CMJ picks, round one

Oh man. Is it that time again?

Well, the schedule is finally up, and man is it overwhelming. Instead of big, must-see showcases this year, it seems like the majority of the festival is populated by uknowns and trendy artists on the rise. I haven’t started looking at times/locations closely yet, but I have started to do a little research. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Headless Horseman – a New York-based duo whose name I’ve been seeing around a lot lately, and apparently for good reason. Their sound is kind of weird, glitchy, and folky all at once – kind of like a more hip version of Loney, Dear on uppers. I dig.

Show times: Tuesday at Cameo (9:30 p.m.), Wednesday at the Delancey (11:45 p.m.), Thursday at Cameo (11:30 p.m.)

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A Lull – For having such a light, whimsical sound, this Chicago-based five piece also packs in a surprising amount of confidence and competence.

Show times: Tuesday at Pianos (9:15 p.m.), Friday at the Knitting Factory (8:00 p.m.)

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Casiokids – They’re Norwegian, so pay special attention! We can’t see these kids play on any old Thursday night. Tribal-flavored electronica with dreamy Norwegian lyrics. Who knows what they’re saying half of the time, but it sounds beautiful.

Show times: Wednesday at Public Assembly (1:35 p.m.), Thursday at Pianos (12:00 a.m.), Saturday at Spike Hill (12:00 a.m.)

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That’s all for now, but there will be more! Stay tuned…

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