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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 »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Plaid Brixx

For Fans Of: Cobra Starship, The Bravery, Neon Trees Ohio-based trio Plaid Brixx was formed in early 2013 by the band’s lead singer Chris Duggan. Duggan’s degree from NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music allowed him to graduate with an amazing portfolio of songs, as well as a strong music business acumen. In addition, living… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Have Mercy

For Fans Of: Brand New, Foo Fighters What Have Mercy brings to the table is something resonating and something forceful, in an unabridged form. The band has now mastered their own style of no-frills indie-rock, an unapologetic, driving sound that begs listeners to scream along rather than hum quietly to themselves. A Place Of Our Own… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: TEAM*

For Fans Of: Vampire Weekend, Young The Giant, Two Door Cinema Club In addition to filling legendary Texas venues such as Trees and Stubbs, TEAM*, the Texas based indie alternative group, has shared the stage with Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World, Royal Teeth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and The Olms (Pete Yorn). Most recently, the band… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Alexz Johnson

For Fans Of: The xx, Daughter, Florence and the Machine With her unique sound and passionate songwriting style, Alexz Johnson is referred to as a modern-day Stevie Nicks with the vocal style of Aretha Franklin. After a child-star career acting and singing (So Weird, Instant Star, Final Destination) Alexz was bound for success early on and… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: The Future Laureates

For Fans Of: The Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers Chicago’s Pop-Folk-Rock outfit The Future Laureates have released their forthcoming EP Here and After on September 23rd, with advance singles premiered on The Village Voice, Culture Collide and CMJ.com. Stream Here and After on ARTISTdirect, here: http://bit.ly/1odN17E. For this EP, the band teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Chris… Read more »

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CMJ Artist Spotlight: Somebody’s Darling

For Fans Of:  My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Dawes, and the Black Keys Red Bull Sound Select’s Texas female-fronted Rock band, Somebody’s Darling has played over 500 shows in the last five years, including direct support to well-respected artists such as Shovels & Rope, Deer Tick and Lucero. The 5-piece just released a new album Adult Roommates on September 16 and are… Read more »