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Chinese Lesson 101 With Bing Ji Ling

Chinese Lesson 101 With Bing Ji Ling

May 3, 2011

by Bing Ji Ling I had the great fortune (and one hell of an adventure) of living in Shanghai in the late ’90s when a …

Joy Formidable @ Webster Hall: April 29, 2011

Joy Formidable @ Webster Hall: April 29, 2011

May 3, 2011, By

The Joy Formidable elicits the “only three members?!” reaction, providing another example for the argument that more members are not needed for a big sound (…

Surfer Blood @ Bowery Ballroom: April 29, 2011

Surfer Blood @ Bowery Ballroom: April 29, 2011

May 3, 2011, By

Bowery Ballroom is always a great place to catch a show. Small enough to feel intimate but large enough to attract a decent-sized crowd, it’…

Wooden Shjips Signs To Thrill Jockey

Wooden Shjips Signs To Thrill Jockey

May 3, 2011, By

Wooden Shjips (that’s pronounced “shyips,” folks) has signed to Thrill Jockey Records. The minimalist, psychedelic band will release a new album, called West, on …

Steve Reich’s 75th Birthday @ Carnegie Hall: April 30, 2011

Steve Reich’s 75th Birthday @ Carnegie Hall: April 30, 2011

May 3, 2011, By

On Saturday April 30, a surprisingly eclectic crowd filled Carnegie Hall in New York City to witness a monumental celebration of Steve Reich’s 75th birthday. …

James Pants – James Pants

James Pants – James Pants

May 3, 2011, By

Multi-instrumentalist James Pants of Spokane, WA, has—well—worked his pants off to get to this point in his career. After introducing himself to the …

Robert Pollard Announces New LP

Robert Pollard Announces New LP

May 2, 2011, By

Robert Pollard, the ridiculously prolific founder of Guided By Voices, has announced that he will release a new solo LP, titled Lord Of The Birdhouse. …

Q&A: Prefuse 73 Turns A Page In ‘Chapters’

Q&A: Prefuse 73 Turns A Page In ‘Chapters’

May 2, 2011, By

The sound of Prefuse 73 has come to be associated with heavy beats and electronic glitches. But on The Only She Chapters, Guillermo Scott Herren, the …

CMJ TV: Thousands Treks To CMJ’s Office, Europe And Back

CMJ TV: Thousands Treks To CMJ’s Office, Europe And Back

May 2, 2011, By

The Seattle acoustic duo Thousands passed through the CMJ office last week, and all were blown away by the immense sound and emotion that the …

Modern Outsider Expands Roster With Ume And Calm Blue Sea

Modern Outsider Expands Roster With Ume And Calm Blue Sea

May 2, 2011, By

Modern Outsider, an Austin, TX-based upstart label, is expanding its business. The label’s husband-and-wife founding team, Chip and Erin Adams, has announced it has …

Appleseed Cast @ Highline Ballroom: April 28, 2011

Appleseed Cast @ Highline Ballroom: April 28, 2011

May 2, 2011, By

The vibe at the Highline Ballroom on Thursday evening was a relaxed one, atypical for deepest Meatpacking District. Show-goers sat on the floor, conversed and …

Atropolis – Atropolis

Atropolis – Atropolis

May 2, 2011, By

In order to be considered an innovative artist in the 21st century, one often has to demonstrate cross-cultural applications of his or her medium. For …

Clouds Make Sounds

Sonicbids Spotlight: Clouds Make Sounds

April 29, 2011, By

Clouds Make Sounds combines “difficult” rhythms with an introspective aesthetic to create multi-part folk-pop songs, where the focus is on texture and dynamics rather than …

CMJ New Music Report 1197

CMJ New Music Report 1197

April 29, 2011

Sly Ol’ Fleet Foxes Add Up

Titus Makes Jersey Proud With New Video

Titus Makes Jersey Proud With New Video

April 29, 2011, By

Titus Andronicus, you warm my heart. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’d need all of my fingers and all of my toes to …

Gold-Bears Enters Slumberland

Gold-Bears Enters Slumberland

April 29, 2011, By

Atlanta’s Gold-Bears has signed with Slumberland and is putting the finishing touches on its Are You Falling In Love? LP. Founded by Jeremy Underwood …