CMJ Artists To Watch: AraabMUZIK

AraabMusik is one of the illest producers you’ve never heard of. Having worked with Dipset members Cam’Ron, Duke Da God and Hell Rell as well as “shopping” beats to Ludacris, Young Jeezy and Fabulous the Rhode Island Native is making a name for himself, with tours starting this December. A master on a MPC 2500,  the producer has been making his own music since the age of 10 and credits producers like Dr. Dre, Alchemist, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder... Read More

CMJ Artists to Watch: Last Good Tooth

If you like folk or appalachian music, then go check out Last Good Tooth. Hailing from Providence RI (where they met at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University), these 4 guys sing about heavy stuff that still makes you want to dance. Right now their current recordings cannot do their live sound or Penn Sultan’s deep, brooding voice justice, but they are in the studio recording their first album, so that will soon change. Last Good... Read More

CMJ Artist To Watch: Def Sound

If we were to put Jazz, Electronic, Rock, and Hip Hop in a blender we’d get something along the lines of Def Sound. The abstract rapper/spoken word artist hails from Los Angeles, and credits N.E.R.D, A Tribe Called Quest, and Oukast as influences which can be seen throughout his innovative sound and creative persona. Having worked with the likes of J*DaVey, Dom Kennedy, and Nas’s band Mulatto, as well as many others Sound shows great potential... Read More

CMJ Artists to Watch: Caveman

In a Brooklyn scene that is overflowing with good-to-mediocre indie rock bands, it is nice to come across Caveman, one of the town’s most promising up and coming indie rock groups. This new wave quintet is set to releasetheir first album Coco Beware on 11/15 and will certainly not disappoint. They will be playing at Pianos on 10/20. Just check out the video below and you will be sold: Caveman “Great Life” is from Yours... Read More

CMJ Artists to Watch: AC & Dell

Hailing from Brooklyn and Atlanta respectively, AC & Dell fuse the worlds of dance music, hip hop, and indie in a way that deserves special attention at the upcoming CMJ festival. Producer AC Slater (of Trouble and Bass), known for his rocky synths and hip hop-infused vocal samples, provides an unfaltering musical platter for Dell aka o8o (of the Thunderkatz) to serve his smooth yet commanding lyrical flow. Their success at the ever-growing genre... Read More

CMJ Artists To Watch: Beast Make Bomb

When I hear Beast make Bomb, I’m immediately transported to an overpacked rooftop party in industrial Bushwick where booze is readily flowing and everyone in attendance shares the title of lead vocalist. Forming as students at NYU, the Brooklyn-based foursome epitomizes the post-college urban alternative scene where partying and surviving are almost always in close proximity. Lead singer Ceci Gomez’s simple yet catchy vocals meld wonderfully... Read More

CMJ Artists To Watch: Fredericks Brown

Fredericks Brown, the soulful trio from New Zealand, bring with them from the beautiful islands a sound all their own. Vocalist Deva Mahal, keyboardist Steph Brown and guitarist Michael Taylor released Land of Plenty this spring. The album features “Betrayal,” a drum-heavy, afro-punky ballad about love lost, and “Land of Plenty,” an ethereal ode to their far-away home. The band cite Fela Kuti and Stevie Wonder among their influences... Read More

CMJ Artists to Watch: Purity Ring

We don’t know very much about Purity Ring, but what we do know, we like – there is a female vocalist, some synths, and awesome beats. The “future pop” duo from NYC has only given the world a preview into what they are capable of, but are sure to draw some buzz when they open up for Neon Indian at Webster Hall on 10/21. Watch the “Lofticries” video below .  Read More

CMJ Artists to Watch: Braids

Braids is certainly a band to watch (and see). The young four piece band hailing from Montreal delivers quite a punch with their own version of dream pop. Band members Raphaella Standell-Preston, Katie Lee, Taylor Smith and Austin Tuft use loops, drones, bell tones, ethereal synths, harmonies, and rhythms stretching in every direction in order to create a cerebral and poignant sound. If their rhythms harmonies don’t do it for you, then their moments... Read More

CMJ Artists to Watch: The Doppelgangaz

Not much for public disclosure, the immensely private, self-proclaimed “ghastly duo” that is The Doppelgangaz are (hopefully) here to stay. Known only as Matter Ov Fact and EP, the two hail from “Parts Unknown,” NY and bring with them a smooth-sounding yet heavy-hitting lyricism that lends credibility to their three year run. From 2008′s self-referential “The Ghastly Duo EP,” to their most recent album, “Lone... Read More

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