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Artist of the Week: Hayley Kiyoko

At the end of 2016, singer/songwriter/actress/director Hayley Kiyoko celebrated the release of her label debut EP CITRINE by launching her nationwide “One Bad Night Tour.” The completely sold out headline tour saw Hayley performing her new music for her passionate and devoted fans in multiple cities throughout the U.S. She kicked off 2017 by getting back on the road,… Read more »

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Artist of the Week: Steve Moakler

Steve Moakler has been making a name for himself in Nashville for 10 years now—and on his new album, he’s returning to his roots in Western Pennsylvania. Steel Town is a country record, but the stories it tells and the characters it elevates are very much rooted in Pittsburgh—the Steel City—and its surrounding areas. For… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Braeves

For Fans Of: The Shins, As Tall As Lions, Local Natives With a balanced blend of soulful indie rock and melodic pop, Long Island’s BRAEVES call to mind bands such as The Shins, Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes – each song it’s own unwinding story told through intricately layered instrumentals, illuminating harmonies and verses that read as prose. The band joined forces… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Holiday Mountain

For Fans Of: M.I.A., Little Dragon, No Doubt Formed in 2011, Holiday Mountain is Laura Patiño (keyboard, vocals), Bradley Will (synth, bass, vocals), and Zander Kagle (drums). The group met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, where they were brought together by a common desire to push musical boundaries. With influences ranging from Billie Holliday and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to M.I.A., Little Dragon and Major Lazer, Holiday Mountain… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Fictionist

For Fans Of: MGMT, Phoenix, CHVRCHES Fictionist has toured nationally and shared the stage with Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, Neon Trees, Young The Giant, Robert Francis, and Shiny Toy Guns. Their forthcoming, Self-Titled album (Set for release on 10/7) was produced by Grammy-nominated Nate Pyfer – the end result being an album that combines Fictionist’s heralded art-rock sensibilities with Cat Stevens songwriting, Phoenix-style glitchy analog electronics, and CHVRCHES electro-pop architecture. Watch the music vide for “Cut String Kite” here: http://bit.ly/1lXaSwM. What… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Emily Wolfe

For Fans Of: Jenny Lewis, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Stars Named one of NPR’s 5 New Bands To Watch At SXSW in 2014, Austin’s rising dream rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, Emily Wolfe, will be releasing an upcoming EP, “Roulette,” on October 7th, 2014 – just before her upcoming performances at Austin City Limits and the CMJ Music Marathon.Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, Dead Confederate),… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Night Riots

For Fans Of: The Cure, The Killers Night Riots is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The Southern California based band has a unique melodic sensibility – delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic,… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Barkhouse

For Fans Of: Wilco, The Black Keys, The Strokes Barkhouse started out as a one-night show designed by Will de Zengotita, to showcase some long hidden material. He was joined by several musicians that night, including old companions Jay Mort and Olmo Tighe. These three would go on to form Barkhouse – but even as the writing became a… Read more »