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by Sachyn Mital

26 Oct 2015

With CMJ Music Marathon underway, and PopMatters own showcase being held the same evening, the online music streaming site Pandora hosted a treat for its listeners on October 14th. They welcomed three country singers, two up-and-coming and one a bit more established, to perform at a free show. The genre doesn’t really get represented during CMJ and on top of that, Pandora selected only female artists to perform dubbing it “Women in Country”. The night also doubled as a charity event as money was raised for the T.J. Martell Foundation to help support Leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

Treating it like a CMJ event, by where I mean I went into the show with the mindset to explore and experience music unknown (to me), I caught sets from RaeLynn and Cassadee Pope, the two newcomers and both participants of The Voice, missing Martina McBride. RaeLynn’s songs sounded weighted towards the more pop-friendly side of country while Pope’s tunes definitely were honed towards country, though her newest single, “I am Invincible” could mix in with Top 40 radio.

by Sachyn Mital

21 Oct 2015

Did you miss PopMatters first ever CMJ showcase at the Tender Trap in Brooklyn? If so, you can still learn about and check out music from the great bands we had on our slate. The event served as a record release party for Autodrone's This Sea is Killing Me (which you can stream below) but before they took the stage, there were performances from Parlor Walls, Magic Shoppe, Dead Leaf Echo and Veda Rays. Be sure to click each band's name below to visit their sites and hear their music or just revisit the event page on Facebook for posterity.

by Sachyn Mital

20 Oct 2015

RAWR! Burlesque is growing burlesque outfit in New York City led by Dangrrr Doll and Stella Chuu. With their love of cosplay and pop culture costumes, Doll and Chuu came up with the concept of Comic Con Vixens as a tie-in to New York Comic Con holding their first event last year as part of New York Superweek. This year the two brought ‘Vixens’ back, this time with an even bigger lineup of talent on an even bigger stage, that of the Hard Rock Cafe’s in the heart of Times Square. Nerd and geek friendly, RAWR! burlesque’s event focused on “nerdlesque” routines, instances where the performers dress up like characters from comic books, fantasy, manga, sci-fi, or as you can see below, children’s entertainment. You won’t ever look at some of your favorite entertainment characters again when you see some of the costumes these ladies and gents performed in and disrobed from. It was an impressive set of performances and a thoroughly entertaining evening.

by Sachyn Mital

15 Oct 2015

Following an opening set from neo-soul comrade Marsha Ambrosius, the Roots took the stage at Summerstage for the final outdoor event of the long season (five months!) as part of a corporate show (so it wasn’t general admission). But it would be hard enough to find the Roots playing on the road these days, given their regular gig as the house band for Jimmy Fallon, so limiting the capacity was wise. Black Though and ?uestlove, along with “Captain” Kirk, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” and their cohorts, jammed through a medley of Roots material like “The Seed 2.0” and “Respond/React” along with other hip-hop classics like “Jungle Boogie”. But it didn’t stop there. Not too long into their set, Talib Kweli came out to bust some rhymes on “Act Too (Love of My Life)” and a verse or two later, Common came out to help him. Another surprise came in the form of Cee-Lo Green (who had performed with The Roots earlier for NBC) to do a cover of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness”. Fellow Philadelphian (and also a NYC transplant), Bilal jumped in with The Roots for “The OtherSide” as well as “Back to Love”. The band’s finale was even bigger (though the interlude where their electronic wizard mashed beats and tunes from his mixer was stellar) as Salt-N-Pepa and their backup dancers took the crowd over the top with “Push It”. The Roots certainly know how to bring it and made the night a memorable “summer” finale.

by Sachyn Mital

14 Oct 2015

It’s never easy to select where to go during CMJ Music Marathon, the nearly week long event that draws hundreds of bands to New York City for a chance to play in front of industry professionals, music tastemakers, bloggers and their friends. Hopefully anyone really. Given the number of venues to choose from, I decided to hedge my bets and go to the BalconyTV Showcase at Webster Hall, an event I attended last year, so that I could also check out bands downstairs in the Studio while bands were swapping out on the former stage. Below are the acts I caught, as well as pics from Christopher Paul Stelling’s set at Rockwood as I had wanted to end my night on a strong show.

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