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Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire have had no lack of a marketing plan for their new album, Reflektor (due out 10/29 via Merge), which has included SNL, an NBC special, mysterious murals, cryptic videos, and some random shows, including two in NYC during CMJ at 299 Meserole in Bushwick on Friday (10/18) and Saturday (10/19). Not the first time Arcade Fire was the talk of CMJ.

Formal attire or costumes were mandatory for the show, and as you may have heard, the first night began with a little "trick" from the band. Stereogum puts it like this:

[Fans] were let inside shortly after 8 PM and crowded around the small stage set up with some gear, setlists, and a Reflektors logo behind it. Ninety minutes later, "Reflektor" producer James Murphy took the stage with some bad news: "There's been a little snafu. We can only get three members right now. But it's going to be OK. I'd like to introduce the Reflektors!"

Three people in those familiar papier-mâché masks came onstage to jam awkwardly on bad reggae for a bit. Then, on the opposite side of the room, a curtain dropped to reveal the real, larger stage, where the real, larger Arcade Fire launched into "Reflektor." A chaotic stampede of kids in fancy suits and dresses ensued. Some were not amused.

Later, Win Butler apologized saying, "Sorry we played a trick on you, we just thought it was funny." He then continued saying it wouldn't be the last time they did something to be funny that no one else thought was funny, and some crowd members may have felt that way, when after their 75-minute set, Win returned to the stage to explain their lack of an encore. Via SPIN:
"We're not playing any more songs," he said. "But we're going to play a bunch of dance music. We're going to come out and dance with you. If you guys want to hang out and dance, that's totally cool. But if everyone just stares at the stage, nothing's happening. So it's super awkward."

The audience booed.

"I just wanted to explain it to you so you know that it's happening," he continued over the kvetching. "If that's super a bummer that we're totally going to dance with you and party all night, then I apologize. But otherwise, I'll see you on the dance floor."

"Tricks" aside, what Arcade Fire did do is debut more previously unheard tracks from their album, including "Flashbulb Eyes," "Joan of Arc," "Supersymmetry," and "It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)," in addition to playing the other Reflektor tracks that have found their way online in one way or another. Only two older songs -- "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" -- were played though. Regarding those new tracks, Pitchfork writes:
[The songs] are darker, more self-aware, dancier, and--yes--trickier than anything Arcade Fire have done before. "We've all got something to hide," yelped Butler on an arena-ready version of "Reflektor", his foot on the monitor and his arm arched up over his head, Bono-style. And then, on the very next song, "Flashbulb Eyes", he sang, "You know I've got nothing to hide." It was a slippery, knowing contradiction from a band more known for stone-faced frankness. There are precedents for this kind of playful rock'n'roll about-face, of course--Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, U2's Achtung Baby, and R.E.M.'s Monster instantly spring to mind--but it's still a viable way forward for bands that have reached the top of rock's heap but aren't ready to call it a day or bask in past greatness just yet.

The goal is to thread the needle between fresh and familiar in order to keep everyone--band and fans alike--interested, and based on the new tracks shown off at the gig, Arcade Fire have done just that. Along with touching on 80s pop and new wave, their new sound also harkens back to the dance-rock revival of the mid-00s--understandable given Murphy's involvement--bringing to mind names like the Rapture, the Faint, and even Bright Eyes' 2005 foray into electronics, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn.

Videos of those four previously unheard songs, the show's setlist, and more pictures from Friday night, below.

UPDATE: Zane Lowe also just premiered the new Arcade Fire single, "Afterlife," which you can also hear below.

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words by PJ superfan Dominic Masi Jr., photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Pearl Jam in Brooklyn
Pearl Jam @ Barclays
Pearl Jam @ Barclays

While Arcade Fire was playing a Bushwick warehouse and CMJ was going on all around the city, Pearl Jam brought their tour to Brooklyn for two sold out shows at the Barclays Center. Choosing the new Brooklyn venue over the being-renovated MSG has been a recent trend, and for PJ to skip the Garden was a big deal for fans. Especially since they've had some of their most legendary shows there. Unofficial spokesman for the city and the building itself, Jay-Z, joined PJ onstage at the Made In America Fest in Philadelphia last year for a version of '99 Problems,' but this was Pearl Jam's first trip to Jay's borough. After a 30+ song set on Friday night, fans felt that the bar was set high but knew they could top it on night #2 and they did just that. On what was the 20th anniversary of the release of their second album, VS., Pearl Jam played for nearly 3 hours and 33 songs on Saturday (10/19) for what many fans are calling one of their best shows ever. Dennis Rodman was even in attendance, bumping elbows with the 10Club members in the pit. Everyone knew from the beginning it going to be "one of those nights."

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Brian Wilson / Jeff Beck @ Wellmont Theatre, 10/16/2013
Brian Wilson and Jeff beck
Brian Wilson and Jeff beck

This was not a concert for casual Beach Boys fans, or Jeff Beck fans for that matter. And there were a few of each faction in the lobby near the end of the two-hour-plus set complaining about being cheated out of more material -- particularly from folks who came to see Wilson.

Another fan sporting a Jeff Beck tour shirt was also audibly frustrated by the setlist as he stormed toward the exit before the encore.

They were counterbalanced, however, by many who sat riveted for the duration, occasionally with jaws agape or wiping tears from their eyes. There were some truly magical moments -- make that many magical moments to be found -- beginning with the opening number.

Instead of launching into the chugging rocker "Do It Again," which came third in the set, Wilson's group opened playing no instruments at all. And their flawless rendition of "A Young Man Is Gone" provided electrifying evidence of what was to come. - [Soundspike]

The above review comes from Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck's show in Wallingford, CT. The pair were in NYC last week as part of their tour, having played The Beacon Theatre (where they surprised the audience by doing Pet Sounds in full) and then played Montclair, NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Wednesday (10/16) that also featured Blondie Chaplin on a few songs, not to mention fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks. Pictures and setlist from that show are in this post.

Brian then stuck around NYC afterward to sing at the Darlene Love tribute at Cipriani's. More photos from Wellmont below...

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Fiona Apple at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre - 10/15/13
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has been on her "Anything We Want" tour with Blake Mills, which comes to NYC for shows at Beacon Theatre tonight (10/21) at Tuesday (10/22). Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but Tuesday's is sold out.

The tour recently hit Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (10/15) for a show which saw Fiona and Blake playing some new songs, a cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe," and songs from both of their own albums. Pictures and the setlist from that show are in this post. A review from the Chicago show is at BV Chicago. Streams of a couple of the new songs (from different tour stops) are below.

The tour also included a show at Portland's Newmark Theatre on October 3, which, as Stereogum points out, saw Fiona heckled by a woman in the crowd who yelled out "Fiona, get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years. I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful." Fiona then reportedly kicked her out of the show. Pitchfork then caught up with Fiona and asked her about the incident:

Pitchfork: The audience member in Portland who yelled out, "Get healthy, we want to see you in 10 years!"--is that someone who got in your way?

FA: Yeah, it was. She hurt my feelings. I don't think what I look like is relevant. And by the way, this whole "unhealthy" thing has me baffled. It's really confusing to me why anyone would have an opinion about that. And [the heckling] just takes you out of [the live performance]. People around me try to tell me that's not going to happen, but it always happens. It's really disappointing. I can't laugh--I'm an emotional person. And I'm just very sensitive about that. Many people are, not just women. The heckler said, "I saw you 20 years ago, and you were pretty." That's just rude, and I don't want her there anymore because it's my stage, you know? I got very angry. But I'm going to try and be more prepared for that. I'm assuming that people are going to start to say those kinds of things just to egg me on now. Those people are going to have to leave if they interrupt me. I need to be able to do my job.

Pitchfork: Your weight and appearance have been discussed throughout your career. Has it gotten easier to deal with?

FA: No. It's a sensitive subject because it's not something that should be talked about, because there is nothing wrong with me. I'm healthy and I shouldn't even have to say any of that. What makes me unhealthy and puts me in danger is that kind of scrutiny itself. It's the same as being bullied at school, and just because you're getting older, it doesn't mean that you aren't hurt by it. You could make anybody cry if you told them that they're ugly.

I don't even know what I'm being accused of. Do they think I'm on drugs? That I have a life-threatening illness? Do they think that I'm anorexic? At this point, emotionally, it doesn't get easier to hear those criticisms--but it gets easier to be resolute about my reaction to it. Which is just: "Go ahead and call me ugly, call me skinny, call me crazy and speculate as much as you want, but not at a show." I don't think that there's anything meltdown-y about that. I don't have any problem getting angry at someone who insults me in the middle of a show.

Read the rest of the interview here. Check out more pictures and the setlist from the Chicago show, the new song streams, and the list of updated tour dates, below...

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"Well, Janelle Monae at the Apollo was one of the best concerts I've ever seen." - Isaac Butler

"Janelle Monáe tore it up Apollo Theater - What a fantastic Concert! She is definitely the #1 #ElectricLady" - Tracy Iglesias

"Words can't express everything that truly happened in Harlem @ The Apollo Theatre last night. Thank you from the heart." - Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae @ The Apollo
Janelle Monae @ The Apollo

While many of us were caught up in the craziness that is CMJ this past week, there were some other big NYC shows going on too, like Janelle Monae's tour stop at legendary Harlem theatre The Apollo on Friday (10/18). The forward-thinking funk/R&B singer is out supporting her new album, The Electric Lady, the worthy followup to her imaginative debut, The ArchAndroid. Pictures from the Apollo show, including opener Roman Gianarthur, are in this post.

This weekend (10/26), Janelle will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with host Edward Norton. The week after that (11/2), Eminem will appear with Scandal star Kerry Washington. Eminem recently released a new song, "Rap God," from his upcoming MMLP2, and also announced he'd be touring Australia with Kendrick Lamar (who tours North America with Kanye West).

More pics from Janelle's Apollo performance below...

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by Doug Moore

We've debuted a new song by the enigmatic Russian/Ukranian post-metal band Kauan over at Invisible Oranges this morning. Here's what we had to say about it:

"Pirut is a deliberate album that, like the movement of celestial bodies, achieves beauty through regularity. Genre-wise, it falls somewhere between funeral doom and post-rock, though both of those tags are reductive. Kauan use inexorable rhythms and evoke tragic vibes, as those styles do. But there's meat on their bones: as with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kauan's layers of strings and keyboards make a compelling case that "symphonic" need not be shorthand for hokey melodrama. Pirut is not a terrible heavy album on the average, but it isn't entirely overrun with blossoming harmonies; the album turns dank and ugly at times. Fittingly so."
You can read the whole writeup over at IO. Pirut will be available for preorder via the Finnish label Blood Music on October 23. You can stream the sample cut "Lightfox" below.

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Fiona Apple at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Fiona Apple

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Beacon Theatre
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills are doing two nights of "Anything We Want" at Beacon Theatre this week. What exactly does that mean? Back in July they said, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." They've probably figured out more of the set by now.

Elliott Smith tribute w/ Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials, Tereu Tereu @ Glasslands
This stacked lineup for a tribute to the late, great songwritier Elliot Smith includes Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sadie of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Nadler, Sky Ferreira, and many more.

Foxygen, Ben Chatrer, Jungle Green @ Bowery Ballroom
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was just in NYC playing a bunch of CMJ shows, and now the whole band is here for a 2-night stand of their '60s-style baroque/psych pop and Jim Morrison-style stage antics.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Great Caesar @ Webster Hall
A Great Big Pile of Leaves released one of the more fun, somewhat mathy, somewhat emo, rock albums of the summer with You're Always On My Mind, out now on Topshelf. Their sound should go great with the sunny vibes of the equally long-named Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds @ Mercury Lounge
Legendary guitarist/singer Kid Congo (The Gun Club, The Cramps, The Bad Seeds) and his garage rock band The Pink Monkeybirds are on the road, and after having played Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn last night, they hang around NYC for tonight's show at Mercury Lounge.

Fletcher C. Johnson, JP5, Pity Party, The Goddamn Rattlesnake @ Death By Audio
It's a night of different lo-fi styles at Death by Audio, with guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson (who recently opened for Parquet Courts and Guards), ex-The Measure [sa] pop punks Pity Party, bluegrass collective Goddamn Rattlesnake, and rock n' rollers JP5.

Man Man, Xenia Rubinos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Weirdo rockers Man Man are back with their new On Oni Pond LP, and this week their tour in support of it hits NYC for two shows with arty local songwriter Xenia Rubinos.

The Stargazer Lilies, Dead Leaf Echo, The Veldt, Acres @ Paper Box
Melt away at this record release show for NYC dream pop band The Stargazer Lilies that also features fellow effects pedal lovers Dead Leaf Echo and The Veldt.

'Two Boys' (Nico Muhly) @ Metropolitan Opera
As described by the Met, Nico Muhly's acclaimed new opera explores "identity and desire in the shadowy world of the Internet as a detective investigates the stabbing of one teenage boy by another -- and discovers a tangled web of online intrigue." Tickets are still available.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Found Footage Festival, Marcus Monroe, Carla Rhodes, Ted Travelstead, Jena Friedman, and more.

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

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If you're not too hungover from CMJ to go out one more night this weekend, browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Islands, Brazos, Fat Tony @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian indie pop band Islands are about to wrap up their tour in support of their recently released fifth album, Ski Mask. They just played a last-minute show at Knitting Factory last night, and tonight they hit the larger Bowery Ballroom. The multi-genre bill also includes Houston rapper Fat Tony.

Ghost Wave, Echosmith, Wardell, July Talk @ Brooklyn Bowl
A few of this year's hotter CMJ bands like Ghost Wave and Wardell team up for this post-CMJ show before returning home.

Molly Nilsson, Bird Call, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands
Berlin-via-Stockholm art pop singer Molly Nilsson mixes big vocals with dark synths in a way not too different from Zola Jesus or Austra.

No Neck Blues Band, Loren Connors & Tom Carter, Suzanne Langille & Cammisa Buerhaus @ Issue Project Room
The Issue Project Room anniversary continues tonight with these avant-garde, vaguely blues/guitar groups.

Cro-Mags, Bane, Mindset, Shitkill @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
NYC crossover thrash vets Cro-Mags return to the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Hopefully things go over better this time than last time.

King Dude @ Worship (early) Saint Vitus (late)
King Dude just wrapped up some CMJ shows, having brought their dark intensity to our BV party yesterday, and today they do it in NYC two more times.

Western Addiction, Livids, Weird Womb @ Acheron
Western Addiction are one of the punk bands who reunited for this year's Fat Wreck Chords CMJ showcases, and they're sticking around for a post-CMJ show in a much punker venue, Acheron. Opening are Eric Davidson's (New Bomb Turks) band Livids, and local garage punks Weird Womb.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Soft Location, Abdoulaye Diabate & Banning Eyre @ Union Pool
Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio is in the midst of his October residency with his newish side project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. This is their third of four nights.

Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds, Twin Guns, Hard Bodies @ Secret Project Robot
Legendary guitarist/singer Kid Congo (The Gun Club, The Cramps, The Bad Seeds) brings his band The Pink Monkey Birds back to Secret Project Robot (where they've played before). Tomorrow their tour hits Mercury Lounge.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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Father John Misty @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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It's the last day of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon and there's so much good music going on everywhere, you should really go and and see something. Specifically, we'd love to see you at our our free party at Baby's All Right which goes from noon to 2 AM. (Yes, we went a little crazy.) 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.

Spires, Pity Sex, Courtney Barnett, Yuck, King Dude, Nothing, Pallbearer, Mac McCaughan, Ex Hex, Drowners, Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting @ Baby's All Right (FREE)
Our second of two FREE (no RSVP, no badges) parties at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway in Williamsburg) goes down today, and it's a day and night party. The later portion of the day features goth-country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST (TBA very soon) Pallbearer, grunge-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, and the NYC debut of Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) talented pretty boys Drowners, CMJ breakout stars Joanna Gruesome and hard to describe (but worth staying up for) Public Service Broadcasting. There's also free rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry and free tattoos too (till 6 PM). Did we say it was FREE? It is.

Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you go last night?

Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, TRAXMAN, The Range, Jahiliyya Fields, HUERCO S., Mas Ysa@ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the second of two shows Pitchfork is doing at 285 Kent this week, and this one leans on the electronic side. It's got sets from forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela, footwork wizard Traxman, rising indie pop guy Mas Ysa, rising IDM producer The Range, and more.

Hunters, Bleeding Rainbow, Lost Boy?, Dirty Fences, Las Rosas, Unstoppable Death Machines, Roomrunner, Ken South Rock, Baby Acid, Lazyeyes, Flashlights, Surprise Guest @ Fontana's
There's a lot of bands on this one, including some of the hotter ones this year like grungy punks Roomrunner, punky shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow, and lively rockers Hunters.

No Way Jose, Misun, Hockey, Black Taxi, Wild Adriatic, Josh Berwanger, Gemini Club, Marmalakes, Attic Ends @ Mercury Lounge
The artist we're most excited for on this bill is Josh Berwanger, former frontman of The Anniversary, who's now making some pretty solid solo music. It's his only CMJ show.

Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.

Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
This is the cruise portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcase with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, we recommend seeing Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).

Braid, The Jazz June, Enemies, Have Mercy @ Saint Vitus
Speaking of TWO reunion bands, emo vets Braid and The Jazz June both grace the official Topshelf showcase tonight, which should make for a very fun night of emo nostalgia.

Tigers Jaw, Hostage Calm, Pity Sex, Captain We're Sinking, Cloakroom, Modern Baseball, Young Statues, Petal, GDP @ Santos Party House
Tonight's other big emo showcase, the Run for Cover showcase, goes down at Santos Party House. Some of our favorite bands on the label are on this one, like the shoegazey Pity Sex and the sludgy Cloakroom, and it's being headlined by the recently Pitchfork-approved Tigers Jaw.

Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Ovlov, Porches, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Roomrunner, Palehound, Krill, Fat History Month @ Silent Barn
The Exploding In Sound showcase goes down at Silent Barn with just about every band on their label, plus a few of their friends, and really every single band here is recommended for any fans of real-deal indie rock.

King Dude (11pm), SISU (10pm), Weeknight (9pm), Zig Zags (8pm) @ Union Pool
This bill leans on the darker side, with sets from goth/noir country balladeer King Dude and Dum Dum Girls-related SISU.

Peaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tonight's show is to celebrate the NYC theatrical release of her performance documentary, Peaches Does Herself, which is currently playing at Village theater The Quad. Tonight's show is with JD Samson, Sandy Kane, and Chris E. Pants.

Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the second).

Half Moon Run, Haerts, MisterWives, Gospels, Flagship @ Bowery Ballroom
Montreal's Half Moon Run mingle '60s folk rock harmonies and modern dynamics and percussion.

Jonathan Toubin (Soul Clap & Dance-Off), Nick Waterhouse (guest selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
In addition to Waterhouse's DJ set, tonight Dance Off judges are Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls)..

Telepopmusik, Dream Koala, Betty Black @ Cameo Gallery
It's been a long time since this French dance duo played NYC and this is an especially tiny place for them to be playing. Betty Black (who opens too) will join them as wil Angela McCluskey who sang vocals on the band's biggest hit, "Breathe."

Hookworms @ BVCMJ (photo by Chris La Putt)

Hookworms, Kirin J Callinan, Ex-Cult, Joanna Gruesome, Spires @ Death By Audio
Here are some of CMJ Week's buzziest bands -- JG, Hookworms, Kirin (and the awesome Ex Cult) -- all playing at one show together. Not an official CMJ show.

Hospitality, Pattern is Movement, The Building @ Glasslands
It's been nearly two years since Hospitality released their debut album. Expect a lot of new songs at tonight's show.

William Basinski, Aki Onda, Raha Raissnia @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with acclaimed The Disintegration Loops composer William Basinski. This one's sold out.

Flashlights, Islands, Kid Karate, Obits, The History of Apple Pie @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Few bands do snarly, garagey, pedal-to-the-metal rock as well as Obits. The rest of the bill is good too, and Islands were just announced as tonight's surprise performers.

Crocodiles, Dream Boys, Bleeding Rainbow, Punks On Mars @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar gives itself over to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles). In addition to Crocodiles and Bleeding Rainbow (reason enough to go), don't miss LA's uberjangly Dream Boys and extremely underrated glammy garage rockers Punks on Mars. This show is FREE.

Ghost Wave, The Shackeltons, Weird Womb, The Suzan, Oscar Key Sung, Dream Shake, Eternal Summers @ Pianos
Ghost Wave sounds like a name created by Chunklet to make fun of hipster bands, but they're worth a listen, especially if you like post-VU motorik style strumming. This is a fun show all around.

Waltz, TV Ghost, The Deer Tracks, Ice Choir, Lia Mice @ Pianos
Meanwhile this is happening upstairs at Pianos with more than a few good acts too. If you like '80s stuff like Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout, the Ice Choir (feature Kurt from Depreciation Guild and TPOBPAH) expertly recreate the sonics of that era.

The English Beat @ The Bell House
If you don't take issue with Dave Wakeling being the only originally member of The Beat in this line-up -- and that the set will also contain more than a few General Public songs -- there's no denying the many good tunes from their catalog.

Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Joanna Gruesome, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild, Three Thousand Crowns @ The Rock Shop (FREE)If you live over near Park Slope and don't feel like coming into the city (or over to Williamsburg) for CMJ, here's a chance to see some good indie-pop-ish bands, including CMJ winners Joanna Gruesome and the underappreciated North Carolina orch-pop band Fan Modine.

More notable Saturday 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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Pallbearer at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Earlier today, we announced that our blowout free CMJ party at Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/19) has been extended until 2am, but we're not done yet. It's not BV without a metal contingent, so we're pleased to announce that Pallbearer (who played with Saint Vitus the band tonight at Europa) will be filling the 5 PM slot at Saturday's festivities. The run from King Dude through Nothing and into Pallbearer should be ridiculous, and then you can keep partying for an additional EIGHT HOURS. Free drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry. Free tattoos by Three Kings Tattoo from 1-6pm courtesy of Sailory Jerry.

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Mac w/ Superchunk @ Bowery Ballroom (more by PSquared Photography)
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One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Saturday is the busiest for day parties, so to give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's daytime picks today (Friday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

Spires, Pity Sex, Courtney Barnett, Yuck, King Dude, Nothing, Special Guest, Mac McCaughan, Ex Hex, Drowners, Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting @ Baby's All Right
Our second of two FREE (no RSVP, no badges) parties at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway in Williamsburg) goes down today, and it's a day and night party. For this one we've got local psych band Spires, emo-shoegazers Pity Sex, witty psych-pop songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST (TBA very soon) Pallbearer, grunge-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, and the NYC debut of Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) new band Ex Hex. And lots more, 14 hours of music in total! Free! (and free rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry and free tattoos too!)

Schedule for our party is below.

Hunters, Ex-Cult, Roomrunner, Fat Tony, Crosss @ Cake Shop
Panache Booking is behind this day party that features quite a few intense live acts. Any chance to get up close and person to Hunters and Ex-Cult is a good time.

Drowners, Clear Plastic Masks, Caveman, Landshapes, Eagulls, Bear Mountain, Spires, Most Thieves, Kodaline, Jacco Gardner, Kan Wakan @ Pianos
This is Bowery Presents annual CMJ day bash, with an excellent line-up of bands as always.

Hockey, Black Taxi, Ski Lodge, TV Girl, Grandchildren, Easter Island, Real Magic @ Rockwood Music Hall (FREE)
If you're milling about the LES day party scene, it's worth popping over to Rockwood to check out TV Girl and Ski Lodge, both on the indiepop tip.

Special Guest, WIM, Reptiles, The Novocaines, Them Swoops, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, Delta Riggs, Kingswood, Oh Mercy, Royston Vasie, Emperors, Stillwater Giants, City Riots (5:35pm), Enola Fall, The Griswolds, Sheppard, Tigertown, Cub Sports @ The Delancey

Caveman, Empress Of, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave, Hockey, Little Daylight, TV Girl, Belle Mare, Highs, Wilsen, How Sad, Deidre & The Dark @ Cameo Gallery
If you're on your way to or from Smorgasburg, stop by Cameo for this smorgasbord of quality acts.

Weekend, Odonis Odonis, Hunters, HSY, Flashlights, Young Oprah Winfrey DJ set, DJ Tanner DJ set @ Muchmore's
Lots of good bands on this bill too: gothy shoegazers Weekend, Toronto noise rockers Odonis Odonis, lively NYC band Hunters, Toronto sludge punks HSY, and more.

Kingsley Flood, Defibulators, John Murry, Shelby Earl @ Skinny Dennis
Williamsburg faux honky tonk gets in on the CMJ action with an all-Americana line-up. The band we're most excited about on this bill is Brooklyn bluegrass band The Defibulators, who stay pretty true to the genre's roots, but do add a bit of a rockin' edge.

For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Shuggie Otis / Pat Jordache / Brendan Canning
Pop Montreal Day 4
Pop Montreal Day 4
Pop Montreal Day 4

Back before Montreal was in NYC for CMJ, NYC was in Montreal for the annual Pop Montreal festival which we began by seeing DIANA and Empress Of followed by The Dodos, Braids, Suuns, Patrick Watson & more. After that came How Sad, Valleys, Angel Olsen, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Leif Vollebekk & more. Day four went like this...

The penultimate day of Pop Montreal started a bit slower as the late nights started bleeding into early mornings and getting out of bed became harder and harder. The goal was to be at Little Italy Park for Pat Jordache and I made it just in time for them to take the stage. I enjoyed their set (you can catch them in NYC courtesy of M For Montreal at Arlene's Grocery). The BBQ and kids fair going on at the back end of the park, supplied a festive atmosphere as kids ran about in front of the stage covered in face paint.

I'd heard good things about Jessy Lanza - whose debut record, Pull My Hair Back, will certainly find her being compared to fellow electronic, synthpop countrywoman, Grimes - so I headed to Divan Orange to catch her set. I was pleasantly surprised in that her sound moves in warmer synth textures, providing a nice backdrop for breathy voice.

The goal was to head back to the hotel to regroup for the night but I tagged along to the Ubisoft rooftop performance featuring Swedish-Canadian band, Thus:Owls, and Montreal's Secret Sun. What started as a lark turned into two of the most pleasant surprises of my Pop.

Backed by a spectacular view of Montreal - and the full-swing, fall foliage of Mont Royal - Secret Sun, the duo of Anne-Marie Campbell and Simon Landry, crafted lush and languid alternative pop songs that were simply spellbinding. Campbell has one of those beguiling, siren-like voices that effortlessly moves from high to low and back again. (Check out the song "Stay Still" from their excellent Cold Coast EP.) The sold-out, rooftop audience was rapt as the sun set and out in the distance, Mont Royal slipped into darkness.

Thus:Owls, a full, five-piece band wrapped around core husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell, were every bit as impressive, spinning experimental chamber pop through a cinemascope. The song "White Night" from their new sophomore LP, Harbours, was stuck in my head the rest of the weekend.

After that it was on to the Rialto to see 70's R&B, blues legend Shuggie Otis, who sounded great though it would have been nicer to have done away with the cabaret tables and let the crowd right up to the stage to watch his guitar playing at closer proximity.

I made a quick stop at Rhodo's to catch Montreal band, Seoul, who someone tipped to me as the next big thing. I was told that nobody would be there because, "nobody knows about them," yet I arrived to a packed house that went "one in one out" right after I walked through the door. Their brand of dream-pop instantly evoked Wild Nothing, Soft Black and Washed Out. The girls up close were swooning all over the young four-piece in that way teenage girls with rock star crushes do. Their song "Stay With Us" is woozy and warm enough to soundtrack your autumn.

From there it was on to Casa Del Popolo to see Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning. I've been a fan of most of the BSS satellites, both group and solo-related, and enjoyed Canning's Something for All of Us. His new record, You Gots 2 Chill, is decidedly low-key and his set was reflective of that as many of the songs lingered in with instrumental intros, quietly sung lyrics, followed by a meandering jam session on the back end with many of the songs just fizzing out altogether.

Canning's set was stark contrast to the bombast and good-time dance party that ended my Saturday as Dancehall legends, Yellowman and Josey Wales, teamed up to pass the mic for nearly three hours. Even though I'd been anticipating this show since I saw it on the schedule - being a big Yellowman fan - the length of their set was a little ambitious as the duo outlasted many of the people at the after party. (Wales returned by himself to the stage and went on 'riding riddims' deep into the night.)
With a day full of great music in my head and a hint of daylight in the sky, there was only one thing left to do - go get a bagel. A warm, sesame, Fairmount bagel in hand (sorry St-Viateur), I hopped a cab back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep.

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Placebo & Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5 - 10/15/2013
Placebo & Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5 - 10/15/2013

Placebo came to New York for a rare and big US show at Terminal 5 with Jesca Hoop (who we also caught the next day at Ace Hotel). We've got some pictures and their two hour setlist, below...

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire posted the above picture with the message: "Brooklyn Friday and Saturday! Dress up and come party with us!"

Who exactly are they talking to though? Tickets for their Brooklyn shows went on sale yesterday, and (not surprisingly), people -- like Gothamist -- are reporting that they're going on eBay and Craigslist for upwards to $500. They're a bit cheaper on StubHub but still around $200. I wonder what their pal/producer James Murphy would have to say about this.

by Doug Moore

The long-running Swedish death/black metal band Necrophobic are in a pickle. They've got a really good new album, Womb of Lilithu, coming out at the end of the month, but its release has been almost completely overshadowed by scandal. Their longtime vocalist, Tobias Sidegård, was recently jailed for spousal abuse, forcing the band to punt him from the lineup and frantically distance themselves from their former friend just weeks before the album's release. Ouch.

It's a shame, because Womb of Lilithu rips -- it's a Watain killer. We've got a new song, "The Necromancer," streaming over at Invisible Oranges. From Ian Chainey's writeup:

"Necrophobic, one of the earliest entanglers of death and black metal, will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2014. Unlike some of their peers, these Swedes don't wear the weight of the years. Gallops aren't reined in due to achy limbs, rolling blasts haven't slackened, and growls and croaks aren't cloaked with a honey-coated cautiousness....

And that's what makes "The Necromancer" pleasantly impressive; old tummies aren't meant to grumble with insatiable pangs for the next level. This, however, glurps for it. By nicking Unleashed's knack for anthems, Necrophobic have infused their recently-developed bombastic side with a kind of innately Scandinavian heroism. It turns what could be boilerplate natterings about goats, or the devil, or whatever, into a black metal action flick. Once the bar room full of Valhalla's finest joins the fight to turn your face into a grimace, you're genetically predisposed as a metalhead to bang along. It's crazy over-the-top. So much so, it's hard to come to terms with the fact it's courtesy of Satanic minions about to go silver."

You can read the whole writeup over at IO. Womb of Lilithu hits the streets via Season of Mist. Stream "The Necromancer" below.

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Sannhet @ The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
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If you've looked at this site at all this week you are aware that the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon is in full swing and hopefully during the afternoon you're calling in sick and going to one of the many free day parties happening. Specifically, we'd love to see you at ours. 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.

Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you get tickets?

Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck and Reference, Phantom Glue, Pyrrhon @ Saint Vitus
Pelican returns to headline the second night of our CMJ showcase tonight. They'll receive support from up-and-coming BK locals Sannhet, Kings Destroy, and Pyrrhon, plus keyboard warriors Wreck & Reference and beefy noise rock group Phantom Glue. This is sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).

Fuck Buttons, Mystery Skulls, Lichens @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is the only CMJ show for UK psychedelic electronic duo, who are currently on a North American tour. Their new album, Slow Focus, is a worthy entry into the band's already-great catalog, and fits in really well the wealth of leftfield dance music coming out this year (Jon Hopkins, Arca, Forest Swords, etc).

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Joanna Gruesome, Priests, Perfect Pussy, Courtney Barnett, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two unofficial CMJ shows that Pitchfork is doing this year, and this is their rock one. It kicks off with a solo set from Fiery Furnances' Eleanor Friedberger, followed by witty psych-pop songwriter Courtney Barnett, noise punks Perfect Pussy, post-punk rippers Priests, intense noise rockers Joanna Gruesome, traditionalist (but not retro) indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and theatrical genre-defying band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

Vadoinmessico, Eros and the Eschaton, Gang of Youths, Like Swimming, Holy Esque, Saintseneca @ Cake Shop
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Saintseneca, who make folk punk, but a fleshed-out, multi-layered kind that isn't too far removed from early Arcade Fire. The ground-up band (who share members with The Sidekicks and All Dogs) have DIY roots, but are now signed to ANTI- for their forthcoming album, and potentially reaching wider audiences than ever before.

Bleeding Rainbow, EULA, The Flag, Psychic Blood, Little Radar, Advaeta @ Cloud City
This bill is pretty stacked, including especially notable sets from shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow (who have been previewing their punky new material at this year's CMJ), local noise rockers EULA, Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood, and local post-punk trio Advaeta.

Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Hookers @ Europa
Pioneering, influential doom metal band Saint Vitus (not to be confused with the Brooklyn venue) are still kicking, after having been rejuvenated with last year's very solid Lillie: F-65 album. Supporting them is Pallbearer, who are one of the best current bands in the world of doom.

Tourist, Figgy, Real Magic @ Glasslands
This is the NYC debut of Tourist, who used to make music that could vaguely be considered chillwave, and now has jumped on the post-Disclosure house bandwagon. That's not meant in a negative way though, Disclosure are pretty big fans of this guy themselves.

Good Riddance, The Flatliners, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The land portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcases (they have a cruise tomorrow) takes place today, with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, if you're going to this, we recommend getting there early for Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).

Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt @ Output
Ghostly International is taking over new Williamsburg dance hotspot Output for their unofficial showcase, which is headlined by Com Truise and also features Joel Ford (who's been spend much of CMJ with his new duo Ejecta), and a bunch of other good names.

Danzig, Doyle, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death @ Roseland Ballroom
Danzig is currently on tour playing music from throughout his long, multi-band career, with his former Misfits bandmate Doyle joining him on select songs each night. Don't take any iPhone videos of this one.

Saul Williams, Dragons of Zynth, Odonis Odonis, Rey Pila, HSY, Victory, Weaves @ Santos Party House
This multi-genre bill features spoken word artist Saul Williams, plus two Toronto noise rock bands, Odonis Odonis and HSY, another Toronto band Weaves, and more.

ARNOLD (M|O|D) (DJ Set), Born Gold, Pity Sex, Joanna Gruesome, Julia Brown, Homeshake @ Shea Stadium
There's a lot of good stuff on this Portals showcase, including high-energy electro-popper Born Gold, emo-shoegazers Pity Sex, Welsh noise rockers Joanna Gruesome (a favorite at this year's CMJ), lo-fi band Julia Brown and more.

The Dismemberment Plan, Wild Cub @ Terminal 5
Few bands have created as distinct a mix of indie rock and post-hardcore as The Dismemberment Plan, so it's great to see these guys back in action. Tonight's their big Terminal 5 show.

Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Town Hall
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.

Janelle Monae @ The Apollo Theater
Janelle Monae takes classic soul, funk, and R&B formulas and constantly pushes them in new directions. It always feels like a bit of an honor when an artist gets to play the legendary Apollo Theater, and considering what Janelle has done for genres that have always been at home here, this feels pretty appropriate.

YT//ST @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A, Foxtrott, Webster, VioleTT Pi @ Arlene's Grocery
It's the annual M for Montreal showcase with a full evening of Canadian acts. Of special note: Pat Jordache whose gothy/dubby/scratchy postpunk is a good mood-setter for Halloween. Also: free poutine from 5 - 7 PM for those who love fries, gravy and cheese curds all mixed up together (that does not include the founder of this blog).

Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the first).

Fuck The Facts, Fit For An Autopsy, Meek is Murder, Hivemasher, Stomach Earth @ The Acheron
MetalSucks/Metal Injection's CMJ showcase stars the long-running Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts and the deathcore band Fit For An Autopsy. Notable support will be provided by the like-minded grind/hardcore bands Meek Is Murder and Hivesmasher, plus the live debut of the excellent death/doom act Stomach Earth.

The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, Okta Logue @ Bowery Ballroom
It's been a while since The Long Winters playing NYC, and here they headline a stacked CMJ show and will perform their album When I Pretend to Fall in full.

Burger Records presents Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop, Dirty Fences @ Death By Audio (FREE)
Party-loving California label Burger is presenting this free show tonight which will surely be wild, wooly and beer-soaked. Philly's glammy Tough Shits are one of the highlights.

Lee Fields & The Expressions, Nick Waterhouse @ Webster Hall
It's a double-dose of old-school soul, with grand master Lee Fields and young true-believer Nick Waterhouse.

Calvin Love, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Heavenly Beat, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ice Choir, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort, Bright Future, Cities Aviv @ Fontana's
Do you like The '80s? Fairlight synths? Wispy vocals? Undeniable pop melodies? Do you think that Prefab Sprout, Scritti Politti and The Style Council are the best bands ever? You will probably like most of the bands on this line-up.

Tony Conrad, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with violinist and composer Tony Conrad, and a collaborative performance by Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer.

Oh Mercy, Grandchildren, Emperors, TV Girl, South of France @ Lit
This showcase is pretty much your only nighttime chance to catch LA group TV Girl during CMJ.

Yuck, Eagulls, Willis Earl Beal, Absolutely Free, Pete Bauer, PUP @ Mercury Lounge
Yuck and Eagulls both play BV day parties (and a lot of other CMJ shows) and if you're going, do check out Canadian group Absolutely Free (ex-DD/MM/YYY) who play Can-style krautrock.

Total Slacker, Sweet Bulbs, Advaeta, Honduras, Tank, Slonk Donkerson, Haybaby @ Silent Barn
This is a pretty good line-up overall, but the real draw here is that gone-to-soon shoegazers Sweet Bulbs are reuniting for one night only.

Celestial Shore, Hookworms, Spires, TEEN, Total Slacker, The Belle Game, Wilsen, Ski Lodge, Palehound, Tiny Ruins @ Pianos
One of the better overall line-ups of the night, and an easy way to tick-off some hotly-tipped CMJ bands (Hookworms, Spires, Tiny Ruins, Palehound).

More notable Friday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

If you're looking for laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
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One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!

Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:

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Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.

Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.

Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.

Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.

Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.

Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.

Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.

Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Soundgarden fan accidentally wanders into 2011 parade (more by Chris La Putt)
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Not that there was any doubt but the Village Halloween Parade, having suffered Sandy-related setbacks, is officially back, having met it's $50k Kickstarter goal with three days to spare (via Gothamist).

With that settled, what's your prediction for most overdone costume this year?

photos by James Richards IV

Father John Misty // Kate Berlant at the Vic Theatre on 10.12.2013
Father John Misty, Kate Berlant
Father John Misty, Kate Berlant

On Saturday night (10/12), Father John Misty brought his solo variety tour with comedian Kate Berlant through Chicago for a performance at the Vic Theatre. Josh Tillman, who's hilarious in his own right both via FJM lyrics and stage banter, played cuts from last year's excellent Fear Fun, a cover of the late Dory Previn's "Going Home," and even a few new tunes. Were you there? If so, what did you think?

We've got pictures from the 10/12 Chicago show in this post. More below...

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by Andrew Sacher

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Massachusetts hardcore band My Fictions have announced that they're teaming up with The Saddest Landscape (who just played the BV-presented Touche Amore show) for a split EP, When You Are Close, I AM Gone, due out on November 12 via Topshelf. This kind of thing happens all the time, especially in the punk world, but this particular split is especially notable because aside from featuring a previously unreleased track from each band, it also includes a 13+ minute collaborative track from the two artists. Regarding the collaboration, My Fictions guitarist Ryan Boone tells us:

The Saddest Landscape is a band that My Fictions practically grew up listening to. What started as a mutual love and respect for each other's music, developed into a friendship between our bands, and from this a split seemed like a natural progression. Everyone really wanted the release to be something unique, so Andy's idea for a collaborative song was something that really got everyone excited. Writing a thirteen-minute song with seven dudes was pretty challenging at times, but it was an extremely valuable experience and helped us grow a lot as musicians. We're really proud of the finished product, we had a very specific vision and the record definitely lives up to our expectations.
My Fictions' own contribution to the split is the double-time burner "You Never Stay," which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream that below.

Both My Fictions and The Saddest Landscape will be at the free unofficial Topshelf CMJ party at Suburbia on Friday (10/18). The lineup also features reunited emo vets The Jazz June, atmospheric post-hardcore band Caravels (both of whom were among our 30 artists to see at CMJ), Prawn and Enemies. The Jazz June, Caravels, and Enemies also play the sold-out official Topshelf showcase at Saint Vitus a day later (10/19) with Braid and others.

Song stream below...

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Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
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We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...

Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.

Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]

Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.

Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.

BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.

From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).

Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
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Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.

You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]

Now back to Andrew...

A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
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I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.

Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]

And back to Bill...

Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
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Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).

I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.

And then I went to bed. - [BP]

CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...

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