As is usually the case during CMJ, the Sub Pop showcase went off, this time at Knitting Factory. The Gotobeds ripped through their punchy chop rock; and despite their serious nature, Protomartyr sure can whip up a crowd into slam ‘n’ throw beer mode. Strange Wilds were maybe, oddly the most memorable act though, as they actually chatted between songs about all the stuff they were learning at the day panels—something that does not usually happen at CMJ. We appreciated that, Strange Wilds!
Glass Animals packed Terminal Five with a nifty theme of a rain forest-y decoration in the tunnel into the club that continued onto the stage. Over at a considerably smaller locale, Muchmore’s, the Othermen sadly cancelled, as they were offered a last minute audition to play the Flintstones in a new live action reboot. Their pals Baby Shakes made it though, and fresh off their European tour were spot on with their polka dotted power pop. Infinity Girl were solid at a stuffed at Shea Stadium, same goes for Anna Gordon at Passenger Bar.
The Distiller showcase at Union Pool was packed in time for a great showing from Palehound. Joe Jonas’ new indie band, DNCE, and Smallpools at Webster Hall and the Dungen and Quilt sets at Baby’s All Right seemed to get raves. Questions of whether the predominance of flute on the new Dungen album would translate to the stage were quickly put to rest, as the singer shredded on the classical implement. Another notable aside: Swedish stage banter is hilarious.
And yeah, we mentioned him yesterday, but when you’re hot you’re heating up. Ezra Furman was at Le Poisson Rouge, an appropriately fancy club name for an increasingly fancy garage pop band.