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. Wild Flag
What we say: Riot grrrl supergroup embraces ‘90s Northwest post-punk clang.
II. Zola Jesus
What we say: Soulful vocals lead danceable beats and a supernatural wall of sound.
III. Eleanor Friedberger
What we say: One half of duo Fiery Furnaces spins catchy, but intricate, pop tales.
IV. Cerebral Ballzy
What we say: Lulling pop diffused through a nebulous electro filter.
What we say: Straight-up club hip-hop accompanied with a smooth flow.
VI. Dent May
What we say: Optimism, occasional falsetto and ukelele from Mississippi.
VII. Class Actress
What we say: Gentle and careful with flirtatious sprinklings of synth.
VIII. The Death Set
What we say: Artful dance-punk group with copious amounts of energy.
IX. Black Taxi
What we say: Attitude-filled rock ‘n’ roll verses explode into high-intensity choruses.
X. Army Navy
What we say: Bouncy, lighthearted rock riffs underscore indie pop vocals.