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Singer-songwriter Kristen Gundred’s varied musical tastes (think: the Ronettes and the Ramones) became obvious when she took the stage name Dee-Dee and founded the band Dum Dum Girls. The quartet—Dee-Dee (vocals and guitar), Jules (guitar and vocals), Sandy (drums and vocals) and Malia James (bass and vocals)—really arrived on the scene when the debut LP I Will Be came out about two years ago. Since then the foursome has released more well-received lo-fi music with an EP, He Gets Me High, and a second LP, Only in Dreams, coming out last year. And with so much new music, Dum Dum Girls (above, doing “Bedroom Eyes” for KEXP FM at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon) are on the road. Do yourself a favor and see them play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
It’s that time of year again: 20-minute sets; in midtown one minute, the Lower East Side the next; scarfing down food with minutes to spare before the next show. From Mercury Lounge to The Bowery Ballroom and beyond, the CMJ Music Marathon is upon us. Here’re which bands we’re specifically looking forward to seeing play live. New York City quintet Caveman transfers any pop sensibilities into a dreamy landscape of lush indie harmonies through love, nostalgia and other sentiments. In support of their debut, CoCo Beware, Caveman will play 10 shows during CMJ, including the Bowery Presents showcase on 10/22 at Pianos. —Tina Benitez
The CMJ Music Marathon, now in its 31st year, is back to make five days in October seem impossible to navigate. Expect packed lineups at each venue because every band you ever wanted to see is in town. The supergroup Wild Flag, featuring Mary Timony, from Helium, and Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater Kinney among others, kicks off things tonight at The Bowery Ballroom. And at the same time Afro-punk Presents Death to Hip-Hop, featuring technical death-metal pioneers Death and Brooklyn’s own skate-pizza punk, Cerebral Ballzy, whose name really says it all. Wednesday’s pick has to be the ever-controversial indie rap group Odd Future at Terminal 5. Then on Thursday try to get into the sold-out lineup at Mercury Lounge, with garage-rock Xray Eyeballs and Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys, followed by Memoryhouse’s atmospheric shoegaze and finally, J. Mascis. You will show up at 6:30 and stay the entire night. Friday has more fuzzed-out pop with Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles at The Bowery Ballroom, and if you sleep over, on Saturday, Gang Gang Dance’s experimental electronic beats just might give you a chance to recover. And then sleep on Sunday for 24 hours before work. That’s your CMJ. —Jason Dean
Last year I spent the majority of CMJ camped out at Terminal 5 for My Morning Jacket. But this year I plan to get around. Not everyone has an abundance of free time, so if you can only hit one show, my money’s on the High Road Touring showcase at The Bowery Ballroom on 10/20. And despite it being a stellar lineup from top to bottom, for me the No. 1 band to check out during the whole festival is Alabama Shakes (above, playing “I Found You” for Live from the Shoals). The quartet, out of small-town Athens, Ala., has a four-song EP and an incredible bluesy-soul sound. You won’t want to miss Brittany Howard’s voice. Sure, she’s a postal worker by day, but she’s a bona fide rock star by night. Don’t miss this. You’ll be able to tell your friends you saw this band at the very beginning. —R. Zizmor
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Girls, the lo-fi indie-rock quartet from San Francisco, have released a handful of singles and an album, Album, since forming in 2007. Their lyrics and sound are definitely influenced by singer Christopher Owen’s childhood spent in the Children of God cult. Find out how far that influence goes, when Girls (above, performing “”Lust for Life” on Pitchfork TV) play Webster Hall this Saturday with Dum Dum Girls and Leisure. Want to go but don’t have tickets? No worries. The House List is giving away two of them. Just fill out the form below, including your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Girls, 4/3) and a brief message explaining why you deserve a free night with these Girls. The winner will be notified on Friday.
Dum Dum Girls – Mercury Lounge – February 21, 2010
Dum Dum Girls are the handiwork of Kristin Gundred, a.k.a. Dee Dee, and they sound like a West Coast answer to the fuzzed-out pop of the Vivian Girls. After the breakup of Grand Ole Party, Dee Dee returned to her roots to write catchy low-fi guitar pop that was “obsessed with a big chorus. I want everything to sound like a single.” Sounding like the stepdaughters of the Raveonettes—or the original bad girls, the Shangri-Las—Dum Dum Girls have even gone to the length of working with Richard Gottehrer, the man behind the ’60s girl group the Angels’ No. 1 hit, “My Boyfriend’s Back,” for their new album, I Will Be.
Like with the openers, Frankie Rose and the Outs, Dum Dum Girls’ sound is a departure from their classic girl-group garage counterparts. Dum Dum Girls have clearly adopted the idea that less fidelity is more aesthetic on their Captured Tracks EP, favoring a sonic wall of jangly guitar and distorted-harmony vocals that are best served loud.
Last night at Mercury Lounge, Dee Dee belted out her mix of subversion and sugary harmonies on her new single, “Jail La La,” dressed in an ironic, black, huge-sleeved prom dress. “Play with Fire,” a Rolling Stones cover, was reinterpreted by the dressed-in-black quartet, a calculated facade in direct opposition to the candied sweetness of the echo-heavy choir sound. The pairing with Frankie Rose’s new solo project was the perfect lineup. Besides Ms. Rose being a part of both groups, it’s proof there are endless inspired variations in reinterpreting the girl-group garage sound. —Jason Dean
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Macchiarelli | www.jennylow.com