Owel

NJ alt-rockers Owel play The Saint on 06.05

NJ-based Owel have made strides in the last several months; hot on the heels of the release of their sophomore album dear me, they embarked on a nationwide tour, let their bandmate Jane Park chase a new exciting opportunity, and released B-sides from the dear me recording sessions. Through the early part of 2018, the alt-rock now-quartet have prepared for their upcoming Midwest tour, which will take them through the middle and end of May. After traversing the Rust Belt, the band will return to the eastern states for shows in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Finally, on June 6th, they'll return home to New Jersey for a homecoming set at The Saint in Asbury Park. If you missed the band's last NY/NJ show at Pianos in April, mark the Asbury Park show on your calendar; with all that touring energy behind them, you're sure to see a firecracker of a performance. Prepare yourself by listening to "Too Young To Fall In Love", a single from dear me, below. - Will Sisskind

   

Zach's CMJ Day 2: The Glazzies, Bird Dog, Owel, Controller and Tesha

Wednesday night on the Lower East Side started with unabashed energy as Sag Harbor, New York-hailing duo The Glazzies performed its guitar-stormed tracks at Pianos' Upstairs Lounge. Along with drummer Dave Horn, whose Johnny Cash T-shirt added to the room's ominous yet warm aura, singer Peter Landi broke into tight songs that conveyed the passionate angst of Nirvana while burning the mirror-paneled stage with its own punk fire. Just across the street at Arlene's Grocery, New Jersey quintet Owel delivered a shinier but no less fiery sound, frontman Jay Sakong and his bandmates playing soaring, violin-girded cuts that recalled the grand-rock of Muse but glowed in a unique halo of ferocity and sonority. Fellow five-piece Controller (pictured, scheduled to play our Pianos indie show on Friday) took the bustling Arlene's next, jumping into pop-bubbled rock pieces that almost sounded like Bruce Springsteen beside a synth station. There was also something of '80s dance in these delightfully loud songs, as vividly seen in lead vocalist Jon Bellinger's elastic sways and swoons, the movements of a bashful master of ceremonies. Back at Pianos, the five mustached men of Los Angeles' Bird Dog brought things down to a somewhat calmer notch, their folk-inflected rock songs reaching particular beauty with gliding harmonies and topping the high-ceilinged hall with western sun. New York-via-Israel musician Tesha closed the evening a few blocks away at Fat Baby. Before a wall that had pictures of such hip-hop masters as Tupac, the computer-decked artist dipped into subtly moving fantasias of skipping beats and sputtering synths, almost holding time in a bewitchingly nocturnal instant and then releasing it back into the wee hours of the morning. - Zach Weg

   

NJ's math poppers Owel play Highline Ballroom on 01/07

New Jersey's math-pop outfit Owel will be playing Highline Ballroom this coming Wednesday (01/07) and even though their lyrics may remind you of an emo revival, their music makes us think of Sigur Ros meeting Snow Patrol at a NYC party and having a 3-way with Radiohead - which also happened to be there by lucky coincidence (what a party!). Their distinct, lush melodies can be found on the band’s self-titled LP released back in 2013. Their smorgasbord of instruments includes cello, violin, and guitars. The band’s soft classical sound recreates an ambiance and glow that follows the blueprint of ambient influenced music in the current post emo-rock soundscape. - Robert Frezza