Kicking off a week of festivities was the annual, pre-CMJ Conflict Of Interest party at Rebel NYC. Thrown by The Syndicate and Taco Bell, the event was a benefit to support World Hunger Relief. Hosted by Andrew WK, the night featured live sets from the Hounds Below, Pacific Air, Team Spirit and Savoir Adore.
 
The post-rock guitars and garage sound of the Hounds Below got the night started. Playing against a backdrop of tweets about the evening’s event, the Detroit foursome melded with the excited energy of the room before ending its set with a heavy cover of the Pixie’s classic “Where Is My Mind?”
 
Blowing in from SoCal on a wave of sunny beats and bubbly synths, Pacific Air (formerly KOKO) continued to lift up the mood with its harmonies and beachy warmth. Team Spirit followed with a huge burst of energy, no doubt inspired by the high-fives bestowed upon them by the evening’s gregarious host.
 
Savoir Adore took the stage as the Twitter backdrop disappeared and the crowd got their synchronized dance on. From soaring melodies and light dance beats, the group downshifted into spacey reverb with an underwater echo and shimmer brought back to earth with heavy baselines.
 
Between bands, Andrew WK took the helm as DJ, spinning an eclectic mix of Top 40, old school, Motown favorites, and, of course, hair metal, with the concentrated enthusiasm you would expect from the sultan of party. Upstairs on the third floor, folks danced to DJ sets from DJ Mon Amie and Spindler.
 
All photos by Clayton Carr.