“Next Year’s Big Things” (according to Spin), the Pomegranates, came in as the #2 most added artist as per the CMJ College Radio Charts this week.  The band was thrilled to find them selves beating out indie darlings Belle & Sebastian and coming in right behind one of Pitchfork’s favorites – Sufjan Stevens.

This little indie band that could from Cincinnati, OH is creating quite a stir with their third album release One Of Us – due out next week on Afternoon Records.  Catch them live tomorrow 10/22 at CMJ’s Annual Music Marathon where they are scheduled to play at 5PM at Pianos and 11PM at The Rock Shop.

Not in NYC?  They’re on a full length US tour and you can check out the most up to date info on dates here: http://www.myspace.com/pomegranatesart.

And in case you missed it…

NEW MUSIC: 30 Best Artists from CMJ Fest

Next Year’s Big Things, Playing Right Now

Every autumn, more than 1,000 new artists, from rappers to indie rockers, metalheads to psychedelic folk singers and beyond, head to New York City to showcase during the annual CMJ Music Marathon, and every year SPIN digs through EPs, LPs, singles, remixes, and MySpace pages, seeking the festival’s must-hear new acts.

This year’s crop are all vying to be the next Surfer Blood, or Best Coast, or Bear in Heaven, or Neon Indian — all bands that appeared in SPIN’s 2009 CMJ preview. Whether you’ll be in NYC from October 19-23, or you just love to discover exciting new acts, our must-hear list is a must-read.


Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Sounds Like: A decade-plus of indie- and alt-rock sounds distilled into sparking art-pop swells by four impressionable, open-eared youngsters. This kaleidoscopic sound is all over their latest album, One of Us, especially its best track “50’s,” a jittery anthem with a solid rhythmic groove, spiky guitar riffs, and eerie keys.
Recommended If You Like: Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, MGMT
You should know: While in their van on tour, one of the band’s favorite ways to pass the time is to play a game they call “famous last words.” “I think I can hold my breath for two minutes. Time me!” the band jokes to SPIN.com of one submission. “Or… ‘A little more gasoline should do the trick!'” Kids… [sigh].

To listen to “50’s” on Spin.com click here: http://www.spin.com/gallery/new-music-30-best-artists-cmj-fest?page=29#main


Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


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