The CMJ 2012 Showcase You Can’t Miss: Saturday Oct. 20

October 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’ve finally made it. (You made it too, right?) Here’s what the last day of this year’s CMJ is looking like:

Saturday’s CMJ 2012 Must-See Showcase:

With everyone ambushing the finish line, the trend during the only weekend day of this festival is head starts. Of the afternoon events there are two setting a competitive tone early.

One of them creates its own contest: Brooklyn Vegan’s not-CMJ party at Public Assembly will have two different stages sporting divergent voices, like astral R&B showman Miguel, pixie-rap ironist Kitty Pryde, and Ahmed Gallab, the rising electronic factotum who records as Sinkane. He’s responsible for a peripatetic pool of tracks that so far blend crosscurrents of bright-eyed soul, dreamy dub and Sly-indebted funk. (All of which points to a promising debut album, Mars, out next Tuesday on DFA and featuring Twin Shadow and Yeasayer.)

That party wins the daytime race, thanks to the pure spectacle of Miguel—and the by-this-point daunting prospect of hearing or looking at another guitar. But if that’s not you, best make a fast break for Piano’s, where a concentrated rock enterprise will lasso a handful of very good bands: Midwest punks The Orwells top the bill with Foxygen, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna and the much-buzzed Savages.

Wild Card: You Can’t Miss…

When last we caught Doldrums—moniker of Montreal producer-vocalist Airick Woodhead—the lingering sensation that followed the immediate thrill of watching the performance was how eager  to stretch itself the music seemed. That’s the impression created by Empire Sound, Doldrums’ debut EP from last year, and seems as much the case with the songs bound for an approaching full-length, on which the new single “She Is The Wave” can be expected. See for yourself: Doldrums finishes a busy week with an early set at MoMA PS1, and two more later at Glasslands, then Knitting Factory.


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