by Bill Pearis
Holy crap there are a lot of Australian bands playing CMJ 2013. And almost all of them will be at the annual Aussie BBQ, which happens at The Delancey all day and night Saturday (10/19). It's free and open to the public with over 30 acts playing. The show features some bands we've already told you about: Courtney Barnett, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, sludgy garage rockers Reptiles, and WIM who are based in NYC at the moment.
That still leaves most of the line-up which is all over the map, sound-wise. You can check out nearly all of them via a Spotify playlist for easy perusal. The whole schedule is listed below, but here's a few highlights.
Including the Aussie BBQ, Courtney Barnett is playing a whopping eight shows this week. That includes the free BrooklynVegan party on Saturday at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right. (We'll be announcing the whole line-up soon.) As Andrew Sacher wrote previously, she makes the "kind of post-'90s lo-fi that we've heard from, well, most bands who classify as indie rock in the past some-odd years. She even tags herself on bandcamp as "slacker." But what sets her apart from the mass of samey slacker rock bands is she's got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s." All here CMJ dates:
Tue 10/15/13 PianosThe Preatures make slightly countryish pop-rock and comparisons to Haim have been flying around. They're a little more rock (in a Strokes kinda way) than Haim, but their songs are pretty hooky. They're playing four shows total while here, starting Wednesday (10/16) at Bowery Hotel as part of the School Night party (free with RSVP). They'll also play Santos on Thursday (10/17) and the Planetary day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19).
Wed 10/16/13 Mercury Lounge
Wed 10/16/13 Glasslands
Thu 10/17/13 Mercury Lounge
Fri 10/18/13 Pianos New York
Fri 10/18/13 285 Kent Ave
Sat 10/19/13 Baby's All Right
Sat 10/19/13 The Delancey
Bored Nothing are from Melbourne and work in hazy, swirling guitars and somewhat mopey/angsty vocals. Their self-titled album from this year is pretty good. You can also catch them tonight (10/15) at Pianos with Courtney Barnett, Total Slacker, High Highs, Saint Rich, Spires, Palehound and more. It's only $5 at the door and free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge). Flyer with all the bands is below.
Oh Mercy, also from Melbourne, make understated dusty boots rock. 2011's Great Barrier Grief is a nice laid-back listen (it's on Spotify). They also play Friday at Lit Lounge (11 PM).
On the synthy tip, there's Brisbane's Cub Sport who make "whoa-oh" effervescent style dance pop. Light as a breeze, but undeniably catchy stuff. If you're free this afternoon, you have two chances to see them on Ludlow St. They play Pianos at 2:40 PM, and then they play Cake Shop at 5 PM. They'll also play KEXP at Judson Memorial Church on Wednesday (10/16, noon), and then Union Pool on Friday (10/18, 7:40 PM).
Today's Cake Shop show is actually an all-Aussie line-up with Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, and Gossling. It's free.
One note, hirsute novelty rockers The Beards were supposed to be at CMJ (and open the Aussie BBQ at 2 PM) but their visas didn't come through in time.
Not playing the Aussie BBQ is Kirin J. Callinan whose debut album, Embracism, came out earlier this year. (He played one of our CMJ parties last year.) Luckily he is playing other shows, a ton of them, including three tonight:
Tues, Oct 15 The Standard East (7:30pm) Annie O ShowcaseHis live show is intense, catch him if you can.
Tues, Oct 15 Music Hall Of Williamsburg (9pm)
Tues, Oct 15 Cameo (11pm)
Thur, Oct 17 Bowery Electric (4:45pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Baby's All Right (9:30pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Secret Project Robot
Sat, Oct 19 Death By Audio (9pm)
Aussie BBQ line-up and schedule, that Spotify playlist and a few flyers, below...
CMJ 2013 AUSSIE BBQ SCHEDULE
2:15pm Cub Sport
4:15pm The Griswolds
4:55pm Enola Fall
5:35pm City Riots
6:15pm Stillwater Giants
7.35pm Royston Vasie
8:15pm Oh Mercy
9:35pm The Delta Riggs
10:15pm The Preatures
10:55pm Ball Park Music
11:35pm Them Swoops
12:15am The Novocaines
2:15am Special Guest
2:40pm Geoffrey O'Connor
3:20pm The Falls
4pm Ginger And The Ghost
4:40pm Bored Nothing
6pm Courtney Barnett
6:40pm Elizabeth Rose
8pm Bloods DJs
10pm Sibera Records DJs
12am Yacht Club DJs
1am Special Guests
Courtney Barnett - 2013 CMJ Dates
Tue 10/15/13 Pianos New York NY - Banners CMJ Party, Total Slacker, Saint Rich, Spires, COIN
Wed 10/16/13 Mercury Lounge New York NY - Aquarium Drunkard Showcase, White Denim, Cotton Jones, Rado, Zig Zags, Calvin Love, Jacco Gardner
Wed 10/16/13 Glasslands Brooklyn NY - NME CMJ Showcase, Eagulls, Theo Verney, Yuck, Room Runner
Thu 10/17/13 Mercury Lounge New York NY - The Windish Agency CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge, GEMS, Bad Suns, Wilsen, John Murry, Cardiknox
Fri 10/18/13 Pianos New York NY - Planetary Group CMJ Party, The Preatures, Ginger & The Ghost, Wildlife, Jay Arner
Fri 10/18/13 285 Kent Ave Brooklyn NY - Pitchfork Showcase, Eleanor Friedberger, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz
Sat 10/19/13 Baby's All Right Brooklyn NY - Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Party
Sat 10/19/13 The Delancey New York NY - Aussie BBQ, Emperors, The Preatures, Them Swoops