The original plan for tonight was Penguin Prison followed by Two Door Cinema Club, but there were some issues getting in, so a trip to Brooklyn was made and Fenech-Soler were seen again. So they, and some others, are repeat reviews, which isn’t that unfortunate because the sets tonight were so much better. Earlier in the day – well 17:00 – Chapel Club played a small show at Arlene's Grocery in lower Manhattan. Their set list was the same as at Littlefield last night, but comparatively much better, with a crisper sound that made all the difference. It was a bit more light-hearted as well, with lead singer Lewis Bowman squirming a bit as he was forced to make small talk on the spot while the band tuned. Things learned include ‘The Shore’ being about “God and shit”. That song and others like ‘Bodies’ were among the best, with Bowman really delivering vocally. Chapel Club are playing a few more shows this week that are sure to be great if they’re anything like this one. One of the best sets of the night came from Brooklyn’s BRAHMS at the Neon Gold/Chess Club showcase at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Catching them was largely a result of the stumble upon effect of delayed set times of CMJ, but it was great to finally see them. With opening slots for bands like Passion Pit and remixes for Neon Indian, they’ve been getting some [much-warranted] buzz over the past months. The trio had a very Depeche Mode feel at Public Assembly, playing a blend of highly percussive-dependent stark electro pop. Following BRAHMS, Fenech-Soler had a good second (and final) CMJ show. They were a bit late on after sorting out some sound problems with the myriad of instruments they use – each band member, with exception to the drummer, uses at least two throughout the set – but it went off without any additional issues. Their set was largely, if not completely, the same as at Pianos on Tuesday, but was tighter. The band also seemed to have a higher confidence tonight, really delivering musically and killing the breakdowns of songs. They opened with ‘Battlefields’ and closed with ‘Stop and Stare,’ though again it was ‘Demons’ that stole the show. There would be a review of The Sound of Arrows’ first American show here, but sadly they cancelled their slot for reasons unknown. Back in Manhattan at the Delancey, the Saddle Creek/Wichita Records showcase was behind by more than an hour, but I still managed to miss First Aid Kit. The Mynabirds followed the Swedish duo though, playing a country-folk set with harmonized vocals and full band. They’re clearly a Saddle Creek band and played a decent show. Frankie & The Heartstrings also played that showcase – their Pop Sex Ltd. label is a subsidiary of Wichita. Again, the basement room was really small, but atmosphere suited them. Lead singer Frankie Francis is a great frontman, drawing the crowd in with his energy and delivering vocally. The stage was incredibly tiny, and the ceiling low, but he compensated by standing on the monitors and holding onto the pipes running across the ceiling as he leaned out over the modest-sized crowd. Songs like ‘Ungrateful’ were driving, and by ‘Hunger’ Francis was again in the crowd, encouraging a sing-along. It was their second show outside of UK and a quite good one at that. Coming tomorrow: Reviews of Kisses, Everything Everything, more. Until then, check out the bands from tonight: http://www.myspace.com/chapelclub http://www.myspace.com/brahmsisaband http://www.myspace.com/fenechsoler http://www.myspace.com/themynabirds http://www.myspace.com/frankietheheartstrings