Welcome to Hear Ye, dear reader, where each morning of the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, we’ll run the voodoo down on the Top 10 bands or artists we’re looking forward to hearing that night. “We” are hardly scientific, so click on “they” to take you to that specific group’s CMJ Discover page. There you can hear for yourself. But for right now at least, let us lend you an ear.
While we’re happy to turn you on to these shows, do know that because they rock so incredibly hard, you’ll want to get to the venue early. These places will fill up soon. And let’s face it, waiting in line just sucks.
I. Neon Indian
What we say: One of the founding fathers of “chillwave,” as we know it.
II. Atlas Sound
What we say: Bedroom stares from Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox.
What we say: Airy vibes and generous with intricate instrumentals.
What we say: Potent but translucent strata of grainy, punk tinged headiness.
V. Purity Ring
What we say: Aggressive beats and walls of synth possess this glitch-hop duo.
VI. French Horn Rebellion
What we say: Classically trained brothers make a gloriously funky mess.
What we say: Another set of brothers craft a more thinking feller’s jams.
VIII. Cassettes Won’t Listen
What we say: One-man-band sounds like brothers in electro arms.
What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.
IX. Blue Hawaii
What we say: Synth ghostliness and down-tempo quirk from Canada.
X. Air Waves
What we say: Vox take the lead on lilting, but sparse folk-pop.