cmj Archive

NYC’s IONIA to Release Debut EP ‘Captain Humility’ 6/24; Produced by Mike Sapone @ioniamusic @BTMCteam

MANHATTAN, NY // June 13, 2014 – New York City’s very own IONIA have announced plans to release their debut EP entitled “Captain Humility” on June 24th. After recording more than thirty songs with producer Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Crime In Stereo, O’Brother) the band decided it was time to release their music out to the world. […]

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Full Band Drive-by CMJ Interview with The Phuss #DALLAS #TEXAS @thephuss @cmj

It’s never too late to celebrate the glorious spectacle that is CMJ! In dire need of coffee and cigarettes, I hopped off the Bedford L in the early afternoon and encountered Dallas’ THE PHUSS hanging out after a very long drive to their show at Spike Hill. They were cool dudes right off the bat, […]

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@CMJ Interview with Human Furnace from Ringworm @rngwrm13; New Album Hammer Of The Witch on @relapserecords slated for 2014!

Cleveland, Ohio’s Ringworm is one of the most chaotic hardcore metal bands on the market, and has been since their beginnings in 1991. All gaps in their performance history aside, the Relapse Records act continues to punish and pummel the eardrums and senses of their listeners with their trademark aural assault. There’s just something about […]

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Interview with Lovisa Stahl (Sweden); New video for “Claustrophobia” out RIGHT NOW!

Malmo, Sweden native Lovisa Stahl is a wonderfully talented and beautiful woman who made the long trek from her home to be a part of CMJ’s annual music/booze-a-thon in NYC a few months back. Though I had no prior knowledge of her music, a chance encounter at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory during Culture Collide found us […]

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@CMJ Interview with Streets of Laredo; Debut EP out NOW! @streetslaredo @thesyndotcom #cmj2013

Brooklyn, NY (by way of Auckland, NZ) indie-folk act Streets Of Laredo helped kick off 2013’s edition of CMJ Music Marathon in fine form on October 15th. The quintet, currently supporting their just-released debut EP, hopes to make great strides so far away from home. But until then, as their social media says, they’re just […]

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@CMJ Interview with Black City Lights; Another Life out NOW! @BLKCTYLGHTS @THESYNDOTCOM

Wellington, New Zealand’s Black City Lights’ debut EP Parallels and current album, Another Life, on Stars and Letters Records, has already garnered the group critical acclaim, and put the group on stage with some of the most popular acts of the day (Grimes, anyone?) Their stellar output also saw them receiving (2) grants from the […]

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Full Band @CMJ Interview with City Riots; Latest album Sea Of Brights Lights out NOW @cityriots @thesyndotcom#CMJ2013

Seriously, these are some of the nicest dudes on Earth. Ever. Australian indie trio City Riots made the long ass trip to NYC for CMJ 2013. In addition to CMJ, the group will be playing 3 more shows around NYC the following week, as well as having a listening party for their latest album, Sea […]

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@CMJ Interview with Happy Fangs; Self-Titled EP available NOW! @happyfangs @thesyndotcom

Comprised of Rebecca Gone Bad from My First Earthquake and Mr. Michael Cobra from King Loses Crown, San Francisco, California garage-pop duo Happy Fangs made their way to NYC to be a part of the grand spectacle that is CMJ. By all accounts, CMJ is self-destructive blend of everything the music industry is about: Half […]

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@CMJ Interview with P.O.S.; Free Remix Album (link) (WDELH/MDS/RMX) out TODAY 10/22/13 @yeahrightpos @doomtree

HERE’S THE LINK TO P.O.S.’ FREE REMIX ALBUM FT. MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS. HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY to WE DON’T EVEN LIVE HERE! GO BUY IT at WWW.DOOMTREE.NET. “Gold all up in my…” SHUT THE FUCK UP! In my humble opinion, much of commercial rap these days is total garbage. Most of these guys have never sold drugs, lived […]

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@CMJ Interview with Courage My Love; New EP Becoming out NOW! @couragemylove #cmj2013

Kitchener, CANADA trio Courage My Love, prominently featuring twin sisters Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn, along with bassist Brandon Lockwood, have a new EP currently available. Titled Becoming, on Homeskool Prom/Warner Records, the 3-piece has garnered lots of attention during their brief career, including a spot on AP’s “100 Bands You Need To Know” (which trumps […]

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CITY RIOTS (AUS) RELEASE LP FOR U.S., SEA OF BRIGHT LIGHTS @thesyndotcom

“It’s the sound where the poetry is found: hypnotic and pretty” – Rolling Stone Australia  “Choruses that sneak their way into your subconscious until you’re humming them along involuntarily – 4.5/5” – Sputnik Music  “It was more important for us to make songs that work as a cohesive album that a few big singles and […]

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Metal Insider @CMJ 2013 Showcase ft. Nachmystium/Black Anvil/Ramming Speed/Vattnet Viskar @thesyndotcom

Weehawken, NJ (Sept 10, 2013) – The Syndicate is excited to announce Metal Insider’s CMJ 2013 showcase at Club Europa in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, October 16. Featuring a headlining performance by Chicago’s Nachtmystium, the exclusive showcase will also include Byzantine’s first New York City-area appearance in six years, plus performances from Black Anvil, Ramming Speed and Vattnet Viskar. CMJ badges will be accepted at […]

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Interview with Jesse Matthewson from KEN Mode; Entrench dropping on Season of Mist! @kenmodenoise

Winnipeg, Manitoba’s long running rock/hardcore trio KEN Mode are making the rounds in the states right now with Fight Amp and the occasional Today Is The Day in tow, and damn… That’s one heavy ass lineup! Forming around the turn of the millennium, KEN Mode, a self described “Dance Party Killing Machine,” play an extremely […]

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Drive-By Interview at CMJ with Jon LaPrade from YOUNG THINGS!

Music marathons are a blast! Free tunes, free booze, and plenty of time to rub elbows with creative types looking for their big break. One of my favorite pastimes as an interviewer is stumbling upon cool folks at bars, finding out they’re performing that day, and hitting them with a quick, unscripted interview to share […]

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Interview with Jason and Skye from THE HOUNDS BELOW; Heading out on tour NOW! @cmj @thehoundsbelow @andrewwk

Detroit, Michigan’s quartet The Hounds Below, the new project by guitarist/singer Jason Stollsteimer, are setting their sights on indie-rock gold. Formed in 2009, after a short-start in 2008, the group’s mellow rock vibe and melodic approach is certainly a sonic change when compared to Stollsteimer’s previous group, The Von Bondies, but the songs are no […]

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Interview with The Foreign Resort (@foreignresort) from @CMJ @nordicspotlight

Here’s an interview I conducted, drunken and very late at night, with Danish New Wave Rock group The Foreign Resort. One of my favorite US imports from across the pond, The Foreign Resort has logged many miles in the states in an attempt to appeal to the masses.  Super cool guys and great musicians, it […]

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Interview with ANDREW WK (@andrewwk) from @CMJ 2012. IT’S TIME TO PARTY!

Man. Myth. Rocker. Andrew WK came into the mainstream music scene like a bomb going off, and I’d say he was just the kick in the pants that we needed. Rock and Roll is about having fun, partying, and making friends, and who wouldn’t want to hang out with this guy?! I mean, come on… […]

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CMJ is here, and we need a badge. Can you help with that?

What’s up everyone? CMJ 2012 has begun, and you know what that means… Lots of music, little sleep, and a lot more music.  Check out www.cmj.com for the info and scheduling. And if anyone has access to an additional badge, hit us up at [email protected] if you can help out. We’ll shout and retweet our […]

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Interview with Blake Harrison from PIG DESTROYER (@pigdestroyer); Playing CMJ 10/18

And now for one of the most intense bands I’ve ever encountered. I don’t know where some people get the ideas or ambition to write this stuff, but I’m sure glad bands like Pig Destroyer are out there. Tantamount to sonic genocide, this 4-piece Baltimore/DC based grindcore group is one of the spazziest, heaviest, and […]

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