Posted in To Do | music on October 23, 2009

by Bill Pearis

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Okay, so Saturday is officially bonkers. I think every band in town this week is playing somewhere, sometimes more than once. There are so many good shows you may get an ulcer trying to narrow down your choices. Here we go:


Surely there's no place you'd rather be Saturday afternoon than at the free Brooklyn Vegan / Bowery Presents party at Pianos. We've got both floors going, with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Deastro, Pete & the Pirates, Surf City, BEAST, Smith Westerns, Dent May and many more. Plus free Miller and Vitamin Water, and, before and during BEAST's set: free bloody marys. Set times below.

But apparently there are other daytime shows. You might be forgiven if you snuck out and went to Music Snobbery's day party next door at The Living Room. I'm a big fan of Savoir Adore and Sissy Wish, and he's also got Denmark's Choir of Young Believers, Dawn Landes and Bird of Youth.

Then in Williamsburg (which is giving Ludlow St. a run for its money this year)... blogger collective After the Jump have put together a great free show at Brooklyn Bowl, with Surfer Blood, Harlem, Savoir Adore, Soft Black, Grooms, Bear in Heaven, and Small Black. Maybe we'll even get a supergroup of Soft Small Black. Anything can happen on the last day of CMJ.

Then there's the Pitchfork-curated Showpaper benefit at Market Hotel is so big it actually goes till 6AM. (Though it's just DJs after midnight.) It's a good opportunity, especially, for the under-21 crowd to see a lot of the CMJ bands (Surfer Blood, Delorean, Cold Cave) who have otherwise played bars. It's not free, but the $8 goes to keep Showpaper going, which is probably the greatest source for all-ages shows in the city.

Underwater Peoples have put on three showcases during CMJ week, and this last one is at Cameo Gallery. 14 bands from noon to 7PM, including Air Waves, Fluffy Lumbers, Frat Dad, Big Troubles, Spanish Prisoners, and Family Portrait. It may be getting a bit more chilly, but the beachy vibe will be present here this afternoon. Not free, but only $7.

A post with the Saturday night shows is HERE coming soon. In the meantime, it's still Friday night. Saturday day fliers and set times below...


DOWNSTAIRS @ Pianos on the afternoon of 10/24/2009
12:30 BEAST
1:15 Surf City
2:00 The Moondoggies
2:45 Local Natives
3:30 Still Life Still
4:15 Deastro
5:00 Cymbals Eat Guitars

UPSTAIRS @ Pianos on the afternoon of 10/24/2009
1:00 Dave Godowsky
1:45 Sharon Van Etten
2:30 The Smith Westerns
3:15 Pete & The Pirates
4:00 JBM
4:45 Dent May
5:30 Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel


Pitchfork gig

0000oo :
1100pm : special guests to be announced...
1000pm :: Cymbals Eat Guitars
0900pm ::: Cold Cave
0800pm :::: Delorean
0700pm ::::: Real Estate
0600pm :::::: the Smith Westerns
0500pm ::::::: Javelin
0400pm :::::::: Small Black
0300pm ::::::::: Bear in Heaven
0200pm :::::::::: Highlife
0100pm ::::::::::: Surfer Blood



Comments (19)

Also the Showpaper benefit at Market gets you free into Above the Auto Parts Store show

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 8:24 PM

"Also the Showpaper benefit at Market gets you free into Above the Auto Parts Store show"

true and mentioned in 2nd part of post coming soon.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 23, 2009 8:28 PM

what about aam day party? dum dum girls / dutchess and the duke

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 9:03 PM

out of the 25 bands mentioned in this post, i have heard of 2. a respectable 8 percent.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 10:41 PM

THE place to be on sat. afternoon -- the WFMU record fair, with the Trashmen (!) and Heavy Trash.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 10:43 PM

@ aam day party?

that's not a public party.

Posted by bill p | October 24, 2009 3:21 AM

eh, it's "public" if you rsvp.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 4:00 AM

here's the rsvp for the mhow day party:

hoping someone can post set-times...

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 4:04 AM

Why does CMJ suck so bad? They need to hire new organizers and get it back to being respectable. Compared to something like SXSW its just kinda sad.

Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2009 7:00 AM

^Careful what you wish for 7:00am...SXSW is ecoming a Corporate Whore. Now luckily there are people like Transmission Entertainment, Toddp, etc... who put on free stuff (THANK YOU ALL).

But SXSW, kinda sucks really, as far as paying. Just go to all the free stuff. PLUS< not to mention it seems (I could be wrong) that you can actually buy advance tickets to whatever show of your choosing, that is priceless compared to the worry of not getting in @ SXSW.

Just sayin'...CMJ looks pretty awesome, then again NY is WAY more crowded than Austin.

Posted by TXn | October 24, 2009 9:46 AM

Come check out Local Natives, Drink Up Buttercup, Freelance Whales, and more today at The Delancey. There will be free food all day!

Posted by Seth | October 24, 2009 10:04 AM

another free day show...orbits, screaming females, jeff the brotherhood at knitting factory from noon-5pm

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 10:50 AM

free party at don pedro's
curated by famous class + impose

3:00 Rifle Recoil
3:40 Future Islands
4:20 Snakes Say Hisss
5:00 Darlings
5:40 Boogie Boarder
6:20 JEFF The Brotherhood
7:00 (The) Tony Castles
7:40 Dinowalrus

free colt 45! 90 manhattan ave. BK

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 10:50 AM

$5 party at Shea Stadium with 18 bands (day/night)
BYOB and Bar
Starts at 4pm - 2 rotating stages so no wait between bands!

From start to finish
Kill Kill Kill
JPG (of J.a.c.k. - solo set)
Kittens Ablaze
Buke & Gass
Lycaon Pictus
Electric Tickle Machine
Ivana XL
My Other Friend
Desert Stars
Pink Noise
The Art of Shooting
No Pasaran

If you meh this I will find you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 10:52 AM

Fader @ Ace Hotel

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 11:13 AM

Dang. Jeff the Everywherehood today.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 1:30 PM

whats the fader lineup today? anyone know the tba at pfork/showpaper thing? is it the xx?

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 1:51 PM

Bane, Blacklisted, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, The Banner, Title Fight, Foundation, Incendiary

santos right now!

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2009 2:43 PM

thnks 4 sharing this party info

Posted by mengembalikan jati diri bangsa | October 25, 2009 5:24 PM

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