'AM Only Showcase (CMJ)'
CMJ is a minefield of hype bands, so you'd better not waste any more time than necessary thinking up reductive descriptions of their signature sounds. Here's the breakdown for tonight's lineup: Passion Pit+MGMT=Boston '80s revivalists Yes Giantess. Cake+Death For Cutie=Brooklyn indie rockers Red Wire Black Wire. Stereolab+the Atari POKEY=French chiptune outfit We Are Enfant Terrible. The Beta Band+Gorillaz=Brooklyn DJs Body Language. Daft Punk+Rick James=one-man technophobe Vega. Nas+Kenny G=twin jazz revivalists Two Fresh. Portishead+Annie Lennox=Montreal trip-hoppers BEAST. Now get going, pass holder; your reviews aren't going to Twitter themselves
Fri., Oct. 23, 7 p.m., 2009
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