15 Artists to Check Out at CMJ 2013
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Here are 15 of our recommendations for CMJ 2013. Be sure to stay tuned for daily recaps and photos from the festival this week, too.
Oct. 16 at Spike Hill, 10:30 p.m.
This Brooklyn four-piece crafts the kind of garage-pop fans of The Replacements will go gaga over. If you can’t make it to their set, check out their 2009 debut, Yeah I Know.
9. White Denim
Oct. 16 at Mercury Lounge, 11:30 p.m.
Sure, these Austinites have been on our radar for years now, but we’ve always felt they should be much bigger than they are—like, Black Keys big. Help rectify that by checking out their Mercury Lounge set this year.
10. The Preatures
Oct. 17 at Pianos, 4 p.m.; Oct. 17 at Santos Party House, 8 p.m.; Oct. 18 at Pianos, 6 p.m.; Oct. 19 at The Delancy, 10:15 p.m.
You’ll have plenty of chances to catch these Aussies at CMJ this year, so no excuses for missing them. The band—who recently signed to Harvest and will release their EP, Is This How You Feel, in the US tomorrow—are making their American debut in Los Angeles tonight before heading east for CMJ.
11. Ghost Wave
Oct. 15 at Pianos, 4:45 p.m.; Oct. 15 at Le Poisson Rouge, 8:20 p.m.; Oct. 17 at Knitting Factory, 4 p.m.; Oct. 18 at Judson Memorial Church, 4 p.m.; Oct. 19 at Pianos, 11:30 p.m.
You can’t talk about Ghost Wave without discussing what has come before. The Auckland four-piece keeps in the tradition of Flying Nun bands of yore without resorting to aping them. Sure, you’ll hear a little of The Clean, the 3Ds, even some Garageland, but the 10 songs on Ghost Wave’s debut full-length, Ages (released in New Zealand back in June on Arch Hill Records, and now internationally via Flying Nun), are bursting with personality.—Mark Lore
12. Jonathan Rado
Oct. 16 at Mercury Lounge, 10 p.m.; Oct. 17 at Bowery Ballroom, 10 p.m.
His name might be unfamiliar, but if you’re at all tuned in to the indie-rock hype machine—or if you’re a regular reader of this magazine—you’re already aware of Jonathan Rado’s work.
And as one-half of Foxygen, the 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist has already been through the wringer. His solo debut, Law and Order, was released last month; Foxygen fans will immediately latch onto cuts like the paisley-era-inspired “Faces” and the Johnny-and-June-style romp of “Hand in Mine.” Check out our feature on Rado here.
13. The Tontons
Oct. 16 at Marlin Room at Webster Hall, 11:20 p.m.; Oct. 17 at Tammany Hall, 12 a.m.; Oct. 18 at Muchmore’s, 9:40 p.m.
It hasn’t been long since Houston, Texas band The Tontons wowed us with their live show at Aloft Houston, from frontwoman Asli Omar’s sultry vocals to the energetic instrumentals of the crew backing her up. The Tontons have been playing together since 2007, and in addition to Omar the band includes Tom Nguyen on bass, Adam Martinez on guitar and Justin Martinez on drums. Their forthcoming full-length was mixed by Dave Boyle (Black Joe Lewis, Okkervil River, Robert Plant), and their tour schedule seems to reflect the growing demand for their infectious brand of indie rock.—Dacey Orr
14. Ezra Furman
Oct. 19 at Living Room, 11 p.m.
We’ve followed this singer/songwriter for many years now (and had him play at Paste events like our SXSW party and, most recently, live from Aloft Cupertino), so we already know the raw energy he brings to every performance. But for those of us who couldn’t make the Aloft date, it’ll be the first time we’re seeing him solo since he left his band, The Harpoons, and set off on his own.
15. Lindi Ortega
Oct. 18 at SubCulture, 9 p.m.; Oct. 19 at SubCulture, 9 p.m.
Female country artists are enjoying a bit of a moment these days, thanks to ladies like Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe and of course, Lindi Ortega. Her voice harks back to a bygone era, but it’s a sound being restored by Ortega and her counterparts. Stay tuned for our PASTE.com feature on her by Tom Lanham tomorrow.