Entries tagged with: CMJ
by Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The biggest surprise for me at CMJ so far had to be Welsh band Joanna Gruesome, who I caught yesterday (10/16) at the Kanine Records/SESAC party at Pianos (one of many CMJ shows the band has). I arrived a few more minutes before they started, and the crowd was already packed in all the way back to the door. And once they came on, the buzz for this band became pretty clear. From the sounds of their noise pop debut Weird Sister (out now on Slumberland), I expected something a bit more restrained and stripped down, but Joanna Gruesome are a beast of a live band. They wail on their guitars in that post-Sonic Youth style that always tends to be welcome in indie rock, they have the stage presence of a band who have toured relentlessly (they deserve to be playing this many CMJ shows) and the intensity of singer Alanna Gruesome (née Alanna McArdle) is no small part of that. Her balance of piercing shouts and softer twee-pop singing can get a bit buried on the record, but at Pianos yesterday, she took command over the entire room.
Joanna Gruesome have more shows coming up this week, and all of them are listed, along with full lineups, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Menomena @ Ace Hotel
On Wednesday (10/16), Chris stopped Ace Hotel for a free day show presented by MyMusicRX, which is part of the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).
"Kids and teens facing a serious illness across the country can register to receive free music medicine at MyMusicRx.org. On any given day, 24/7, they can play free online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, watch exclusive video greetings from their favorite artists, and connect with other youth.The lineup included Arc Iris (Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem's new band), Jesca Hoop (who opened for Placebo at Terminal 5 the night before), Diego Garcia (Elefant), and special guest Menomena who headline Webster Hall Thursday as part of a bigger tour with the Helio Sequence.
But it's not just for kids--music lovers of all ages can download the free MyMusicRx app to purchase their iTunes music (5% of proceeds go to CCA). They can even prescribe music as medicine, sharing songs that match a kid's mood or lifts their spirits."
Arc Iris and Diego Garcia share a NYC bill again at Highline Ballroom on 10/22.
CMJ continues, two BrooklynVegan parties included.
Pictures from Ace Hotel are in this post. More of them below...
Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).
Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).
Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.
Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.
Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.
Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.
Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.
Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.
Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.
For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Doug Moore
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
The new Doomriders album, Grand Blood, came out yesterday. As you may recall, they're also playing a string of support dates for the extremely awesome-looking High On Fire/Kvelertak tour going down in November, including the November 15 NYC date at Webster Hall (tix available here).
To celebrate, we've got a lengthy interview with Newton over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
Is there a particular Doomriders song that you use for a particular purpose?Read the whole thing over at IO. You can purchase Grand Blood here; we've got a song streaming and the full run of High on Fire dates below.
There's a number of different ones. There's one song in particular called "The Chase" that Jeb, our bass player, sings on. It's really mid-tempo, a head bobber, but it's good to throw in the middle of a set because when I'm usually screaming my head off, it gives me a bit of a rest. "Jealous God" is a good song to let everybody tune but build some tension, because it opens with me just hitting that one note for a while, so we can kind of raise the intensity using feedback, different effects and things. It's like when you sequence an album. You want it to take you on a journey.
The new one's sequenced really well―the last four songs, from "Back Taxes" into "Gone to Hell," just blitz to the end.
The last record was a lot more expansive―I think we put too much material on the last record. With this one, I wanted you to put it on and listen from beginning to end. You have a record like that, that is paced so well that when it ends you want to start it all over? That was the goal. Think of the album like a Pixies song. You need to have the loud and the quiet, the fast and the slow. We're all just really excited to play all the new songs. If it was up to me, we'd just go out and only play the new songs.
Speaking of celebrating, we've also posted a preview of our Friday night (10/18) CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus. As with our Thursday event at Vitus, Pelican will be headlining, but with a different support lineup: Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon. And don't forget about our late-night free show/boozefest at the Omega Order warehouse on Friday with Aksumite, Phantom Glue, Flown, and a special guest headliner.
Doomriders dates are listed, along with a song from Grand Blood, below.
set times are at the bottom of this post...
Okay, so we might be a little late with this announcement (and someone cancelled while I was writing this post), but we are now very excited (and relieved) to finally announce most of the lineups for our 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ parties.
UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, we still can't say the venue yet. Stay tuned for that announcement coming Thursday, but we promise it will be fairly convenient.
THE VENUE IS ANNOUNCED: It's Baby's All Right! (146 Broadway in Williamsburg)
Omar Souleyman (photo by David Andrako)
here we go...
On FRIDAY (10/18) we're going from noon to 6 PM and kicking things off huge with an acoustic set from The Head and the Heart at noon (the same Sub Pop-signed band whose upcoming shows at Terminal 5, Webster Hall and MHOW are all sold out).
Kirin J Callinan under Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (by Tim Griffin)
From there we change the energy drastically with a set by Kirin J Callinan (who is with a full band this year, unlike last year), Leeds band Eagulls who are followed by Leeds rockers Hookworms, who are followed by theatrical indie-metal-pop-prog band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman (!), and finally indie rockers Speedy Ortiz!
Mac Superchunk (photo by Chris La Putt)
Then, on SATURDAY (10/19), we're going 10 straight hours, from noon to 10 PM, with local psych band Spires, followed by the emo-shoegaze of Pity Sex, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST that will be announced Friday night, alt-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, and the NYC debut of Ex Hex -- the new band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave)!
UPDATE: Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Drowners & more added! Party now goes till 2am.
Both of these shows are 100% FREE, no RSVP necessary. No Arcade Fire. No Banksy. There is free food and drink and ink though.
Come by and pick up a free Raw Revolution bar to snack on and a complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drink, AND A FREE TATTOO. Sailor Jerry is bringing in Three Kings Tattoo artists who will be giving out complimentary tattoos right there in our venue (again)! Tattoos are first come, first served, as is admission to the shows.
1) One late announcement
2) Two free shows
3) 18 artists
4) Free drinks
5) Free tattoos till 6pm each day (designs pictured above)
A venue to be announced Thursday Baby's All right
A special guest playing Friday to be announced Thursday night Omar Souleyman
A special guest playing Saturday to be announced Friday night Pallbearer
9) JUST ADDED: four more bands Saturday!
And thanks to Vinny's Music for the gear!
See you there?
Also, don't forget, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also hosting three shows. There's the 2-night official showcase at Saint Vitus with Pelican headlining both nights, and a number of openers each day (Ringworm included). And the late night show happening afterwards.
Full schedule for both of our parties below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Ariel Pink / Fresh & Onlys / the crowd @ Mexican Summer Five 10/11/2013
Brooklyn label Mexican Summer celebrated its fifth birthday last weekend with Mexican Summer Five Years, a two-day celebration at Red Hook space Pioneer Works featuring much of the label's roster (and a few friends). This has been a big year for NYC label anniversary fetes, and while I dug the scene at DFA's and had a good time at Captured Tracks', hands down this was the best of the three and had a great time both days.
I was wondering if I would, though, on Friday night (10/11) as it took me more than an hour to get there from my Williamsburg apartment. G train (and some walking) or bus, it's a slow trek out there and I was a little grumbly on my way, but that all melted away when I got inside Pioneer Works. What an amazing, cavernous space, formerly used to build ships and tanks, with an almost as big outdoor courtyard where you could hang out if you didn't want to watch one of the bands. People did just that, not to mention taking in the music line-up, doing a little record shopping, checking out some of the space's art and generally had a relaxed time. It felt more like a party than a concert.
But on that tip, they did a great job with the stage, lighting and sound -- though it certainly helped that most of Mexican Summer's artists benefit from natural reverb and echo.
A late start by me, I missed Home Blitz, Bob Trimble (who was joined by Quilt for a song or two) and most of Mike Wexler's set. But The Fresh & Onlys were great. Their rhythm section couldn't make the trip from San Francisco, so it was singer Tim Cohen, guitarist Wymond Miles and a pickup bassist and drummer (snares and brushes mainly). With Tim playing acoustic, the songs took on new form and allowed you to really appreciate the craft -- and the genuinely amazing, creative guitarwork Wymond Miles brings to the equation. I know I verge on F&O superfan status, but they deserve all praise. Their new EP, Soothsayer, is worth checking out.
The good vibes (and acoustics) also helped with Tamaryn's set. She's starting to come out of her shell a bit too. Tamaryn used to play in near darkness but now has a projected video backdrop and, for this show at least, some dramatic lighting which put her in cool silhouette for most of her set.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti closed out the night. I am a casual fan and know of his rep as being shambolic, but they played what I thought was a terrific set, and Halloween-themed projections (including a clever appropriation of the Scooby Doo opening titles for their band name). Jorge Elbrecht, who would play the next night with his old project Lansing-Dreiden and just released a collaborative single with AP, is now a Haunted Graffiti member and brings no small amount of technical abilities on guitar. That collaborative single, "Hang Onto Life, with its chorus of "You screwed the pooch, now face it," was probably the highlight of the set. Pictures from night 1 of Mexican Summer Five are in this post.
We'll have pics from day 2 -- with Connan Mockasin, Linda Perhacs, Langsing-Dreiden, Spiritualized and many more -- are on the way. Meanwhile, you can download a free Mexican Summer fifth anniversary sampler here. If you live in NYC, you can catch Mexican Summer bands Quilt and Happy Jawbone Family Band (both of whom were excellent at MS5 on Saturday) tonight (10/16) at Cameo as part of the Mexican Summer/Kanine/Carpark showcase.
Check out more pics from Friday below.
by Bill Pearis
We've mentioned that UK band Hookworms, who we profiled back in April, are one of our "30 Artists Worth Seeing at CMJ." One of the places you can see them is at the free Friday BrooklynVegan day party (details soon we swear!). It's one of five appearances for the Leeds quintet:
Thursday 10/17 - Bowery Ballroom 9 PMAs I wrote before, Hookworms "practice a visceral blend of noise, drone, motorik rhythms and impassioned vocals that basically demands to be listened to at top volume" which will hopefully be the level they'll be playing at for their CMJ shows. The band's terrific debut album, Pearl Mystic, was released by Domino imprint Weird World in September. Maybe even better is the band's non-LP single "Radio Tokyo / On Returning." You can stream that single and a few LP tracks in this post. The band are currently finishing up their second full-length. Catch them this week if you can.
Friday 10/18 - BV day party (time TBA)
Friday 10/18 - Fader Fort 7:30 PM
Saturday 10/19 - Knitting Factory 2 PM
Saturday 10/19 Death by Audio - 11:30 PM
Streams and more details on their CMJ shows below...
The small organization behind [CMJ] is facing a lawsuit of nearly $1 million over a failed merger.Meanwhile, CMJ continues today (10/16) with day shows and night shows. You can check out our list of 30 artists to see at CMJ and browse our CMJ tag for more.
The case has its origins in a deal announced four years ago by CMJ and its founder, Robert K. Haber, to merge with Metropolitan Entertainment, led by the veteran New York concert promoter John Scher. The men said they had plans for CMJ tours and other joint programs, but the deal, which valued CMJ at $2.4 million, was never completed. According to a lawsuit filed by Mr. Scher in May, relations between the companies broke down.
In his suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Mr. Scher says that CMJ has failed to repay nearly $600,000 in loans that Metropolitan made in 2009 and 2010 to help keep the festival afloat. With interest, that debt is now nearly $800,000, the suit says. It also seeks $99,000 in other fees as well as repayment of legal expenses.
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the solo project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu (the live band also features DDG guitarist Jules), are one of the many bands here for CMJ. They've added shows to their busy week, now with five total (plus a radio appearance), including one tonight:
10/16 - WED 9:45pm - Brooklyn, NY - The FlatWe should note that the Saturday Fader Fort happens at Eventi Hotel in Chelsea and not at Converse Rubber Tracks (where the 10/17 & 10/18 Fader Fort dates are happening.) Sandra will also be one of the guest judges at Saturday's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl.
10/17 - THU 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
10/18 - FRI 5:00pm - WNYU 89.1 FM
10/18 - FRI 10:00pm - New York, NY - The Delancey
10/19 - SAT 2:15pm - New York, NY - FADER Fort
10/19 - SAT 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
If you haven't heard SISU's new album, Blood Tears, it's an alluring mix of gothy postpunk and shoegaze styles that doesn't timestamp itself to a particular year. You can stream a couple tracks off the record below and hear the whole thing via Spotify. SISU also just recorded a faithful cover of Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs nugget "If You Don't Cry" and we've got the premiere of that in this post.
SISU's full CMJ schedule (including the other bands at their shows) are listed, plus the Magnetic Fields cover and a few other streams, below...
Savages at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Au Revoir Simone @ Warsaw, 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
We are in the midst of CMJ Music Marathon and today the free day party options kick in pretty good, so check out our list of afternoon action we already posted. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Savages, Duke Garwood @ Terminal 5
CMJ is not a contest but Savages "won" CMJ last year. Now with an album out, they're back to rub other bands noses in it at Terminal 5. Not really, they're nice people, and their trad postpunk should sound good in the cavernous venue.
Au Revoir Simone, Lou Doillon, Selebrities, Thomas Azier @ Highline Ballroom
Attention Francophiles, here's your CMJ show with real foreigners Lou Doillon and Thomas Azier, plus French sympathizers with synthesizers, Au Revoir Simone and Selebrities.
Talib Kweli, Black Moon, Phony PPL, Smif-n-Wessun, The Underachievers, Res, Cory Mo, Meka @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
In general, this is pretty much the biggest night for rap at CMJ this year. Tonight's also the Duck Down showcase co-headlined by Talib Kweli and veteran crew Black Moon who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their '93 debut, Enta Da Stage, backed by Phony PPL.
Vic Mensa, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, World's Fair, Deniro Farrar, Key!, Bryant Dope, Kid Daytona, Eddie B, Illclinton @ Santos Party House
Plus, Noisey does their rap party tonight with party rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, cloud rap standout Deniro Farrar, and more.
Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz @ Littlefield
There's also this show with Three Six Mafia member Gangsta Boo, Oxymorrons, and Turquoise Jeep's pal Kosha Dillz.
Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, A$AP Mob, The Bots, Bishop Nehru, Isaiah Rashad @ Webster Hall
And last but certainly not least, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, who's been delaying his much-anticipated new album, headlines this show at Webster Hall. The lineup also features former Odd Future cohort Casey Veggies, three A$AP Mob members, young local rapper Bishop Nehru (who's been cutting his teeth opening for quite a few Black Hippy members in NYC), new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad and more.
Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, Mood Rings, Happy Jawbone @ Cameo Gallery
There is not a single bad band on this bill, from frequent tourmates Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow, to dream pop sound of TEEN and Mood Rings, to the psychedelic sounds of Quilt and Happy Jawbone. This is a solid show.
Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Eagulls, Porcelain Raft, Theo Verney @ Glasslands
Hype-loving UK music weekly NME is presenting this showcase that only doesn't have Palma Violets because they just toured here. Instead you get UK acts Yuck and Egulls, plus Aussie charmer Courtney Barnett and more.
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, US Girls, ARP, Slim Twig @ Knitting Factory
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this showcase, lining up a bunch of quality acts, including kabuki metallers YT//ST, Dutch psych prodigy Jacco Gardner and Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich.
White Denim, Calvin Love, Jonathan Rado, Zig Zags, Cotton Jones, Jacco Gardner, Courtney Barnett @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles music blog visits the other coast and has put together this line-up featuring White Denim and a solo show from Foxygen's Jonathan Rado.
Mean Creek, Shark?, The History of Apple Pie, SW/MM/NG, Joanna Gruesome, Gross Relations @ Pianos
UK indiepop acts Joanna Gruesome and The History of Apple Pie -- not to mention quality locals Shark? and Gross Relations -- highlight this Pianos show.
The Darcys, Zeus, Still Life Still, Gold & Youth, Lowell @ Cake Shop
There's more to Canada than Montreal. Explore some of our Northern neighbors' other musical cities (mainly Toronto) at this showcase. Maybe the Darcys will pull out some ther Steely Dan covers.
Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, Vattnet Viskar @ Europa
Metal Insider's CMJ showcase suffered a serious setback when Blake Judd's legal problems forced Nachtmystium to drop off the bill. However, Byzantine's first East Coast appearance in forever and a solid supporting cast keep this show solid.
Iceage @ Portland's Star Theater in March (more by Autumn Andel)
Iceage, Survival, Ivy @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron -- not part of CMJ -- will be their last one before the year ends. Even when they play a bigger place like Bowery Ballroom, Iceage act like they're in a tiny punk joint, so they should feel right at home here.
Hunters, Total Slacker, SISU, Perfect Pussy, LODRO, Tweens @ The Flat
Two of our "30 Bands Worth Seeing at CMJ" are on this bill (Tweens and Perfect Pussy), and the rest of the bill is recommended too -- SISU features half of the Dum Dum Girls, LODRO work the smoky noir vibe hard, and Hunters are always a kick live.
Young Braised, Mood Rings, Christines, Calvin Love @ Shea Stadium
Bushwick online station Newtown Radio is presenting this unofficial CMJ party with Canadian rapper Young Braised, indie sensualists Mood Rings, and Christines, the new band from Andy of Woven Bones (they sound nothing like Woven Bones).
Half Moon Run, The Preatures, Mystery Skulls, claire, Austin Brown, Bonzie, Dream Koala (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
This is one of School Night parties and is a pretty good lineup of more commercial indie bands (not that there's anything wrong with that) including Montreal's Half Moon Run and Australia's Preatures. Free with RSVP.
Running in the Fog, Mutual Benefit, Flagland, The Everywheres, Body Parts, Bent Shapes @ Muchmore's
Boston indiepop band Bent Shapes made our list of "30 CMJ Bands" too, they're jangly but not without bite.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld, Sapphire Slows, Tei Shi, White Poppy, Dirty Beaches (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
The last time I saw Porcelain Raft it was just main guy Mauro Remiddi and a drummer, but he performed like it was a much fuller band. At tonight's 285 Kent show he's with Arcade Fire collaborator Sarah Neufeld, two synth artists that we recently highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup, Sapphire Slows, and Tei Shi, and more.
RatKing, Amp Live, Emily Bell, YC The Cynic, Tree, Denitia and Sene, The TonTons, Wavy Spice, Tanya Morgan, Myth Syzer, Pegasus Warning @ Free Candy
There's a lot of good indie rap on this bill, including bratty local trio Ratking, upcomer YC the Cynic, trio-recently-turned-duo Tanya Morgan, and promising Chicago rapper Tree. Plus tons more.
Nothing Changes w/ King Dude @ Home Sweet Home
King Dude makes old-style country ballads in a goth/noir kind of way, and while that could sound kinda novelty, it's actually pretty haunting and really well written stuff. He plays the weekly Nothing Changes party tonight. Late.
Flying Turns, Real Magic, TV Girl, Hockey, FLASH/LIGHTS, Shy Girls, Brothertiger, Landshapes, The Epilogues, Shady Elders, StaG, South of France @ Tammany Hall
This Tammany Hall show has a number of artists working in the electronic/pop world, including Real Magic, who's all contemporary beats and big vocals, TV Girl who combine hip hop and indie pop, plus a lot of samples, and Shy Girls, who at the moment may be best known for working with the PMR-signed Cyril Hahn.
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ The Wellmont Theatre
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. Not part of CMJ.
Pattern is Movement, Leverage Models, Celestial Shore, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, Paperhaus @ Union Pool
Tonight Union Pool goes for bands who bridge the gap between experimental and pop, including notables like Pattern Is Movement, Leverage Models, and Celestial Shore.
More notable Wednesday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
There is no Big Terrific tonight because of CMJ but for other funny options, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Kendrick Lamar at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher aired last night (10/15) and featured cyphers from TDE (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and new signee Isaiah Rashad), A$AP Mob (Rocky, Ferg, Twelvy, Nast, and Ant), Lil Kim & Action Bronson, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more. As you may have heard, Kendrick's verse in the TDE cypher included a much-talked-about diss at Drake. You can read his entire verse (via Complex) and watch videos of the above-mentioned cyphers, below.
Meanwhile, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Mob (Ant, Twelvy, and Nast) are teaming up for a NYC show together TONIGHT (10/16) at Webster Hall as part of CMJ. The show also includes TDE's new signee Isaiah Rashad, in addition to former Odd Future associate Casey Veggies, young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru (who has opened for more than one Black Hippy member in NYC), and The Bots. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.
Videos and Kendrick lyrics below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Hop Along at Saint Vitus in September (more by Vladislav Grach)
Sure, NYC has a lot of great shows almost every night of the week. But CMJ definitely stacks the deck (and the stages) a little more, with some overachieving bands playing upwards of 10 times over the next five days (10/15 - 10/19). With that in mind, here are 30 bands we think are worth catching during CMJ 2013. 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 Spotify playlist featuring songs from all the bands (who are on the streaming service).
Check out our full list and a stream of that Spotify playlist below...
by Doug Moore
The Invisible Oranges CMJ extravaganza begins in two days, with Pelican, Ringworm, Primitive Man, Aksumite, and HASJ rattling the foundations of Saint Vitus Bar on Thursday (10/17). You can still buy tickets, but they're going fast. Friday (10/18)'s equally wild show with Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroyer, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon is also selling through quickly; you can get tickets here.
For more on our shows, we've got a killer preview of Thursday's show up at IO today. As though that weren't enough, we also just announced a late-night IO CMJ afterparty at the Omega Order warehouse (94 Bogart St.) on Friday (10/18). From the announcement over at IO:
"We at IO have been working hard for months to put our two CMJ showcases together, so we decided to reward ourselves by throwing a party. The FREE IO CMJ showcase afterparty will take place on Friday, October 18 (10/18) at The Omega Order Warehouse (94 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York). And surprise: there are bands. Phantom Glue and Aksumite will both heroically put in second appearances. They'll be joined by Brooklyn doom/sludge crew Flown and a special guest headliner, who we'll be announcing on Thursday. Watch this space for updates."Check out the announcement and preview over at IO. See you at the party.
Caveman at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As you probably know by now, CMJ starts today, and local indie pop band Caveman are doing a number of shows for it this year, and all of them (at least what's currently announced) are free.
The band will start their CMJ run today (10/15) at Rockwood Music Hall for a Communion-presented show with U.S. Royalty, Tor Miller, and Duologue. The show's totally free. Set times below.
They play another Communion show on Friday (10/18) at Henry, A Liquor Bar (356 W 58 St). This one's an all-acoustic show, and features stripped down sets from Caveman, along with Bad Suns and James Bay. Also free, and RSVP is open now. Caveman's on at 8:30 PM, and the full schedule is below.
Then, they'll play a free Bowery Presents showcase that next day (10/19) at Pianos with Drowners, Clear Plastic Masks, Landshapes, Eagulls, Bear Mountain, Spires, Most Thieves, Kodaline, Jacco Gardner, and Kan Wakan.
And then finally they'll play a Wild Honey Pie showcase at Cameo on Saturday (10/19) with Empress Of, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave, Hockey, Little Daylight, TV Girl, Belle Mare, Highs, Wilsen, How Sad, and Deidre & The Dark. Free tickets are available.
All dates are listed, along with show flyers, schedules, and a video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Holy crap there are a lot of Australian bands playing CMJ 2013. And almost all of them will be at the annual Aussie BBQ, which happens at The Delancey all day and night Saturday (10/19). It's free and open to the public with over 30 acts playing. The show features some bands we've already told you about: Courtney Barnett, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, sludgy garage rockers Reptiles, and WIM who are based in NYC at the moment.
That still leaves most of the line-up which is all over the map, sound-wise. You can check out nearly all of them via a Spotify playlist for easy perusal. The whole schedule is listed below, but here's a few highlights.
Including the Aussie BBQ, Courtney Barnett is playing a whopping eight shows this week. That includes the free BrooklynVegan party on Saturday at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right. (We'll be announcing the whole line-up soon.) As Andrew Sacher wrote previously, she makes the "kind of post-'90s lo-fi that we've heard from, well, most bands who classify as indie rock in the past some-odd years. She even tags herself on bandcamp as "slacker." But what sets her apart from the mass of samey slacker rock bands is she's got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s." All here CMJ dates:
Tue 10/15/13 PianosThe Preatures make slightly countryish pop-rock and comparisons to Haim have been flying around. They're a little more rock (in a Strokes kinda way) than Haim, but their songs are pretty hooky. They're playing four shows total while here, starting Wednesday (10/16) at Bowery Hotel as part of the School Night party (free with RSVP). They'll also play Santos on Thursday (10/17) and the Planetary day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19).
Wed 10/16/13 Mercury Lounge
Wed 10/16/13 Glasslands
Thu 10/17/13 Mercury Lounge
Fri 10/18/13 Pianos New York
Fri 10/18/13 285 Kent Ave
Sat 10/19/13 Baby's All Right
Sat 10/19/13 The Delancey
Bored Nothing are from Melbourne and work in hazy, swirling guitars and somewhat mopey/angsty vocals. Their self-titled album from this year is pretty good. You can also catch them tonight (10/15) at Pianos with Courtney Barnett, Total Slacker, High Highs, Saint Rich, Spires, Palehound and more. It's only $5 at the door and free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge). Flyer with all the bands is below.
Oh Mercy, also from Melbourne, make understated dusty boots rock. 2011's Great Barrier Grief is a nice laid-back listen (it's on Spotify). They also play Friday at Lit Lounge (11 PM).
On the synthy tip, there's Brisbane's Cub Sport who make "whoa-oh" effervescent style dance pop. Light as a breeze, but undeniably catchy stuff. If you're free this afternoon, you have two chances to see them on Ludlow St. They play Pianos at 2:40 PM, and then they play Cake Shop at 5 PM. They'll also play KEXP at Judson Memorial Church on Wednesday (10/16, noon), and then Union Pool on Friday (10/18, 7:40 PM).
Today's Cake Shop show is actually an all-Aussie line-up with Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, and Gossling. It's free.
One note, hirsute novelty rockers The Beards were supposed to be at CMJ (and open the Aussie BBQ at 2 PM) but their visas didn't come through in time.
Not playing the Aussie BBQ is Kirin J. Callinan whose debut album, Embracism, came out earlier this year. (He played one of our CMJ parties last year.) Luckily he is playing other shows, a ton of them, including three tonight:
Tues, Oct 15 The Standard East (7:30pm) Annie O ShowcaseHis live show is intense, catch him if you can.
Tues, Oct 15 Music Hall Of Williamsburg (9pm)
Tues, Oct 15 Cameo (11pm)
Thur, Oct 17 Bowery Electric (4:45pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Baby's All Right (9:30pm)
Fri, Oct 18 Secret Project Robot
Sat, Oct 19 Death By Audio (9pm)
Aussie BBQ line-up and schedule, that Spotify playlist and a few flyers, below...
Somewhat mysterious UK duo Public Service Broadcasting will be making their US debut during CMJ this week. Their only show (as far as we can tell) will be at The Delancey on Thursday (10/17) at midnight.
The group's debut record Inform - Educate - Entertain was released in the UK in May and will come out in the US on November 19 (it's already streaming on Spotify though). The album pairs driving post-rock instrumentals with audio clips taken from "archive material from the BFI [British Film Institute] and [French film library] StudioCanal along with classic American public information films." The result is pretty propulsive stuff, recommended if you like bands such as Maserati, the Books, old educational films, or '80s cut-and-paste stuff like Art of Noise or Paul Hardcastle. Stream a few tracks below.
As for their identities, a press release calls them "J. Willgoose, Esq. and his faithful drumming companion, Wrigglesworth." Their live shows in the UK sometimes involve a wall of old televisions with projections from some of those old BFI films and other vintage footage. You can get a feel for that in their many music videos, two of which ("Signal 30" and "Night Mail") are watchable below. As to what to expect from their NYC debut? They say: "Thrills. Spills. Excitement. Corduroy."
Videos and streams below.
by Andrew Sacher
Ohio's Saintseneca feature a member of The Sidekicks and a member of All Dogs, but it's not some side project; just a couple musicians from other bands taking time to help main guy Zac Little with his main project. Zac's nasally voice and stripped down songwriting could probably pass as folk punk, but the collective he surrounds himself with adds layers of dense, post-Arcade Fire arrangements that make Saintseneca a bit more epic than their DIY roots suggest. Their 2011 debut LP, Last, was a great, if somewhat overlooked example of this, but its followup, Dark Arc (due out in March 2014 via ANTI-), is already seeming like it's going to further cement it. The album's first single, "Uppercutter" (which just came out on 7" vinyl today), is maybe their strongest track yet, and you can watch the video for it (via Stereogum) below.
Saintseneca were last in NYC to play Death by Audio in June, and their current tour brings them back for CMJ this week. Their only currently-announced show happens on Friday (10/18) at Cake Shop. They're on first at 7:30 PM, followed by Holy Esque, Like Swimming, Gang of Youths, Eros and the Eschaton, and Vadoinmessico.
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
Savages at ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
At last year's CMJ, Savages won everyone over with their intense live show, and this time around they're back, but not as some buzz band. The British post-punks play one of CMJ's largest shows, headlining Terminal 5 on Wednesday (10/16) with Duke Garwood (known for collaborations with Mark Lanegan, who coincidentally plays NYC tonight). Tickets for the show are still available, some CMJ badges will be accepted at the door, and we're also giving away a pair of tickets.
Contest details, along with the updated list of dates and a video, below...
Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.
Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...
Blind Boys of Alabama @ ACL Fest 10/11/2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Blind Boys of Alabama, whose new Justin Vernon-produced album is out now, just played Austin's ACL Music Festival on Friday (10/11) and their fall tour will hit NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on October 26 opening for Black Crowes. Tickets are still available.
But if you'd like to see them in NYC somewhere, sooner, smaller (much, much smaller), and for free, Blind Boys of Alabama will be here for CMJ and their only scheduled appearance is Friday (10/18) at Pianos (!!) as part of the Planetary Group day party that also features Courtney Barnett, TOPS, and more. The show is free but you do need to RSVP to attend. BBoA are on at 4PM and the full lineup/schedule is below.
The groups' new album, I'll Find a A Way, features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can stream it via Spotify. All tour dates are listed below.
by Doug Moore
Hells Headbangers's Blake Judd shirt
If you're following metal news at all right now, you've no doubt heard about Blake Judd of Nachtmystium's recent legal problems. Judd was arrested on October 5 on theft charges; though he's only being charged with misdemeanor theft of less than $500 worth of property, his bail has been set for $25,000. Not exactly chump change for the black metal milieu.
This development was no doubt troubling for Metal Insider, whose CMJ showcase at Europa on 10/16 featured Nachtmystium as the headlining band. Earlier today, Metal Insider announced that Judd's court date has been moved to November 1, thereby ensuring that he will not be out of jail in time to play the showcase. (Nachtmystium's 10/15 date in Columbus, OH is no doubt canceled as well.) Condolences, guys.
The Metal Insider showcase is going down regardless, and the lineup remains strong; Byzantine are now headlining, with Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, and Vatnett Viskar in support. Both Black Anvil and Ramming Speed made CMJ's rundown of must-see metal bands at this year's festivities, as did Pelican, who are headlining both nights of the Invisible Oranges's CMJ showcase. You can get tickets to the Metal Insider show here and the IO showcases here.
In the meantime, Judd's public stock continues to plummet. His reputation of stiffing people on merch orders and playing fast and loose with other people's money in general has become a subject of popular discussion. Worse (better?) yet, one of the many folks he has crossed over the years has taken it upon himself to print a limited run of anti-Judd t-shirts, which you can see above. In case you're not enough of a metal nerd to catch it, these shirts are parodies of the slain Mayhem guitarist Euronymous's logo for his own Deathlike Silence label. Seriously, buy one; these things will sell for a major mark-up on Ebay in a few years.
by Andrew Sacher
On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.
Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.
As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.
Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.
And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.
On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.
Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.
Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).
All mentioned streams and few others below...
10/18 Brooklyn 10/19 - "Prizes for Best Costumes!" (photo by PSquared)
Hopefully this poster we just found in Red Hook, not far from one of the new Banksys and where the Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary Fest is taking place, isn't fake! Maybe start thinking about your formal attire or costume just in case.
If it's true, that will be at least three Arcade Fire performances in NYC in less than a month because they're confirmed to play the YouTube Awards. They were also just in NYC for SNL and might be back now for tonight's "Her" premiere.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Weaves are a pretty new band -- they formed this year -- though singer Jasmyn Burke fronted Rattail who toured a lot with bands like Makeout Videotape (Mac Demarco), Phedre, and Hooded Fang. This new venture is with Morgan Waters (who was a child actor on the CBC) and have released two singles so far -- "Motorcycle" earlier this year and "Take A Dip," the video of which we're premiering in this post. The song crashes into existence with a big rock riff, but then settles into a groove were Burke's vocals take command. As for the video, there seems to be some sort of religious sacrament going on, I'll leave it to you to interpret.
Weaves will be in NYC next week for CMJ. They're playing the Force Field showcase at Baby's All Right on Tuesday (10/15) with Joanna Gruesome, The History of Apple Pie, Free Time, Body Parts and Celestial Shore; and they'll also play Santos Party House on next Friday (10/18) with fellow Torontonians Odonis Odonis and HSY, plus Saul Williams w/ Dragons of Zynth, Rey Pila and Victory (tickets).
Video and a couple other streams/videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Pena will release Prominence, his second album as Heavenly Beat, next week (10/15) via Captured Tracks. Much like his first record, with lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats and whispered vocals, Prominence could pass for genuine turn-of-the-millenium Scandinavian indiepop (think Kings of Convenience or The Embassy). The production and arrangements are better this time, however, and make for an enjoyably featherlight listen. I like it a lot. You can stream the LP's single, "Complete," below and listen to the whole album over at EW.
Being based here in Brooklyn, it should come as no surprise that Heavenly Beat (which is a full band, live) will be playing some shows at CMJ. He'll play the Cascine showcase on Thursday (10/17) at Cameo (9:40 PM) which also features Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Rush Midnight and North Americans (tickets). They'll also play Friday (10/18) at Fontanas as part of a bill that includes Ice Choir, Cities Aviv, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Calvin Love, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort and Bright Future. Those are both pretty well-curated line-ups, and chances are if you like Heavenly Beat you'll have interest in a number of the other bands.
Heavenly Beat will also play a free day show at Spike Hill on October 19 with Dead Leaf Echo, Heliotropes, United Ghosts, and Black Books. And if you want to see them outside of CMJ, HB play Glasslands on October 24 with Color Film and Crush Distance (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with a couple Prominence track streams, below...