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. Dum Dum Girls
What we say: Pop made unique with a noisy, vintage feel and raw edge.
What we say: Expansive shoegaze project driven by percussionist Adam Pierce.
III. True Womanhood
What we say: Homemade instruments and industrial clatter shade into guitar pop.
IV. Small Black
What we say: Chill beats meets hazy samples on Brooklyn’s streets.
What we say: One girl with a lone guitar conjures an endless array of sounds.
VI. Amen Dunes
What we say: Damon McMahon gives a distorted, blissed-out folk.
VII. Chateau Marmont
What we say: Mood-enhancing breaks, slightly sci-fi beats.
What we say: Female-fronted Brooklyners sculpt poignant, weighty songs.
IX. Alberta Cross
What we say: Alt-country warbling matched by grungy guitar stylings.
X. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
What we say: ’60s pop throwback via lo-fi aesthetic and DIY quirk.