CMJ 2013 happens in New York City October 15th-19th, a music showcase that features hundreds of rising artists from around the world. Among them, is Michigan [& Detroit natives], Tunde Olaniran, Jamaican Queens, Chrome Sparks, and SHIGETO.
“As a child of an American social-activist mother and Nigerian Christian immigrant father, Tunde Olaniran has been instilled with the infusion of culture, consciousness, and rhythm since birth. Growing up, he lived in Germany, Nigeria, and England before settling in Flint, MI for his late adolescence where he was exposed to urban, folk, and soul influences of the small, humble city as well as a strong jazz influence on his mom’s behalf. Weird, soulful, old school, catchy, uplifting. All of these words have been used by listeners to describe Tunde’s style. One moment, a chorus of vocals soar over a sitar raga, the next, he sings quietly over a spare Casio keyboard, 808, and gulping tablas.”
[performs 10/16 @ Webster Hall]
“Detroit band Jamaican Queens have emerged as an extraordinarily unique force within the past year—a ragtag compilation of heavy hip-hop beats, pop hooks, and brutally disturbing lyrics. What’s most intriguing about…Jamaican Queens in general, is that the intoxicating nature of the music can elevate such grimness. Like the city they hail from, Jamaican Queens are a little rough—but it’s the marriage of such intense ruthlessness with moments of hopeful, uplifting positivity that have us completely rapt.” – VIA Interview Magazine
[performs TBA location/venue]
“For those of you not yet familiar with Chrome Sparks, I’ll wager that it will be part of the indie vocabulary (or hipsum) within the next year. Chrome Sparks is an electro-pop project by Jeremy Malvin, an Ann Arbor resident and University of Michigan [grad]. It shares some commonalities between popular chillwave music, but less formulaic and more reliant on rhythm than anything else, often transforming vocals and melodies into percussive elements as well.” -VIA Syncronation
[performs TBA location/venue]
“Zach Saginaw, who makes music under his middle name, Shigeto, has shown a nice range of influence within the past few years. Shigeto’s newest album, No Better Time Than Now combines these separate facets into a single sound, though it’s often easy to identify the dominant mode with which Saginaw is working. The standout“Detroit Part 1” is the best example: it’s an intricately plotted track on which shifts in tone and texture build a small world within a manner of minutes. The album’s title track, also, uses well-chosen details to advance a narrative, granting it a sense of purpose which climaxes beautifully with a series of well chosen instrumental flourishes. These tracks take lessons from hip-hop and bass music, creating structures which allow Saginaw’s lighter touches to flourish.” -VIA Pitchfork.com
More on CMJ
The year was 1981. Blondie, Kool & the Gang and John Lennon topped the charts. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” made adventure archeology the misplaced career choice of a generation. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dove. And in October of that year in one small New York City venue, with only two bands, CMJ was born.
Now the festival is one of the world’s most important outlets for new music, with more than 1,400 performers given a chance to shine in over 80 nightclubs and theaters spread across the city. Merging historical legacy with the most influential platform for the discovery of emerging artists, CMJ draws 120,000 people into the city that never sleeps for five nonstop days and nights. Venues bustle with exclusive parties, over 100 cutting edge conference events featuring industry insiders, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and College Day, a mixer designed especially for college and non-commercial radio programmers.
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