Over the Weekend: CMJ Music Marathon in NYC

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - If Brody Dalle and Janis Joplin threw down in a harmonium store where a rock band was practicing, the result would be Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Goofy name aside, this band seriously rocks. Shilpa Ray is absolutelycaptivating as she shrieks and growls between flaunting her sprawling vocal range all the while working the harmonium like an old pro.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK Personal Bias: I'm drawn to bands with quirky names hence, catching Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Random Details: Crash Mansion (where Hey Champ played) was recently featured in the movie "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist." By the way: Denver bands represented exceptionally well at this year's CMJ showcase.

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