The week of the CMJ Festival is one of the busiest weeks of the year for just about anyone who works and covers music but it’s also one of the most exhausting and fun weeks you can have if you truly love music.
If you follow this site often you know that running a blog while having a full-time job frequently results in competing demands for your time and attention. And while my malfunctioning Macbook Pro was being serviced at Tekserve, I couldn’t post as much as i would have enjoyed during that week so I’m still catching up here and there. On the sixth straight day of live music, I stopped by the MadHouse Management CMJ Showcase at Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side.
MadHouse Management’s roster includes a rather eclectic set of Nashville, TN-based artists including Concord America (although they’re based in nearby Atlanta, GA), Ugly Kids Club (who have been interviewed on this site on two different occasions), Tetherball, Tesla Rossa, Chrome Pony and others. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the entire Showcase as I had to make several other stops that day but I was impressed by the three sets I did see. As I mentioned in my interview with Ugly Kids Club, their sound has becoming increasingly pop-orientated and much more danceable than ever before. And what I really enjoyed was a dance pop-based cover of the Talking Heads “Burning Down The House” which bore a resemblance to the Tom Jones and The Cardigans cover, released several years ago. Both Penicillin Baby and Tesla Rossa both played more “traditional” and grimy rock – with Tesla Rosa’s sound having a distinctly Southern sound.
Check out some photos from the proceedings below.
Ugly Kids Club
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