Tuesday was our only day without CMJ showcases so we wondered from venue to venue looking for interesting emerging NYC acts, here's a quick list of artists we stumbled upon:
BMI was having their showcase at The Knitting Factory with several locals, including fun garage pop quartet Charly Bliss, which we boooked for our Thursday show at Spike Hill. On that same stage we saw talented electro-pop internet sensation VÉRITÉ, who has already three mainstream-ish sounding songs on Soundcloud with more than 100k plays. In perfect Deli style, we prefer 'Heartbeat' the song that only has 15k plays, streaming below. She's scheduled to play tonight as well at... The Knit again?
One of the opening acts at The Knit was Dreamshow, a dance/rock trio that plays anthemic songs full of attitude and passion, check out single "16" down here.
We later ventured to the OhMyRockness showcase at Cameo and were pleasently surprised by New Jersey's instrumental post/math-rock trio Vasudeva (pictured), featuring two exceptional guitarists. This is a band that might bring back into fashion the lost art of tapping, often associated with the cheesiest of metal bands. The way they do it, it sounds cool (although it still looks nerdy). Check out single "In lieu of Youth," streaming below.
At Spike Hill there was the Audiofemme official CMJ showcase and cought a couple of songs by blues rock powerhouse STRNGRS. On the bill were also Born Cages, a NYC based melodic rock band we mentioned last week that seems to be getting places - check out the uber-catchy single "Rolling Down The Hill" below and you may understand why.
On that same showcase we didn't catch but want to highlight Oracle Room, a super new band that has an interesting approach to electro-rock, at least in the single we are pasting below, entitled "The Knot."
So... yeah: the Marathon has begun, much more to follow!