CMJ Shows Our Music-Loving Intern is Psyched to See


Dinowalrus, hailing from our very own Brooklyn, will be playing the CMJ Music Festival not once, but three times. The psychedelic, synth-punk band is Pete Feigenbaum (former guitarist, Titus Andronicus), Liam Andrew and Anton Hoccheim (that’s them inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden). After forming in 2008 they quickly caught the attention of the surrounding music scene, and started playing with the likes of Surfer Blood, Screaming Females, and Apache Beat. Last January, they were signed to Kanine Records, alongside popular groups such as Grizzly Bear. Their audaciously experimental sound and melodies keep the listener absorbed and most definitely dancing. Be sure to catch them on at least one of these dates during CMJ: October 19 and 22 at the Cake Shop, and October 20 at Webster Hall. Check out their song “Phone Home From The Edge.”

Last year Surfer Blood performed an astonishing twelve times at the CMJ festival, but we didn’t hear anyone complaining. Rather than beating a bunch of indie kids to death with their surf-pop melodies, they gained followers by the performances. Now, they are on a worldwide tour with The Drums, but don’t sweat it because the tour is making a pit stop October 20 at Webster Hall, the band’s second-to-last American show before they split for Europe. They will be overseas into December, so make sure not to miss them! Download “Floating Vibes” from their freshman album, Astro-Coast.

Screaming Females gained their success in basements throughout New Jersey (as all great bands should). The trio—front woman and guitarist Marissa Paternoster, bassist King Mike and drummer Jarrett Dougherty—thrive on the passion and nostalgia of an underground rock scene. Castle Talk, their fourth full-length album, proves just how strong the band’s undying passion for punk rock is. Crunching guitar solos and face melting vocals create the most enthusiastic music possible, whether you’re watching them live or jumping around your bedroom. Screaming Females will be playing twice at CMJ: A FREE all ages show tonight, October 19 at Brooklyn Bowl with Yo La Tengo(!) and October 21 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg alongside The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Check out “I Don’t Mind It” from Castle Talk.

Braids may be one of the most unique bands to have ever crossed the Canadian border. The four-piece group creates a wacky, yet serene, experimental sound that almost lulls you into the most colorful and happiest of dreams. They are quickly on the rise—Stereogum called them one of the “40 Best New Bands of 2010”—and with them playing six times during CMJ there is no excuse not to see them: Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:30pm  at The Rock Shop With Beach Fossils; Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 at Arlene’s Grocery (M For Montreal Showcase), then at 10pm at Pianos (Upstairs) With Gobble Gobble; Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:20pm at Cake Shop (Kanine Showcase), Sunday, Oct. 23, 3pm at Southpaw (Flavorpill and Pop Mondial With Lower Dens & Gold Panda) and at 1am at Cameo Gallery with Gobble Gobble + Buke & Gass .

When listening to Neon Indian, the genre chill-wave seems like the perfect way to classify their synthesized, experimental dream pop. Their debut album Psychic Chasms appeals to a vast audience, generating an enormous amount of success and an eclectic fan base. Their colorful energy onstage always leads to an amazing and fun performance. They will be playing Bowery Ballroom on October 23. Download their eponymous single, “Psychic Chasms”.

Samantha Sicilia moved to Brooklyn a year ago from New Jersey, and loves exploring her new home and hanging out at local shows.

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