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Spin says Gary Clark Jr is Can’t-Miss Act CMJ 2011

  • Spin says Gary Clark Jr is Can’t-Miss Act CMJ 2011
    10.17.11

    SPIN's Ultimate CMJ Guide
    More than 1,200 bands will be taking the stage in New York City next week at the annual CMJ Music Marathon. You could plot your schedule based on most hashtag-worthy band name or proximity to downtown NYC's only remaining Taco Bell, but you should probably just let SPIN steer you to the right spots. Here's our official road map to the week's best sets. — David Bevan, Peter Gaston, William Goodman, and Christopher R. Weingarten

    Gary Clark Jr.

    Hometown: Austin, Texas
    Why We Like Him: In this month's issue of SPIN, contributing writer Amos Barshad cuts straight to the chase. "Every few years, someone finds a way to kick the blues further into the future," he writes. "And between the instrumental chops, the mellifluous hook-ready vocals and rakish handsomeness, it's easy to understand why Gary Clark. Jr. might be the next line to do that." A native of Austin and its tooth-slicing live music scene, Clark Jr. slips between "distortion saturated stomp" and "delicate neo-soul" with an ease we haven't seen since well, ever. Here's to the future.

    Gary Clark Jr performs at the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday Oct 18- tickets available at Ticketweb.

    Read the entire Spin list at Spin.com.

on October 17, 2011 - 4:41pm

SPIN's Ultimate CMJ Guide
More than 1,200 bands will be taking the stage in New York City next week at the annual CMJ Music Marathon. You could plot your schedule based on most hashtag-worthy band name or proximity to downtown NYC's only remaining Taco Bell, but you should probably just let SPIN steer you to the right spots. Here's our official road map to the week's best sets. — David Bevan, Peter Gaston, William Goodman, and Christopher R. Weingarten

Gary Clark Jr.

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Why We Like Him: In this month's issue of SPIN, contributing writer Amos Barshad cuts straight to the chase. "Every few years, someone finds a way to kick the blues further into the future," he writes. "And between the instrumental chops, the mellifluous hook-ready vocals and rakish handsomeness, it's easy to understand why Gary Clark. Jr. might be the next line to do that." A native of Austin and its tooth-slicing live music scene, Clark Jr. slips between "distortion saturated stomp" and "delicate neo-soul" with an ease we haven't seen since well, ever. Here's to the future.

Gary Clark Jr performs at the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday Oct 18- tickets available at Ticketweb.

Read the entire Spin list at Spin.com.

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