Spinner's CMJ 2011 Picks -- Who We're Seeing This Week
Yep, it's time for CMJ, aka five nights of running -- or stumbling, on occasion -- around New York City, bouncing from show to show and most likely staying up way too late. We've brought you 78 free MP3s and a 101-song Spotify playlist, and now here's our list of bands we'll be checking out this week, even if it means cutting you in line. If you feel like bumping into us, check out the schedule here.
Dum Dum Girls
It seems most of the times a band cleans up its sound, we start to lose some interest. But for Dum Dum Girls, the pristine audio of their second album 'Only in Dreams' is a definite step forward. Not to mention, the new songs are totally kickass.
Not much is known about this strange New York-based group aside from their prowess for turning indie pop tunes into gnarled and scary doom tracks. Often employing the lo-fi aesthetic of Dirty Beaches, Headless Horseman morph glossy songs into operas of frightening sound, sputtering about in remix gold.
Featuring punk and garage influences with a twist, this Kentucky sextet's live show is anchored by the dueling vocals of Tony Smith and Alex Kandel, who's too young to enter most of the bars the band will be playing this week. Need more proof? Check out their set on The Interface.
Sleeper Agent Perform 'Get It Daddy' on The Interface
We Are Augustines
Featuring two former members of Pela, this indie-rock trio puts on some of the most uplifting performances we've seen in years.