My long overdue writeup for CMJ begins on Tuesday, when brooklynvegan took over the Music Hall of Williamsburg. British singer-songwriter Emma-Lee Moss of Emmy the Great opened the night with appealing, acoustic pop, echoing the past success of Kate Nash and Lily Allen. The Sammies, the self-described "rock portion" of the show, followed her with Southern accents hollering alongside galloping drums, as frontman Frank Backgammon leapt into the air and struck poses atop his monitor. The majestic Shearwater brought a more tranquil intensity, with singer Jonathan Meiburg's quavering falsetto erupting into an occasional snarl. But drummer Thor Harris was the real star. His flowing hair and bare forearms contrasted jarringly with the rest of the band's tailored suits, but that didn't stop many cries of "I love you Thor!" and "Thor, you rock!" Good stuff.
Emmy the Great
MP3: Shearwater - Leviathan, Bound
MP3: Shearwater - Rooks
Official Site: Shearwater