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CCS Live at CMJ on 
Check out the band CSS Live Performance at CMJ in NYC. This Brazilian band sure knows how to get the party started! The Singer's energy is infectious she definitely makes you want to Make Love To Death From Above while crowd surfing. For more info on CSS click here 
Check out exclusive live footage of Singer Songwriter Jonah Matranga (formerly the frontman of the band FAR). I caught up with Jonah when he was in NYC performing a few new songs from his upcoming CD. Jonah is one of the most passionate musicians out there who wears his heart on his sleeve. You can feel the raw emotion in his voice as Jonah's songs go from a whisper to a scream! Watch the videos below and be the 1st to hear new songs plus fan favorites. 
For more info on Jonah Matranga check out his website jonahmatranga.com
Jonah Matranga Live on ROCK THIS!
Little Green Cars 
Interview at CMJ
ROCK THIS! covered the 35th Anniversary of the CMJ Music Marathon last week in NYC from Oct 13th-17th. It’s one of the Best Music Conferences where you get to discover new artists from all over the world before everyone else does!  

CMJ is one of the most influential Music Conferences in the World where artists, industry professionals, and Music fans are provided the knowledge, tools, and connections they need to succeed in the Music Business.

​ROCK THIS is excited to bring you coverage of all the highlights from this years CMJ Music Marathon. Stay Tuned!

This year CMJ featured of tons live performances from emerging musicians in New York City's greatest venues for five nonstop days and nights.
​The lineup included:
Acid Dad, Allday, Arrows Of Love, Bad Veins, Balthazar, BØRNS, British India, Car Seat Headrest, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Death By Unga Bunga, Dent May, Destruction Unit, Diet Cig, DRINKS, Eternal Summers, Ex Hex, Frankie Cosmos, Fraser A. Gorman, Glass Animals, Hockey Dad, Jamie N Commons, JPNSGRLS, Juan Wauters, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, LODRO, Marlon Williams, Mercury Rev, METHYL ETHYL, Michael Rault, Motion City Soundtrack, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Ngaiire, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Pinact, Pompeya, Protomartyr, Potty Mouth, Saint Pé, Shannon And The Clams, Son Little, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Surf Rock Is Dead,The Babe Rainbow, The Big Moon, The Henry Millers, The Joy Formidable, The Men, The Wonder Years, The Word, Titus Andronicus, Tobias Jesso Jr., Vomitface, Walking Shapes, Wet Leather, WOMPS and over 300 others!

CMJ also presented informative conference events featuring renowned speakers, industry roundtables and workshops, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and College Day, a whole day of specially programmed events for college and non-commercial radio programmers.

The KIDS OF 88 are definitely an International Band that is on the Rise. 
I caught up with the band KIDS of 88 from New Zealand while they were in NYC at CMJ. I had a fantastic fun time interviewing Sam McCarthy and Jordan Arts outside the Trash Bar in Brooklyn. You'll be hearing about them a lot more on ROCK THIS!
KIDS OF 88 CMJ Interview on ROCK THIS!
Check out the Brooklyn-based buzz band THE SKINS. They are part of the Wreckroom Records family which was co founded by Adrian Grenier from Entourage. Adrian definitely has great taste when it comes to Music! The Skins are by far one of the best new bands that I have heard in a while. They are on the verge of becoming huge. Their live show is magnetic. Here's a live performance from The Skins that I filmed during their CMJ showcase which features the song "Killer".
For more info on the band check out their website theskinsband.com
A couple years ago at CMJ I had a chance to interview Faye O'Rourke from the Irish band called Little Green Cars on Glassnote Records. There is something magical about Little Green Cars harmonious vocals. They are definitely a band to watch! Check out the ROCK THIS! Interview below. 
Jason Ritter @ CMJ Film Festival Interview on ROCK THIS!
Nova and The Experience 
Interview at CMJ
Interview at CMJ
​At the beginning of 2013, Spector decided to cut short further touring and promotion of their debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts in order to start focussing on music that they felt was a more up to date representation of their ideas. Founding members Chris Burman and Fred Macpherson had been making music in various forms since their early teens and had started Spector in order to communicate and share a series of “experiments in pop”. But one album and two years into their career, as far as Burman was concerned, it was mission accomplished.

Having been to Japan, played Jools Holland, performed at Coachella, sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire and toured the European festival circuit multiple times, he felt that they had achieved what they’d set out to do interrupting the mainstream while having the experiences they’d always dreamed of as avid 13 year old NME subscribers. He left the band via a “very amicable Skype call” the day after Fred arrived in New York to start working on demos of ideas for their second album. This would be the start of an eighteen month musical journey towards ‘Moth Boys’ completion.

Shortly after five became four (in a continuing series of events that journalists might one day describe as ‘difficult’), original drummer Danny Blandy was told by doctors not to drum for six months after “doing his shoulder in”, so suggested moving to keyboard: “The news came at a good time as I’d been playing a lot of piano anyway and I was happy to give my tired arms a rest.” So with Jed Cullen now the sole guitarist in the group and Danny as full time keys player, the new writing core of Spector started to emerge, bolstered by bass player Tom Shickle. “I’d spent the best part of my early twenties with these guys”, Fred explains “but had no idea what any of us were really capable of. The first album happened in such an entertaining haze that it took until a year after it came out for the penny to actually drop and for the band to start to making sense for the first time.”

Overseen by Fred’s old friend Dev Hynes, first in New York and then in London, the band started to develop a new sound, based mainly on their new circumstances. No studio drummer meant mostly programmed beats, and Jed and Dev’s playing styles brought about an end to the motorik rhythm guitar that had underpinned so much of their first record. The band went between studios and home recording sessions, writing and sharing music that they loved, away from the touring circuit and any question of how they’d perform their new material live. Inspired by The Blue Nile, Phoenix, Frank Ocean and the faded neon electronics of Jed’s regular DJ sets, the band ended up with over 20 finished tracks to choose from.

“When we started out, I almost saw writing a song as a magic trick,” says Fred with typical candour. “It was just a question of doing whatever it took to further this adventure. But at some point on the journey we discovered the art of it and began taking pride in that. Other musicians put me off taking one’s own work seriously, but that’s something I think we’re slowly starting to do.” With a new found selfrespect the band started to collate their final ideas locally in Hackney, at Unwound and Strongroom studios, but Dev Hynes’ plans to fly to London to complete production of the album were curtailed by a house fire. Rather than delay further, the band decided to move forward with engineers Duncan Mills and Adam Jaffrey, while also handling a lot of production personally at home. The song selection was bolstered by collaborations with Hynes (‘Decade of Decay’ and ‘Cocktail Party’) and “a day making a banger” with former Craig David mastermind and Adele writer Fraser T Smith.

Lyrically the album’s preoccupied with apathy, doomed romance and the alienation of the information age “I don’t think these are love songs per sé,” explains Fred, “maybe the opposite.” Either way, the words are as refined as the music. From the lurid cityscape of ‘Believe’ to the strungout epiphanies of ‘Kyoto Garden’, it plunges the listener into a druggy demimonde, witnessed with almost uncomfortable honesty. The result isn’t just an album destined to change perceptions. In an age of one dimensional pop it’s also proof that the best groups always take time to earn their place, and find their voice.

The live shows also had an overhaul, with new responsibilities for most of the band and the introduction of a new drummer, Yoann from Lille, France. “We’re a hundred times better live now” Tom tells me, “we actually know what we’re doing.”
For more info on SPECTOR click here