So in the end of the day, you are completely wiped out with no money left in your pocket and a bunch of fliers from people you met in NYC dragging your butt to work on miserable exhaustion. Luckily, if you have thrown away those fliers and memories while you return to work this week, hoping to keep your job, we are here to remind you about some awesome bands you might have missed. The illest acts; the leaders of the future, the heroes of our times; the most magnificent of the magnificent; With names like Homeboy Sandman, K Flay, Das Racist, The Foot, Kosha Dillz, Shinobi Ninja and Two Door Cinema Club, you know this article is going to kick ass and revive you from the dead. When you get your job back this week and make $$, we have links to their albums so you can spend your money on something productive.
1. Homeboy Sandman isn’t the kind of person who steals the show. In fact, he is more the person that opens the door for you and returns the wallet rather than steal it. (he’s not your typical homeboy) Homeboy Sandman crushed a Fader Party performance and also had a guest slot at the Ghost Face show @ BB Kings with Mazzi and Jasmine Solano that was more than merrier. Being the only Fader act that rhymes is definitely a pushing of boundaries and thank g-d for that. It’s nice to see some heads moving. THE GOOD SUN is available here
2. K Flay was pure bliss if you caught the Fat baby or Pianos, Bowery Presents showcase. Its no wonder while in the crowd everyone was raving about her performance from the night before and also talking about how famous she is gonna be. We personally heard various record labels talking about how they wanted to sign her in the crowd, and even though that not might not mean much to anyone, I have never heard that in my life at a show. Her beat making skills finessed and always create a different show than the alst while she makes live beats to rhymes and sing over. See her on tour with 3oh3 this November and get here self title EP here.
3. Dan Mangan is definitely THE surprise. His old school country folk rock all of a sudden became an irish version of drinking cheer via Vancouver on a NYC bar tab he didn’t pay for. Not only did he have everyone shut the hell up, he had everyone listen and sing along and cheer him on as one of the most brilliant, if not the most brilliant performances I have seen all year, and especially, all CMJ. He rules so click here.
4. Bad Books (kevin devine and Andy Hull) The brain child of Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine coming together is sort of, well, Amazing. You can’t combine to sicker fan bases that completely support, as of being said for the entirely sold out Bowery Ballroom debut. The best part of the genius is that they have so much fun playing together there will be more to come from them. We usually see this in rap groups like Slaughterhouse, who combine to sell more units but differ as solo artists. In this case, both bands do more than fine themselves in success so combining together is only a great treat to the public. Kevin Devine rocks and the beard of Andy is that of a joaquine phoenix with his beard. THEY ARE SUPER DOPE SO BUY THEIR ALBUM HERE.
5. Vonnegutt Hailing from the south in Atlanta Marietta, georgia, doesn’t mean you can’t makea huge splash when you hit NYC. This act was one of the only Austin City Limits acts that did hip hop and the electric sound fronted by Kyle Lucas has landed them a deal on Big Boi’s record label, Purple Ribbon. These frequent inhibitors of 2dopeboyz and other blog-ospheres has only helped but their crossover appeal is for sure making the ceiling of their potential much higher than any other hip hop act we’ve seen in some time. The fact that Kyle was backing up Big Boi on late night television with Jimmy Kimmel is almost the coolest thing ever, and most of us would retire after that. Kudos. Ex girlfriends are stupid is name of one of their songs, and you can buy that here.
6. Kosha Dillz hit the stage so many times this week lets not be so sure what performance was the best, but you can assure yourself that the hustle is more than legit for a reason. After rocking an official party at CoCo 66 in Brooklyn and throwing one of the larger hip hop showcases at Bowery Poetry Club w/ everyone from Akir and Immortal Technique to Rapper Big pooh and Chaundon (who also guested w/ Homeboy Sandman at the Fader Fort) he even got to rock out at the Beyond Race Magazine party kick ass ghetto metal acts like Game Rebellion. With that much versatility, I don’t think it’ll be long till people pick up on the hustle.The ability to entertain and get the job done was more than evident. Beverly Dillz has had two videos on MTV, and you can cop the album here
7. Das Racist “Who’s that Brown” might be the most genius sampled stuff ever to be heard by human ears. Understanding if you have health issues, a Das Racist concert is the sickest party that you haven’t attended. They played Pianos mad times and there were even fliers for them doing a show at like 5 in morning in Brooklyn on the last night of CMJ. Since no crystal meth was available, the party was not attended on this side, but if there is anyone who should become rich for not giving a rats ass and bio includes all the music they don’t like, then these are the guys. Think future music for frat party drop outs trying out for the next American Pie movie. Those guys (Stiffler and thomas Ian Nicholas) are all grown up but they would listen to Das Racist. Get their music here.
8. Kyle Rapps instead of kudos/brownies, we’d like to give Kyle Rapps double cheeseburgers (veggie ones) for his performance at CoCo 66. Having the skilled turntablism of DP-One from the heavy hitters behind a poetic mind on the mic and a blonde bassist from Lez Zeppelin (baby tear drops brooklyn band mate , and ultimate Led Zeppelin female cover band) its no wonder this kid sees the fire in the sky. His song Michigan, an ode to a girl who doesn’t want to follow him anymore, had the crow go insane in Brooklyn. We haven’t seen that unless Michigan actually hits Brooklyn, with people like Black Milk and Elzhi. Listen to Kyle Rapps rap here.
9. Ty Segall If you are into psychadelic rock from a garage that makes you want to shoot yourself and break stuff in a romantic sort of way, Ty Segall is definitely the act for you to check. I think with that being said boys and girls, garage rock is more the opposite of garage sale, and this san francisco band made a lot of noise at CMJ. Much different then our other choices but ,kicking ass, is kicking ass. Purchase ass kicking music here.
10. Nottz If you have an album with Snoop Dogg on it and Royce Da 5’9 and Asher Roth and more, and you make the beats and you rap good too? you rule. This dude Nottz is buzzing severely and i don’t mean via alcohol. His show was the highlight of the night bringing out Asher Roth who enunciated everyone of his rhymes perfectly and even walked on the beer puddles with his socks which was quite gangster, and qualifies for more street credit than any man deserves. Get it all here because YOU NEED THIS MUSIC. You need this music, is the name of his album.
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11. The Foot – because of this press quote from Jeff McCollister, “Millions of dollars is kind of what we’re after…We’re not really in this for anything noble per se — it’s mostly just money, drugs, hookers and free sex solicitations.” (via Dnainfo,com)
12. Two Door Cinema Club – Northern Ireland kids on some indie pop steez with a dope music video.
13. Bad Rabbits- These cats are bad as hell and just got off tour with Mike Posner but could definitely headline their own tour and bring out all of us. SXSW/CMJ shows were epic and now we can’t wait to see them again. If you don’t want to get robbed in real life, buy their album Stick up Kids here.
14. Yak Ballz – Came back from a hiatus and smashed Music hall of WIlliamsburg. Wouldn’t be too far fetched to see him get picked up by big agency after his performance with live band or at least be on tour with Head Automatica. Check his awesome site here
15. Shinobi Ninja – These fellas make a splash in NYC at the Nue Agency Sullivan Hall gig and kick ass all over the USA. Anyone with a name after the best Nintendo video game of all time (beside pro- wrestling and ikari warriors, and mario 3, ok ill stop now) combining forces with their inner ninja makes rock circus music mixed with some long haired 80′s haircuts. Just check their website. This is a live show you don’t want to miss. you probably missed this one since it was last week but at least you won’t miss it next time.
Necessary Honorable Mentions Planet Ubiquity w/ Shani Kulture, who performed a stripped down performance at Spike Hill resembling african drumming mixed with Hip Hop from a foreign universe, and the fish bone style persona of Game Rebellion who literally have been crushing NYC all over, and have ability to become humongous world wide their entire movement. Y Love who manages to rap in Aramaic, Hebrew and combine futuristic dub beats with ancient Torah rhymes in a Brooklyn CMJ venue, is a black orthodox Jew with punk rock roots that has a fan base ranging from punks to aspiring rabbis out of Crown Heights. Grab is Change EP with Describe here. In the words of Gary Vaynerchuck, he crushed it!
There. 15 awesome acts to look into that will ultimately become rich and famous. Thats the purpose of these top bands articles. To find these bands, go to their shows, and give them large sums of money with record deals and buy all their merchandise. If you can’t, we understand. We will write kick ass articles about kick ass people until someone does.