CMJ Music Marathon 2013

Big Picture Media Showcase at Sullivan Hall

By Iman Lababedi | October 23, 2013

And, well, Amber Crisci of Big Picture had told me to watch for Quiet Company, that they were gonna be big and Jahn raved about them. A lively, exciting thriller of a band that Jahn said “Made my week for me.”

CMJ Music Marathon, Drowner At Pianos, Saturday, October 19th, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2013

Enjoy em now with songs like first single “Long Hair” and “You’ve got It All Wrong” and (here I’m guessing) “Don’t Go Around With Everyone In Town” . The temperature is always raising with this band and they have the good fun smarts of a band that is just about to break big.

That Was The Week Of October 14th, 2013 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2013

The CMJ Festival came about as close to taking over the city as humanly possible, Saturday afternoon on Ludlow Street you could wander from one gig to another all day long. It is one of my favorite times of the year -it’s like Christmas Eve

CMJ Music Marathon: The Bots At Pianos, Thursday. October 17th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2013

Playing songs off their current Sincerely Sorry EP, where the sound they’ve been going for since Anaaiah was 12 years old back in 2009 is absolutely perfected, the first two songs of the set are brilliant sound strangulation

CMJ Music Marathon: Arms AT The Studio At Webster Hall, Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2013

The band aesthetic opens it up and playing songs off their superb EP2, in a live setting the band evolve into a masterclass in tempo and dashed expectations.

CMJ Music Marathon – Margot MacDonald At Rockwood 1, Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2013

With a pianist accompanying her and a loop feeding back vocal hooks as she sings it, Margot harmonizes with herself on what is simply one of the prettiest songs of the year and she sings it very well

CMJ Music Marathon: Meet Mree

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2013

Mree is a sort of disquietingly soft but deep hushed folkie and in the one song I saw she taped herself tearing up a piece of paper and used it along with a drum beat in a loop.

CMJ Music Marathon: The Bongos At The Living Room, Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2013

Every single song in the set was a gem, Richard, back in black with a Gibson strapped to him at all time, looked slim and handsome, every inch a rock star and the band were excellent musical foil

CMJ 2013 Consumer Guide: The Shows You Have To See!

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2013

1400 shows in 5 days is upon us and fair enough, nobody is gonna see them all with all the will in the world. Indeed, if you were doing 10 a day for five days that would equal 50 which would leave, er, 1350 bands you’ll be missing

Sneak Peak: Upcoming Album releases 10-1-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2013

As I write, I am planning to check out Yuck as part of the CMJ fest after loving their debut album and once you get past that there is Joan Jett with (hopefully) more of the same

KEXP Live Is The Place To Begin And End(Ish) Your CMJ Experience

By Iman Lababedi | September 28, 2013

Last year I had a real good time and this year, well, this year I have no idea what to expect but I hope to get more of the same. For me, a working stiff, lunch gigs are where it is at, and the KEXP Radio shows seem like a smart move.