Discovering CMJ 2013 

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Swizzymack is Philadelphia’s Shatrill O’Neal, a Diplo-associated DJ and producer who fancies himself the pioneer of a big thudding style called “Philly Club.” He’s primarily been a remixer, adding low-end to Major Lazer tracks among others. His recent Bass EP sounds specifically designed to be blasted off of those weird all-speaker flatbed trucks that only get trotted out for NYC street parades of mysterious affiliation.

Should You Bother?
If you are looking for an ass-shaking night he could certainly handle it. But, seriously, 1,400 bands in town and you’re settling on the bass remix guy?

Before arriving in NYC for CMJ, Florida youths Flashlights are working their way up the East Coast pulling support duty for The So So Glos. No surprise, their brand of punk is scrappy and shouty—their 2011 LP opens with the line, “What the fuck do I know!” as an exclamation, not a question. On this year’s EP, Don’t Take Me Seriously, singer-guitarist Terry Caudill hones his band into Superchunk protégés, fielding tight-knit slacker rock sung with the quintessential 90s quiver-yelp.

Should You Bother?
If you believe the world was made to be wooed and won by youth. (Yeah, go see ‘em, have some fun for once.)

Then there’s FLASH/LIGHTS (formerly named Flashlights), the electro-pop project of Coloradoan producer Ethan Converse and whichever of his friends are available to lend a hand with recording and touring. Google tells us he’s garnered praise from NME and has opened for Passion Pit and Toro y Moi, though his cross-stitches of loops and beats are less nervy than the former’s and less roller-rink ready than the latter’s.

Should You Bother?
Not our thing, but we could see this going over well with a certain tribe of late-night Glasslands denizens. The song “Scarves” isn’t half bad.


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