Pelican @ MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Speedy Ortiz @ DbA in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Pelican, Special Guest, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody, Hasj @ Saint Vitus
Both nights of our IO showcase culminate with Pelican sets, but the support bill for each is different. Tonight's features metallic hardcore legends Ringworm, along with scary doom/sludgers Primitve Man, Michigan black metal punks Aksumite (playing their first show!), and local doom troupe HASJ. Sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).
Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
This Panache showcase has a very solid lineup, including one of our 30 artists to see at CMJ, Speedy Ortiz, who put a new spin on traditionalist indie rock, Ex-Cult, lively NYC rockers Hunters, lo-fi popster Calin Love, Homeshake, and local post-hardcore rippers Big Ups.
Mike Simonetti, Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight, North Americans, Korallreven (DJ set), Bruce Smear (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
This lineup most leans towards the electronic side, with Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finland's Shine 2009, new duo Ejecta (aka Leanne of Neon Indian and Joel Ford), ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat and more.
Lee Bannon, The Range, Shy Girls, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, Ejecta, Saint Pepsi (DJ set) @ Glasslands
This Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party is another great electronic show, including Joey Bada$$ associate Lee Bannon, upcoming producer The Range, and a number of good electronic artists who veer towards warped pop.
Starred, Tempers, Butter The Children, Les Bicyclettes, Blanches @ Europa
The Pendu Sound showcase includes local goth representation from Starred (one of the standouts on Sub Pop 1000) and Tempers (who have a great Swans cover, in addition to killer original music). It would have been rounded out by another goth duo Azar Swan, but they unfortunately dropped off.
Cardiknox, Courtney Barnett, Dan Croll, Gems, Bad Suns, Wilsen, John Murry @ Mercury Lounge
The artist we're most excited about on this bill is Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit. Synth popsters Gems, folk singer Wilsen, and singer/songwriter John Murry are worth catching too though.
The Head and the Heart, Rose Windows, Papa, Rathborne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sub Pop-signed indie folkies The Head and The Heart headline this show, which is pretty intimate for their standards. If you're going, be sure to catch their psychedelic labelmates Rose Windows.
Torres, Jay Arner, Shelby Earl, Spaceships, Norwegian Arms @ Pete's Candy Store
The artist we're most looking forward to on this bill is Torres, who recently moved here from Nashville, and is playing a couple CMJ shows this week. She makes grungy alt-folk that a young PJ Harvey would be proud of, and her band is killer live too.
Raekwon @ SOB's
Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon headlines what should be one of the crazier rap shows at CMJ tonight.
Sisqo, Tayo, Black Sheep, MIDI Mafia, Mucho Deniro, Jazmin Sisters, Oxymorrons, Phranchyze, Rye Rye @ SOB's
At the same venue as Raekwon, this show goes down, and most notably veteran NYC duo Black Sheep is on the bill. Sisqo was supposed to headline, but is now not playing.
Pity Sex, Dads, Greys, Ovlov, Kal Marks, Wild Adriatic, Midnight Reruns, Desert Sharks, Teen Death @ The Grand Victory
There's a bunch of great bands on this party, including emo-shoegazers PIty Sex, Toronto noise punks Greys, Dinosaur Jr/Sonic Youth-y rockers Ovlov, leftfield indie rockers Kal Marks, power poppers Midnight Reruns and more.
Real Estate, Jonathan Rado & The Gentlemen Jets, Hookworms, Piano Movers @ Bowery Ballroom
Real Estate are the headliners -- expect a lot of new songs -- but this will also be the first North American show for Leeds, UK band Hookworms whose debut LP is pretty terrific. (They play a BV day party too.) You can also catch Foxygen's Jonathan Rado in solo band format as well.
Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, American Sharks, Dirty Fences, Nancy, Tweens @ Cake Shop
This is the Cape Shok official showcase, meaning it's all the bands that the folks running Cake Shop really dig. It's a pretty stacked bill, with BV CMJ picks Joanna Gruesome and Tweens, plus Nancy (Spits-esque) and Austin's party-till-you-puke punks American Sharks.
Marijuana Death Squads, P.O.S., The Cloak Ox, Lizzo, Pony Bwoy @ Knitting Factory
Marijuana Deathsquads, the multi-hyphenate Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, released their new album, Oh My Sexy Lord, this week and it's a wildly schizo record with near metal guitars, glitchy electronics, frenetic drumming and heavily treated vocals competing for attention, quite often all at once. Come celebrate its release with a bunch of their Twin Cities pals tonight.
Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting, Born Gold, Float Fall, Child Actor, Shy Girls, Facts, SHMNS @ The Delancey
This is your only chance to see UK group Public Service Broadcasting that mix krauty post-rock with samples from old British educational films. Their live show, heavy on the AV, is supposed to be something else.
Menomena, The Helio Sequence, Pattern is Movement @ Webster Hall
This is another big show that happens to be part of CMJ with three artists who take indie pop to slightly more experimental places.
The Beets, Rose Windows, The Moondoggies, Lost Animal, Hausu @ Death By Audio
Sub Pop kid sister label Hardly Art throws an unofficial CMJ party at DbA with a nice showing from their roster, including Seattle's psychedelic Rose Windows, and Portland's noisey-mopey Hausu.
Billy Woods, Wreck and Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, Odonis Odonis, SISU @ Shea Stadium
This multi-genre bill takes over Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium with hip hop from Billy Woods and YC the Cynic, experimental noise from Guardian Alien, noise punk from Odonis Odonis, and Dum Dum Girls side project SISU.
Special Guests, Drowners, Rathborne, The Band In Heaven, Tweens, Dream Shake, Shark Week, Rey Pila, Dream Boys @ Pianos
This is the Frenchkiss showcase with a full slate of poppy indie, from good looking and catchy Drowners to LA jangle-poppers Dream Boys. As to the "Special Guests," who on their roster could it be?
Pittle Daylight (upstairs), The Griswolds (downstairs), Haerts (upstairs), Lovelife (downstairs), Kodaline (upstairs), Magic Man (downstairs), Morning Parade (upstairs), Wet (downstairs), The Preatures (upstairs), Panama Wedding (downstairs), claire (upstairs), Night Terrors of 1927 (downstairs) @ Santos Party House
There's a zillion acts playing this Santos show, but Australian band The Preatures are definitely one of the more talked about CMJ bands so far this week.
Here We Go Magic, Firehorse, HolyChild @ McKittrick Hotel
Here We Go Magic headline this CMJ show at McKittrick Hotel (home of the famed 'Sleep No More' experience)... this one is CMJ Badge and guestlist only.
Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ The Bowery Electric
Here's one of your many chances to catch intense Aussie KJC, plus Montreal indie pop band (and Grimes labelmate) TOPS.
More notable Thursday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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