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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.

What else?

More of today's options below...

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (Obits, Protomartyr, The Kills, Mac McCaughan, Walter Schreifels, Joshua Light Show & more)"

UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.

Titus Andronicus (more by Mimi Hong)
Titus
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The lineup for the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All Right was already announced, and now we're excited to announce MOST of the lineup for our free Saturday day party at Baby's All Right (which is in three days from now):

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!
12:00 Residual Kid
12:45 Bully
1:30 Flowers
2:15 Girlpool
3:00 Bo Ningen
3:45 Beverly
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
Like on Friday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA),

Headlining the show is one of the most consistently great bands in the area, Titus Andronicus. It's their only CMJ show this year and going by other recent shows, we can probably expect to hear new material.

Also on the bill is scrappy LA duo Girlpool who have a bit of buzz behind them (we're excited to see them too) off the strength of their debut EP on Wichita.

White Fence at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
White Fence

There's also psych rockers/Ty Segall associates White Fence, indie pop band Beverly (whose album but not live show includes Frankie Rose on drums), promising Nashville poppy punk band Bully, and the young but talented beyond their years Austin band Residual Kid.

TWO MORE BANDS will be announced tomorrow.
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.

At noon, like the day before, Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).

Beverly
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Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages will also be flowing while supplies last, and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.

We're also at at Baby's All Right for our free Friday day party with Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr and more; and our official showcase on Saturday night with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).

Listen to some stuff from the artists playing the Saturday day party below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday day party lineup (Titus Andronicus, Girlpool, White Fence, Beverly, Bully, free beer, free rum, free tattoos & more!)"

Ryley Walker at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ryley Walker

Psych folk singer Ryley Walker won us over when he came to NYC earlier this year to open for Cloud Nothings. Not only are his guitar skills impeccable, but he's super funny between songs and got the whole crowd loving him. He's back for CMJ this week and has a few shows scheduled:

10/22 Baby's All Right (day show) w/ Girlpool, Caveman, Wampire, Splashh, Celestial Shore, Icewater, White Reaper, J Ferndanez, Ronald Paris, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tonstartssbandht, Sunflower Bean, Ultimate Painting

10/24 Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade (night show) w/ Kevin Morby (full band), Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Geronimo Getty

10/25 Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos w/ Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, The Wytches, Spookyland, Little May

The two day shows are both free and tickets are on sale now for the Rough Trade show.

Ryley put out his newest album, All Kinds of You, earlier this year. Stream that in its entirety along with a just-released cover he did of Amen Dunes (who play their own CMJ show at Trans Pecos on on 10/24), with his full list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Ryley Walker touring, playing CMJ this week, covered Amen Dunes (stream & dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Baby in Vain chilling in NYC (Bene in the middle)
Bene

Danish garage rock trio Baby in Vain, who had to cancel NYC shows earlier this year, are in NYC this week for CMJ and they're playing tonight (10/22) at Fat Baby and they're on at 10 PM. After CMJ, Baby in Vain will be doing West Coast dates with The Kills (who play NYC tonight and Thursday [10/23]). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, their drummer, Bene, has a solo career of her own, making folky indie rock that's not too far off from another Danish band, Figurines (if you remember them). Her music's very catchy, a little quirky and we've got the premiere of her new single "Broken." You can stream it below. It's Bene's second single this month, and you can stream "The Mood" below as well...

Continue reading "Baby in Vain are here, playing CMJ ++ West Coast dates w/ The Kills; drummer Bene releasing solo singles (stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Peter Matthew Bauer @ Baby's / Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool, CMJ 10/21/2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
Lydia Ainsworth

CMJ got underway here in NYC on Tuesday (10/21) and our intrepid photographer Amanda Hatfield was out all day covering the action. She started at Tell All Your Friends' day party at Baby's All Right with sets from local psych-pop band Spires, hotly-tipped UK at MONEY, another UK band Happyness (one of our 20 out-of-town bands to see) and former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer.

Doprah @ The Studio at Webster Hall 10/21/2014
Doprah

Next was was a trip into the city for the annual New Zealand Showcase (now at The Studio @ Webster Hall): Chelsea Jade spent much of her set singing amongst the crowd; Doprah have drawn comparisons to Portishead and The xx which aren't entirely unwarranted.

The #1s @ Union Pool 10/21/2014
The #1s

Finally it was off to Union Pool for YVNYL's showcase with Irish powerpop band The #1s, Montreal rockers HEAT, the crystalline guitar pop of Chicago's J. Fernandez, and Toronto-based classically trained singer-songwriter Lydia Ainsworth. The latter's set included a string section, though it got off to a late start due to technical difficulties.

Pictures from all bands mentioned here are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "CMJ day 1 pics: Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, Doprah, The #1s, Happyness, J. Fernandez & more"

by Bill Pearis

Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting, the band from Veronica Falls' James Hoare and Jack Cooper of Mazes, are here in NYC for CMJ and they've got a lot of shows while here. The band's eponymous debut album is out next week (10/28) on Trouble in Mind and is a great listen for a rainy day like we've got today in NYC: minimal guitar pop in the VU tradition that's mellow but not boring, and just sounds right. (That both Haore and Cooper are great songwriters helps a lot.) You can stream the whole thing (via Hype Machine) below.

One of our 20 Out-of-Town Bands to see at CMJ, you can catch Ultimate Painting a three times today: first at Baby's All Right's free "daycare" party today at 1:10 PM, then the free Kanine Records day party at Pianos (upstairs, 4:20 PM), and then at Knitting Factory at 7:30 PM with Reigning Sound, White Fence and more (tickets).

The best place to catch Ultimate Painting, though, might be at one of the two Trouble in Mind shows this week: Cake Shop on Wednesday night (10/23) and a free Rough Trade party on Saturday afternoon (10/25). Both shows feature fellow TiM bands Estrogen Highs, The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, and Negative Scanner. For record nerds those shows will also feature a big Trouble in Mind merch table stocked with the label's catalog, t-shirts, and limited edition vinyl (like Ultimate Painting's album on orange wax).

All Ultimate Painting dates (CMJ and otherwise) are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting streaming debut LP, are here for CMJ, including three shows today (updated dates)"

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.

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 Thursday's Iron Pier showcase.

What else?

More of today's options below...

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (CMJ, Courtney Barnett, Fat White Family, Literature, Nai Harvest, Creepoid & more)"

NOTE: You can also see our events with RSVPs & tickets HERE

Pity Sex at last year's BrooklynVegan show at Baby's (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pity Sex
CMJ

FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
1:30 Tweens
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3:15 Protomartyr
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
12:45 Bully
1:30 Flowers
2:15 Girlpool
3:00 Bo Ningen
3:45 Beverly
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family 
6:15 Titus Andronicus

SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)


CMJ

CMJ began this afternoon (10/21), and there are tons of shows you can see from today through Saturday (10/25). If you're wondering where to find BrooklynVegan this week, we have five shows coming up:

Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
Xerxes

Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box, BV is co-presenting the FREE No Sleep Records showcase which begins at 6 PM. That show includes a lineup of mostly post-hardcore and punk with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps for Travelers. Those who show up early will get a free No Sleep vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies).

Walter Schreifels w/ Quicksand in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Walter Schreifels

On Thursday (10/23) at the Acheron, BV is co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase which begins at 7 PM. That one features Self Defense Family, post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) with his new band The Dead Heavens, and Deep Pockets. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted too.

Twin Peaks at Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
Twin Peaks

On Friday (10/24) afternoon at Baby's All Right, we're throwing our first of two free BrooklynVegan day parties. Friday's lineup includes Twin Peaks, Single Mothers (their only CMJ show), The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches and Dilly Dally (their first NYC show). That goes from noon-7 PM, will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and Bell's Brewery will be there too with multiple varieties of the craft beer available to purchase and a free keg while it lasts. It's 21+ and again, it's free (RSVP).

The second free BV day party happens Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with 9 more bands including Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Girlpool and many more, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts.

The Jazz June
jazz June

And lastly, the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday night (10/25) at Baby's All Right, starting at 7 PM. This one includes veteran emo band The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang (ex-Weston), Cayetana and France's Sport, with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo spinning between sets. It's the only chance to catch all of those bands (except Cayetana who have one more show) at CMJ this year. Tickets are available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.

Hope to see you at one. (Or all!) More flyers below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan events at CMJ this week (5 shows total) --- Friday & Saturday @ Baby's All Right"

Jim Campilongo @ Living Room (more by Killdisco Design)
Jim Campilongo

Guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and The Living Room have a long history together. In fact, I think we've posted about more JC shows at Living Room than any other artist who ever played there. It seems super appropriate then that, DESPITE WHAT IT SAYS ON THE VENUE AND CMJ'S WEBSITE, Jim's new project is the first-ever show (that we know about) at the opening of the venue's new Brooklyn location tonight (10/21). Jim says:

Tonight the 18 Wheelers play two shows- the new Living Room at 9pm, then a few doors up Metropolitan Ave at Skinny Dennis from 10pm to Midnight. Really looking forward to our road trip!

DOUBLE CLUTCHING - DOUBLE HEADER TUESDAY!
LIVING ROOM "SOFT" OPENING!
ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS
JIM CAMPILONGO, GERALD MENKE, ROY WILLIAMS, SCOTT COLBERG, NICK "CRIME" ANDERSON, ZEPHANIAH O'HORA
THE NEW LIVING ROOM in BROOKLYN USA!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 SHOWTIME 9PM to 10PM
with MOSCO ROSCO 10PM and ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT 11PM
134 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg
http://www.livingroomny.com/

ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS
JIM CAMPILONGO, GERALD MENKE, ROY WILLIAMS, SCOTT COLBERG, NICK "CRIME" ANDERSON, ZEPHANIAH O'HORA
SKINNY DENNIS in BROOKLYN USA
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 SHOWTIME 10PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
152 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg
http://www.skinnydennisbar.com/

In related news, Jim recently launched a Kickstarter to raise money to record with the Honeyfingers.

My Cousin, The Emperor is listed on The Living Room's website as the first band tonight, but they sent out this message earlier today: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's performance at The Living Room has been cancelled. I will be rescheduling it for early December (although it will probably be a full-band and not a solo acoustic show). If you were planning to attend, I appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience." Jim is now in that slot. And as Jim mentions, after that, Jim will immediately head to Skinny Dennis which is on the same block (Metropolitan Ave between Berry / Wythe) for a 10 PM set.

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jessica Upton Crowe
Dilly Dally

Toronto's Dilly Dally, who we profiled over the summer and who is one of the artists we're excited to see at CMJ this week, has released the video for their new single "Candy Mountain." It follows "Next Gold" and "Alexander," and like those, it's a great slice of clear but unpolished indie rock. There's a little "Where Is My Mind" to the chorus of this one, but Katie Monks' unrestrained voice makes it her own. Check it out below.

Dilly Dally's NYC debut will be the free BrooklynVegan Friday (10/24) day party at Baby's All Right. They go on first at noon. They have a few other CMJ shows too -- the full schedule looks like this:

10/24 Baby's All Right BrooklynVegan day party (noon set) w/ Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr, Tweens, The Wtyches

10/24 The Studio at Webster Hall (4:40 PM) w/ Potty Mouth, Flashlights, Beach Day, Honduras, Boytoy, Beverly, Las Rosas, Sun Club

10/25 Bowery Ballroom (9 PM) w/ The Sam Roberts Band, Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, Knox Hamilton

New video below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Wray

Like many indie bands, the members of Birmingham, AL's Wray have roots in punk, but the only thing sound-wise that's really carried over from that to this band is a love of distortion. Wray's self-titled debut LP came out earlier this year via Communicationg Vessels and it's mostly shoegazy guitars over krautrock rhythms. You can stream the album in full on RDIO and watch the videos for two tracks below.

The band only has two shows announced at the moment. One is their label's CMJ showcase happening Wednesday (10/22) at Lit Lounge with Sanders Bohlke, The Champions of Truth (Shaheed and DJ Supreme w/Akil The MC of Jurassic 5), The Dirty Lungs and The Green Seed. That's $10 at the door or free if you have a badge. Their only other show is in their hometown this November with The Octopus Project.

All dates are listed, with the videos, below...

Continue reading "Wray released an LP, playing CMJ w/ a member of Jurassic 5 and more (dates & videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

Mitski

As discussed, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Mitski is releasing a new album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, on November 11 via Double Double Whammy (pre-order). It's her first for the label and follows two indie/classical-style albums, but this one sees Mitski applying her strong sense of songwriting to the kind of DIY rock that label is known for (and members of its "house band" LVL UP have been backing her at shows). The clash ends up sounding something like Torres, Sharon Van Etten, or the newest Angel Olsen album. It's good stuff, and fans of those three should give this a listen.

She's already put out three singles from the album, and all of them have been different. The first, "First Love / Late Spring," is a dose of singer/songwriter pop, maybe the closest to her older material, but the next single, "Townie," changed any idea of her you may have had with its rougher '90s-style indie rock and Mitski's wailing vocals. Then came "I Don't Smoke," a distortion-coated slab of lo-fi with those powerful pipes intact once again.

Now she's returned with a fourth single from the album, "I Will," via NME. This one starts with minimal backing -- just bass and drums -- but similar to a song like Waxahatchee's "Brother Bryan," Mitski makes it sound like a folk song. Eventually keyboards come in too, adding a few more layers but still keeping the song from crossing over into a bigger pop territory. Hear it for yourself, plus streams of the other three, below.

Mitski has one show lined up for CMJ this week which is the Miscreant & Father/Daughter party on Friday (10/24) at Silent Barn that goes all day (2 PM - 2 AM) with Girlpool, Sharpless, Rivergazer, Adult Mom, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Small Wonder and many more. Tickets are just $5 and still available.

After that, she'll head out on a tour with Johanna Warren which begins in NYC on November 13 at Silent Barn. All dates are listed, with the streams, below...

Continue reading "Mitski released "I Will" from new LP, playing CMJ, touring with Johanna Warren (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Somos at The Studio at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Somos

Somos and Sorority Noise both put out their debut albums this year, Temple of Plenty and Forgettable, respectively, and now they've teamed up for a split EP that's due out next week (11/4) via Bad Timing Records (pre-order). While Somos' debut was mostly punky indie rock, they've slowed down for their two contributions here, giving themselves space to experiment with new layers and more complexity. And while much of Sorority Noise's album was crunchy pop rock, the last three tracks had them moving in a more somber direction as well, which is what they continue here. A stream of the full EP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

Both bands have interesting futures ahead of them too. Somos recently announced that they left Tiny Engines for their new label home of No Sleep and are planning to put out a new album for the label in 2015. Meanwhile, Sorority Noise recently mentioned that two of their members left the band but they'll be moving forward.

Both bands have shows coming too. Sorority Noise are playing The Fest but first will play the Topshelf CMJ showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) happening Friday (10/24) at Cameo with The World Is A Beautiful Place, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse and Wildhoney. That show is free with RSVP (no badges required). You can also catch TWIABP at the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All RIght, and Tom from Washed Up Emo DJs our official BV showcase.

Somos have a ton of dates, including the previously announced run with Modern Baseball, Foxing and Crying that hits NYC on December 12 at Gramercy Theater and December 15 at MHOW. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

All Somos dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Sorority Noise releasing a split w/ Somos (stream it), playing Topshelf CMJ w/ TWIABP, Empire! Empire! & more"

Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$

As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.

Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.

Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Dej Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.

And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-headlining tour which hits NYC for a CMJ show on Friday (10/24) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Remy Banks, D.R.A.M., Kevin Abstract and JK the Reaper. Tickets for that show are available.

We also highlighted NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa in our list of local artists to catch at CMJ.

Lists of Deniro/Denzel dates and Joey/Vince dates, and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & Vince Staples add CMJ to tour + Deniro Farrar, Rae Sremmurd, Dej Loaf & more hip hop at CMJ"

CMJ

Brooklyn's Celestial Shore will release their new album, Enter Ghost, on November 11 via Hometapes. The band's ability to mix melody with complex rhythms and arrangements is apparent on first single "Animal Ratio" which makes its premiere in this post.

The band have four CMJ appearances this week which are as follows:

Oct 21 @ Palisades | Exploding in Sound Presents
Oct 22 @ Baby's All Right (8:40 PM)| Baby's CMJ Daycare Party (FREE)
Oct 22 The Shop (10:30 PM) | Prison Art Showcase
Oct 25 @ Union Pool (11:30 PM) | Team Clermont Shocase
After CMJ, Celestial Shore have an album release show at Baby's All Right on October 30 with Ava Luna, Palehound, Baked, and We Can All Be Sorry. Tickets are on sale. They've also got another release show at Shea Stadium on November 12 with Leapling, Cave Cricket, and Flashlight O.

After the NYC dates, Celestial Shore will head to the West Coast for a tour. All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

Continue reading "Celestial Shore releasing new album (stream a track), playing CMJ, NYC release shows ++ West Coast tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

OBN IIIs in Austin in January (more by Tim Griffin)
OBN IIIs

We just posted a list of 10 NYC artists we think are worth catching this week at CMJ, but CMJ is also a great time to check out bands from other cities and countries passing through for the multi-venue music fest. Hundreds of artists will be here for shows over the next five days (10/21-25), so if you're feeling overwhelmed about who to see we've narrowed things down to a list of 20 we think you should check out. Of course we'd love for you to come to the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Baby's on Saturday night (10/25) with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport, but we talked a lot about those bands here and decided to highlight 20 different ones here. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands (except Slowdive who are on Rdio) which you can stream below.

Our picks are below...

Continue reading "20 out-of-town artists we're excited to see at CMJ"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

PC Worship
PC WOrship

Some may not think so, but CMJ is still a festival than brings in folks from out of town: mainly college radio programmers and jocks on mid-semester vacation. While we at BV get excited about bands from out of town (and we have a separate list for that) who are here for the fest, there are also lots of local acts we'd recommend to anyone visiting NYC. Here are 10 that are worth seeing, no matter where you live.

Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands. Check them out below...

Continue reading "10 NYC artists to see at CMJ this week"

Twin Peaks @ Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
TWIN PEAKS

As mentioned, Chicago band Twin Peaks will be playing BrooklynVegan's Friday (10/24) CMJ Day Party at Baby's All Right, the last band of the show at 5: 45 PM. That's one of six CMJ shows for the band and here's all of them:

Wed. Oct. 22 @ Glasslands (NME CMJ Showcase) - 10:20PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Rough Trade (Rough Trade Day Party) - 5PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Santos (New Shapes) - 8:30PM
Thu. Oct. 23 @ Glasslands (Communion) - 1AM
Fri. Oct. 24 @ Baby's All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party) - 5:45PM
Fri. Oct. 24 @ Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard) - 10:15PM
In other news, Twin Peaks just released a video for "Making Breakfast" from this year's Wild Onion and you can watch that below.

Twin Peaks also have lots of non-CMJ shows too and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Twin Peaks share new video, playing CMJ including BV free Friday Day Party (dates)"

Thurston Moore w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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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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 No Sleep showcase and Thursday's Iron Pier showcase.

What else?

More of today's options below...

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Tweens
Tweens
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As mentioned, BrooklynVegan is returning to Baby's All Right for our free day parties during CMJ on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25).... like 4 days from right now. We already told you the Friday (10/24) party would have Protomartyr, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and now we're thrilled to announce the full lineup:

FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
1:30 Tweens
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3:15 Protomartyr
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
It kicks off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (UPDATE: we'll have their very rare Sweet Potato Stout for free while it lasts!), and a set by Dilly Dally, the Toronto lo-fi rock band who only have a few tracks out, but they all sound very promising.

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
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Noon is also when Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).

Then it's the UK's The Wytches who recently released their debut LP on Partisan which is a little psych and a little garage.

By the time the Wytches get off stage, we'll start handing out complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages while supplies last.

The always-fun Tweens, who were great at our SXSW party earlier this year, follow, and then it's the Australian psych maniacs King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard who always bring the party.

Complimentary Sailor Jerry will still be flowing and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.

Bells

Then it's the sarcastic and smart post-punks Protomartyr, followed by lushly arranged emo band The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die.

Then the volume gets turned up for Canadian punks Single Mothers, who finally put out their debut LP after some delay this year, and Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks will wrap up the day on an equally loud note. Hopefully nobody rips down the ceiling this time!

Again, the show is totally free (no badge required). RSVP here. 21+ to enter.


King Gizzard (more by P Squared)
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Stay tuned for the Saturday day lineup (so far we've announced Bo Ningen), also stick around for our official showcase at Baby's on Saturday night.

Listen to some of the Friday artists below...

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Brooklyn neo-wavers Future Punx will release a new EP, titled I'm So Inspired, which will be out via Dull Tools on November 11. (The title track has been a live set highlight for some time.) They've also just made a video for "Spike Train," their contribution to the new LAMC split 7" with Parquet Courts. You can watch that below.

Future Punx also have a few CMJ shows, including the Oh My Rockness CMJ Kickoff party which happens tonight (10/20) at Baby's All Right with Doprah and headliner Tom Vek (tickets). The full schedule of their fest shows:

WED 10/22 @ CAKE SHOP NYC (5:30 PM) | Terrorbird day party
THU 10/23 - NYC CMJ (evening) @ The Silent Barn | Dull Tools showcase
SAT 10/25 - NYC CMJ (10:30 PM) @ Pianos | Birddog Promo showcase
Future Punx will also be going on a tour in November. Those dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Future Punx made a video for "Spike Train" (watch), announce new EP, opening for Tom Vek tonight ++ CMJ & more dates"

Zola Jesus at Webster Hall last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola

Zola Jesus concluded the US leg of her tour at Webster Hall last night (10/19), and she's got another (much smaller) NYC show happening later this week. She'll perform live at 'Urban Outfitters Afterfest presents MAKING TIME' at Le Bain at The Standard on Friday (10/24). In addition to her set, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P and Sammy Slice will all DJ. The show goes from 10 PM to 4 AM and is free with RSVP.

That's the first of two shows that DJ Dodger Stadium (the duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) have in NYC this week. The other is the Windish CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Brooklyn Bwol with Blue Hawaii, Team Spirit, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

by Klaus Kinski

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I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.

While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.

The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.

You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.

by Bill Pearis

Fat White Family @ Bowery Ballroom 10/18/2014 (photo via @alexandra_rossi)
Fat Whites

Debaucherous UK band Fat White Family were in NYC over the weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (10/18). Lias Saoudi, the band's frontman, has a reputation for shedding clothing at shows and spent most of the Bowery set fully exposed. (Seen and called, Connan.) Did you go? How was the show, apart from being in-the-raw and in-your-face? The band were supposed to do an ultra-late-night set at Baby's All Right but it ended up not happening.

Fat White Family will be back in NYC this week for CMJ, having been added to the NME showcase at Glasslands on Wednesday (10/22) with Public Access TV, Bo Ningen, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, and Girlpool. That's a pretty great show and tickets are still available. You can get in with a CMJ badge too (based on capacity).

Meanwhile, Fat White Family, whose sound owes more than a little to The Fall, have a new single that tips their hat to that band's famous frontman. You can stream "I Am Mark E Smith," and check out a few more in flagrante (NSFW) instagrams from FWF's Bowery show, below...

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Porches with Greta Kline @ Baby's All Right (via beccaliebert)
Porches

Porches played their first of two nights at Baby's All Right last night (10/17), part of the the Baby's ongoing, pre-CMJ one year birthday party. The band were also celebrating their new Terrible Records single which you can pre-order on vinyl and listen to now below. The new song "Forgive" features a guest appearance by Greta Kline who also plays in Porches and leads her own project Frankie Cosmos who opened last night, but switches the order and headlines Baby's after Porches play tonight (10/18). After Frankie Cosmos, you can catch a set by Cashmere Cat who was added to the venue's schedule today.

If you can't make it to Baby's, Porches also added a Saturday night CMJ show at the soon-closing Death By Audio. The Arbutus/Terrible/JMC Aggregatee showcase also features sets by Tops (who played the even-later show at Baby's last night), Lydia Ainsworth and Regal Degal. The flyer for that is with the two new Porches songs below...

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