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Flowerbooking CMJ Showcase featuring Unicorn Kid, Ki: Theory, Devin and more at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory 10/19/2012

by Enrique Grijalva

It was that time of year again. No, not Halloween. It was the time of year that CMJ takes over New York City with a plethora shows across the five boroughs.

The weeklong festival may have invaded many venues, but I can bet that not many shows have left a trail of empty beer cans in the wake of it all—and that was just Thursday night’s Sub Pop show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory.

However, Friday night’s Flowerbooking CMJ showcase was still on schedule, and each act was eager to perform in one of the most prestigious music venues in Brooklyn. The Memphis-based Cities Aviv kicked off the show as the crowd began to fill in. Brooklyn’s Talk Normal, a duo, whose sophomore LP Sunshine, is set to release on October 23rd took the stage. Their dark melodies and distorted guitars sparked a much beloved hard rock sound.

A ghostly wave soon overcame the stage as Matt, Mike and Eammon unleashed a fun vibe with melodic rhythms and vocals. Ghost Wave’s laid-back style evokes memories of a hot summer day at the beach. On the other hand, Devin provided that good old fashioned indie rock that gets the crowd rocking. The song “New Horrors” captured some ecstatic guitar riffs that could remove the paint off of the walls. The relentless drum patterns were able to switch tempos, keeping the listeners ear drums on its toes like a ballerina.

If first began with the bopping heads, then the bodies began moving—lights, camera, action! Ki: Theory doesn’t go on stage
and just play some keyboards and pound at the drums, these guys put on a show. It’s as if Kanye West was in the building because there were flashing lights throughout this performance, flickering about with a bipolar attitude. The light display added to the ambiance, adding to an already epic performance. The audience stood at attention for one of the most anticipated acts of the night. Ki: Theory put on a jaw dropping performance full of energy, crowd enthusiasm, sweat and incredible music.
The night ended with an array of dope tunes from Unicorn Kid and everyone in the venue dancing.