We're basking in the afterglow of all the glorious sounds that we heard from the artists at our CMJ showcase last Thursday. We had stages 1 & 2 at Rockwood Music Hall booked back-to-back for the afternoon. Suffice it to say, there was never a dull moment.
Check out some highlights + a photo gallery of some of favorite shots from the show!
Henry Hall and his band kicked off the show on Stage 1 with their raucous-yet-heartfelt rock jams. They're going on a mini-tour in November, so you should definitely check them out if you're in one of the cities they're hitting.
Over at Stage 2, EVVY and her band got everyone dancing. The band's ethereal pop tunes rang out nice and clear, especially their newest single "Tidal Wide," the music video for which premiered on Idolator last month.
Ben R. Mackie
Ben R. Mackie swooned the crowd back with his subdued folk numbers at Stage 1. The Aussie-turned-New-Yorker multi-tasked with harmonica and guitar throughout his set. Check out Ben's next show at The Pine Box Rock Shop in Brooklyn next month if you're around.
Meanwhile, Glass Lux was next door doing some of their signature electro-shredding. The band went straight from CMJ to play a gig at Lincoln Hall in Chicago (their home base) with fellow CONNECT band SAFIA.
An eager audience piled into Stage 1 to hear Ogden Payne spin rhymes with a message. Ogden and his close friend and producer Isaac Haze make music that straddles the line between hip-hop, pop and neo-soul. Ogden was such a crowd pleaser, giving shout outs to familiar faces in the audience throughout his set. We can't wait to hear what Ogden releases next!
New York's own Golden Age took Stage 2 by storm with their winsome baroque pop. Sydney Sahr's sparkled like a celestial goddess in her sequined pants, and she toyed with a theremin throughout the set. Her bandmates provided the an eerie, dynamic soundscape for her soaring voice.
Our favorite dark and daring electro-pop lady Lena Fayre crept onto Stage 1 and played to a packed house. The LA-based mesmerized us with her piercing glances and no-nonsense lyrics.
Sky White Tiger
The pysch-pop dreamers of Sky White Tiger keep Stage 2 warm and humming with excitement, flashing projections across the stage and revving up synths left and right. The band will be playing at The Art Institute of Chicago next month at their After Dark series.
Stage 1 burst at the seams for a very special acoustic performance by 14 year-old americana wunderkind Sammy Brue. You can get a taste of what Sammy sounds like live (spoiler: he's superb) in this live session he did at American Songwiter's headquarters in Nashville, TN.
Leanna Macomber aka Young Ejecta slipped onto Stage 2 for a gorgeous solo performance. Her lithe vocals and quirky synths charmed everyone in the room right from start to finish.
The Grizzled Mighty
The (ferocious) Grizzled Mighty closed out Stage 1 with their raucous blues-rock. Their show was a downright headbanger.
Thaddeus Anna Greene
Last but definitely not least came Cleveland, OH blues rock four-piece Thaddeus Anna Greene. The band played several equally thrash-worthy numbers. We just can't get enough of these guys. We hope they come back to New York soon.