Danny Ross the government employee has a had a rough week. Danny Ross, the Beatles-inspired singer-songwriter, has had a week of new found freedom. Before embarking on a mini East Coast tour (the "Laid Off Tour") that begins on the last night of CMJ, Danny took a few minutes out of his recently opened schedule to chat about the music industry, its position in a suffocated economy, and what CMJ really means to musicians.
We caught up with rising punk band Fidlar (acronym for "F**k It Dog Life's A Risk") after their furious set at the Lost Angeles showcase last night. Singer/guitarist Zac Carp, singer/guitarist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, and drummer Max Kuehn share their thoughts on punk music in LA, plans before June 2012, and influences beyond rock and roll. Read the full interview and grab a free track from Fidlar after the jump:
Based in San Diego, rising post-punk band Tropical Popsicle weave intimate melodies and pop hooks under a blanket of lo-fi haze. We spoke with Tim and Chase after their Cake Shop performance about their sound, a penchant for fog machines, and opening for Lana Del Ray. Read the interview and grab a free mp3 from the band after the jump...
Best way to get a grip on CMJ: plan ahead. Pick out a handful of showcases you want to catch, stick around for a few bands, then move on to the next showcase. Routing your day around individual acts instead of showcases will lead to burdensome travel time and unforgiving headaches, so eschew our advice at your own risk! Besides, CMJ offers a week of music discovery - leave pretensions and snobbery at the door, and enjoy new bands before evil labels snatch them up and create more Black Eyed Peas.
Every city worth its chops as a center for the arts has its own music festival - Chicago has Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, Austin has Austin City Limits and SXSW, Los Angeles has Coachella and New York has CMJ. Each of these shows are reflective of the culture of the city, none more so than CMJ.