Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Concert Highlights from the CMJ Music Marathon 10/14/2015

Ninet Tayeb at Fat Baby
Ninet Tayeb is one of the most famous entertainers in her native Israel, but here she was singing in a small New York club to less than 100 people. The pop singer sang soulfully while her trio rocked hard.

Nikki Hill at Carroll Place
Bred in North Carolina and based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Nikki Hill was backed by a jamming trio and offered a gritty spin on roots rock and roll like a gospel singer reinterpreting the Rolling Stones.

Palehound at le Poisson Rouge
Palehound is a trio based around Boston led by guitarist/vocalist Ellen Kempner. She sang softly about her heartbreaks and played noodling leads while the rhythm section gave the songs some muscle.

The Jungle Giants at Berlin
An indie rock quintet from Brisbane, Australia, the Jungle Giants performed speedy, bouncy pop tunes.

Lex Sadler's Rhythm & Stealth
Born in Australia and based in New York City, Lex Sadler on synthesizers was joined by a powerful drummer (and a trumpeter for one song) for dizzying electronica that was heavy on soundscapes, throbbing bass lines and driving percussion.

Buhu at Niagara
Buhu is a synth-pop trio hailing from Austin, Texas. Juan Pablo Mendez played synths and guitar like it was 1980s Brit-pop, backed by a sturdy rhythm section.