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Ghost Mall

The sound of Ghost Mall is indescribable. But the band, made up of college roommates Pierce, Alex, Cody, and Jimi, give it their best shot. "Garage-y ramshackle pop/ethereal," lead singer Pierce Lightening struggles, attempting...
 
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Julian Shah-Tayler

Julian Shah-Tayler was born to make music. Putting out an EP every few months and pumping out 50-70 songs a year is no easy feat, unless you show prevalently the aspects of a well-rounded musician. His robust musicianship is re...

 
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Paul Weller Wakes Up the Nation

Following up a feature on Damon Albarn implies a drop in quality and prestige, especially considering how few artists are able to stay relevant for over twenty years. Even if they cannot be deemed “obscure”, many fi...
 
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Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (2010)

With cameos ranging from Lou Reed to Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz's Damon Albarn continues to tout unbelievable consistency and stylistic prowess on his most selfless release yet. It is also one of the most stunning of his storied career.

 
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A Brief Smile for a Sunshine State

I was a bit weary when Bishop Allen began their EP project, where they released an EP once every month for the entirety of 2006. Why rush artistic integrity and spoil the chances of a full-length masterpiece in the process? Man...
 
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Lymbyc Systym

To say that Lymbyc Systym represent the next large movement might be an overstatement, but their methodology is certainly becoming more prevalent among emerging artists. Almost all of us can remember being enamored with a certa...

 
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Surfer Blood on the Astrocoast

Stereotypes involving the carefree indulgences of a Californian summer have been circulating since surf-rock originated in the ’60s. Its inception was largely brought on by the development and popularization of the spring...
 
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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

When projects attempt to be conceptual in both their style and purpose, there arises a sensitive area where criticism has difficulty retreating from the subjective to the objective. What we define as “quality” is premeditated b...

 
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Brooklyn’s Favorite Library

Continuing with the stream of CMJ-bound artists, The Library are a bit different from what many expect at a festival of CMJ’s often frenetic vein. Often popular for artists that tout theatrical art-rock, synth-pounding da...
 
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The Technology of Midnight Juggernauts

It would be nice if all New Yorkers were given next week off for the sake of new music. CMJ’s Music Marathon is already intimidating enough with hundreds of artists on the roster, so with classes and work getting in the w...