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. OFWGKTA (Odd Future)
What we say: Boyz n the hood out to get you.
II. Parts & Labor
What we say: Brooklyn noise rock institution about to breakup for good.
III. Portugal. The Man
What we say: Celebrated psych outfit from Portlandia returns.
IV. A Place To Bury Strangers
What we say: Noise from Brooklyn so dense it will bury you alive.
V. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
What we say: Indie rock’s eternal freshmen
What we say: No one today is mixing records together quite like this DJ.
VII. Cloud Nothings
What we say: Hip, young muck-slingers in the Cleveland punk tradition.
VIII. Davila 666
What we say: Puerto Rican lo-fi rock with a bold, melodic twist.
IX. Gauntlet Hair
What we say: Denver duo plying both song and drone.
X. Howard Jones
What we say: Still in the biz and only getting better, Mr. Jones.