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October 24, 2014

CMJ

Protomartyr in Chicago in July (more by James Richards IV)
Protomartyr

TWIABP at NYU Strawberry Fest in May (more by Chris La Putt)
TWIABP

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.

DAY SHOWS

Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches, Dilly Dally @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Day Party)
There's a lot of cool stuff today, but of course we hope you make it over to our free day party which goes from noon-7PM and features raucous garage rockers Twin Peaks, sneering punks Single Mothers, post-rocky emo band TWIABP, smart and highly quotable post-punks Protomartyr, Australian psych party King Gizzard, garage popsters Tweens, psych/garage rockers The Wytches, and the NYC debut of Toronto lo-fi rock band Dilly Dally. Sailor Jerry will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages, and Bell's Brewery will be selling a variety of their craft beers, plus they'll have a free keg while it lasts. Plus: Baby's kitchen is open serving their happy hour menu all day. Hope to see you there!

Concord America, CYMBALS, Wampire, White Fence @ Arlene's Grocery
UK band CYMBALS make dancerock akin to Hotchip adn they do it pretty well; Wampire's brand of indie dips into '70s yacht rock; and White Fence channel '60s garage and paisley pop. Not a bad day show choice at all.

Popstrangers, Literature, White Reaper, Flowers, DOTT, Monomyth, Dinosaur Feathers @ Cake Shop
Hard to go wrong at Cake Shop today with such acts as Philadelphia's hyperactive janglers Literature, much-buzzed-about UK trio Flowers, Irish indiepop band DOTT, Halifax, NS quartet Monomyth and more.

Splashh, The Wytches, PINS,PAWS, Beverly, Solander @ Knitting Factory
Part of Culture Collide Festival, this day party is another good option to catch some of CMJ's busiest bands, including across-the-pond acts Splashh, The Wytches, PINS and PAWS, not to mention Brooklyn's own Beverly.

Dune Rats, Monomyth, Go Back To The Zoo, Liam Bailey, Delta Riggs, Bad//Dreems, Big Harp, Future Loves Past, Taymir, Lay Low, Gossling, Lydia Ainsworth, Go Wolf, Hundreds, Eden Mulholland, Monokino @ Pianos
There's some cool stuff on this show including Australian garage punks Dune Rats, Canadian power/indie popsters Monomyth and the new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.

James, Oscar, Pinact, September Girls @ Rough Trade
Manchester vets James just played Webster Hall, now you can see them in what's probably the smallest show they've played in eons. It was already a good option with Pinact and September Girls. Free and all-ages.

Comfy, Bad Cello, Running in the Fog, Adult Mom, Bethlehem Steel, Small Wonder, Flagland, Attic Abasement, Mitski, Rivergazer, Girlpool, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Nicholas Nicholas, Sharpless, Moon Bounce, Leapling, Vagabond @ Silent Barn (Day & Night)
This all day and night (2 PM - 2 AM) Miscreant x Father/Daughter party is unofficial (but only $5) and features a stacked lineup from lo-fi introverts like Small Wonder and Adult Mom to indie rockers like Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion and Bent Shapes, to the arty pop of Mitski and Sharpless, and hyped LA duo Girlpool.

Foxes in Fiction, Mister Lies, Emily Reo, R.L. Kelly, Yohuna @ The Shop
This is a good bill of DIY pop ranging from electronic sounds to sparse acoustic guitars.

Potty Mouth, Flashlights, Beach Day, Honduras, Boytoy, Beverly, Las Rosas, Sun Club, Dilly Dally @ The Studio at Webster Hall
There's a lot of cool stuff on this showcase: the punky pop of Potty Mouth and Flashlights, the indie pop of Beach Day, Honduras and Las Rosas, and the scrappy rock of Dilly Dally.

NIGHT SHOWS

Virus
VIrus

Virus, Krallice, Sannhet, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
Insanely weird Norwegian metal band Virus are coming to Saint Vitus for a two-night stand beginning tonight, and both shows have great openers. This one is black metallers Krallice, post-metal/post-rockers Sannhet, and noisy hardcore band Couch Slut.

Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Bruce Willis, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Jimmy Heath, Charles Bradley, Matthew Whitaker, Steve Jordan, Jorge Luis Pacheco @ Apollo Theater
It's the 13th Annual "A Great Night in Harlem" benefitting "countless elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country." Tonight's honoree is Herbie Hancock with a host of amazing talent -- plus Bruce Willis -- on hand for performances.

The Muscadettes, Vesuvio Solo, The Posterz, Homeshake, Lydia Ainsworth, Tei Shi, Allie, Eman, Lisa LeBlanc, Solids, Heat @ Arlene's Grocery
It's M for Montreal's annual CMJ blowout at Arlene's Grocery, with a bunch of great Canadian talent. Go early for free poutine (if you eat that), stay late (really late) to catch The Muscadettes close out the night at 3:30 AM.

Purling Hiss, OBN IIIs, Hunters, Calvin Love, Meatbodies, Dune Rats, Happyness, Homeshake @ Baby's All Right
Panache Booking brings some of its roster to Baby's All Right tonight, including one of shouldn't-be-missed OBN-IIIs few CMJ performances. The whole bill is solid though.

Frankie Cosmos, Flowers, Beverly, September Girls, Only Real, DJ Andy Nystrom (PWN), DJ Lio Kanine @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Kanine Records is throwing this free show at Williamsburg entertainment/shopping destination with a great bunch of indie pop bands (make sure you see Flowers this week). RSVP to skip the line.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse, Wildhoney, Sorority Noise @ Cameo Gallery
Topshelf's showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) is good as usual this year with the lushly layered TWIABP, the raw and inward-looking Empire! Empire!, the alt-pop of Field Mouse, the shoegaze of Wildhoney, and the crunchy pop of Sorority Noise.

Protomartyr, Creepoid, Love as Laughter, Eaters, Special Guest @ Death By Audio
If you're visiting from out of town, this is a good night to visit one of Williamsburg's best venue's Death By Audio which is set to close in less than a month. Headliners Protomartyr were great here back in the Spring, and the whole line-up is rock-solid.

Blue Hawaii, Ballet School, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands
Montreal's Blue Hawaii make skittering, ethereal electronic music on record but live it's a little more of a dance party. Also of note: fellow Arbutus artist Lydia Ainsworth whose classically trained background makes for complex, orchestral pop.

Zola Jesus, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P, Sammy Slice @ Le Bain
Zola Jesus's sound and stage show was excellent at Webster Hall earlier this week. Tonight she may have to scale things down performance-wise, but it's a great chance to see her in a much more intimate location.

First Aid Kit, Samantha Crain @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Swedish duo First Aid Kit make more of their quality folk pop on this year's Stay Gold. They were already in NYC around its release date and now they're back for round 2 (not part of CMJ).

Boytoy, Little Racer, Tennis System, Weekender, Suburban Living, The Muscadettes, Gal Pals, Needle Points @ Lit
Comprised of twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge (plus a drummer live), Montreal's Muscadettes make super-catchy, riffy rock with shouty choruses and hooks a'plenty.

Mexican Golden Girls, DMA's, Bear's Den, Peter Matthew Bauer, Little May, Chief Scout, Colony House @ Mercury Lounge
The Paradigm Agency's CMJ showcase is highlighted by former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer who makes is own fine gritty, heartland style indie rock. Stay late for DJ duo Mexican Golden Girls.

Alkaline Trio, Skeleton Key @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 4, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Wye Oak, Joshua Light Show / Woods, Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball Center
Using old-school psychedelic "liquid light" projections, Joshua Light Show has been bringing a visual element to pop music since the mid'60s and his team do incredible things. This three-day festival continues with two separate shows: Baltimore's anthemic Wye Oak, and then Woods whose style should fit in with JLS' visuals well. Not part of CMJ.

Wolvves, Glass Gang, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Baby Alpaca, Bowmont, MOTHXR, Eddi Front, The Yum Dee Days, Fascinator, Shilpa Ray, Altopalo, Waltz, Vandana Jain, Girlpool, Fielded @ Pianos
You can catch some of the most talked-about CMJ bands (Girlpool, Bo Ningen) at the Deli Magazine showcase.

Kevin Morby, Chris Forsyth,Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Ryley Walker, Geronimo Getty @ Rough Trade
So many CMJ shows to choose from, but this is another good one with ubertalented former Woods/Babies dude Kevin Morby, pych folk singer Ryley Walker, and Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks. And more!

PAWS, Solids, Heat, Meat Wave, Washer @ Shea Stadium
This is the Ipsum/Heavy Trip showcase and it's pretty stacked, with two quality fuzz pop bands -- PAWS and Solids -- plus Heat, Meat Wave and Washer, who all fit the bill well.

Be Forest, The Flag, Kindling, DOTT, Lia Mice, Night Powers, Curelight Wounds @ The Gutter
The good folks at Gimme Tinitus and Mirror Universe Tapes have put together this quality showcase at The Gutter's backroom, with Italy's shoegazy (in an '80s 4AD way) Be Forest, and Ireland's charming DOTT amongst its highlights.

Moon Duo, Amen Dunes, Marissa Nadler, Dream Police @ Trans-Pecos
Sacred Bones' showcase is good start to finish with The Men-related experimental duo Dream Police, dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, psych folk band Amen Dunes, and psych rock band Moon Duo.

Krill, Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut, Geronimo! @ Trash Bar
If you've been to an Exploding In Sound party before, you know every band goes hard and the fans reciprocate. With such a good chunk of the family on the bill tonight, that's sure to be the case again

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon.

Restorations, Self Defense Family, Brian McGee, Ghost House @ Asbury Lanes
Restorations' new record has them doing the kind of blue collar rock we've gotten from The Gaslight Anthem and The Menzingers, and it's easily their best yet. Self Defense Family on the other hand, play a type of forward-thinking post-hardcore that changes on every release. SDF play NYC tomorrow and Restorations will do so in November, but here's a good chance to catch the two bands together in the area.

Deniro Farrar, Denzel Curry, Remy @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
There's not too much in the way of exciting hip hop at CMJ this year, but Deniro Farrar is undoubtedly one of the best options.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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October 23, 2014

Obits at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Obits

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.

DAY SHOWS

Widowspeak, Juan Wauters, Dinner, Homeshake, Mega Bog, Alex Calder, Girl Tears @ Baby's All Right
Captured Tracks has rounded up many of its acts for this day party, including Widowspeak who are playing their only CMJ today. FREE.

Purling Hiss, Mainland, Palehound, Amanda X, Rivergazer, The Kickback, Prettiots, Whiskey Bitches, Beach Day @ Cake Shop
This is NYC Taper's annual day party at Cake Shop, with a good lineup of American indie rock, including Philly's loud, awesome Purling Hiss. If you can't make it (or want to have a document of being there), recordings of all the sets will be on his site soon after. FREE.

Hunters, Gringo Star, Flowers, September Girls, Port Juvee @ Knitting Factory
LA's Culture Collide festival is presenting this day party with a couple imports from across the pond (Flowers, September Girls), Georgia garage rockers Gringo Starr, Brooklyn rabble-rousers Hunters and more. FREE.

Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, Spring King, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade
There's not a bad band on this free Rough Trade show with wild Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks headlining, and otherwise a full lineup of UK bands. There's the '90s-style indie rockers Happyness, psych/garage rippers The Wytches, the punky poppy Spring King, and more '90s-style indie rock (but maybe slightly more '90s "alternative rock") from Nai Harvest.

NIGHT SHOWS

The Kills at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Kills

The Kills, Moon Duo, Nuns, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a VERY intimate show for The Kills, and naturally it's sold out but maybe if you have a badge and get there super early you'll get in. If you are going, don't miss psych rockers Moon Duo.

Ballet School, Money, Marissa Nadler, PINS, Wild Nothing (DJ Set), Simon Raymonde (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is Bella Union's showcase, which features Manchester's poppy PINS and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, among others.

The Wytches, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Tweens, Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right (early)
This is Baby's All Right's official showcase and it's good the whole night with poppy punks Potty Mouth, poppy garage rockers Tweens, the crazy spectacle of Bo Ningen, young psych rockers Sunflower Bean, and psych/garage rockers The Wytches.

Saint Pepsi, Lydia Ainsworth, Tei Shi, TOPS, Ellie Herring (Ariel Pink Listening party, Sharmir DJ in front room) @ Baby's All Right (late)
After Baby's showcase, it's Gorilla Vs. Bear's late night party with live bands in the back and a listening party for Ariel Pinks' new album -- plus a DJ set from Shamir -- up front.

Beach Fossils, Small Black, Wardell, Fiance @ Brooklyn Bowl
Beach Fossils might now have the cool cache they had a couple years ago, but they remain an engaging, exciting live band. This show is free with CMJ badge or RSVP. $12 at the door.

The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, The Estrogen Highs, Negative Scanner @ Cake Shop
One of the most reliable small labels in the country, Chicago's Trouble in Mind has an incredible roster of psych, garage and krauty bands. Catch some of them -- including Nashville's The Paperhead, CT's noisy Estrogen Highs, and Veronica Falls offshoot Ultimate Painting -- all in one place. Also: the full Trouble in Mind merch table will be on hand, including rarities, limited edition colored vinyl and other stuff.

White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman, LA Witch @ Death By Audio
This free show is presented by KXLU and Burger and features the Polyvinyl-signed garage rockers White Reaper, LA's crunchy Meatbodies, LA lo-fi duo Girlpool, local poppy garage-psych band Las Rosas, Austin's funny and charming John Wesley Coleman, and the femme fatales in LA Witch. Also Burger + DbA + free = bananas potential.

Hamish Anderson, The Ocean Party, Bad//Dreems, The Prettiots, Dreamers, Mainland, Gulp @ DROM
This is the only CMJ show for Gulp, the band featuring Guto Pryce (bassist for Super Furry Animals). If you like tropicalia, krautrock and spaceage bachelor pad music (and Super Furry Animals), you'll wanna be at their 6:45 performance.

Honduras, The #1s, Big Quiet, American Darlings @ Hank's Saloon

Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk), J Fernandez @ HiFi Bar
Mac's been making a habit out of playing solo shows at CMJ, this being the third in a row that he does it. It's just him and an electric guitar, but he otherwise plays a bunch of Superchunk songs and it's a cool thing to experience.

Obits, Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Gem Club, S, Luluc @ Knitting Factory
This is the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase and is the glue that holds this otherwise disparate bill together. Go early for the gentler bands, including S, the current project of Former Carissa's Weird singer Jenn Ghetto; get there late for Obit's only CMJ show and Detroit's fiery Protomartyr.

Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully, Bee Caves @ Mercury Lounge
It's the High Road Touring showcase with Montreal's fuzzed-out Heat, LA's cool pop songwriter Avid Dancer, poppy Nashville punks Bully and more.

Alkaline Trio, frnkiero andthe cellabration @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 3, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Paul Collins' Beat, Twin Guns, The Johnny's @ Niagara
Former Nerves songwriter and power pop godfather Paul Collins headlines this show at East Village mainstay Niagra.

The Bad Plus, Joshua Light Show / Glasser, Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball Center
Using old-school psychedelic "liquid light" projections, Joshua Light Show has been bringing a visual element to pop music since the mid'60s and his team do incredible things. This three-day festival starts tonight with an early show featuring The Bad Plus performing Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction and a late show with Glasser. Not part of CMJ.

Open Mike Eagle, HEEMS, Princess Nokia, Louis Logic, Malportado Kids, Yung Gutted, Chris Gethard, Greer Barnes, The Lucas Brothers @ Palisades
Between Open Mike Eagle, HEEMS and Princess Nokia, there's no lack of good indie rap on this bill, and comedian Chris Gethard is great at warming up the crowd at a show too.

Fort Lean, Seoul, The Great Void, Rioux, TOMBOY, Doprah, YAWN, Zula @ Lot 45
This is the Out in the Streets Festival's CMJ show which was originally supposed to be at Radio Bushwick. It's a solid lineup, with Montreal's lush synthpop practitioners SEOUL one of the highlights.

Moses Sumney, Adult Jazz, J Fernandez, George Maple @ Rough Trade
One-man/loop-pedal maestro Moses Sumney headlines this show that also features hyped UK band Adult Jass.

HSY, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang, The Beverleys, Weaves, Muuy Biien @ Shea Stadium
Toronto label Buzz Records throws their showcase at Shea tonight with a number of their quality bands including sludge punks HSY, psych rockers Mexican Slang, garage punks The Beverleys and indie rockers Weaves.

PC Worship, Future Punx, Eaters, Beth Israel, B-Boys @ Silent Barn
Dull Tools, the label Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage and Future Punx's Chris Pickering, is throwing this party tonight with most of their excellent roster, including two of our 10 NYC Bands to See at CMJ, plus synth duo Eaters, Austin postpunks Beth Israel and B Boys. Maybe some surprises too. This will be a fun show.

Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Deep Pockets @ The Acheron (BV co-presents)
This is Iron Pier's showcase which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. Headlining is the smart, experimental post-hardcore band Self Defense Family, and there's direct support from post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) and his new band the Dead Heavens. Quality locals Deep Pockets open.

Christian Finnegan, Seth Herzog, Damien Lemon, Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, The Amigos Band @ Bell House
This is a benefit for the continued -- and much needed -- relief aid to folks ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. It's a great comedy lineup with a few surprise guests promised as well.

Xylouris & White, Invisible Familiars, 75 Dollar Bill, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings.

Gerard Way @ Webster Hall
The former My Chemical Romance frontman ditches the gothed-out stadium pop punk of his former band on his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, which instead pulls heavily from '90s Britpop. Whether or not you were an MCR fan, it's worth checking out. This is his second of two NYC shows, and it's an official CMJ show.

Lloyd Cole @ City Winery
Having made swoony, literate guitar pop with The Commotions in the '80s and solo since the '90s, Lloyd Cole remains a suave talent whose banter entertains as well.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
For something completely different (and not part of CMJ), David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of cabaret.

Little Kids Rock Benefit Honoring Joan Jett @ Hammerstein Ballroom
The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala (which Brian Wilson played last year) tonight honors Joan Jett. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will present Joan with the award and Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle and Jesse Malin will all be on hand to perform Joan's songs as a tribute to her.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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BrooklynVegan will be at Baby's All Right for CMJ again this year with a Friday day party, a Saturday day party (lineup TBA very soon!) and an official Saturday night show.

BV is also co-presenting tonight's Iron Pier showcase.

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October 22, 2014

Courtney Barnett in Chicago in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Courtney Barnett

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.

DAY SHOWS

Tweens, PINS, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, PAWS @ Arlene's Grocery
Between Tweens and PAWS, there's no lack of scrappy, driving rock at this free Never Better day party. Manchester indie popsters PINS are cool too.

Future Punx, Popstrangers, Field Mouse, Flowers, Simian Ghost, Be Forest @ Cake Shop
The folks at Terrorbird publicity/promo have put together a very solid day party, with Italy's moody dreampop band Be Forest, beguiling UK band Flowers, Brooklyn "post wave" partyband Future Punx and more. FREE.

The Ocean Blue, Happyness, Flowers, Beach Day, September Girls, Ultimate Painting, PAWS, Spring King, Girlpool, Literature, Splashh, Nai Harvest, Pinact, Seoul @ Pianos
Just a few doors down from Cake Shop is the Kanine Records party which takes over both floors of Pianos. Lovers of Britpop/indiepop/punkpop this is kind of a one-stop shop for some of the more interesting bands in that world at CMJ. Plus late '80s college rock band The Ocean Blue, and BV's Bill Pearis is DJing between bands from 5 - 7 PM.

Girlpool, Ronald Paris (Aaron Maine of Porches.), Caveman, Wampire, Splashh, Celestial Shore, Icewater, White Reaper, J Fernandez, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Tonstartssbandht, Sunflower Bean, Ryley Walker, Ultimate Painting @ Baby's All Right
This is the "1st Annual CMJ Daycare Party" and we're not sure what that means exactly but it's hard to argue with this all-day-and-night free lineup of bands, including Caveman who can fill Webster Hall.

NIGHT SHOWS

Fat White Family at BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fat Whites

Creepoid, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen Death, Angel Dust @ Grand Victory
This is the Brixton Agency showcase which starts closer to daytime (5 PM) but goes through the night. It's pretty stacked with hardcore band Ex-Breathers, indie rockers Young Statues, shoegazers Creepoid, punky rockers Teen Death and still more.

Elle Varner, Lia Ices, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Cayetana @ Le Poisson Rouge
NPR's unofficial (free with RSVP, no badges) showcase is very varied this year. Elle Varner and BJ the Chicago Kid bring the R&B, Lia Ices brings the art pop, and Cayetana bring the guitar rock.

J Fernandez, White Reaper, PAWS, Modern Vices, CYMBALS, Literature, Megafortress, Itasca @ Cake Shop
There's a handful of worthy artists on Cake Shop's show tonight, including the guitar pop of J Ferndandez, the garage rock of the Polyvinyl-signed White Reaper, Glasgow fuzz popsters PAWS, self-proclaimed "dirty doo-wop" band Modern Vices, UK dance act CYMBALS, energetic indie popsters Literature, ambient pop artist Megafortress, and the psych folk of Itasca.

Jeff Rosenstock, The Bennies, Tweens, Dan Potthast @ Death By Audio
Former Bomb the Music Industry frontman Jeff Rosenstock still puts on fun shows with his solo band -- he packed DbA over the summer and is sure to again tonight. If you're going, poppy garage rockers Tweens are not to miss.

Turtle Giant, Be Forest, Native America, Sophie Hanlon @ DROM
Italian trio Be Forest are masters of mood, making swoony dreampop informed by the classics but very much in the now. The band released their second album, Earthbeat, earlier this year and if you like Slowdive, '80s-era 4AD and modern stuff like The xx, you definitely should check it out.

Fat White Family, Bo Ningen, Public Access TV, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, Girlpool @ Glasslands
UK music mag NME and the Hate Hate Hate label are throwing this stacked party with the debaucherous (and possibly naked) psych rockers Fat White Family, the wild Bo Ningen who defy genres and are a sight to see, the UK-hyped rockers Public Access TV, raucous Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks, '90s-style indie rockers Happyness, psych/garage rockers The Wytches, and LA lo-fi duo Girlpool. A pretty good bill all-around.

Reigning Sound, White Fence, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Shonen Knife, Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band), Ice Balloons, Ultimate Painting @ Knitting Factory
The most exciting part of this Panache showcase is it's the only chance during CMJ to see the Reigning Sound, but it's otherwise stacked from top to bottom with other great bands too.

Alkaline Trio, Murderburgers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 2, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Wish, Doomsquad, Beliefs, Lobby, Blonde Elvis, The Dirty Nil, Dead Leaf Echo @ Palisades
Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula brings together a mostly Canadian lineup with some of more interesting underground indie rock going on North of the border, including '90s-leaning Wish, the glammy Blonde Elvis, punkish trio The Dirty Nil, shoegazy Beliefs and more.

Lia Mice, Lost Boy?, Yawn, Shark?, Dead Stars, Radical Dads @ Pianos Upstairs
Folks from out of town looking to get a good dose of Brooklyn's best practitioners of old school, '90s-style indie rock, well here you go: Shark?, Dead Stars and Radical Dads do it as good as any.

Secret Chiefs 3, Atomic Ape @ Saint Vitus
Mr. Bungle member Trey Spruance leads the instrumental experimental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3, whose tour hits NYC for its second of two shows here this week (during but not part of CMJ).

Tonstartssbandht, TOPS, Moon King, Calvin Love, Nicholas Nicholas @ Shea Stadium
If the Palisades show didn't offer enough Canadians, head to Shea to catch Moon King's only CMJ show (they're great), TOPS (danceable '80s-ish pop), the suave Calvin Love and arty and hard-to-pronounce headliners Tonstartssbandht.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene, Luxley @ Terminal 5
Bombay Bicycle Club have changed it up on every album so far, and this year's So Long, See You Tomorrow may be their best yet. This big show is part of CMJ, but you might want to get there early if you're trying to use a badge to get in.

Tune In Tel Aviv @ Leftfield
Oleh! Records ("Israel's Music Export) is presenting the return of their Tune In Tel Aviv showcase this year, which is represented by the country of Israel and features Israeli artists Kokoro, Dorine Levy, Skyroads and Snir Yamin.

Slingshot Dakota, Koji, Creepoid, Off & On, Meghann Wright @ The Acheron
This is the City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase, and it's the only CMJ show for the energetic Mates of States-y duo Slingshot Dakota. Philly shoegazers Creepoid are not to be missed either.

Bosco, Okay Kaya, Dark Waves, Go Back To The Zoo, TOPS, Flowers @ The Delancey
Both UK band Flowers (gentle and jangly) and Monteal's TOPS ('80s-ish soft rock, in a good way) are worth catching...they also both play a ton of shows this week.

Cakes Da Killa (w/ Astrolith), Money Mark (and TT), DDM (w/ Normaling), JuiceBox, Ami Dang, Ponyo @ The Flat
NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa delivers killer rhymes over equally killer production -- fans of Mykki Blanco or Danny Brown should dig. Beastie Boys collaborator/Atomic Bomb! member Money Mark should be interesting as well.

Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band), LA Witch, Prince Rupert's Drops, Paperhead, Worthless @ Union Pool
Psych-heavy label Beyond Beyond is Beyond always put together a good showcase, and this is no exception with Nashville's The Paperhead, West Coast punks LA Witch, local band Prince Rupert's Drops and more. Plus: Drippy Eye Projections will make the place feel like the Fillmore East. Groooovy.

San Fermin, Courtney Barnett, Mikhael Paskalev @ Webster Hall
While Courtney Barnett played several small CMJ shows last year, this time the wordy Aussie folkie is back for just one larger show, a co-headlining gig with San Fermin.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon, this being the second.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
For something completely different (and not part of CMJ), David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of cabaret.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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October 21, 2014

Thurston Moore w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
SY

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.

DAY SHOWS

Peter Matthew Bauer, Bo Ningen, Happyness, Money, Spires, Slothrust, Strange Names @ Baby's All Right
The good folks at Tell All Your Friends PR are putting on this day party featuring former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer, plus Japanese prog metalists Bo Ningen, UK indie rock trio Happyness and more. A varied and very solid day party option.

CYMBALS, Curtin, J Fernandez,September Girls, Casual Sex, Boyd Shropshire, Flowers, Beach Day @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop is always a safe CMJ bet and today's free day party was booked by the venue itself, featuring a bunch of acts from across the pond, including English bands CYMBALSand Flowers, Ireland's September Girls and Scottish band Casual Sex. Plus: Kurt Vile cohort Boyd Shropshire, LA's J Fernandez and Florida pop band Beach Day.

NIGHT SHOWS

Secret Chiefs 3 @ Le Poisson Rouge
Mr. Bungle member Trey Spruance leads the instrumental experimental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3, whose tour hits NYC for its first of two shows here this week (during but not part of CMJ).

The Mystery Lights, Calvin Love, Homeshake, Honey/Free, OJ Pimpson @ Baby's All Right
This is a free late night show from the folks at M for Montreal featuring a mix of Canadian (Calvin Love, Homeshake, OJ Pimpson) and U.S. acts. Starts at midnight and if you make it to the end (on this the first night of CMJ) we salute you.

DIIV, Splashh, PAWS, Nuns, Beach Day @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
DIIV are busy finishing up their new album but will play this show at North Brooklyn's one-stop shop for locally-made gifts, mini-golf, micro-brews. tasty food and live music. The other bands on the bill -- including UK indie rockers PAWS and Splash -- are good too. While most shows at BKNB are free, this one is $20, or you can get in with your CMJ badge.

Wreckless Eric, Scott & Charlene's Wedding @ Death By Audio
Punk/new wave vet Wreckless Eric is maybe best known for his 1977 hit "Whole Wide World," but he's more than that and continues to be very active. Tonight's an intimate show at the soon-closing Death by Audio and with quality support. FYI: Eric's on at 9 PM and Scott & Charlene's Wedding at 10 PM.

Tom Vek, Olga Bell @ Mercury Lounge
Tom Vek's style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he hasn't futzed with it too much over his 10-year career. Having released his third album, Luck, earlier this year he's over for a few US shows this week.

Alkaline Trio, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 1, though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Roomrunner, Celestial Shore, Heliotropes, Washer @ Palisades
Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner have a new EP called Separate out this week just in time for CMJ. This is one of a couple shows they've got scheduled, and the whole lineup is solid.

John Nolan, '68, Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues, Maps for Travelers @ Paper Box (FREE No Sleep showcase, BV co-presents)
The trusty No Sleep Records is throwing its showcase which is FREE (no badges required) which starts early at 6 PM and goes til after midnight. There's a ton of cool stuff, including a solo set from Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, a few killer post-hardcore bands (Xerxes, Aviator, Rescuer, Maps For Travelers), the reunited Felix Culpa, the punky Run Forever and more. BrooklynVegan proudly co-presents this one.

Honey Wild, Fractures, Little May, Monica Heldal, Happyness, Son Little, Elle King, Horse Thief @ Rockwood Music Hall
WFUV and Communion Records helped put this show together, featuring Oklahoma's anthemic Horse Thief (shades of Fleet Foxes), the US live debut from Australia's Little May, and the throwback indie rock sounds of Happyness.

The Crookes, Money, Spring King, Longfellow @ Rough Trade
Clothing brand Ben Sherman is presenting this show so it may be no surprise all the bands are from the UK. We're especially looking forward to Spring King whose anthemic swagger falls somewhere between Wavves and Palma Violets. Also: this show is free.

The Thurston Moore Band, PCPC (mems Parquet Courts + PC Worship) @ Saint Vitus
Thurston Moore's new band includes his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards, and unlike Thurston's last acoustic-y album, this band's more similar to what Thurston was writing in latter-day Sonic Youth. Their tourmates, PCPC, are the result of Parquet Courts and PC Worship members coming together for a collaborative project, so that should be interesting as well. This non-CMJ show is their first of two sold-out NYC shows, the next one being Rough Trade on Sunday.

Ex-Breathers, Glish, Vetter Kids, The Hawks of Holy Rosary @ Shea Stadium
This is the Texas Is Funny showcase with a good lineup of that label's bands all around, most notably Florida hardcore rippers Ex-Breathers.

Dream Police, Natural Velvet, Psychic Blood, Survival @ Silent Barn
Most interestingly, this is one of a few CMJ shows for Dream Police, the other project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, who make more avant-garde and effect-laden music than The Men's recent output. Psychic Blood are good too.

The Horrors, Moon Duo (members of Wooden Shjips) @ Stage 48
Psych out tonight with British post-punks The Horrors and the groovy drone of Moon Duo. For those who like to show-hop at CMJ, Stage 48 is out of the way, but it's The Horrors' only East Coast show this tour.

Inter Arma, King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wulf, The Moon Tooth @ The Acheron
This is the Metal Injection/MetalSucks showcase and it's headlined by the awesome psychedelic metallers Inter Arma who just put out a one-song 40-minute EP. Locals So Hideous are well-matched and the proggy Lazer/Wulf are cool too.

Weyes Blood, Guy Blakeslee, Heat, The #1s, J Fernandez, Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool
Tonight, Union Pool hosts the YVYNYL CMJ showcase which has a great and diverse lineup. There's powerhouse vocalist Weyes Blood, The Entrance Band's Guy Blakeslee, Montreal's fuzzed-out Heat, Ireland's power pop/garage rockers The #1s, the guitar pop of J Fernandez, and the new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.

James @ Webster Hall
Long-running Manchester band James formed in 1982 and were originally signed to Factory Records (home of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays). They were championed early by The Smiths but seemed saddled with underground success until "Sit Down" and then "Laid" which took the band into international stardom in the early '90s. The band have remained active since, and released La Petite Mort, their 13th album, earlier this year which finds them in much the same big anthemic, danceable style they've always worked in.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon, this being the first.

The Kills, Alec Soth, Joe Purdy, Billy Bragg @ Terminal 5
Though The Kills' intimate CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday is probably the place to be if you're a Kills fan, you can catch them playing a "short set" at this one, which is The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party, a tribute to photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank.

PINS, September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, Amanda X @ Cameo Gallery
Oh My Rockness curated this night of four excellent female-fronted bands -- including Manchester UK's PINS, Philadelphia's Amanda X -- plus the dudes that are Jersey's Vasudeva.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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October 20, 2014

Wampire @ Bowery Ballroom 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Wampire

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Tom Vek, Future Punx, Doprah @ Baby's All Right
Tom Vek's style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he hasn't futzed with it too much over his 10-year career. Having released his third album, Luck, earlier this year he's over for a few US shows this week. Tonight's also got Future Punx who are worth

Wampire, Wannabe Jalva, The Peach Kings, Monogem @ Brooklyn Bowl
Portland band Wampire, whose second album was just released, bring a love of late '70s to their brand of indie rock. Tonight's show part of this week's It's A School Night series, free with RSVP. They'll be all over CMJ too.

Free Time, The Ocean Party, Shorts, Emma Russack, Ernest Ellis @ Cameo
Australian ex-pats Free Time have a laid-back guitar style not too far off from Real Estate (and are signed to that band's old label, Underwater Peoples).

Gerard Way, The Eeries @ Irving Plaza
The former My Chemical Romance frontman ditches the gothed-out stadium pop punk of his former band on his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, which instead pulls heavily from '90s Britpop. Whether or not you were an MCR fan, it's worth checking out. This is his first of two NYC shows, the other being during CMJ.

Dead Congregation, Mausoleum, Pissgrave, Svart Crown, Immortal Bird @ Saint Vitus
Filthy old-school death metallers Dead Congregation released their sophomore album Promulgation of the Fall, via Profound Lore earlier this year.

Dads, Nai Harvest, Tiny Moving Parts, Chris Gethard, Clam @ Studio at Webster Hall
This triple bill has '90s-emo lovers Dads, promising UK indie rockers Nai Harvest (who also have two CMJ shows), and the noodly post-hardcore of Tiny Moving Parts. Plus, the always funny Chris Gethard is on board too.

Jimmy Eat World @ The Space at Westbury
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show offers up a special $5 edition -- guests all a surprise.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike has been playing big rooms for his new show, "Thank God for the Jokes," he continues to hone his craft at these intimate "working it out" shows at Union Hall. Sold out.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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October 19, 2014

Zola Jesus at Catalpa Fest 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Zola Jesus

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Zola Jesus, Martin Rev, Lee Bannon @ Webster Hall
Zola Jesus' new album Taiga is her first for a bigger label (Mute) and her most accessible, but it's still the Zola Jesus we know and love. Cool support at this show from Suicide's Martin Rev and electronic producer Lee Bannon.

Radiator Hospital, Allison Crutchfield, Slutever, Girlpool, Libbie 2000 @ Silent Barn
This is a cool bill all around with the always-fun Radiator Hospital, Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield (playing off her very good solo EP) and two lo-fi LA duos, Slutever and Girlpool.

Tyondai Braxton, Olga Bell, Paul Lansky, Nate Boyce, Daniel Lopatin, Lucky Dragons, Roomful of Teeth, Holly Herndon, more @ MoMA PS1
This is an all-day event called Sound/Source, an "exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds." Lineup includes former Battles member Tyondai Braxton, current Dirty Projectors member Olga Bell, Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Holly Herndon and more.

Arto Lindsay (Noise Quartet), Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Ornament @ Death by Audio
Death by Audio is sadly closing soon, but they've been having tons of great shows go down before that. Tonight's especially cool with no wave pioneer-turned-great experimental composer Arto Lindsay playing with his Noise Quartet.

Filmstrip, Ghost Punch, Enney, Eleanor @ Palisades
Filmstrip have a new LP coming out and the last we heard from it was the single "Waiting On A Train" which wasn't too far removed from The Men's punkish country rock. It's good stuff.

Only Crime, Iron Reagan, Ma Jolie @ Saint Vitus
This show has two bands with impressive lineups: Only Crime (Good Riddance, Converge, Black Flag, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Modern Life Is War, etc) and the heavy thrashers Iron Reagan (Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour). Opening is younger band Ma Jolie who make noodly post-hardcore.

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October 18, 2014

Sam Amidon at SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Amidon

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sam Amidon, Bill Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily, Cy Dune @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sam Amidon just released Lily-O, an album of reimagined folk songs featuring jazz legend and Bill Frisell on guitar, as well as frequent collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (he and Sam are both in Doveman's band). Those three will be playing together tonight as well.

Fat White Family, Jeffrey Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
The wild, debauched world of Fat White Family returns to NYC after leaving their stink all over the place back in March. The band's new single, "I Am Mark E. Smith" lays influences pretty clear and is good in its own right (stream it below).

Xiu Xiu, Yvette @ Glasslands
Jamie Stewart's experimental, confrontational music as Xiu Xiu maybe be too much for some people, but it is never boring. Catch him tonight with very intense locals, Yvette.

Frankie Cosmos, Porches, No One and the Somebodies, Eskimeaux @ Baby's All Right
It's the second night of related bands Frankie Cosmos and Porches' two-night run at Baby's and this time Frankie headlines. Like last night, it's another all-in-the-family show, this time with Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band).

Pond, Doctopus, Fascinator @ Rough Trade
They may share members/ex-members with Tame Impala, but don't call Pond a side project. Some would argue they're better at the psych-rock game. (We like them both.) We're not sure when Pond's new album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, will actually be released (it was supposed to be already) but you can probably catch songs from it tonight.

Ben Frost, Julianna Barwick, Oneirogen @ The Wick
Avant-garde composer Ben Frost released new album, A U R O R A, earlier this year and, like his previous work, it's ambient but you'd be hard pressed to call it mellow. There's a lot of tension here, which cracks open into bursts of noise. Tonight's well-curated show is the first in Pitchfork's new "Tinitus" series. You might want to consider earplugs.

Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Vallenfyre @ Best Buy Theater
Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth and Swedish power metal band Sabaton's tour hits NYC tonight, and this is a special night on the tour with support from Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Extinction of Mankind.

Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil, Evoken @ Saint Vitus
Party metallers Skeletonwitch have been on the Amon Amarth/Sabaton tour themselves, but tonight they're taking the chance to headline their own show at the smaller Saint Vitus. Tonight's with NYC black metal crew Black Anvil and funeral doomers Evoken.

Paul Collins Beat, Club For Growth, The #1s @ Cake Shop
Power pop lovers, here's one for you with former Nerves frontman headlining and very good Irish band The #1s starting things off.

The Soupcans, Slutever, Girlpool, Pink Wash @ Death By Audio
This is a great bill all around with Toronto's ripping Soupcans, two LA duos Slutever and Girlpool (currently on tour with each other), and Bleeding Rainbow/Hume-related Pink Wash.

Rakta, S.H.I.T., Survival, Mommy @ Palisades
This is the second of two NYC shows this week for Brazil's Rakta who play a loud, raw mix of gothy post-punk and tripped out psychedelic rock.

Daedelus, Spazzkid @ Villain
Production great Daedelus is currently on the road supporting his new album for Brainfeeder, The Light Brigade, and hitting rarely-used but cool Williamsburg spot Villain tonight.

The Empty Hearts, Party Lights @ Knitting Factory
The Empty Hearts are the supergroup of Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. As you may expect from a lineup like that, it's late '70s-style power pop.

Busdriver, clipping., Milo @ Mercury Lounge
This is an excellent triple bill of out-there alternative hip hop, and all three are supporting new releases -- Busdriver's Perfect Hair, clipping.'s CLPPNG, and Milo's a toothpaste suburb.

Psychoegyptian, Haleek Maul, Dre Green, Neuport, Ponyo, EU1OGY @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos has a typically eclectic bill tonight mostly with rap, electronic and alt-R&B.

Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really.

Bill Cosby @ The Paramount
Comedy legend and fancy sweater lover Bill Cosby has gotten a little preachy with age but is still a funny guy. One of the greats. He'll do two performance tonight.

Leisure Cruise, Mister Lies, Frances Cone, Summer Underground, DJ Toy @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is always a good place to stop by at night for drinks, midnight snacks, arcade games, and shopping, not to mention free music. Tonight's lineup leans towards electronic pop.

Blue Oyster Cult @ The Space at Westbury
Hard rock veterans Blue Oyster Cult's influence is undeniable and they have no lack of great tunes to pull from at tonight's show on their hometown of Long Island.

Finch, Maps & Atlases, Wounds @ Gramercy Theatre
While we're not crazy about the headliners, math rockers-turned-indie popsters Maps & Atlases are always worth catching.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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October 17, 2014

J Mascis w/ Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
J Mascis

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

J Mascis, Luluc @ Bowery Ballroom
J Mascis may be most loved for shredding in Dinosaur Jr, but his mostly-acoustic solo material is great too and he still rips out the guitar solos at these shows too.

Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Regal Degal, Rivergazer @ Baby's All Right
Porches go in a synthy new direction on their new single for Terrible Records, and tonight's show is all in the family with Frankie Cosmos (the project of Greta Kline who's in Porches that also features Porches singer Aaron Maine on drums) and Rivergazer (the project of Kevin Farrant who's also in Porches). Regal Degal aren't in the family but they're worth catching too.

Wampire, TOPS @ Baby's All Right
Wampire's brand of indiepop has a strong streak of yacht rock running through it (hey, isn't that a Gerry Rafferty song?) without actually setting sail; TOPS do to similarly and have gotten quite good in the last year (single "Way to Be Loved" is pretty irresistible).  Both bands will be around for CMJ too.

Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul and The Broken Bones @ Beacon Theatre
Drive-By-Truckers have been on the road for a while now, having hauled their tenth album, English Oceans, earlier this year. This ain't no truck-stop, though, it's a show at one of NYC's classiest venues.

Teenanger, Nancy, The Abandos, Sheer Mag, Rock Bottom Boys @ Cake Shop
It's a night of snarling garagepunk, headlined by terrific Toronto band Teenanger, plus Philly's Abandos, Brooklynites Nancy and Philly riffers Sheer Mag.

Arto Lindsay, Guardian Alien @ Le Poisson Rouge
Arto Linsay is a veteran of the no wave scene, having been in the seminal band DNA, and he's also an excellent experimental composer, a collaborator of David Byrne, John Zorn and more. Solid support tonight comes from Guardian Alien, the project of Liturgy's wild drummer Greg Fox.

New Myths, ARMS, Twin Wave, Nicholas Nicholas @ Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn synth trio New Myths just released their appealing new album, Give Me Love, and celebrate tonight. ARMS brand of scifi prog pop will make for a good opener.

Horse Lords, Oh Hang, The Seeers, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Death By Audio
Experimental Baltimore band Horse Lords bring a heap of skronk to their sound. They play tonight with fellow Baltimore eccentrics Oh Hang, as well as VA's The Seeers and Brown Water Wampum Band (members of PC Worship, Head Molt & Liturgy).

Minus the Bear, O'Brother @ Gramercy Theatre
For Minus the Bear's current tour, they're celebrating both a new compilation with b-sides from their past few releases and the tenth anniversary of the excellent They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP from their prime early 2000s era. So it'll be a good mix of the old favorites and some of the lesser heard stuff.

Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the second performance of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.

Har Mar Superstar, The Pizza Underground, Candy Boys, Nowhere @ Knitting Factory
Hope you like extra cheese, 'cause you're gonna get it tonight as Har Mar and The Pizza Underground's tour has returned to NYC. While PU's schtick has gotten cold, Har Mar's '80s-style funk-pop is generally a good time.

Com Truise, Rone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a good double bill for electronic producers with Com Truise, who's touring behind Wave 1 and Rone, who's touring behind Apache.

Rone, Thug Entrancer, Photay @ Glasslands
Keep the party going after MHOW with Rone who heads to Glasslands for this late show with other quality producers, Thug Entrancer and Photay.

Dope Body, Rat Fist, Bambara, Bottoms @ Palisades
Dope Body make more loud rock on their new album, Lifer, and Pissed Jeans/No Age spinoff Rat Fist make this a great double bill.

Agent Orange, The Architects @ Santos Party House
Agent Orange's only original member is frontman Mike Palm, but with an album that lives up as well as 1981's Living In Darkness, they're still worth checking out.

Oneida, Guerilla Toss @ Secret Project Robot
Like your music descended from Beefheart? Miss the weird, mid-'00s days of Ponytail? Boston's Guerilla Toss make a not-too-dissimilar racket. They open for Brooklyn scene royalty Oneida tonight.

Jimmy Eat World, Minibosses @ Capitol Theatre
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.

Mike Wexler, Gardens, Larkin Grimm, Erin Durant @ Union Pool
Among the artists on this bill, psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler and Swans/Martin Bisi associate Larkin Grimm are both especially worth seeing.

Judas Priest, Steel Panther @ Izod Center
Heavy metal legends Judas Priest released their 17th album in 44 years this year. It had some classsic-sounding Priest on there and sometimes that's all you can ask for. Of course, they've got tons major classics to play tonight too and we'll surely hear plenty of those.

We're Ghosts Now, Bo Ningen, Public Access T.V., Amigos Amigos, Hey Anna @ The Wonder Bar
Wuxia rock practitioners Bo Ningen were performing their high-flying musical acrobatics here in NYC not that long ago and are not to be missed. Amidst a second round of NYC dates, they hit Jersey tonight.

Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really. Check out "her" appearance on Letterman, below.

Black Milk (w/ live band), Wara from the NBHD, AB, Azad Right @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Detroit rapper Black Milk has a new album coming later this month, and tonight he's in NYC with a full band and will hopefully be previewing some new songs.

Rosetta, So Hideous, White Widows Pact, Tiger Flowers @ Saint Vitus
Philly post-metallers Rosetta put out a new EP this week and tonight they're in NYC with guitarist Eric Jernigan from City of Ships joining them. So Hideous and Tiger Flowers make for solid and likeminded local support.

The Orwells, Skaters @ Asbury Lanes
Chicago-area troublemakers The Orwells bring their beer-friendly party rock to NJ with fellow good time charlies, Skaters.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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October 16, 2014

La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Femme

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

La Femme, Ejecta, Charly Bliss, Tiny Leg @ Le Poisson Rouge
France's finest motorik synthy surf band return to NYC. La Femme are a lot of fun -- you might see crowd surfing atop a keyboard -- and the undercard, including Brooklyn synthpop act Ejecta, is well-chosen.

Flying Lotus, Thundercat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Flying Lotus has always had a little jazz in his IDM, but he fully embraces the genre on the just-released You're Dead!. His bass wizard collaborator Thundercat opens and will presumably be joining FlyLo during his set too. Things should get wacky.

Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks @ Starland Ballroom
As part of their quest to find missing leader Oderus, the galaxy's craziest band are in the NY area as part of their "Eternal Tour 2014" featuring new members Vulvatron and Blóthar. Expect typical Gwar mayhem. It's a killer evening all-around with Decapitated and beer-loving American Sharks opening. GWAR will be in NYC proper next month.

Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Tim Koh (DJ Set), Jesper Eklow @ Baby's All Right
Part Two of Mexican Summer's two-day celebration, tonight's sold-out show is pretty killer, with ethereal songstress Weyes Blood and terrific Boston band Quilt. Headliner Connan Mockasin is the wildcard, brining an anarchic glee to his live shows. Things could get nutty. Stick around later for a separate midnight set from "OctaHate" singer Ryn Weaver.

mewithoutyou, The Appleseed Cast, Hop Along @ Irving Plaza
This is an excellent triple bill, with Philly's mewithoutYou celebrating the 10th anniversary of their art rock/post-hardcore opus Catch For Us The Foxes, veteran emo-turned-post-rockers The Appleseed Cast, and one of Philly's best newer bands Hop Along.

Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Jhene Aiko, Redman, Method Man, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, Foxy Brown, Onyx, Jeremih @ Barclays Center (Def Jam 30th Anniversary)
Though Def Jam doesn't exactly have their heaviest hitters out to celebrate the label's 30th anniversary, there's still some cool stuff on this bill including a few veterans.

Rat Fist, Teenanger, The Abandos, Foster Care @ Death By Audio
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinnes, who make exactly the kind of racket you'd expect from a resume like that. Their first NYC show ever was this past June at DbA and tonight they return to the venue. Toronto's Teenanger, meanwhile, make sneering, searing garagepunk -- a good fit. As are the other openers (Foster Care are one of NYC's most underrated bands).

Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the premiere of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.

Il Sogno Del Marinaio (with Mike Watt), Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
Mike Watt's a busy man, having been in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges and more, and his current focus is his trio Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi.

Toddla T, Samo Sound Boy, Dre Skull, Jubilee @ Output
Samo Sound Boy's had a bit more success lately with his DJ Dodger Stadium duo with Jerome LOL, but tonight he's on his own to provide direct support to Ninja Tune's Toddla T for Output's weekly INPUT party.

The Twilight Sad, Christines @ Rough Trade
Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad reissued their 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters this year and tonight they'll be playing it in full live.

The Blues Magoos, The Cynz @ Bowery Electric
The Blues Magoos initially had a short career in the late '60s that produced a handful of influential psych/garage rock songs including their popular single "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" and their version of "Tobacco Road," which later appeared on the first Nuggets compilation. Now they've got a new album out and this is the release show.

Dope Body, Big Ups, Slonk Donkerson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Between Dope Body and Big Ups, there will be no lack of very loud, very distorted guitars at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight. Dope Body do it again at Palisades tomorrow with Rat Fist.

Xylouris & White, Bo Ningen @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings. Pretty interesting, as are openers Bo Ningen who are like a Chinese action fantasy as metal-prog band (but from Japan).

Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Signals Midwest, Lee Corey Oswald @ Asbury Lanes
Cheap Girls and Beach Slang are a great double bill of two newer bands who likely would've been all over rock radio 20 years ago. The tour hit NYC earlier this week and now it's nearby in NJ.

Homeboy Sandman, ScienZe, Cavalier, I Am Many @ Glasslands
Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman put out his fifth album, Hallways, this past September via Stones Throw, and tonight's his first NYC show since its release.

Royal Blood, Kan Wakan @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
UK rock duo Royal Blood's self-titled debut is one of 12 records up for this year's prestigious Mercury Prize with some prognosticators saying it's one of the frontrunners. Kinda sounds like run-of-the-mill rock to us but maybe you wanna see what all the fuss is about anyway.

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October 15, 2014

Flying Lotus @ T5 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital,)
Flying Lotus

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Caveman, Icewater, Public Access T.V., Lily McQueen @ Baby's All Right
Part of Baby's All Right's one-year anniversary, Caveman will squeeze into this intimate show (for them), with an undercard of hotly-tipped local acts, including loved-by-UK-press Public Access TV. Sold out.

Endless Boogie @ Baby's All Right
If you still have energy, after Caveman stick around for Brooklyn's Endless Boogie. Their name suits them well -- they play a type of jammy, bluesy hard rock that truly is an...endless boogie.

Pond, Doctopus, Fascinator @ Bowery Ballroom
They may share members/ex-members with Tame Impala, but don't call Pond a side project. Some would argue they're better at the psych-rock game. (We like them both.) We're not sure when Pond's new album, Man, It Feels Like Space Again, will actually be released (it was supposed to be already) but you can probably catch songs from it tonight.

Black Francis @ Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY)
While the Pixies have been on the road a lot this year (with new music and a new bassist), frontman Black Francis is using the time they have off to revert to his solo career. He's been talking about a Frank Black & the Catholics boxset and recently put out an unheard demo, so maybe he'll revisit some tunes from that era tonight.

Buck Gooter, Zomes, Radio Shock, Florida, Jeremy Smoking @ Death By Audio
With a drum machine, guitar and netherworld vocals, Virgina primordial blues act Buck Gooter gets to the nitty gritty. Zomes, one half of whom is Lungfish guitarist Asa Osborne, are also on the bill.

La Hell Gang, ARP, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma @ Glasslands
The first of two Mexican Summer Records celebratory shows this week, tonight featuring Chile psych rock outfit La Hell Gang and local dreampoppers ARP. Lansing-Dreiden were originally supposed to headline but dropped off.

The Orwells, Skaters @ Irving Plaza
Chicago-area troublemakers The Orwells bring their beer-friendly party rock to town with fellow good time charlies, Skaters.

Minus the Bear, O'Brother @ Saint Vitus
For Minus the Bear's current tour, they're celebrating both a new compilation with b-sides from their past few releases and the tenth anniversary of the excellent They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP from their prime early 2000s era. So it'll be a good mix of the old favorites and some of the lesser heard stuff. Tonight's show is sold out, and they'll also hit the larger Gramercy Theatre on Friday.

Flying Lotus, Thundercat @ Terminal 5
Flying Lotus has always had a little jazz in his IDM, but he fully embraces the genre on the just-released You're Dead!. His bass wizard collaborator Thundercat opens and will presumably be joining FlyLo during his set too. Things should get wacky.

Il Sogno Del Marinaio (with Mike Watt), Overlake @ The Bell House
Mike Watt's a busy man, having been in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges and more, and his current focus is his the trio Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi. Tonight they team with the shoegaze-ish Overlake, which makes for a good double bill.

Nothing Changes w/ Rakta, Ninos Du Brasil @ Home Sweet Home
Hospital Productions-signed Italian duo Ninos Du Brasil are in town, having opened for Merchandise last night, and they're sticking around for a smaller show tonight which is with Brazilian dark punks Rakta.

The Blow, Sadie Benning @ Union Pool
This is the third of The Blow's three Union Pool "unplugged" residency shows. Says Khaela: "These shows are a laboratory for working out new ways of performing electronic music live. We will be performing songs, just songs, from the extended Blow catalog." Ok then!

Nina Persson, Clam @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
Former Cardigans singer (and current NYC resident) Nina Persson released solo album Animal Heart earlier this year plays shows here and there, like tonight. NYC dance rock band Clam open and they're worth catching too. You can stream one of their tracks below.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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