The Skins Rock Adrian Grenier's Wreckroom Records Launch Party

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(Getty, Facebook) Most music journalists were bleary-eyed and exhausted by the final night of New York City's CMJ Music Marathon, but not the crowd packed into Fontana's on the Lower East Side. A robust assortment of scenesters, hipsters, and pretty young things — all of them much better dressed than the average CMJ attendee — collected in the bar's basement for the official launch of Wreckroom Records, an exciting new music space in Adrian Grenier's Brooklyn home. "When I was growing up, it...Read Full Story

CMJ 2012: Snowmine and Mac DeMarco Rock The Deli Mag's Showcase

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(Images via Facebook)NYC music magazine The Deli threw a number of parties during the days-long aural crush that was CMJ 2012, but the lineup I found most exciting went down Friday evening at Piano's, with Foxygen, Snowmine, and Mac DeMarco on the bill. Variety: I'm into it. Also from CMJ 2012: Citizens! Rock the Highline Ballroom Going Totally Fangirl on Spacehog Andrew W.K. Gets the Party Started at Conflict of Interest It was hard to get into Foxygen, though I'm fond of their...Read Full Story

CMJ 2012: Citizens! Rock the Highline Ballroom

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(via Facebook) More from CMJ Andrew WK Gets the Party Started at Conflict of Interest Going Totally Fangirl on Spacehog There was an abundance of excellent new music to be discovered in New York City on Wednesday night, but I was dead set on catching one of my new favorite bands, Citizens! (exclamation mark is theirs, and wholly deserved). Their single "True Romance" is perfect for shameless bedroom dance parties (my type of parties, naturally) and I wanted to see them while they were...Read Full Story

CMJ 2012: Going Totally Fangirl on Spacehog

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(Zimbio.com)There's this old cliché about never meeting one's idols that proved pleasantly untrue for me Tuesday night, the first official evening of the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon. I returned to my fangirl roots for Spacehog's first and only CMJ performance, an experience that reaffirmed my decades-long love and appreciation for the band and left me excited for things to come. Teenage dream realized: Hanging in the dressing room with Spacehog. (Zimbio.com) A word on Spacehog: The band's...Read Full Story

CMJ 2012: Andrew W.K. Gets the Party Started at Conflict of Interest

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(Image Courtesy Taylor Strategy)The onslaught of showcases, parties, panels, and meet and greets that is the CMJ Music Marathon officially kicked off Tuesday, but Andrew W.K. and a host of wonderful up-and-coming bands got the party started early Monday night at Rebel with The Syndicate's annual Conflict of Interest party, a benefit supporting World Hunger Relief presented by Taco Bell.Andrew W.K., the Conflict of Interest host and DJ, is one of several artists to participate in Taco Bell's...Read Full Story