Ravens & Chimes / photo by David Greenwald
I won’t be at CMJ this year, but here are the bands I’d see if I was. Fun jams for everyone after the jump.
Hospitality: New Merge Records signees. Sounds accordingly Merge-y (guitar fuzz!) with the added twist of a New York Post-Feist Sassy Lady lead singer.
Hospitality – Friends of Friends by MergeRecords
North Highlands: Intricate folk-rock with the added twist of a New York Post-Feist Sassy Lady lead singer. (Do I have a type? I have a type. See also: Twin Sister, not playing CMJ.)
North Highlands “Benefits” by heartmusicgroup
Widowspeak: The only band on 2k11 Label of the Year Captured Tracks not playing ’80s synthesizers. Still terrific!
Gun Shy by widowspeakband
The Stepkids: Funk-pop wiz-kids out on Stones Throw. Sly and the Family Alt-Bros.
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf by stonesthrow
ARMS/Ravens & Chimes: Both bands played our SXSW party in March, both have really incredible albums coming out in November and both will blow your mind in totally great-yet-different ways.
Fleeced by ARMS
Ravens & Chimes – “Carousel”: mp3
Previously: CMJ 2009: 10 Bands That Killed It — Or Died Trying
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