CMJ Music Marathon: Day 4 Picks

No intro today. Just read. 10.19.2012

Icona Pop

7PM @ Brooklyn Bowl, $12 

Trust me, these Swedish girls are about to be big stateside. Like prone for radio stardom big. Super fun, infectious, bubblegum electro-tinged pop music that you just want to wind the windows down on your car and sing along with your friends. Icona Pop is that sorta stuff. –CC

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Lovelife

8:15PM @ The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St. Manhattan, NY 10003

Lovelife used to be called Viva Brother. They changed musical direction, hence the name change. This band changes the pace from their former sound and plays smooth R&B influenced music. I think you’ll be quite surprised. -CC

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Cosmonaut

11:59PM @ Legion, 790 Metropolitan Avenue, BK, 11211

Cosmonaut is a young band from NY who specialize in drearily charismatic guitar rock and they’re pretty goddamn good at it. Sound-wise finds them next to bands like Real Estate or certain aspects of Neutral Milk Hotel, but honestly, who doesn’t that describe? Let’s get specific.

Cosmonaut (not Cosmonauts, as previously listed at CMJ) stands out for their uncanny ability to bring novelty and new life to structures, styles and sounds we all know well. The clever layering of guitars, the pitch-perfect lethargy from vocalist Jack Manley, the tight right angles of the compositions; it’s all presented in an undaunting, familiar package but ends up delivering far more substance than it acknowledges. It’s that familiar/unfamiliar, catchy/weird breakdown that makes Cosmonaut the exciting, weird, charismatic group they are.

Debut EP is called ‘Hurry Up’ and you can get it for four frugal dollars right here. The thing is produced by Kyle Johnson (Wavves, The Hives, Modest Mouse) so you can bet you’ll be hearing about these guys soon if you haven’t already. Get the EP, go to the show, or at the very least, click play ya jerk. -AG

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Other Worthwhiles:

    • Twerps (Messy Indie) @ 5:20PM at Pianos, 158 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002

    • French Horn Rebellion (Indie Pop?) @ 5PM at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

    • NewVillager (I really don’t know) @ 7PM at DROM, 85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009

    • Lagwagon (Punk) @ 8PM at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St. Brooklyn, NY 11249

    • The Death Set (Punk Electro Party) @ 1AM at The Paper Box (17 Meadow Street New York, NY 11206 (technically Saturday)

And once again our CMJ/ATV 2012 Playlist.