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Autumn signifies falling leaves, football, goddamn pumpkin spice and, perhaps best of all, an uptick in new music to wash away our summer sins and help us settle into new routines. A tip sheet, then, to soundtrack the season of turning leaves. BEST BETS FOR AN UNCONVENTIONAL DANCE PARTY Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition (9/30 via Warp) Citing danceable, nervy torchbearers Talking Heads, Björk, System of a Down (sure?) and Joy Division (see: album title) as inspiration, and digging into...
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...