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Sharkmuffin plays Palisades on 10.30 (dressed as The Powerpuff Girls?)

Fresh from multiple appearances at the recently concluded CMJ fest, Brooklyn’s glam/grunge/garage rockers Sharkmuffin roll on with their personal take on the alternative rock sound. In addition to the myriad of rip-em-up exciting live appearances, the band continues to promote their recent full-length LP “Chartreuse.” That title track (streaming below) is a pure fun garage stomper, with lyrics detailing how they (someone) “Never want me around to hang loose;” the song sounds like a vintage rock and roll confusion scenario married to thumping bass and distorted guitar squalls. “First Date” moves in an even rawer, punkier direction, sounding like bratty girl-group fare with a touch of Siouxsie Sioux on her very first album “The Scream” (think “Carcass” or “Jigsaw Feeling”) in that shouty, aggressive vocal style. Sharkmuffin's next show will be at popular Brooklyn haunt Pallisades on 10/30. We heard a rumor that, since the show will be the day before Halloween, the band will appear on stage dressed as The Powerpuff Girls - or rather some kind of hipster variation of them. - Dave Cromwellphoto by Chris Carlone


New Cold Fronts LP Available for Streaming

It's been a while, but the lingering anticipation appears over. Cold Fronts's debut LP Forever Whatever, via Sire Records, will be released this Friday, October 23, and is currently streaming over at WSJ. Packed with infectious rock, chock full of slinky ripping, guitar licks and cruising grooves that seep under the skin, the album's loose affecting songs hit the ground running. Currently on the road, Cold Fronts rolls into Johnny Brenda’s on November 6 with Heyrocco and Chrome Pony. The waiting period may have seemed like forever, but whatever, let the music play. (Photo by CJ Harvey)


Loose Tooth Opening for Meat Wave at Everybody Hits Oct. 20

With riffs establishing a framework that is jarring while rushing forward in abbreviated bursts, hooking into your sides with unshielded, witty lyrics, Loose Tooth develops a pop-punk sound that snaps into action. The band provides quick-hitting songs that accelerate, merging percussion and high-gear guitar to force the issue; however, the quartet is also able to downshift, allowing the focus to alter on a zoomed-in perspective, softening the blow. The exposed dynamite lined alt-rock of Mumblr joins in on the fun at the batting cages. With a freshly released record, Delusion Moon, via SideOneDummy Records, post-punk trio Meat Wave and raucous Canadian rockers The Dirty Nil complete a bill that is the attitude adjustment one needs on a Tuesday. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8:30pm, $8, All Ages (Photo by Pete Murray) - Michael Colavita


Zach's CMJ Day 5: NY Lights, Grey McMurray, EMEFE, Lazyeyes, Nuf Said

Saturday night at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village started with the serene songs of Huntington, Long Island-hailing quintet NY Lights (pictured). Sounding out few kinds of genres - indie, psychedelic rock, and Americana, amongst them -the one-year-old band struck an intriguing balance between warmth and edginess, its drum slaps and sandy vocals riding along the ear with steady drive.

Later, on the Lower East Side, in the oaken cellar of Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, the standout of this viewer's CMJ experience was seen: Grey McMurray. Enveloped in a low red light and aided by a trio of deft musicians (including a cellist), the Brooklyn-based artist played a kind of freak-soul as he dipped down into often uncomfortable yet sometimes inviting visions of spirituality and love, his drooping guitar and cavernous voice simultaneously chilling and moving the listener. Antony Hegarty and Nick Hakim are probably his musical siblings but McMurray conjured a creepily warm aura in Rockwood's downstairs room that is perhaps his own.

Upstairs on Stage 2, fellow Brooklyn act EMEFE blasted its synth-lined afrobeat, its rubbery horns and perky electronics showing reverence for Fela Kuti and Talking Heads while culminating in its own pop-oriented, bold funk. The six-piece also allowed for some spontaneity, though, bandleader Miles Arntzen during one track recording the audience's handclaps for inclusion on a forthcoming song.

Next door on Stage 1, Brooklyn three-piece Lazyeyes broke into a relentlessly ringing set that, during one song, brought to mind the rough innocence of 'Pablo Honey'-era Radiohead and, during others, the foreboding catchiness that Joy Division displayed on "Disorder." Towards the end of its set, the frontman Jason Abrishami of the young group said that they "have a couple of songs left" while bassist Paul Volpe joked that they "have a couple of years left" but one hopes that they keep up their compellingly raw energy.

Back at Stage 2, New York outfit Nuf Said ended the night with its jazzy R&B, the group's swirling horns proving a pleasant and compelling addition to the gently strong vocals of lead singer Ioana Vintu and the mellow guitar-bass combination in the background. Like other New York outfit Mad Satta, Nuf Said seamlessly melds genres such as jazz, R&B, and funk while showing that they can end a talent-packed festival such as CMJ with festive boldness. - Zach Weg 

New Track: "Saving One For You" - Purples

After building steam with a bunch of fine power-pop ditties, Purples are back with a touching rock ballad called "Saving One For You," demonstrating their songwriting versatility. The band has been compiling recorded tracks every couple of weeks so they should have enough material for a new album soon enough. Until then, you can catch them live on Friday, November 6 at the Electric Factory with The Districts and Lady Lamb.


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