The Most Stylish Bands Of CMJ 2012

Four days, 1300 bands, and countless shows later, CMJ 2012 is officially over. But although the New York City music marathon may have ended on Saturday, that awesome post-concert high definitely hasn’t stopped quite yet. You know what we’re talking about- our ears are still ringing, we’ve got new songs stuck in our heads, and let’s just say our iTunes library is very, VERY happy. And here’s one more thing that made this year’s CMJ extra special- all the music was topped off with a jolt of killer, cant-wait-to-copy style. Whether it’s camo, schoolgirl skirts, or a twisted new take on rock n’roll black, we’ve called out favorite fashionable acts to watch. See who made the cut below!


Kilo Kish at CMJ.
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OK, so we’re already in love with Kilo Kish’s futuristic-sounding mashup of hip-hop, smoothly poetic vocals, and funky melodies on singles like “Navy” and “Watergun.” But now that we’ve finally witnessed the Brooklyn musician (and Odd Future tourmate) working her magic live, consider us obsessed. She’s got a style as unique as her sound, sporting hot pink lipstick on the regular and pairing an eclectic uniform of leather jackets and printed blouses with THE ultimate accessory- gorgeous wild hair. Her amazing style isn’t a coincidence, either- she studied textile design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (!). Kilo put her fashion background to good use this weekend at the Fader Fort with an unexpected combo of pleats, oxfords, knee socks and a motorcycle topper. In other words, total proof that polished AND edgy don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive.


Foxygen at CMJ.
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The temperatures may have touched the ’70s this weekend, but that’s not stopping Foxygen from busting out their heavy winter jackets a few weeks early. These guys do what they want..and if you ask us, they look pretty good doing it. With an affinity for oversized blazers and quirky patterned shirts, this bicoastal duo’s retro-collegiate style actually melds quite well with their wonderfully catchy pop sound. If you were to close your eyes and bliss out to their album Take The Kids Off Broadway, the dudes’ dapper look is exactly what you’d picture, right?!


LE1F at CMJ.
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We got the full fashion lowdown from Le1f earlier this week when we checked out the rapper’s Webster Hall show, but he totally deserves another shoutout purely for his rad outfit above. After all, there are only a handful of guys who can pull off camo pants, a matching hat, and white mesh shirt with as much character and charisma as Le1f. As he told us of this self-proclaimed “banjee” style, “It’s been re-appropriated by masculine men who aren’t afraid of being out of the closet to describe a style of dress. Like a mix of streetwear—archetypal things like Timberlands and jerseys and things that I actually do like—with things like harem pants and bomber jackets. It’s a masculine but androgynous approach to fashion.” Um…obsessed.


Icona Pop at CMJ.
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Black on black is preeeetty much the rockstar uniform (not to mention, a practical option for a music marathon that’s low on sleep, shopping, or time to do laundry). Even so, the Icona Pop girls stand out from the pack with style twists like sheer pants under a leather skirt, lots of lace, and a long bedroom jacket. Noted!


Miguel at CMJ.
Photo: Ryan Muir

There’s no denying it, ya’ll…Miguel has BLOWN UP. The singer and songwriter played to a packed crowd this weekend…so crowded that we could barely even catch a glimpse of his ensemble. Luckily we’ve got the official fashion recap right here in photo form. Snapped at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse, L.A. musician rocks tailored pants, some classic white oxfords, and a seriously statement jacket. He completes the look with his trademark shades and sky-high hair AND even managed to stay cool and collected, despite the pushing sweaty crowd. Miguel- new fashion superhero? We think yes.


Dum Dum Girls at CMJ.
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The Dum Dum Girls have won a well-deserved cult following for their lo-fi pop sound as well as their spunky downtown style. You can always count on Dee-Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia to turn out in black (well, save for one or two white outfits, that is), and this year’s CMJ was no exception. Along with convincing us that we need to stock up on vintage dresses and lacy blouses stat, the band has single-handedly persuaded us to never leave home without a swipe of eyeliner again.


Teeth & Tongue at CMJ.
Photo: Maryanne Ventrice

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with Teeth & Tongue, otherwise known as the project of Melbourne-based musician Jess Cornelius, then what are you waiting for?! Time to get on that. This singer and songwriter has a haunting raw sound and an equally captivating style to match. She performed with some fellow Australians over the weekend wearing a silk pale yellow dress, a look you might be able to replicate from Topshop or your local vintage store. The bad news? Nabbing Teeth & Tongue’s laid-back effortless cool isn’t quite as easy.


MS MR: Smoky-sounding vocals, shadowy pop melodies, and an eye candy style stocked with printed tights, kooky patterned blouses and rainbow-colored hair.

Kimbra: She’s already rising style star in our book, but the Aussie singer kicked her fantasical style up a notch with poufy skirts, big hair, lots of neon, and hot pink fringed sleeves.

Io Echo: Only willowy lead singer Ioanna Gikas could make a smiley face sweater, denim cutoffs, and a silky floor-length kimono look THIS GOOD.

MNDR: Amanda Warner accessorizes her irresistible new single “#1 in Heaven” with circle glasses and suspenders for total ’90s perfection.

SKY FERREIRA: Nobody can do the schoolgirl thing quite like Sky, who performed this week at the Bowery Ballroom in a breezy blouse and a short skirt. Warning: don’t try this in class, or you just might get detention.

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