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.
What we say: Grime makes good, but refuses to show its hand.
II. Shonen Knife
What we say: Legendary all-girl, all-Japanese power trio.
What we say: Two Brownville hustlas with seriously mad flow.
What we say: Ex-Mika Miko, ex-Cold Cave starts fuzz with her sister.
What we say: Beantown boys dance, dance, dance to the radio.
What we say: New wave surf rock from the Brooklyn shore.
VII. Bleeding Knees Club
What we say: Australian two-piece swaggers, then sneers in pop-punk’s face.
What we say: Spank Rock DJ fashions ready-mades for the dancefloor.
IX. Peanut Butter Lovesicle
What we say: Three-piece blues brothers offer inspired family jams.
X. Vockah Redu
What we say: New Orleans bounce redone for the sweaty, sissy set.