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CMJ Photos: Haerts, Misterwives, and Flagship at the Paradigm Showcase

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 22, 2013

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  • Photo: Haerts at Bowery Ballroom 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

    New York City -- As tired as a week full of music made us, we pretended our aching feet were in slippers and our tired eyes weren't bloodshot to finish the homestretch of CMJ Music Marathon at one of our most anticipated showcases of the week - The Paradigm Showcase at Bowery Ballroom.

    Half Moon Run, Haerts, Misterwives, Gospels, and Flagship all graced the stage and led a sold-out crowd into dancing frenzies, heartfelt sing-alongs, and states of transfixion. There was no better way to end the week, except maybe the barhopping until last call that occurred post-showcase (still contemplating why that was such a good idea at the time).

    Click through the slideshow of Haerts, Misterwives, and Flagship to relive Saturday night of CMJ.

  • Haerts

    Despite their base location in Brooklyn and my introduction to them during SXSW last March, it wasn't until Saturday night that I saw Haerts live - it was worth the wait. Catchiness aside, Haerts are good, clasically trained good, with a chemistry and togetherness that comes from years of friendship. Yet there's a tension there, one that can probably best be summed up by founding members Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert.

    Fabi, an Ohio transplant in Germany turned Brooklynite considers music more intimately and private than her formal education suggested. Gebert, German born and raised, played piano since he was three and composed before age 10. The tension comes through in their music, at once inviting, warm, and compositionally perfect yet private, withdrawn. The emotions springing form the stage Saturday pulled the audience into a private little secret. We all became inclusive yet separate.

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  • Misterwives

    There's no denying Mandy Lee has a star quality. She shines onstage as the entire band use their soul-infused indie pop to induce the crowd into a dance party. Trumpets, saxophone, and a dirty bass add the funk with Lee's voice providing the only reason to stop dancing and stare in awe at the stage. For fans of chills up and down your spine and dance parties.

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  • Flagship

    North Carolina's Flagship kicked off the 5-band lineup and set the tone for the night to come. Their set manages to be both stripped down and visually entrancing. Lightbulbs and spotlights alternate between complete darkness to round out the cinematic quality already evident in their debut, self-titled LP. No matter how many times we see them play (at BottleRock or last month in NYC, for example), we can't turn away.

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