It's Moz's birthday ... What would he do? ► Electro-rockers Youngblood Hawke headlines the Avalon behind their debut album "Wake Up," which came out in April. ► It's Morrissey’s Unhappy 54th Birthday Celebration with the Sweet & Tender Hooligans at the Fonda Theatre. ► Daughter is back for a second sold-out night at the Troubadour, with Jeremy Messersmith opening, and the British folk-rock band also plays a 6 p.m. in-store at Amoeba. Also: Tyler, [...]
Our San Diego picks for the week*
Our San Diego picks for the week*
Our San Diego picks for the week*
Sorry I'm a little late on getting this feature posted, I came down with a touch of the plague that has been going around our staff. Fortunately there were no Monday television performances worth catching, unless you're into boybands or reality show castoffs, so I've got the rest of your recommendations ready just in time. I know it's tough to keep track of all of the great performances on television each week, so every Monday (or, this time, Tuesday) I'll bring you a roundup of the best artists (along with a bonus pick or two). So get those DVRs set [...]
Seems kinda apt that Myspace has used a group made up of splinters of cool from a range of indie quarters to promo their upcoming new coat of paint. The preview of the once great behemoth looks swish, cool and about to shake up the social networking world but then it is hard to tell when the marketing men (and Justin Timberlake) are behind what is for all intensive purposes an infomercial. But if you were to put cynicism aside for a minute and let JJAMZ (I tried their name without caplocks and it didn't look [...]
LA's JJAMZ make think with your feet music, but they're not brain dead.
Filed under: News , Video , Exclusive , Spinner Interview , New Music , New Releases Gino DePinto, AOL JJAMZ was born out of the past. Several members of the indie five-piece super group had already arced their career, joining and leaving popular bands like Rilo Kiley , Phantom Planet and the Like . Thankfully, after one drunken night of karaoke, these rock [...]
Baltimore-based producer Gazzo , whom we previously featured for his outstanding remixes of Y LUV's Never Touch The Ground and JJAMZ' Heartbeat , is back once again. Deciding to stick with the clear winning formula, he has just released an uplifting progressive house rework of Y LUV's latest single Driftin - loading it with plenty of his signature euphoric synths and mesmerizing vocal chops to immediately brighten up any listener's day. Absolutely massive! CLICK TO DOWNLOAD Related [...]
Our new favorite LA indie-rockers JJAMZ played the Troubadour last night. Our photographer Marcello Ambriz was there to get some great shots of the cool yet sexy band. Check out his photos, grab JJAMZ's new album Suicide Pact on iTunes and check out their lyric video for the title track inside.
For complicated reasons, we'll keep it short and sweet this morning: ► Toronto trio METZ , whose self-titled debut came out last month on Sub Pop, took the recent CMJ festival by storm with (speaking of storms) their thunderous return to the punk and hardcore of 20 years ago. METZ visits the Echo tonight supported by Vinyl Williams and Batwings Catwings. That's METZ's video for "Wet Blanket," above; you can download their great song "Headache" right here. Also: JJAMZ, [...]
Award-winning performances all around presented by Owls truly.
Gino DePinto, AOL While they're in town for the CMJ Music Marathon , indie supergroup JJAMZ is stopping by Spinner for a special live-streaming performance on The Interface . The set kicks off today (Friday, Oct. 19) at 4PM ET. Featuring Z Berg (the Like ), Jason Boesel ( Rilo Kiley , Bright Eyes ), James Valentine ( Maroon 5 ), Alex Greenwald ( Phantom Planet ) and Michael Runion, the quintet will perform four songs from its debut album Suicide Pact [...]
I remember a time when I would be headed out to a show around 9 or 10 and someone in my family would say with exasperation, "I can't believe you're going out this late!" and I would kinda scoff and roll my eyes and think, "OMG, IT'S NOT EVEN LATE!" as I rushed out the door to meet my friends. Today, as I was putting on my Chucks in my apartment at 8:50pm in preparation to head over to Bowery Electric to catch a 9:20 set by JJAMZ for CMJ [...]
Hype Machine held the first night of their CMJ “Handpicked Showcase” last night at Brooklyn Bowl. The six bands in the lineup were: JJAMZ, Indians, The Neighbourhood, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Virgins and SUA. JJAMZ is a veritable indiepop supergroup, whose members include guitarist James Valentine (Maroon 5), drummer Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes), guitarist Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), bassist Michael Runion, and lead singer Z Berg (The Like). As the show’s openers, JJAMZ brought a ton of energy to the stage. Berg’s vocals seemed a bit raspier, more worn than on their album and after hearing her [...]
Filed under: Concerts and Tours , News , Exclusive Press Here While they're in town for the CMJ Music Marathon , indie supergroup JJAMZ is stopping by Spinner for a special live-streaming performance on The Interface . The set kicks off tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 19) at 4PM ET. Featuring Z Berg (the Like ), Jason Boesel ( Rilo Kiley , Bright Eyes ), James Valentine ( [...]
JJAMZ have released a video for "Suicide Pact", the title track and second single from their debut album. The video was directed by Eddie O'Keefe; watch it after the jump. “The footage was pulled mostly from fifties and sixties teen delinquent b-movies. I'm a big fan of that cinema sub-genre [...]
Now until Oct 20th, hundreds of bands and music fans will take over New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon . While CMJ may lack the "big names" you find at Coachella and Lollapalooza , it totally makes up for it with shear volume. There are soooo many bands and artists playing, it's actually a bit nerve wrecking, trying to decide which acts to see. But what really makes CMJ rad, is the music [...]
More than 1,000 bands are playing at CMJ 2012, which launches today in NYC. Here are The Owl Mag’s top ten don’t-wanna-miss shows to ensure you and your loved ones have a kicking CMJ ’12.
Believe it or not, this will be the 11th CMJ I've attended (yes, that's right, I started going to CMJ when I was 11 years old. Amazing, I know). During the time I first started attending the annual event, things were very different. CMJ felt really really important to me at the time - this was the age of Napster, and the Velvet Rope message board, and loads of other stuff that will make me feel old to remember them. This was before SXSW blew up and Coachella was a two-week affair. It was where I was introduced [...]