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CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Friday Recap

King Gizzard, cmj 2014I got an earlier start on Friday, thanks to Brooklyn Vegan's day party at Baby's All Right, celebrating it's 1st anniversary after opening during last year's CMJ Music Marathon. Starting things off were hardcore trio The Wytches, who mixed Dinosaur, Jr. with ghost western twang. Cincinnati's Tweens played high energy speed rock featuring the prodigiously talented Bridget Battle on lead guitar and vocals. And, despite the silly name, Melbourne's King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard was the day's most impressive act, mixing four guitars, two drumkits and the occasional flute for a wild, relentless psych-out that blended Jethro Tull with Thee Oh Sees. (Sadly, I didn't stick around long enough to catch Detroit post-punk's Protomartyr.)

A quick ride up Bedford on the B62 brought me to Rough Trade: the NYC outpost of the UK record store, complete with a Bowery Presents venue in the back. I got there just in time to catch an unanounced set by UK modern rock vets James, playing a set of new tracks from their latest release La Petite Mort, which lead singer Tim Booth said was about "embracing our mortality with bravery and joy." Pretty amazing experience to hear a multi-platinum band play a plugged-in set with only 50 or so others. 

Over at Union Pool, I heard recent Portland transplant Laura Gibson play a quiet, haunting solo set, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. Gibson will be playing again next Friday, 11/7 as part of Paper Garden Records new free, live monthly concert series at Chelsea Market, along with ARMS and Cassandra Jenkins

Later that night, I made it back to the Lower East Side, where I caught Quebec MC Eman x Vlooper and Toronto R&B singer Allie at the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery. There was more Canadian music over at Cake Shop, where London's (Ontario, not UK) Single Mothers unleashed a set of pure, feral energy, with frontman Drew Thomson making me feel a bit uneasy with his relentlessly direct eye contact. Until the mosh pit broke things up. 

More pics below and on the photo page

DSC07494The Wytches (Peterborough, UK) DSC07492

  DSC07507Tweens  (Cincinnati, OH) DSC07497
DSC07530King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard  (Melbourne, AU) DSC07550
 James (Manchester, UK) DSC07571 DSC07626Laura Gibson (Portland, OR) DSC07625

DSC07631Eman x Vlooper (Montreal, QC)DSC07634
Allie (Toronto, ON) DSC07648 Single Mothers (London, ON)