Flavorpill’s Favorite Bands from CMJ 2012

We survived! The CMJ Music Marathon is over for another year — five days and about 500 bands later, we’re back on the couch and promising never to leave it again. But still, for all that we’re pretty much exhausted now, CMJ was a great week. As ever, we ran around down, drank too much, and saw more bands than we care to remember. And as ever, just as we were about to give up on the whole thing, we’d stumble across a band that made it all worthwhile. So here’s a selection of the best acts that our crack Flavorpill CMJ team — Judy Berman, Tom Hawking, and Sophie Weiner — saw this time around. Whose sets did you enjoy, gentle readers?

Photo credit: Leila Morrissey

Beach Day
Greenpointers x Permanent Wave x Campers Rule showcase, Public Assembly, 10/16

We were almost scared off by their “beachy” name, but thankfully Beach Day are no chillwave rehash. The Florida-based trio mixes modernized girl-group vocals with surf-rock melodies, all delivered with ample energy from frontwoman Kimmy Drake. In other words, if you’re into Dum Dum Girls, you’ll want to check out their self-titled seven-inch, out now via Kanine. — JB