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CMJ: I See You've Played Knifey-Spooney Before...

5780794We here at Jaded Insider like to think we exist within the hype machines, and outside of them as well. Sweden's the Knife has received its fair amount of accolades over the last nine months, but we weren't 100% sold a few months ago on the album "Silent Shout."

Still, curiosity got the best of us, and we headed to Webster Hall to see what all the fuss was about. The line was wrapped around Third Ave., and reports were running rampant of CMJ badge-holders being denied. The Knife themselves lived up to expectations: they're weird, hide themselves behind jack-o-lantern-style masks, and quite honestly, look like a scary version of the Blue Man Group up on stage.

But the sound was great in the famed dance club and even got some of that young college blood grooving. A see-through silk screen was in front of them, and provided a good (front) back drop to project visuals on, but, maybe it was just us: it was hard to really tell what they were doing up there. The Knife chick does have some good pipes though and sounds pretty much like she does on record.

Amazingly, they played two shows, and as heard down on Ludlow Street earlier in the evening: "Yeah, the Knife was great, but I wish I had some drugs." Bonnaroo talent scouts, take note.

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