Kamasi Washington: The Epic

Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has performed with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Lauryn Hill and so many more renowned acts (his first national tour was with Snoop Dogg); recently, he was a key collaborator on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Washington’s debut album The Epic lives up to its name, featuring a 32-piece orchestra, 20-person choir and ten-piece band. It may very well take …

Greenpoint: Runnin’ Away

Greenpoint is the latest project from Zach Seman and Roger Kleinman, a NYC-based production and songwriting duo signed to Warner/Chappell (they make their bread and butter by working with artists like Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky, Fabolous & 2 Chainz, Raury and many more). Having mysteriously set up a website with three indie-pop songs—including a cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”—the two explain that they consider Greenpoint a …

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Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed in both official and unofficial CMJ events) who make great diving off points for plunging into the internet black hole of …

Beatenberg: Rafael

Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ’s South African Showcase, the outfit’s lead single “Rafael” embodies the band’s unique blend of Cape jazz and pop reminiscent of Paul Simon. The band is part of a growing scene of increasingly internationally recognized artists coming out of the Mother City. Beatenberg’s breezy …

Future Punx: Spike Train

Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

In their single “Spike Train,” five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show—as their performances at Cake Shop, The Silent Barn and more showed this past week. They’ve got the rare power to convince attendees to loosen their death …