The CMJ Conference functions as a weeklong showcase for rising talent. Last Thursday, Move On, MS collaborated with The Audio Perv and USvsTHEM for an official CMJ Showcase/Fundraiser featuring a slew of up-and-comings, including Brooklyn born Midnight Spin, and Texas natives The Tontons.
Midnight Spin is a mainstream-bound alternative rock group, whose LP, Don’t Let Me Sleep, was produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend). Citing Pearl Jam and Tom Petty as influences, their sound is hard-rock tight after four years of playing and writing together. With the long hair and chops to go with it, you’d think you were watching a band with multiple albums under their belt- not newcomers. If these guys didn’t love their instruments so much, their energy on stage looks like they’d enjoy nothing more than smashing them around by the end of the set. Chosen as one of the Top 10 bands to see at CMJ by NY Examiner.com, these guys are our top name to watch as they proceed to bigger stages in 2013.
The Tontons are an alternative indie-rock group, playing on the twang-and-slide of The Strokes’ sound with a bit more finesse and Euro-inspired melodies, juxtaposed with the classy rasp of singer Asli Omar. With her model looks and dance moves, she could have been the fourth member of the Supremes 40 years ago. The band performed tracks off their “Golden” EP that attracted the attention of all present, Omar’s raqs sharqi-inspired twist and groove keeping eyes occupied while ears were pleasantly assailed by the heavy hits of tracks like “1816.” We’re looking forward to their next round of new work, which their website lists as forthcoming.