To quote Robert Christgau: This is punk rock. With a guitar-and-synth-and-drums attack, and a message summed up concisely in its title, "Decadence," by Memphis, Tennessee band Nots, holds absolutely nothing back.
My second day of the annual CMJ Music Marathon proved no less exciting as the first, as the onslaught of bands continued throughout New York City, from the Lower East Side to Brooklyn.
CMJ Music Marathon 2014 is happening, and there's no better city than New York for it. So much diversity in a city bustling with such enigmatic and exuberant life.
A primer: Volcanoes is a St. Louis dance-metal duo composed of stoic guitarist Jon Ryan and the delightfully spastic Eric Peters. After being sealed up for several semesters inside Lindenwood University (in St. Charles, Missouri), Volcanoes released "Heavy Hands" in 2012. The chugging, hyper-aggressive sing-speak, drum-and-guitar melodies were comely enough to assuage any eyebrows raised, and jittered about in beguiling, scattered memorandums on a breakup.
Winter is coming, and with the approach, a storm of fall shows designed to draw music fans out of their post-summer doldrums. Located at Plush, the Yacht and White Fang bill did very little to assuage the desire to go outside and seek solace in a cigarette. The two played a pair of jesters who cartwheeled around court with their tongues out and wagged before us cracked-out antics that were just irreverent enough for the audience to enjoy.
Lee Bains III is a Southern rock 'n' roll rebel with a cause.
Empire Hall is as nice of a spot as any in St. Louis to host a party. Giant windows look out over California Avenue, and natural light spills into the space, illuminating the white pillars and shining hardwood floors of the interior. There is a subtle elegance to the space, making it the perfect spot for a wedding reception or a gallery opening.
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I'm a co-DJ on Literature for the Halibut.
I grew up listening to KDHX since I can remember.
Sleater-Kinney is my favorite band (I think).