CMJ: An A-Z Guide

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Kittens Ablaze
Homebase: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sounds like: Arcade Fire-esque orchestration played with a rousing intensity that lends itself well to sing-alongs
Etc.: Mick Jones of the Clash once caught one of their sets.
See them: Oct. 22 at Pete’s Candy Store at 9 p.m.

“This Machine is Dying” by Kittens Ablaze:
Lily & The Parlour Tricks
Homebase: New York, N.Y.
Sounds like: If Zooey Deschanel fronted a garage band from time to time
Etc.: Singer Lily Claire wrote her first song just two years ago.
See them: Oct. 19 at Bowery Electric at 9:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at Rockwood Music Hall

Listen to Lily & The Parlour Tricks on MySpace.

Mimicking Birds
Homebase: Portland, Ore.
Sounds like: Dreamy vocals backed by craftsmanlike guitar and drums
Etc.: These Best of What’s Nexters recorded their debut LP in the home of Modest Mouse’s Issac Brock.
See them: Oct. 20 at Highline Ballroom at 8 p.m.

“Under and in Rocks” by Mimicking Birds:
Not Blood Paint
Homebase: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sounds like: Melodic sludge not unnlike a super dazed/slowed-down romp through a tangled jungle, punctuated with groovy guitar jangles
Etc.: They like zombies. But then again, who doesn’t?
See them: Oct. 22 at Spike Hill at midnight

“Zombie Waltz” by Not Blood Paint
One Be Lo
Homebase: Pontiac, Mich.
Sounds like: A digital thunderstorm with solid beats, samples where they make sense
Etc.: He can cook. In fact, his culinary prowess plays a key part in his creative endeavors.
See them: Oct. 21 at Southpaw at 12:45 a.m.

A studio session with One Be Lo:

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