A Last Hurrah at Cameo Gallery on the CMJ Trail

Porches makes it rain.

If you hadn’t already heard, Cameo Gallery is going the way of Glasslands and 285 Kent this November, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing its roll until then. With CMJ in town, and with its days significantly numbered, the venue packed itself to the gills with premium acts and throngs of followers willing to compete for oxygen near the stage.

Deradoorian and Porches carried the early night. Deradoorian, formerly of Dirty Projectors fame, sold the crowd on life beyond the death of Cameo.

As Deradoorian shot out regal, wild, and resilient shouts of joy into the room it reminded me, as I looked around, that I’d seen all these people before, and would see them again. Surely these bands can find a new home in Greenpoint, given their loyal audience. Continue reading

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CMJ Brings Out-of-Body Icelandic Trip to Black Bear Bar


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend half your year in total darkness (and then unending sunlight), the musical offerings of the Iceland Airwaves CMJ Showcase painted a pretty convincing picture. Unhinged, experimental noise from the school of Björk, Levis jeans thrash rock, and a melodic post-punk sendup presented different takes on the same powerful sense of trance-like possession.

The DJ at work.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical walking into the middle of dj. flugvél og geimskip’s set. But what initially sounded to me like unconvincing basement-studio tinkering gave way to a pretty refreshing noise performance with a discernible thread. That every song began with an elaborate premise was half the fun: “I feel we should go as deep into space as we can,” she said before creating an echo chamber punctuated by lasers and smoke. Later, “This is a song about a slave who plays drums for a king. But the king never says he’s good. He says, ‘Keep drumming for the next 100 days. With no food.'”

Fufanu fuckin’ shit up.

Fufanu took the trance state from “playful” to “pure angst,” but this was for the adult in all of us. There was definitely a clean aesthetic to be picked out among the grungy, psychedelic heaviness, so it’s probably not surprising that the band started out as a techno project.

Mammút says: “you just had to be there.”


Mammút was a “holy shit” moment more than worth sticking around for. If the raw, emotional candor didn’t make you slightly uncomfortable, you were probably audiencing all wrong. There was definitely no half-assing the urgency of the music, and vocalist Kata Mogenson covered a startling range of yelps, breathy intonations, and tonsil-shredding screams (yeah girl, we’d be sweaty too).

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An Interview with Bands Playing Our CMJ Showcase Friday (10/16)

The Winstons

I was not sure whether to be excited or afraid about meeting the bands playing our upcoming showcase at Bar Matchless.

At the last Greenpointers showcase, I got pressed up against a sweaty man in polyester shorty-shorts, and calf-length socks, who was sporting an alto saxophone. It was in a narrow hallway.

His band had just finished playing a set where the lead singer repeatedly expressed his love for weed and Taylor Swift.

My interview with the bands below might operate as an advance warning of what to expect Friday night, or enticement to attend. Ideally, it is both. Continue reading

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New York Burlesque Festival Dazzled at Brooklyn Bowl

All photos copyright Allen Lee

The New York Burlesque Festival is always a highly-anticipated event full of talented hosts and performers, and this year’s fest brought hilarious, intelligent and sexy acts to Brooklyn Bowl’s stage in Williamsburg.

The festival is produced annually by the dynamic duo of Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions and Angie Pontani of The Pontani Sisters. This year’s host was the always charming magician and sideshow host  Albert Cadabra, with music by Michael Cunio. Continue reading

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EZ Guide to Wednesday’s CMJ Shows

Watch Fufanu bask in the stage lights tonight at Black Bear Bar

If you want to learn a lot about the bands playing the CMJ Music Marathon tonight, you are in luck. You see, the acronym “CMJ” stands for “College Media Journal,” so music journalists consider this festival their natural home, and the Web is replete with their descriptions of the bands.

But tonight is a school night, and maybe you don’t need more homework. So for tonight’s shows we’ve figured out a simpler way to entice you out to the clubs. We accomplish that through a combination of diktat and convenience.

Another trance-state publicity still, featuring Mammut. Is this a thing with Icelandic bands?

First, diktat. Some of our Greenpointers music writers list their favorite bands playing tonight. Then for your convenience, I organize their choices in set time order.

We also provide a SoundCloud playlist for your song previewing pleasure. Continue reading

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Your Local Guide to the CMJ Music Marathon

The CMJ Music Marathon starts today and plays through Saturday at about two dozen venues in North Brooklyn. Here are some tips for navigating the festival, and some fancy graphs to show you the bands recommended by local blogs and publications.

With so many acts playing, you should have a guide you can travel with to help navigate CMJ. Fortunately, the festival organizers put some real thought into their smartphone app this year. It has an interactive map showing all the participating music venues, and it’s free. Clicking on a venue shows you the complete schedule of shows.

By clicking on a show name, you get a little mini-description of each band, and you can even preview songs by the band from within the app. Continue reading

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Listen While You Can: The Hum Returns to Manhattan Inn

Courtesy of Nandi Rose Plunkett. An image of Frida Kahlo taped to Plunkett's door from neighbor Emily Chapman.
Courtesy of Nandi Rose Plunkett. An image of Frida Kahlo taped to Plunkett’s door from neighbor Emily Chapman.

Two weeks ago, Nandi Rose Plunkett of spectral pop Half Waif and Johanna Cranitch of synth-pop White Prism returned to Plunkett’s apartment in Crown Heights with iced teas in hand to find an image of Frida Kahlo taped to the door. On the back was a message from a neighbor, Emily Chapman, whom Plunkett had never met. Chapman had been working from home and heard a song Plunkett and Cranitch were performing. She wanted to know how she could buy it.

Cranitch and Plunkett had only just met in person for the first time earlier that day. The song they had been playing and singing was freshly written in preparation for their collaboration for The Hum, where the song would likely be publicly shared for the first and only time. This is the magic of the popular series – seasoned musicians coming together to work on new material to create a truly special experience.

See The Hum, Hypnocraft’s carefully curated first-time collaborations between musicians across different genres, at Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) beginning at 9:00 pm every Monday night in October.

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GIVEAWAY!! Tickets to our CMJ Showcase at Bar Matchless

CMJ_Showcase_2015_280pxWe love celebrating music and keeping things local so we’re giving away two tickets to our CMJ showcase at Bar Matchless on Friday, October 16. Starts at 8pm.

To enter: In the comments below, answer this simple question: Which band or artist inspired you the most as a child? (*Judgement free zone*)

Deadline: Monday, October 12 at 11:59pm

A winner will be selected at random and be notified via email by Wednesday, October 14.

Get a glimpse of the showcase bands here.

This showcase is presented to you by yours truly (Greenpointers), Supercrush Studio, and CaraBella.

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CMJ Festival 2015 Showcase brought to you by Greenpointers, SuperCrush and CaraBella (10/16)


As much as we love a good music marathon, it’s getting chilly and we’re feeling like staying local. So for this year’s CMJ Festival we’ve partnered with SuperCrush Studio and CaraBella to put together a showcase right here in Greenpoint.

Join us Friday, October 16, 8PM at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave.) We’re expecting a hassle free, good time that won’t break the bank!

Check out the line up: Continue reading

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MADEINBKLYN: A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture (Wed 10/7)


Brooklyn-raised recording artist and singer/songwriter Chetti is proud to present #MADEINBKLYN: A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture for one night only this Wednesday (10/7, 7:30pm) at t.b.d brooklyn (224 Franklin St). The event is based off the theme of her single, “#MADEINBKLYN” from her EP, In The City. Listen to #MADEINBKLYN here. Continue reading

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