein makes late night tunes, with swirling sound led by antique keys and Hammersteins suavely wry vocals. An unlikely combination, sort of like putting the Silver Jews into a bar with Wings and The Violent Femmes & admiring what drunken mess you’ve caused. (CMJ)
Fri, October 16, 8:30 PM
Car Seat Headrest began in 2010 as a solo project of Will Toledo. Since then, he has released 11 albums under the CSH name, to increasing interest and acclaim. After a year working in Seattle with a drummer and bassist, CSH is planning their first national tour this year. (CMJ)
Wed, October 14, 1:45 PM > 2:15 PM
Santos Party House (Basement)
Wed, October 14, 9:00 PM > 9:30 PM
Fri, October 16, 7:30 PM
MR is a singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox RnB, and acid psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the craftsmanship of the Beatles and the wiggy textures of Dr. John in equal measure. (CMJ)
Thu, October 15, 4:45 PM > 5:15 PM
Thu, October 15, 8:00 PM
Baby’s All Right
Fri, October 16, 8:00 PM
Fulton Stall Market
Sat, October 17, 2:45 PM > 3:15 PM
Sat, October 17, 10:45 PM > 11:15 PM
Cosmo Sheldrake, is a 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from London. He attracted hype from the blogosphere after the release of his debut single in April 2014, and his debut EP in March 2015. He has toured with Sylvan Esso, Bombay Bicycle Club, Songhoy Blues and more. (CMJ)
Tue, October 13, 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Wed, October 14, 8:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Fri, October 16, 1:45 AM – 2:45 AM
Mississippi native Dent May writes, performs, and produces homemade pop music from his home base in Los Angeles. A stylistic chameleon, Dent’s recordings echo folk, disco, R&B, psychedelia, country-western, soul, and funk sounds of the past, present, and future. (CMJ)
Fri, October 16, 8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Nuns is beautiful, swirling power. Its getting loston purposein a thick haze of buzzing, chiming, drifting guitars, then following a distant voice to find your way home. Songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Hank Hanewinkel III is the heart and soul of Nuns. His debut, Opportunities,is equal parts dreamscape, break-up conversation, and pure electric catharsis.(CMJ)
Sat, October 17, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Winstons is a Garage-Soul duo from Virginia, based in Brooklyn, that is steeped in the traditions of American roots music and the legacy of rock n’ roll. They are self-releasing their second cassette tape and digital EP Black Dust on October 2, 2015. (CMJ)
Thu, October 15, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM
Fri, October 16, 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, resident of Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, trusty sidekick to Juan Wauters live band (as well as The Beets), and a fierce lover of The Ramones, Juan Zaballa is Tall Juan. He had just released his new single “Falling Down” recorded by Mac DeMarco. (CMJ)
Tue, October 13, 1:20 AM- 1:40 AM
Thu, October 15, 6:00 PM -6:45 PM
Fri, October 16, 10:30 PM -11:00 PM
Our Wicked Lady
Sat, October 17, 11:15 PM- 11:45 PM
Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) is releasing VEGA INTL. Night School, the long awaited follow up to 2011’s Era Extraña via Mom + Pop on October 16. The band hits the road again the next day with a show at the 9:30 Club in DC, followed by a very special CMJ performance at Webster Hall on Oct. 14 featuring an exclusive light show from the same team that produced Amon Tobin’s ISAM tour.
Wed, October 14, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Since their forming just two short years ago, SKATERS have build a solid reputation of a youthful, creative, energetic guitar-laden post-punk rock band. After signing to WB Records within their first year of existence, their DIY spirit and catchy songs have propelled them around the world, performing at various international festivals including Reading & Leeds, Best Kept Secret, Splendour in the Grass, BBK, Rock en Seine, Oya, Hurricane/Southside and others as well as Lollapalooza in the U.S.
10/14: ASCAP Showcase @ Webster Hall Studio (NYC), 8:00pm
10/14: HillyDilly Showcase @ Good Room (Brooklyn), 10:00pm
10/15: UTA Showcase @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 (NYC), 9:00pm
Oct 17 | Leftfield Bar | 9:30pm
Oct 17 | Arlene’s Grocery – AB Co & Big Picture Media Showcase | 1:15am
Following their stateside festival performances at both weekends of Austin City Limits and this spring at Coachella, U.K. duo Ruen Brothers will play CMJ at 10PM on Friday, October 16 at Mercury Lounge.
Don’t miss Melbourne’s Good Morning at this October’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.
Oct 13 – Piano’s (1.45pm) + Cake shop (Official showcase – 7pm)
Oct 14 – Tell All Your Friends (Elvis Guesthouse – 2pm)
Oct 15 – Paperbox (8.30pm)
Oct 16 – Dont Need No Melody (6pm) + Indie Shuffle (7.30pm)
Oct 17 – Aussie BBQ (5.35pm)
NYC band Public Access T.V. shares a new track “All We Want” and announces the release of their debut EP in the US on Terrible Records. Public Access EP will be available digitally on May 12th and on vinyl June 16th.
There is no hesitation in Sharon Van Etten’s lyricism. Her unabashed reverence for all the past has taught her boldly emanates in both Van Etten’s words and voice. This poignant candor, evident on new single “Just Like Blood,” is one of the many reasons Van Etten has become one of the most beloved songwriters and performers of our time. As with the entire “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP, this second single offers documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing. It is as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever created. Sharon Van Etten’s “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP is out June 9th on Jagjaguwar and available for pre-order now. Instant free downloads of “Just Like Blood” and the EP’s title track come with each digital pre-order.
Check out the new video”Watch The Moon Disappear,” from Fleetwood Mac inspired NYC indie folk rockers Spring Standards’, as featured on Baeble Music. The video is part of the film The Spring Standards Live From Delaware, which accompanies the album of the same name. It offers a taste of the trio’s “tight, soaring harmonies, set against old country twang [with] a pure, childlike joy of playing as many instruments simultaneously as possible” (NY Magazine)
TAME IMPALA have announced their highly anticipated third studio LPCurrents will be released worldwide Friday July 17th. The 13 track album is available to pre-order today offering “Let It Happen”, “Cause I’m A Man” and two brand new tracks “Eventually” and “Disciples” as instant grat tracks with the album pre-order. Beginning at 9PM PST/ Midnight EST you can pre-orderCurrents here (links live at 9PM PST tonight):
The Wild Belle remix of Tennis’ new “Mean Streets” is premiering on Baeble Music. Listen HERE and via Soundcloud HERE. Baeble Music says the track “is a beautiful piece of synthy dreampop.” The original version of “Mean Streets” appears on the deluxe edition of Ritual In Repeat, available May 12 on Communion Records, and features bonus tracks “Easter Island” and “100 Lovers.” Listen to “Easter Island” via Soundcloud HERE and watch the band’s music video for “Mean Streets” via YouTube HERE.
Spoon is excited to celebrate the digital release of their beautiful new Inside Out Remixes EP. The EP is comprised of four remixes of the song “Inside Out” – taken from Spoon’s universally-praised eighth full-length They Want My Soul. Remixes for this EP are provided by Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Tycho, Brian Reitzell, and Operators. Fans can purchase the EP from their favorite digital retailers includingiTunes. Preview the EP here.
In addition to the digital EP, Spoon will release a separate 12″ titled I/O EP that features a different track list which can be seen below. I/O EP will be released July 24 and available for purchase at the merchandise table during upcoming Spoon performances beginning in mid-June. Fans can preorder the I/O EP 12″ at the Spoon Store.
Spoon is set to release a new EP of remixes on April 28. The collection will feature remixed tracks from They Want My Soul by Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes, Dan Boeckner’s band Operators, Tycho, and film composer Brian Reitzell.
Listen to Moretti’s remix below.
Courtney Barnett has released the devastatingly beautiful and poignant video for “Kim’s Caravan” from the debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, an album which recently debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard album sales charts. “Kim’s Caravan” will be released as a special Record Store Day 12″ and is paired with a gorgeous and intimate recording of John Cale’s “Close Watch” as the B-Side.
Count on this group of Australian weirdos to come up with an idea like this – a 12” of four songs, each 10 minutes and 10 seconds long, accompanied by an insane painting of four different worlds melding together. Who are we to refuse them?
To honor the inherent twenty-five percentedness of this record, the band has created a special Drawn and Quartered edition – the colored vinyl will be quarter pie-slices of Translucent Red, Opaque Grimace Purple, Translucent Ice Blue, and black, and the artwork will be a custom designed poster of the full artwork that folds into a gatefold jacket for the record, and opens up to a 24” x 24” poster of the art on one side and the lyrics on the other. It’ll only be available from our webstore and from the band directly, so do yourself a (huge) favor and sign up for the mailing list here.
Donald Cumming, Former lead singer and founder of the band The Virgins. will release his highly anticipated debut solo album, Out Calls Only, on June 16th on Washington Square, the label imprint formed by Razor & Tie. Listen to the first track “Game Of The Heart”, recorded at East Village Recording Center with additional work done at Sullivan Street Studios in Manhattan.
After sharing debut single, “Animal,” which has an early West Coast punk viciousness unique to the Moon Duo catalog, the band is now presenting the video directed by and starring skateboarding legend Richie Jackson. As described by Ripley, “We loved Richie Jackson’s skate videos, the idea of a psychedelic skater, something outside of the norm. We contacted him and he had the idea of doing the world’s first skate video without a skateboard, and we were sold right there.”
Shadow of the Sun is available for pre-order now. iTunes’ pre-orders come with an instant download of “Animal,” which, in a nod to a great pop tradition, will also appear as the A-side of a 7-inch packaged with each copy of the vinyl edition and exist as the final track of the album on the CD and digital versions.
On Content Nausea , we find Parkay Quarts confidently exploring sounds that were previously only hinted at; Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure on “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth”, a lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south”.
Taken from the forthcoming Belle and Sebastian album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, “The Party Line” is the first radio single since “Come on Sister” from their previous album, 2010’s Write About Love.
Stream it below:
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart share the video for their latest single “Kelly” today. It was shot by the band’s friend and longtime collaborator, Art Boonparn. The band is currently on tour and will join back up with The New Pornographers for another run of dates in Nov. The band also recently released a deluxe edition of their 2014 LP Days of Abandon, with 5 bonus tracks. You can listen to one of these bonus tracks, “Summer of Dreams” here. You can buy the deluxe album right now via iTunes or listen to it on Spotify.
Watch Thurston Moore’s video for “Speak to the Wild” from his new solo album Best Day.
With nothing but the junk and the ghosts and his guitar, Ty draws us magnetically into the power of the Singer. Then the guitar solo sings out – and as it bites down, the room begins to spin.