All photos by Anthony Bauer

Last Monday we threw a CMJ Warmup Party/Showcase along with our pals The Needle Drop and We Listen For You. The event was free, and went down at Pianos. The night featured an eclectic lineup that included Oscar, Sharpless, White Reaper, Cakes Da Killa, Uncommon Nasa and Machine Girl.

If you were there, you know what went down. If you weren’t you missed one hell of a night. I know that I speak not only for myself, but for both Anthony and Zach, when I say that we were incredibly impressed, and humbled, by the turnout and the great performances by each of the talented artists who played. Thanks so much for coming out and supporting some great new artists that truly deserve it. We hope to do it again next year.

Thanks to my man Anthony Bauer, we got some awesome photos of all the great artists who performed. Find all of them in the photo gallery posted below.
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Zola Jesus at Webster Hall (October 19, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2014

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Zola Jesus has proven time and time again that she’s one of the most prominent female voices in music today. Her latest album Taiga, just reinforces this point. The first time I saw her live was when she opened for Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 in 2010 (I think it was my first time in a photo pit ever, ha), and even then I knew that she was a real talent. Here we are four years later, and she’s certainly proven that she is here to stay.
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Back when I was in middle school, Myspace was the go-to social network. One of the main components of the site was to publicly share what bands your liked. I have distant memories a lot of my classmates who showcased a delicate passion for music listed Minus The Bear as one of their favorites. This served as my introduction to the band in a way, as back in middle school, I was stuck in a world that only included Green Day, Foo Fighters and Weezer. It could have been a lot worse for sure, but a band like Minus The Bear was a revelation to me. I soon grew into quite the fan of the group, and have seen them experience quite the career. Read the rest of this entry »

Deers – Between Cans

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2014


Deers are a all female 4-piece from Madrid comprised of Ana Garcia Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen. They’re gearing up the release of their new 7″ single Barn which Mom + Pop will release on November 4.

While “Castigadas En El Granero” is the A-track, the 7″ also features a youthful track called “Between Cans” from the girls that has somewhat of a Little Joy quality to it in terms of the relaxed lo-fi recording. In fact, its actually the first song recorded with all four girls together.

Find it posted below, along with “Castigadas En El Granero”
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Adult Jazz – Springful (Shabazz Palaces Remix)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2014

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At first glance you may not see a connection between experimental rockers Adult Jazz and experimental hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces but you then realize that both of them are stretching the boundaries of their respected genres. So it makes sense in a way that they are working together, at least in the form of a remix.

Shabazz Palaces recently took Adult Jazz’s “Springful” and gave it a smokey late night feel, turning it inside out while also somehow letting its core stay intact.

Check out the remix below, via The Fader.
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Stream Lolawolf’s Debut Album: ‘Calm Down’

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014


You may know Zoƫ Kravitz as the daughter of Lenny Kravitz. Or as an actress whose most recently stared in films such as Divergent and X-Men:First Class. But she also makes music, in a band called Lolawolf. The group also features Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy from the band Reputante.

The group recently released their debut album Calm Down via Innit Recordings featured songs of late night passions that are shared through electronic music along with some unusual r&b influences. It takes the electronic/r&b hybrid that is starting to become the norm, and spins it on its head, creating something rather new and refreshing.

The album was premiered over at The Fader, and is available to stream in its entirety below.
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The Orwells at Irving Plaza (October 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

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A few weeks ago The Orwells played their biggest show in New York City to date, a headlining gaunt at Irving Plaza. It was a great bill, rounded out by Skaters, as well as relatively newcomers The Johnnys.

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The Johnnys were up first. They’re a fairly new 4-piece out of New York who warmed up the very young crowd that filled in early for the show. There set breezed on by, but showed promise for sure. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from these guys very soon.


It seems like Skaters have been touring non-stop all year, already playing New York at Bowery Ballroom in February, and Governors Ball in June. This time around Kirk Schoenherr has replaced Myles Matheny in the live lineup, and the band had a few new songs to share. Otherwise, they delighted with the best cuts from their debut album Manhattan, which has been one of the more delightful rock offerings of the year.

Until this show, I somehow had never seen The Orwells live (but we’ve covered them on here, Daniel Topete shot them last year at Shea Stadium). It was long overdue, but worth the wait. The show was a part of the final leg of their tour for Disgraceland, which is one of the better rock albums 2014 has seen.

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Live, the group chug along with a youthful intensity, led by frontman Mario Cuomo. The band’s young spirit is seen through their dirty garage-rock licks which can go from chugging riffs to an almost blues-like saunters. Cuomo doesn’t hold back his goofy side on stage, when he’s not climbing speakers or going into the crowd. These guys are young, and do show their age at times, but do more than enough to put their talent on display, proving that the future of rock and roll is that much brighter with bands like The Orwells coming around.

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