CMJ 2011 Wrap-Up

It was a whirlwind trip to New York for this year’s CMJ festivities, but it was certainly a worthwhile one. We spent the weekend criss-crossing the city moving from club to club trying to take in as much music as possible and we have compiled the highlights for you below–

M for Montreal Showcase at Arlene’s Grocery– We were there to see Passwords, but were pleasantly surprised by the francophone artists who opened up the showcase, most notably Peter Peter. The Montreal native delivered a raucous set showing off his skills on the looping pedal and his knack for a little showmanship when he ended the set by completely de-tuning his guitar and getting down on his knees to attack his pedal board with his hands.

Santos Party House on Friday Night– Friday night at Santos’ had it all, Will Johnson aka Gordon Voidwell announced that he and his whole band had performed on LSD all week, French Horn Rebellion rocked the downstairs stage with a weirdly satisfying blend of synth and french horn, Walk The Moon covered Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” and had half the crowd covered in their signature face paint and all of this came even before Australian indie-pop superstar Gotye took the stage. I think it’s safe to say that it was a pretty good night.

Andrew Keoghan at The Living Room– One of the best things about CMJ is being able to see foreign artists who don’t tour in the United States regularly. We featured Keoghan’s violin looping skills on the site over the summer, so we jumped at the chance to see him at The Living Room. His set certainly didn’t disappoint as Keoghan switched from guitar to violin to end his set with “Every Orchid Offering” and “Gloria.” Here’s to hoping the New Zealand native won’t be a stranger in the States in 2012.

With CMJ behind us, it doesn’t mean that the fun is going to slow down as we head back to Boston for a full slate of shows this week. Make sure to check in all this week for some concert previews, reviews, and CMJ interviews, but in the meantime take a listen to some music from some of our CMJ 2011 favorites.



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