Posted in To Do | music on October 21, 2008

by Bill Pearis

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Even if you don't have a badge, CMJ (Oct 21-25 in NYC) can be overwhelming... especially these days with the proliferation of day parties, unofficial showcases and afterparties. Running around like a crazy person trying to catch everyone you want to see can be fun, but sometimes it's not such a bad idea just to pick one place and stay there. With that in mind, I've picked one day party and one evening showcase for each of the five days, as well as late night parties where applicable. The guide to Tuesday (10/21) is below...

Jens Lekman - You are the light

DAYTIME: Day shows don't really kick into high gear till Wednesday, but The Music Slut's put together a great lineup at Pianos that includes iPod commercial stars Chairlift, quirky Philly duo Pattern is Movement, the first of many Emmy the Great performances this week, PWRFL Power and more. Of course, you might be forgiven if you snuck out and visited Pop Tarts Suck Toasted's day party at Cake Shop, which is just a few doors down the block.

EVENING: Not to play suck-up to the boss, but Brooklyn Vegan's showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg seems like a no-brainer. Passion Pit, Shearwater, finding out exactly what "Singing DJ Jens Lekman" will be like, Ponytail, The Sammies, The Phenomenal Handclap Band... what a show. And do please get there early for Emmy the Great. She's awesome. (More Info)

LATE NIGHT: Hopefully you RSVP'd to Stereogum's party at Studio @ Webster Hall because, like BV's official showcase, it's pretty unmissable. Yes, you'll be seeing Ponytail twice (if you went to all my suggestions) in one night but also a trio of great NYC bands: Crystal Stilts, Gang Gang Dance and Marnie Stern. (More Info)


See also
* the CMJ week in Dance w/ Showtrotta
* the 2008 guide to Hip Hop shows & panels @ CMJ
* 10 bands/artists to see @ the CMJ Music Marathon
* BV CMJ day party #1 - Pianos main stage lineup & set times
* RSVP for Vice's 2008 CMJ late night parties
* listen to KEXP live CMJ sessions all this week



Comments (22)

Tigercity and Awesome New Republic at The Studio @ Webster Hall (evening). Princeton and Chairlift at Hiro Ballroom (late night).

Posted by Geoff | October 21, 2008 8:47 AM

THE HOMOSEXUALS with unsacred hearts, rocketship park, higgins, looker, benji cossa, the octagon and the 2man gentlemen band at Pianos -- the Serious Business showcase

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 9:24 AM

Late night tonight...

CMJ Trainwreck Tuesday @ Angels & Kings
500 E. 11th St. b/t Ave. A+B
No cover. No CMJ badge required.
Free Venom + Vodka 10:30-11:30.

11:00 PM - Team Goldie (
11:30 PM - Hollywood Holt (
12:00 PM - Mic Terror (
12:30 AM - Donnis (
01:00 AM - Mano - DJ Set (

Flyer here:
+ Resident DJs Rob Hitt, Erica Dagley and Baya

Posted by m. | October 21, 2008 9:33 AM

for the tech-deficient....does anyone know how to save these mp3's? not sure if my problem is that i dont have quicktime pro?

Posted by Brittany | October 21, 2008 9:45 AM

2-stage party at death by audio put on by Impose Magazine & entertainment4every1
5 bucks, no badge required, all ages

12am: double dagger [baltimore]
1130: the coathangers [atlanta]
11: parts & labor [new jagjaguwar record release!!]
1030: flying [tour kickoff]
10: rahim
930: boo and boo too
9: dinowalrus
830: fiasco
8: pwrfl power
730: pictureplane
630: scary mansion
6pm: air waves

Posted by e4e1 | October 21, 2008 9:46 AM

more reason to show up at Music Hall of Williamsburg early tonight:

happy hour from 6pm – 9pm. All well drinks and draft beer is $3.

Emmy the Great is on at 7 sharp.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 21, 2008 9:48 AM

dude with the glasses looks like Steven Spielberg circa 1982.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 10:23 AM

"for the tech-deficient....does anyone know how to save these mp3's? not sure if my problem is that i dont have quicktime pro?"

one way is to right click them and "save as"

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 10:30 AM

have a nice day everyone

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 10:34 AM

That Japanese girl has a cute smile.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 10:42 AM

that's a dude, dude

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 11:24 AM

Lissy Trullie at Pianos at 4 pm, right before Chairlift!

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 11:37 AM

are there in and outs at this show? I wanna catch the early bands then cruise back to MHOW for Jens. anybody know if you can leave and come back?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 12:37 PM

does anyone actaully ponytail? they are really annoying....

look at all the cross blog promoting...

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 12:46 PM

12:46 -- yep. Great fucking band. It's just not your thing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 12:56 PM

Chairlift @ Hiro 11:20 Tonight

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 12:57 PM

Ponytail has good music but I agree that there vocal styling is torture to my ears...

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 1:01 PM


Posted by dave | October 21, 2008 1:47 PM

is it me, or does this band look like it was formed in an orphanage?

Posted by jon johnson | October 21, 2008 2:41 PM

ponytail are one of my most favourite live faves ever

Posted by clarejamesclare | October 21, 2008 7:26 PM

agreed, their live shows have so much energy. the screaming and shouting makes more sense live

Posted by jess | October 21, 2008 11:56 PM

thanks baby

Posted by Orjinal Lida | December 23, 2008 9:02 AM

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