CMJ 2013: Wilsen, Kodaline, Lovelife + More Prove Worthy Choices – Exclusive Photos
With hundreds of bands flocking to NYC to play the CMJ Music Marathon, it can be tough for gig-goers to pick which showcases to attend, but the Windish Agency and Neon Gold Records put on some impressive displays for punters on day three (Oct. 18).
Mississippi-born singer-songwriter John Murry kicked things off at Windish’s evening of music at the Mercury Lounge, melding his own blend of bittersweet bluesy rock and gloomily entertaining banter. Wilsen — fronted by 23-year-old London-born/Canadian-bred/current New Yorker Tamsin Wilson — brought lush, wistful vocals and infectious whistling, while the rest of the evening saw sets from the likes of stylish L.A. rock four-piece Bad Suns and NYC electro-pop duo Cardiknox.
Meanwhile, Santos Party House hosted two floors’ worth of bands curated by Neon Gold Records. Ireland’s Kodaline gave what appeared to be a fan-favorite set, and they seemed humbled to play for such an animated crowd. The venue also saw a performance from newly reinvented Brother/Viva Brother, now Lovelife, who returned to their pop-punk roots — with a dash of electro — to treat fans to a refreshingly energetic set. They took the stage 30 minutes late, but frontman Lee Newell jumped into the crowd two songs in, and all was forgiven.
Check Out Photos from Night Three of CMJ 2013 below: