Neon Indian (né Alan Palomo)

 

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.

What he says. Click here to see him at CMJ.

II. Atlas Sound

What we say: Bedroom stares from Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox.

What he says. Click here to see him at CMJ.

III. Braids

What we say: Airy vibes and generous with intricate instrumentals.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.

IV. Crocodiles

What we say: Potent but translucent strata of grainy, punk tinged headiness.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.

V. Purity Ring

What we say: Aggressive beats and walls of synth possess this glitch-hop duo.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.

VI. French Horn Rebellion

What we say: Classically trained brothers make a gloriously funky mess.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.

VII. TONSTARTSSBANDHT

What we say: Another set of brothers craft a more thinking feller’s jams.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.

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.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.

X. Air Waves  

What we say: Vox take the lead on lilting, but sparse folk-pop.

What they say. Click here to see ‘em at CMJ.