I seriously need to catch up on some sleep. But before I do that, I'm going to share some impressions of CMJ, the culprit that robbed me of so much shut-eye over the last few days.
If you don't already know, CMJ (College Music Journal) is an annual music festival held each Autumn in New York City that brings hundreds of young bands to come play and hopefully build buzz for the coming year--think of it as a colder, less barbecue-centric South by Southwest.
Over the course of the festival's five days, bands can blur into each other--a natural byproduct of scurrying between clubs and checking out bands playing short sets while music biz schmoozers talk loudly to the very same people they're exchanging tweets with. (Somewhat relatedly, kudos to SPIN.com's Matt Kiser for trying to start a CMJ Twitter rumor that Dirty Projectors were playing a secret show on the Brooklyn Bridge--anyone go? I hope so.)
What I'm saying is that CMJ is not necessarily the best way to assess a band. Despite that, I did see a handful that I liked a lot and think you should keep an eye on. Below are my five favorite bands from this year's edition of the festival.
Weezer. Then imagine that Weezer was still a band you wanted to hug. You'd have something close to Florida's Surfer Blood. Rad.
the Chills and the Clean, this quartet loads fuzzy guitars on top of yearning melodies, sung with a whole heap of reverb. They make you work to find they sweet beneath the sour, but the effort is worth it.
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