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Ah, remember the Williamsburg of yore? Aka, two years ago when there were still plenty of DIY music venues thriving in the looming shadow of the waterfront's new condos? Now, that shadow is occupied by the infamous VICE offices, a complex of laptops and coldbrew that sprawls across Kent Avenue. If I sound bitter, I'm not, at all--having a major corporation in place of beloved music venues is totally fine with me. Gentrification, progress,...
Rock music needs no defending. It's absolutely awesome, and probably a big part of the reason why most people started loving music in the first place. Truthfully though, a lot of the elements that made rock interesting several decades ago started to become boring upon endless repetition. But then, something incredible happened. Different voices began to take those elements and bend them to fit different agendas. Women began to gain confidence, and came for...
And then, just like that, CMJ 2015 was gone. From early afternoon last Tuesday, deep into last night, bands from all over the world, collectively numbering in the low four-digits, dominated most of Brooklyn, and shit, much of Manhattan too. As always, it's impossible to master but easy to participate in to some degree, even if you wandered into your local bar like normal only to find some band standing there. To the festival's credit,...
Tonight, the 35th annual Hunger Games CMJ Music Marathon takes over most clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the start of an eardrum overload that brings hundreds of national and international bands to join our city’s already overstuffed music scene for five days of untamable excess. Though its been a consistent point of focus for decades, there’s been a perception that the festival has been in recent trouble. College radio’s primacy has been challenged by...

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