Concert Reviews

Last Night in NYC: The Knew at CMJ

Editor's note: Whitney the Intern is in New York for CMJ, the annual music festival and conference. She filed this dispatch.

An upstanding establishment serving beer in Solo cups on tables lit by candles in bar glasses, Wicked Willy's was precisely the venue one would hope to see an act like The Knew. The small, basement level bar played host to an interesting array of people -- not surprising, considering it's a pirate-themed bar in the middle of SoHo.

After sets by Brass Beds and Seattle-based The Purrs, CMJ first-timers (and Denver residents) The Knew took the stage, playing an energetic and well-rounded set that represented their hometown well. Striking that balance between subdued vocals and guitar-driven builds, they promptly won over the SOHO crowd, which reacted with a nice mix of head banging, stomping and the occasional spurt of clapping.

Part of that audience, by the way: Members of the Photo Atlas and the Epilogues, who ducked in to support their fellow Denverites.

The Knew has played a handful of shows in the city this week, and said they were happy with their New York reception. They also had the chance to check out some new artists -- including Des Roars, which impressed Knew bassist Tim Rynders. In true festival fashion, artists and fans alike are all about discovering new music -- and for those who discovered The Knew tonight, welcome aboard.

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Whitney Van Cleave