Party Hard for Hunger

Before the madness that is CMJ got into full swing, New York was graced with the Conflict of Interest party.















For those who don’t know, The Syndicate’s Conflict of Interest is a three city (Austin, Chicago and New York to be exact) party series that showcases some of the best up and coming talent. In conjunction with Taco Bell, we helped support the World Hunger Relief simply by attending. There’s nothing better than partying for a good cause.

With this event setting the tone for what is sure to be an amazing week of live music, there was only one man who could handle hosting duties. That man is none other than the king of partying himself, Andrew W.K.

Andrew getting the party started as only he can.










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First up was Michigan based band, The Hounds Below. Fronted by Jason Stollsteimer (formally of The Von Bondies), The Hounds Below plays like a band that’s been together a long time. They played songs from their new album, You Light Me Up In the Dark, told us a little bit about themselves in between songs (which I loved) and ended with a cover of “Where is my Mind” by The Pixies that was just out of this world.


Next up were Southern California duo Pacific Air. Formally known as KO KO, bothers Ray and Taylor Lawhon hit the stage and slowed down the tempo a little bit. They performed their debut single “Float” and made the crowd fall in love with their sound.  They’ll be performing at Santos Party House tonight and are a must see band for CMJ.

VICE Records newest acquisition Team Spirit were up next and they hit the stage with a ton of energy. Bringing us the noisy, thrashy, loads of fun indie rock we know oh so well. They kept trying to get girls into these strategically placed birdcages above stage though. Yea…I don’t what was up with that either.

Savoir Adore hit the stage last. Deidre and Paul (who have now expanded to a five-piece) performed songs off their new album, Our Nature and not to mention one of my favorites, “Bodies.” If you missed these guys don’t panic, they have five shows set for CMJ and all of them are highly recommended.

One complaint that was heard by many at the event were the lack of free tacos; and by “lack” I mean there weren’t any! Once we found out organizers chose to donate directly to the World Hunger Relief instead (and that there was a Taco Bell right around the corner) it was all good. I couldn’t have pictured CMJ starting off any other way.