So far so good. We had our first night of CMJ shows last night, and it did not disappoint. In fact, the fact that it was Halloween made it all the more special, as you’ll see with the nice pics below…
The night turned out to be good, but it started out with a whimper, I’m afraid, since the show we were curious about at Arlene’s Grocery turned out to have been canceled. I was sad for about 10 minutes, as we had skipped Keren Ann and Suzanne Vega for it, but the fact that 70 bands were playing within about a 7 block radius quickly turned things around.
We headed over to Piano’s to see the chaotic and joyful Birdmonster, who would eventually win my costume-of-the-night contest. The lead singer nailed the circa 1984 Bruce Springsteen look, and the bass player looked exactly like Prince. It was eerie, I tell you. Check out this pic and you’ll see what I mean.
We got to Piano’s in time to see Run Run Run, an LA band, and to catch the entire set by Monsters Are Waiting, an LA-based band that pairs a kind of dark shoegazer vibe with simple, satisfying underlying songs. Their music is dreamy, sexy, and very hypnotic. Think Cars, but with a healthy twist of reverb. A delight.
I headed over to Sin-e after that to see the last few songs by Heavens, which is a side project of Matt Skiba from the Alkaline Trio. Descriptors: elegant, sleek, 80’s-inspired, good. Plus he was dressed like Warhol:
That’s a smattering. More tomorrow. Until then,
cheers from cmj,