Things got real folksy (but also real synthy) at the CMJ American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Showcase this Wednesday night. L.A.-based duo Wardell kicked off with some serious star power. We mean that in a few ways; this polished brother-sister indie act captivated the stage and just so happen to be Steven Spielberg’s kiddos. Older brother Theo, 25, handles instrumentals and lil’ sis Sasha, 23, takes it away on vocals. Their debut EP Brother/Sister dropped in June, and the pair is working on a full length slated for 2014 release. These power siblings *just* signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Label (Rihanna, Shakira), so onwards and upwards!
The Districts were next, and they may just be one of the youngest bands in the 2013 CMJ lineup; the members of this four piece range from 18-20 years old. They’re like a folkier Arcade Fire (violin plus occasional harmonica, y’all) meets My Morning Jacket. These soulful fellas hailing from Lancaster County, PA, put a spell on the crowd with the amount of raw energy they channeled among themselves. They fed off each other and it just made sense — their seemingly meant-to-be collaboration made the whole room positively vibrate.
Prides brought incredibly hooky Scottish synth-pop to the table. Yup, the trio traveled all the way from Glasgow to grace various stages of CMJ 2013, and we’re glad for it. In fact this year’s marathon is the occasion for Prides’ very first visit to New York. With playful banter such as “We’re expecting you to get pissed and throw yourselves around like we do at home,” we’re thinking they’ll fit in all too well.
Photos by Sarah Maspero