Tuesday, November 3, 2009

CMJ in Photos Part II

Photos by Karp
The Sub Pop showcase was a warm, trusted reprieve from what turned out to be a frustrating and rather wet CMJ weekend. One of the highlights, was the Dutchess and the Duke. While a little sloppier live than we would have hoped, this trio drew from a solid catalog of Stones inspired folk rock that's at once charming and pleasant. With lines like "you fucked me in the phone booth" there's plenty to love about this band. Their new album Sunset/Sunrise is out now on Sub Pop.

We honestly didn't recognize The Dum Dum Girls on stage when we walked into the Mercury Lounge. We caught the recent Sub Pop signees at the July 4th Woodsist Party, with their stacked celebrity band including husband/guitarist from the Crocodiles. What we saw at the Merc last Saturday was an all female group purveying dark goth inspired post-rock. Yet, it was amazing. It was almost like the Vivian Girls except these women could play their instruments, write better songs, sing better, and well just about do everything better than aforementioned trio. With bands like the Dum Dum Girls and Avi Buffalo on tap, 2010 is looking like a great year for Sub Pop.

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