We’re excited to announce our very first OFFICIAL CMJ showcase today, which takes place on the festival’s opening night, October 16, in the Marin Room at Webster Hall; because what would CMJ be without the best concert-tracking website and blog there is in New York? I don’t want to even think about it.
It’s presented by our good friend Kristina Tequila, and we’ve booked a crazy eclectic lineup of bands from across the globe. It’s headlined by the amazing Swedish-American electropop outfit Thieves Like Us, who are hard at work crafting a new krautrock and post-punk infused LP, which is slated for release in March of 2013 on Captured Tracks. They’re directly supported by the insanely hard-working post-chillwaver Teen Daze, who will have a pair of LPs under his belt by year’s end, on top of a high-profile collaborative track with Frankie Rose.
Things switch gears after that, with a set from the ultra-buzzed Delicate Steve, aka the guitar-driven psychelic-project of Steve Marion. Over the past year or so, Steve has had the honor of sharing big stages with the likes to tUnE-yArDs, Grizzly Bear, Built To Spill, Sigur Ros and Yeasayer, who have been quoted as saying that Delicate Steve have made them “excited about guitar again.”
Speaking of people who are excited about guitar; Dent May has traded in his trusty ukulele for a full-sized six-string this year (as heard on his LP, Do Things), which has expanded his sonic palate into psychedelia and sunshine pop. Our good friends in Heavenly Beat, the side project of Beach Fossils’ John Pena, grace a My Social List stage again just before Dent May.
You could cut this bill in half, and it’d still be insanely buzzable. Mac Demarco has been making waves all over the blog-o-sphere with his dark and surreal soft rock, altering everyone’s perceptions on what a singer-songwriter can be. Philadelphia’s best garage-rock duo, Bleeding Rainbow, have skewed a bit darker since their name shed its LaVar Burton allusions, and we’ve brought The Young Evils all the way across the country from Seattle to share their indie pop sensibilities with you.
Our friends in the jangly Grand Resort open, and Milky from Lingerie and Sean Earl Beard from Plastic Flowers will spin in between sets to keep the party moving.