Bombay Bicycle Club

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Milo Greene

All photos by Rachel Barrish

CMJ is known for its showcases of new music discovery, but it also showcases some of the more established talents in the game who just happen to stop in during the busy, busy festival week.

On Wednesday October 22, Bombay Bicycle Club and Milo Greene stopped into Terminal 5 for a rock solid tag-team bill. L.A.’s Milo Greene, went first, delivering tracks off of their upcoming new album Control, (which is due out on Atlantic Records next January) such as “On The Fence”. They also came back to favorites from their self-titled 2012 release, which went somewhat under the radar. The new material sounds like a real step forward for the band, making me excited to catch them myself when they return for a headlining tour of their own.
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[CMJ 2014]: Palehound at Cake Shop (October 23, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2014

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Yonkers-based band Palehound had a succesful CMJ 2013, but still made their return this year. I caught them at NYC Taper’s awesome day party at Cake Shop, and the band delivered some tight songs that fit somewhere in the slacker/garage rock landscape. Things got strange when an older fan showed some pretty provocative dance (maybe?) moves, but the band just powered through and didn’t let it become a distraction (which it very well was). Kudos to them for that.
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The Ocean Blue formed in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1986. Since then they’ve released five albums, including last year’s Ultramarine, which was released via Korda Records.

Truthfully, this was my introduction the group, who had a very 80s sound to them, reminiscent of the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and Cocteau Twins. They had Pianos buzzing, more of a re-discovery than the new fresh-faced bands that CMJ is usually comprised of. But ironically these guys were one of the first true new discoveries of my week, and they’ve been around since before I was born. Oh, the irony.
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[CMJ 2014]: Icewater at Cake Shop (October 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2014

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I caught a bit of Brooklyn outfit Icewater’s set at Cake Shop. Earlier this year they released their debut LP Collector’s Edition. They recently followed that up with a new 2-track self-titled EP that features a wonderful track titled “Good Face.”

They played that and more at their performance which was a total engaging affair. There’s a modest humility to their music tha connected with me live. These guys know how to win you over with charming songs that are played with a breezy youthful dreaminess that just hooks you in.

Apparently they’re already hard at work on their sophomore LP Cardinal, which we may just see next year. I hope to catch these guys again soon, they got it going on.
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The Dismemberment Plan

Last fall The Dismemberment Plan released new album Uncanney Valley, their first new record in 12 years. Today they reiussed their influential 2001 album Change on vinyl. As it looks, they are back in full swing.

To celebrate, the band is currently on tour and will stop in to New York to play Bowery Ballroom on this Saturday night (November 8).

Tickets are still on sale, but I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To enter the contest, simply leave a comment below with your favorite song of The Dismemberment Plan. Please make sure to sign up using disqus with your full name and a working email, or else I won’t be able to notify you if you’re my winner.

Good luck!
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Priory – Weekend (Oliver Nelson Remix)

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2014

Priory - Weekend (Oliver Nelson Remix)

Portland group Priory hit all kinds of indie rock moments of gold on single “Weekend.” Memorable guitar lines and a hook-filled chorus that is almost tailor made for usage in tv shows and commercials.

Swedish producer Oliver Nelson has taken the track and transformed it into a dancefloor ready dance jam that seems almost could pass for a new track from Justice. It’s got disco running through its veins, and is a pure good time.

Find it posted below.

Here’s the original mix of “Weekend” as well:

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