Dum Dum Girls: Intelligent Design

 

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

II. Metronomy

What we say: Expansive shoegaze project driven by percussionist Adam Pierce.

What she says. Click here to see her at CMJ.

III. True Womanhood

What we say: Homemade instruments and industrial clatter shade into guitar pop.

What she says. Click here to see her at CMJ.

IV. Small Black

What we say: Chill beats meets hazy samples on Brooklyn’s streets.

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

V. Noveller

What we say: One girl with a lone guitar conjures an endless array of sounds.

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

VI. Amen Dunes

What we say: Damon McMahon gives a distorted, blissed-out folk.

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

VII. Chateau Marmont

What we say: Mood-enhancing breaks, slightly sci-fi beats.

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

VIII. Widowspeak

What we say: Female-fronted Brooklyners sculpt poignant, weighty songs.

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

IX. Alberta Cross

What we say: Alt-country warbling matched by grungy guitar stylings.

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

X. Unknown Mortal Orchestra

What we say: ’60s pop throwback via lo-fi aesthetic and DIY quirk.

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