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Monday, Oct 22, 2007

Phew… it seem like only yesterday we were wading into the first crowd of the festival, and now CMJ is but a memory (oh how we’ll miss you dear). Of course, all that’s gone is not forgotten: we’ve got Day 4 and 5 photo updates courtesy of our friends at Flavorpill below, and our annual artist breakdown and general recap begins tomorrow. Get pumped!


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EL-P
THE COOL KIDS
MSTRKRFT
DRAGONS OF ZYNTH
TIGER CITY
LUKE TEMPLE
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Friday, Oct 19, 2007

There’s something unruly about today’s update, an unmitigated energy pulsing through the bands and, by association, our photos. While big buzz acts often play several CMJ shows, Thursday was a make-it-or-break-it day for many, with a number of exclusive showcases and one-off performances. PopMatters was there alongside our photographer friends from Flavorpill, capturing it all in full (and sometimes florescent) color.


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ISLANDS
UNKLE
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD
ENON
Yo MAJESTY
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Thursday, Oct 18, 2007

After two days at CMJ, the mad dash to make every shows subsides, and you begin to feel a lot more comfortable going with your gut. This year, day two’s artists made that easy, maintaining remarkable energy even as the listeners themselves started to feel the strain that comes with getting out to so many shows. There’s a lot of sweat in today’s pics from our friends at Flavorpill, so best to view from a distance — unless you’re carrying a towel of course.


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DAN DEACON


CMJ Day 2: Moshing On-Stage to Dan Deacon


Dan Deacon shows tend to have an aura of crowd participation. This was the case at the Bowery Ballroom, first when L.A. punk duo No Age started an on-stage mosh pit which escalated into guitarist Randy Randall riding on someone’s shoulders while rocking out the set’s final song. Then, as usual, Dan Deacon took it to the next level, inviting the crowd on stage while he set up on the floor to exude his electronic mayhem. After performing in complete darkness, except for the glow of a skull strobe light, Deacon requested the house lights be turned up and cleared the dance floor to allow space for a spastic dance contest. The prolific production artist Diplo was on hand, rocking out to Deacon’s electro-anthems, and even received a congratulatory round of high fives from the crowd. The party atmosphere was admittedly not fitting for the more cerebral, white-noise-inspired sound of Deerhunter whose lead singer Bradford Cox called Deacon “a tough act to follow”. Nevertheless, Deerhunter killed with a set of their atmospheric rock from their stellar Cryptograms album. Cox’s airy vocals and the band’s spatial pop songs were a welcome reprieve from the over-indulgence of the previous acts.
Joe Tacopino


DEERHUNTER


IDA MARIA


NO AGE


PONYTAIL
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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007

The summer stickiness has pretty much dissipated (though nothing can completely kill the subway’s trademark stink), and All Hallows Eve is all but upon us. So, you know what that means: it’s CMJ TIME!!!! That’s right, the industry conference to dwarf all other music industry conferences kicked off in New York City yesterday and will continue through the weekend, hosting hundreds upon hundreds of newbies, up-and-comers, and soon-to-be superstars. As always, PopMatters’ Events crew is out in force, chronicling every inspired solo and dutifully noting every errant riff. While you’re waiting for our extensive breakdown of the conference’s best (and worst) performances, how about a few snapshots from the middle of the mayhem? Check back tomorrow for more photos courtesy of our friends at Flavorpill...


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CMJ Begins
Press and fans from around the planet descended on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to gather their CMJ badges, stock up on free swag, and play Halo 3. People recovering from hangovers and jet lag were comforted by some afternoon-friendly indie pop and classically influenced cover tunes. The coy, unassuming sound of Takka Takka started things off, followed by the cutesy boy-girl vocals and organ-tinged rock of Saturday Looks Good to Me—leaving us early birds yearning for the Festival’s proper beginning later on at night. Also performing the afternoon show was rock and roll violin group the Section Quartet and acoustic folk chanteuse Jennifer O’Connor. A great way to start things off before we head to L’Asso for $1 pizza, as CMJ 2007 prepares to launch tonight with Bouncing Souls, Voxtrot, Q-Tip, and many, many more.
Joe Tacopino


VOXTROT


Venue-Hopping at the CMJ Festival
Before we were off to see Austin’s Voxtrot, with young Canadian sensations the Most Serene Republic and Dean and Britta (who sound like a more mellow Thurston and Kim), there were a host of shows just south of Houston street where venue-hopping at CMJ is at its best. At Arlene’s Grocery, the Swedish synth-pop band Mixtapes and Cellmates took time in between their Postal Service-like tunes to pay homage to Baywatch heart throbs David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. Just around the corner at Pianos, Benji Cossa and Rocketship Park gave us some pedal steel-inspired country rock before we headed into the dungeon-like space at Fat Baby, where Centipede E’est whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their psychedelic stoner rock. Finally, at the aptly titled Living Room, the band Clint, Michigan, playing with delicate vocalist Amy Bezunartea, lulled the crowd with their banjos, fiddles, and mandolins.
Joe Tacopino


THE ROSEBUDS


THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC


DEAN & BRITTA


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STYLOFONE
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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007

On Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver, Colorado, played host to the inaugural edition of the Monolith Festival—a huge gathering of over 50 bands and performers billed as the largest-ever festival to grace the historic stone steps of Red Rocks.  With five stages, the event was a practically non-stop blend of music, focusing mostly on the indie crowd, but including a scattering of singer-songwriters, hip-hop artists, and more.  Headliners included Cake, the Decemberists, Spoon, and the Flaming Lips, and the event was packed with bands ranging from local Colorado talent on up through internationally touring acts.  Here’s a peek at some of the photographic highlights (Photo credit Jessica Partridge):


Red Rocks Amphitheater's

Red Rocks Amphitheater’s “Creation Rock”


The Main Stage

The Main Stage


Cat-A-Tac plays the WOXY.com stage

Cat-A-Tac plays the WOXY.com stage


Crowds dancing to some hip-hop breaks

Crowds dancing to some hip-hop breaks


Das EFX's DJ Rondevu laying beats

Das EFX’s DJ Rondevu laying beats


Das EFX rock the mic

Das EFX rock the mic


Crowds gather for the headliners

Crowds gather for the headliners


Editors kick off the night

Editors kick off the night


Editors' Chris Urbanowicz

Editors’ Chris Urbanowicz


Editors' high-energy stage show

Editors’ high-energy stage show


Editors' Tom Smith croons

Editors’ Tom Smith croons


The Decemberists take the main stage

The Decemberists take the main stage


The Decemberists' Colin Meloy

The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy


The Decemberists' Chris Funk

The Decemberists’ Chris Funk


The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee

The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee


The Decemberists' Nate Query

The Decemberists’ Nate Query


New York's White Rabbits

New York’s White Rabbits


The Hot IQs draw the locals

The Hot IQs draw the locals


Spoon on the main stage

Spoon on the main stage


Spoon's Britt Daniel grabs the spotlight

Spoon’s Britt Daniel grabs the spotlight


The Flaming Lips kick off the giant stage show

The Flaming Lips kick off the giant stage show


Wayne Coyne in the famous ball

Wayne Coyne in the famous ball


Coyne and company

Coyne and company


The Flaming Lips stage-show entourage

The Flaming Lips stage-show entourage



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