Picking up where bands like (if there ever could be a band like) Gogol Bordello left off, This Way to the EGRESS turns in a madcap take on the underrated (if not unknown) gypsy-jazz-old-time-punk drinking song.
Los Angeles-based rocker Colleen Green returns to strong, sardonic, bubble-grunge form on "TV," a three-minute minimalist blast that recalls the best of early Liz Phair or maybe slowed-down Ramones.
"I just wanna have a good time," wails Julia Shapiro of Seattle band Chastity Belt, but the good times sound over for good on the deliciously dark and doom-ridden "Time to Go Home," a party-ender to end all parties.
In the hard-charging, strummy, slightly skewed music of Chicago band the Handcuffs you'll hear echoes of the Killers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But in the new track "Baby I Love You" you'll also hear glam-punk shot through with made-for-radio hooks.
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.