The problem with festivals like CMJ is that there’s such an overabundance of shows that you want to check out, all going on at roughly the same time at clubs throughout the city, that it somehow ends up being impossible to do any of them. I’m the CMJ game Hamlet over here, frozen with indecision. Better off not planning to do anything and hope you accidentally stumble across something you didn’t know you wanted to see and avoid disappointment. That’s what happened last night, after I’d taken my third cab in a row across the city to find a line so long that I wouldn’t have waited in it even if it were to see my mom filling in on tambourine with Kurt Cobain’s skeleton—I wandered around, harrumphing at guest list windmills, until I remembered that the Bowery Ballroom exists. Inside I found an Australian band called San Cisco playing, and against all odds, their breezy indie charms—something of a cross between Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys, put the first smile on my face of the night.
The group, who were playing for their first time in New York, are releasing an EP next week on Fat Possum Records, and have a number of shows left this weekend. You can watch their new video “Wild Things” here, but I quite like this older one for the song “Awkward.”
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