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Artist of the Week: Mags Duval

Mags Duval is a study in the magic only contradictions can make. She’s a could-be poet laureate who writes club bangers. She lives distinctly in the moment but is also a welcome throwback to vintage Hollywood glamour, a mix of beguiling sweetness, risky edge, and class. She’s private but candid, pulling from her own life to… 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: 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 »