Heaven's Gate playing the Phoenix/WFNX CMJ show at 285 Kent.Two Sundays ago, the Phoenix and WFNX presented an unofficial CMJ showcase at Brooklyn's 285 Kent. If you missed it -- no worries -- we'll be rolling out a stream of videos over the next couple of days. First, here is a video of Brooklyn noise-pop 5-piece Heaven's Gate playing "Screams".
Heaven's Gate at 285 Kent -- one of the best sets I saw at CMJ. Hey you guys, come play at my house.After several years of attending the CMJ Music Marathon as a college radio music director, I've learned that wandering around on Ludlow Street hoping to "stumble upon" new music is a waste of time. Festivals like CMJ, in general, are ineffective ways to "discover" music -- these day they are mostly only a nice platform for international touring bands to work a tour around, since they can often receive government funding and logistical assistance to play showcases curated by their national arts councils.
Tomorrow, the Phoenix and WFNX are presenting a free, unofficial, daytime CMJ showcase at Brooklyn's 285 Kent. No badges are necessary and all ages are welcome. The line-up is stacked with some of our favorite bands from New York, Massachusetts, and beyond. Read on for a guide to the line-up, and if you're in New York, come by and say hey.