Top 5 CMJ takeaways from KCRW Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
Amason — Favorite Band
I love everything about this band.
The music always puts me in a good mood, reminding me of some of my favorite bands including Cat Power, Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens and more.
Aurora – Rising Star
It was a joy to watch the comfort, charm and authenticity of this 17-yr-old Norwegian star.
There were some very radio-friendly hits in her set and I would expect her next US visit to make a huge splash, thanks to backing from The Windish Agency and Glassnote Records.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Best Live Show
Yes that is their name and they will wear you out. The seven-piece Australian psych rock band has an unforgettable live show featuring two drum kits pounded continuously in perfect harmony. Seemed to be the talk of the town, filling every venue they played.
Cathedrals — Best Production
My high expectations were certainly met by this boy/girl duo from San Francisco, who had an amazing installation featured in their video. Expect them to make a big impact around SXSW next year.
Jack and Eliza — Most Pleasant Surprise
Really great songwriting from this very young NY based-folk rock duo. Expecting big things from these guys, especially after they record new material with Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear.