Entries tagged with: CMJ
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Ex Hex casting a spell on the @brooklynvegan party " - Amanda Contrada
Mac & Ex Hex @ BV CMJ @ Baby's All Right - 10/19/2013
After our Friday CMJ day party on opening day of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, we returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday party that went from noon til just after 2 AM, and with even more complimentary Sailor Jerry flowing.
Eight hours in, Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan played a rare solo set that reminded me of a past BV-CMJ party when Ted Leo did a similar thing -- scrappy and powerful like he is with his main band, but still stripped down and intimate. His setlist, which you can see below, included Superchunk and Portastatic songs, and a Mary Lou Lord cover (video of that one below).
Then Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), whose guitar Mac was borrowing, made the NYC debut of her new band Ex Hex. Betsy Wright of The Fire Tapes plays bass, Laura Harris of Aquarium is on drums, and it was a killer first set from the trio. It was immediately appealing to fans of Mary's previous bands while also the most riffy rock n' roll thing she's ever done. Their set consisted of basically every song they have so far, including "Hot and Cold" (listen on NPR). Everyone had a blast. A couple of videos are below.
More about the other artists on the show in a minute. Here's pictures from Mac and Mary's set. More of them with videos and Mac's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
GEMS / Wilsen / John Murry @ Mercury Lounge, 10/17/2013
As one of the biggest "indie" booking agencies, The Windish Agency had a lot of bands at CMJ this year, like usual. Their official showcase at Mercury Lounge on Thursday, 10/17 presented some of their newer talent: the atmospheric, downcast songs of MOJO-approved San Franciscan John Murry; ethereal duo Wilsen (who covered Grimes' "Oblivion"), and DC duo GEMS who were one of the more talked-about bands of the fest. We also caught Dan Croll and Bad Suns, and pictures from their sets are in this post.
Stream some GEMS tracks, along with more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...
videos by (((unartig))), photo by Chris La Putt
(((unartig))) was in the house to capture some video at our 2nd of two CMJ shows at Baby's All Right over the weekend. The fruits of his labor include footage of Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, Pallbearer, King Dude and Nothing, Watch away, below...
photos by Wei Shi
Savages @ Terminal 5, 10/16/2013
Now, I get that writers--especially those who caught Savages' 2012 sets--could be a little bit blasé about double dipping for this year's coverage. But isn't that sort of crazy? Doesn't it stand to reason that a band is going to be much more accomplished after a solid two years of touring than they were in their first nervous NYC moments? This is compounded because we are still talking about a very young band, just starting their career. Their debut record, Silence Yourself, came out this May! They are the same age as any number of young bands we're treating as more exciting new commodities this week, but they are untold magnitudes better as performers. I enjoyed Joanna Gruesome quite a bit Tuesday night, but there's no comparison as to who is the more powerful live act right now. It's different universes! It's possible when listening to Savages' songs on record, or especially reading their myriad online manifestoes, to write them off as actually tame or pretentious post-punk acolytes. As Siouxsie without the novelty, to be basic. Live though? Holy fuck.2012 CMJ "winners" Savages came back for a victory lap at this year's fest, moving to Terminal 5 on October 16. Pictures from their set (we missed opener Duke Garwood) are in this post.
No duh they "won" CMJ last year, if we're being honest they won this one too. They might be "winning" rock music. Period. - [The L Magazine]
The band are back in Europe for a tour that just started and they'll head to Australia and NZ in the new year. Those dates are listed, along with more pics from T5, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Omar Souleyman - playing BVCMJ, walking around NYC
Syria's Omar Souleyman, now in Europe for more shows, has been keeping busy around the world and in NYC. Most recently he visited the Big Apple for CMJ and to promote his new Kieran Hebden-produced album (out today), and also recently to film parts of his first-ever video, which you can watch along with another set of pictures from the BrooklynVegan CMJ show he played, below...
Hospitality @ Glasslands 10/19/2013
Hospitality came out of hibernation to play the last night of CMJ, hitting Glasslands on Saturday (10/19) as part of a bill that also featured Pattern is Movement and The Building. Their set featured a bunch of new songs, and their line-up was a little different too, with Nathan Michael back in the drummer's seat just for this show (he moved to guitar two years ago) and Glass Ghost's Elliot Krimsky on keyboards.
Those keyboards may figure heavily into the band's new album, Trouble, which will be out January 28 via Merge (almost two years exactly after their debut). The first taste of the album, a video teaser, definitely sounds more dancey than anything we've heard from them. A new direction? Stay tuned. You can check out more pics from Hospitality's CMJ set and that video trailer below.
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Pelican / Aksumite at IO CMJ @ Saint Vitus, 10/17/2013
Invisible Oranges threw two sold-out CMJ bashes last week -- the first (10/17) featured HASJ, Aksumite, Primitive Man, Ringworm, and Pelican on Thursday (10/17), while the second spotlit Pyrrhon, Phantom Glue, Wreck & Reference, Kings Destroy, Sannhet, and Pelican (again) on Friday (10/18, right after the BV day party). We also had an late-night afterparty show on Friday featuring Flown, Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Ramming Speed.
We've got a huge collection of pictures and video of all three shows over at Invisible Oranges. You can scope out some of the pics and vids in this post from both our official showcase and head to IO for the full collection.
More pics, and video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Yamantaka Sonic Titan / Omar Souleyman / Speedy Ortiz
New Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, after canceling CMJ shows scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (they found them other venues), had its opening day Friday (10/18) with our free BrooklynVegan day party, the first of two parties we threw at that venue for CMJ.
The day began pretty big with an acoustic set by Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head & the Heart who just released a new album called Lets Be Still. The first-ever performance at the new venue Friday at noon was a stripped down performance ahead of their much bigger sold out shows at Terminal 5 and Webster Hall. They also played a sold out CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before.
Then things took a turn for the weirder when the eccentric Kirin J Callinan (now backed by a band, unlike last year) came on. He was followed by the sneering UK post-punks Eagulls. Their pals/fellow Leeds band Hookworms came next, upping the psych/noise quota for the day.
Due to a last-minute scheduling change, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman came on next, characteristically not doing much on stage but still taking control of the room with an unforgettable set, and he was followed by the captivating, face-painted genre-defiers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Finally to wrap things, indie rockers Speedy Ortiz came on and showed off some new songs (like they've been doing at other CMJ shows too). Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon.
Complimentary drinks were provided to those in attendance by Sailor Jerry who also brought in the Three Kings Tattoo artists who were giving out free tattoos for six hours straight in the venue's side bar. Plus, if you were hungry, free Raw Revolution organic live food bars were scattered around the venue for your taking. Thanks also to Vinny's Music for supplying the gear.
Saturday we were at the same venue with the NYC debut of Ex Hex (new band fronted by Mary Timony of Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), a solo set from Mac McCaughn of Superchunk, Pallbearer, Joanna Gruesome, Hop Along, Nothing, Public Service Broadcasting, Torres, King Dude, Pity Sex, Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Drowners, Spires and more. Pictures from that day coming soon.
Pictures from our Friday party are in this post. More below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy just returned to NYC for a couple CMJ shows, including the Pitchfork showcase at 285 Kent on Friday (10/18) and a show at The Flat two days earlier (10/16) with SISU, Total Slacker, Hunters, Tweens, and Lodro. At their show at The Flat, they played a new song, which you can watch a video of below.
Perfect Pussy must not mind the drive down here, because they've been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've already announced they'll return on December 6 at Shea Stadium. That show is an all around great lineup, also including Amherst sludge rockers California X, another solid bunch of Mass rockers Blessed State, who are working on the followup to their 2012 demo with producer Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz), and Brooklyn garage punks Flagland. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (10/28) at noon.
12:45 Pity Sex
1:30 Courtney Barnett
3:00 King Dude
7:00 Hop Along
8:00 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
9:00 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band's NYC debut)
10:00 Jacco Gardner
12:00 Joanna Gruesome
01:00 Public Service Broadcasting
Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Islands have been on the road in support of their new album, Ski Mask, and as discussed, their tour hits NYC on Sunday (10/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Brazos and Fat Tony (tickets). Their tour schedule had a gap right before this NYC show, which fell right during CMJ, yet they had no CMJ shows scheduled. However, they will be making one CMJ appearance, as they are the special guests at tonight's Flowerbooking showcase at Knitting Factory (10/19) with Obits, The History of Apple Pie, Kid Karate, Prides, and Flashlights. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your CMJ badge.
Set times for tonight below...
Pallbearer at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Earlier today, we announced that our blowout free CMJ party at Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/19) has been extended until 2am, but we're not done yet. It's not BV without a metal contingent, so we're pleased to announce that Pallbearer (who played with Saint Vitus the band tonight at Europa) will be filling the 5 PM slot at Saturday's festivities. The run from King Dude through Nothing and into Pallbearer should be ridiculous, and then you can keep partying for an additional EIGHT HOURS. Free drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry. Free tattoos by Three Kings Tattoo from 1-6pm courtesy of Sailory Jerry.
See you there. Full Saturday free party schedule is below...
by Wyatt Marshall
As part of his run of dates surrounding CMJ, neo-folk Americana specialist King Dude played the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on Wednesday (10/16). (We missed that one -- did you go?) Looking forward, the Dude's going to be a busy guy. King Dude's doubling up on Saturday--he's slotted to play both the 14-hour extravaganza that is the BrooklynVegan Saturday CMJ Party at Baby's All Right (10/19) and Union Pool later that night. No rest for the weary, the Dude will be playing an acoustic candlelit set the following day (10/20) at Worship at 117 Wilson Ave in BK. The show starts at dusk, so hit up your local meteorologist for an exact time. He then plays Saint Vitus later Sunday night.
King Dude's just one of the many great acts to have graced the Nothing Changes stage, and looking forward it looks like it's only getting better. Newly announced shows from Mueran Humanos, Clay Rendering and Hot Guts are things to look forward to, and you know Raspberry Bulbs on November 13 will be one not to miss.
See the upcoming show schedule for the Nothing Changes party below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Joanna Gruesome / Eagulls @ Pianos 10/16/2013
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. - [Andrew Sacher]For those looking to catch some of the more hotly-tipped 2013 CMJ acts on the early side, the Kanine Records / SEASAC day party at Pianos on Wednesday was the place to do it, with sets from UK acts Joanna Gruesome, Eagulls, The History of Apple Pie, and Atlanta's Mood Rings, plus CMJ vets Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow and Beach Day. Pictures from the Kanine party are in this post.
You can catch Eagulls today (10/18) at the free BrooklynVegan day party at brand new Williamsburg venue, Baby's All Right (the venue's first-ever show). Eagulls play at 1:30 PM, so come if you can. I caught them Wednesday night and thought they were really good angsty, postpunk-y rock.
As for Joanna Gruesome, they're definitely one of the Bands to See this week and you've still got a few chances to do so -- including the just-announced midnight slot at our takeover of Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/19), playing in between Drowners and Public Service Broadcasting. The whole day is free for anyone 21 and over, no RSVP or CMJ badge needed.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Glasser / Kelela
The True Panther/Terrible Records CMJ showcase went down this past Tuesday (10/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, headlined by Glasser, who's doing a few CMJ shows as part of her tour in support of her new Interiors album. The rest of the showcase included Lil Jabba, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of (who played a lot of new stuff), and forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela, who's been a pretty hot name at CMJ following the release of her CUT 4 ME mixtape. Pictures of that showcase are in this post.
Kirin J Callinan plays our FREE BrooklynVegan day party at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) today. The show goes from noon to 6 and he's on at 12:45 PM.
Kelela plays Pitchfork's electronic show at 285 Kent on Saturday (10/19).
And Empress Of has a ton of upcoming shows in NYC (CMJ and post-CMJ).
More pictures from MHOW below...
Joanna Gruesome @ Pianos upstairs (CMJ day 1) (by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Drowners (more by Luis Ruiz)
BrooklynVegan FREE CMJ ScheduleThat's two more bands of the 30 we were hoping to see added to the previously announced lineup, plus the always sexy Drowners, and one more band TBA (in addition to the 5pm band who we'll announce late Friday night. clue: we purposely put them after King Dude & Nothing).
@ Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY)
12:00 The Head and the Heart (acoustic)
12:45 Kirin J Callinan
03:15 Yamantaka//Sonic Titan
04:15 Omar Souleyman
05:15 Speedy Ortiz
12:45 Pity Sex
1:30 Courtney Barnett
3:00 King Dude
7:00 Hop Along
8:00 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
9:00 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band's NYC debut)
10:00 TBA (stay tuned)
12:00 Joanna Gruesome
01:00 Public Service Broadcasting
See you at Baby's! (which is also open with a great lineup Friday night too).
Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
We're very excited about the opening of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, near Peter Luger), partially because it's the location of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties, the first of which begins TODAY (10/18) at NOON (hope to see you there!).
Today's BV party ends at 6 PM and our next one starts Saturday at noon, but in between those two shows, Baby's All Right is hosting the VFW Group-presented This Is How We Do It showcase tonight. Music starts at 8 PM, kicking off with electro-classical Brooklynite Lydia Ainsworth, then Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, R&B-leaning trio Wet, psych band Spires, a DJ set (and exclusive CMJ appearance) from Purity Ring (which will feature special guest appearances), Oslo dance producer Cashmere Cat, and Montreal future bass producer Jacques Greene. John McSwain was also supposed to DJ, but doors are closing at 2am, so he sadly got bumped.
Baby's will also be open Saturday day AND Saturday night.
Sannhet @ The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you've looked at this site at all this week you are aware that the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon is in full swing and hopefully during the afternoon you're calling in sick and going to one of the many free day parties happening. Specifically, we'd love to see you at ours. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you get tickets?
Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck and Reference, Phantom Glue, Pyrrhon @ Saint Vitus
Pelican returns to headline the second night of our CMJ showcase tonight. They'll receive support from up-and-coming BK locals Sannhet, Kings Destroy, and Pyrrhon, plus keyboard warriors Wreck & Reference and beefy noise rock group Phantom Glue. This is sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).
Fuck Buttons, Mystery Skulls, Lichens @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is the only CMJ show for UK psychedelic electronic duo, who are currently on a North American tour. Their new album, Slow Focus, is a worthy entry into the band's already-great catalog, and fits in really well the wealth of leftfield dance music coming out this year (Jon Hopkins, Arca, Forest Swords, etc).
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Joanna Gruesome, Priests, Perfect Pussy, Courtney Barnett, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two unofficial CMJ shows that Pitchfork is doing this year, and this is their rock one. It kicks off with a solo set from Fiery Furnances' Eleanor Friedberger, followed by witty psych-pop songwriter Courtney Barnett, noise punks Perfect Pussy, post-punk rippers Priests, intense noise rockers Joanna Gruesome, traditionalist (but not retro) indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and theatrical genre-defying band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.
Vadoinmessico, Eros and the Eschaton, Gang of Youths, Like Swimming, Holy Esque, Saintseneca @ Cake Shop
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Saintseneca, who make folk punk, but a fleshed-out, multi-layered kind that isn't too far removed from early Arcade Fire. The ground-up band (who share members with The Sidekicks and All Dogs) have DIY roots, but are now signed to ANTI- for their forthcoming album, and potentially reaching wider audiences than ever before.
Bleeding Rainbow, EULA, The Flag, Psychic Blood, Little Radar, Advaeta @ Cloud City
This bill is pretty stacked, including especially notable sets from shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow (who have been previewing their punky new material at this year's CMJ), local noise rockers EULA, Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood, and local post-punk trio Advaeta.
Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Hookers @ Europa
Pioneering, influential doom metal band Saint Vitus (not to be confused with the Brooklyn venue) are still kicking, after having been rejuvenated with last year's very solid Lillie: F-65 album. Supporting them is Pallbearer, who are one of the best current bands in the world of doom.
Tourist, Figgy, Real Magic @ Glasslands
This is the NYC debut of Tourist, who used to make music that could vaguely be considered chillwave, and now has jumped on the post-Disclosure house bandwagon. That's not meant in a negative way though, Disclosure are pretty big fans of this guy themselves.
Good Riddance, The Flatliners, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The land portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcases (they have a cruise tomorrow) takes place today, with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, if you're going to this, we recommend getting there early for Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).
Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt @ Output
Ghostly International is taking over new Williamsburg dance hotspot Output for their unofficial showcase, which is headlined by Com Truise and also features Joel Ford (who's been spend much of CMJ with his new duo Ejecta), and a bunch of other good names.
Danzig, Doyle, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death @ Roseland Ballroom
Danzig is currently on tour playing music from throughout his long, multi-band career, with his former Misfits bandmate Doyle joining him on select songs each night. Don't take any iPhone videos of this one.
Saul Williams, Dragons of Zynth, Odonis Odonis, Rey Pila, HSY, Victory, Weaves @ Santos Party House
This multi-genre bill features spoken word artist Saul Williams, plus two Toronto noise rock bands, Odonis Odonis and HSY, another Toronto band Weaves, and more.
ARNOLD (M|O|D) (DJ Set), Born Gold, Pity Sex, Joanna Gruesome, Julia Brown, Homeshake @ Shea Stadium
There's a lot of good stuff on this Portals showcase, including high-energy electro-popper Born Gold, emo-shoegazers Pity Sex, Welsh noise rockers Joanna Gruesome (a favorite at this year's CMJ), lo-fi band Julia Brown and more.
The Dismemberment Plan, Wild Cub @ Terminal 5
Few bands have created as distinct a mix of indie rock and post-hardcore as The Dismemberment Plan, so it's great to see these guys back in action. Tonight's their big Terminal 5 show.
Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Town Hall
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.
Janelle Monae @ The Apollo Theater
Janelle Monae takes classic soul, funk, and R&B formulas and constantly pushes them in new directions. It always feels like a bit of an honor when an artist gets to play the legendary Apollo Theater, and considering what Janelle has done for genres that have always been at home here, this feels pretty appropriate.
YT//ST @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A, Foxtrott, Webster, VioleTT Pi @ Arlene's Grocery
It's the annual M for Montreal showcase with a full evening of Canadian acts. Of special note: Pat Jordache whose gothy/dubby/scratchy postpunk is a good mood-setter for Halloween. Also: free poutine from 5 - 7 PM for those who love fries, gravy and cheese curds all mixed up together (that does not include the founder of this blog).
Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the first).
Fuck The Facts, Fit For An Autopsy, Meek is Murder, Hivemasher, Stomach Earth @ The Acheron
MetalSucks/Metal Injection's CMJ showcase stars the long-running Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts and the deathcore band Fit For An Autopsy. Notable support will be provided by the like-minded grind/hardcore bands Meek Is Murder and Hivesmasher, plus the live debut of the excellent death/doom act Stomach Earth.
The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, Okta Logue @ Bowery Ballroom
It's been a while since The Long Winters playing NYC, and here they headline a stacked CMJ show and will perform their album When I Pretend to Fall in full.
Burger Records presents Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop, Dirty Fences @ Death By Audio (FREE)
Party-loving California label Burger is presenting this free show tonight which will surely be wild, wooly and beer-soaked. Philly's glammy Tough Shits are one of the highlights.
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Nick Waterhouse @ Webster Hall
It's a double-dose of old-school soul, with grand master Lee Fields and young true-believer Nick Waterhouse.
Calvin Love, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Heavenly Beat, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ice Choir, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort, Bright Future, Cities Aviv @ Fontana's
Do you like The '80s? Fairlight synths? Wispy vocals? Undeniable pop melodies? Do you think that Prefab Sprout, Scritti Politti and The Style Council are the best bands ever? You will probably like most of the bands on this line-up.
Tony Conrad, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with violinist and composer Tony Conrad, and a collaborative performance by Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer.
Oh Mercy, Grandchildren, Emperors, TV Girl, South of France @ Lit
This showcase is pretty much your only nighttime chance to catch LA group TV Girl during CMJ.
Yuck, Eagulls, Willis Earl Beal, Absolutely Free, Pete Bauer, PUP @ Mercury Lounge
Yuck and Eagulls both play BV day parties (and a lot of other CMJ shows) and if you're going, do check out Canadian group Absolutely Free (ex-DD/MM/YYY) who play Can-style krautrock.
Total Slacker, Sweet Bulbs, Advaeta, Honduras, Tank, Slonk Donkerson, Haybaby @ Silent Barn
This is a pretty good line-up overall, but the real draw here is that gone-to-soon shoegazers Sweet Bulbs are reuniting for one night only.
Celestial Shore, Hookworms, Spires, TEEN, Total Slacker, The Belle Game, Wilsen, Ski Lodge, Palehound, Tiny Ruins @ Pianos
One of the better overall line-ups of the night, and an easy way to tick-off some hotly-tipped CMJ bands (Hookworms, Spires, Tiny Ruins, Palehound).
More notable Friday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
If you're looking for laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Greys at Shea Stadium in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
The most intense band I had seen at CMJ so far was Joanna Gruesome, but after catching Greys at the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory last night (10/17), they give JG a run for their money. The noise punk band hails from Toronto and the most immediate comparison is their likeminded neighbors METZ (though both bands hearken back to the late '80s/early '90s), and like that band Greys are an utter force that you just have to see live. Greys set up with half of their members on the floor, encouraged the audience to tightly surround them, and were easily the loudest band on the bill. Especially if you're a heavy band, power and precision are pretty much requirements, not luxuries, but Greys have so much of both that I managed to get caught off guard by their tightness a few times. That could give a band some bragging rights, but they were humble for the whole set. No pics unfortunately (the one above is from their Shea show in July).
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:
Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.
Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.
Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.
Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.
Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.
Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.
Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.
Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher
Palehound @ Spike Hill 10/17/2013
Palehound just played a day party at Spike Hill (10/17), and though there couldn't have been more than ten people there, the band weren't fazed at all, and still put on a solid show. And emphasis on the word "band." Though Palehound was conceived as the solo project of Ellen Kempner, they're a full band now, and quite an adept one at that. Ellen's songwriting feels rooted in folk traditions, but the band expands upon that, working through loud-quiet-loud dynamics and slightly mathy tendencies. It's still a bit surprising that such a complete sound comes from such a new, still relatively unknown band, but hopefully they won't be playing to crowds of ten people much longer. Music like this doesn't deserve to go unnoticed.
Palehound, one of our "30 Artists Worth Checking out at CMJ," have two more shows coming up this week, including a night show at Pianos on Friday (10/18, 7:30 PM) and the Exploding In Sound show at Silent Barn on Saturday (10/19).
We've mentioned this venue a few times in the context of CMJ shows happening there (almost all of of them later moved to other venues), but we mostly kept our mouths shut about it until now (to help ensure no further complications). Located at 146 Broadway in Williamsburg, right by Peter Luger, Baby's All Right is a new music venue that we're pretty excited about, so much so that we're hosting our own CMJ shows there this year.
In fact, the Friday free BrooklynVegan day party, kicking off with The Head and The Heart at noon (less than 24 hours from this post), will be the first-ever show at the new club. Come experience it for yourself, have a free shot of rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and watch 18 bands with us for free on Friday AND on Saturday. Check out more info and the full lineups. No badges or RSVP necessary. See you there!
Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...
Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.
Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]
Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.
Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.
BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.
From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).
Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.
You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]
Now back to Andrew...
A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.
Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]
And back to Bill...
Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).
I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.
And then I went to bed. - [BP]
CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...
by Doug Moore
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks are in two-steps-forward / one-step-back mode. The band was slated to open for Godflesh this coming Saturday, but as we've mentioned a couple of times over the past week, Godflesh have postponed their tour until April. (But government shutdown that purportedly led to the postponement is over now, so that's good, right?)
On the bright side for American Sharks, they're playing tonight's Cake Shop CMJ showcase with Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, Dirty Fences, Nancy, and Tweens. They're also playing at Union Pool on 10/22, presumably to make up for the canceled 10/19 Godflesh date. Dirty Fences and Nancy will also be on that bill, along with Hector's Pets. American Sharks are also hitting the road with Clutch and The Sword in November, and they've got a music video for "Overdrive" that pays pitch-perfect tribute to the cult classic Repo Man. I guess that's more like four steps forward and one step back.
Check out the "Overdrive" video and their upcoming dates with Clutch and the Sword below...
Deerhunter @ MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FADER Fort -- a CMJ mainstay since the mid-'00s -- starts today at Williamsburg recording studio/party space Converse Rubber Tracks, providing musical performances and endless booze tonight (10/17) through Saturday (10/19). Hopefully you RSVP'd already because the list is full. If you did, they just added a big surprise headliner to Friday's (10/18) roster: Deerhunter (who were here last month) will play at 11:15 PM. Rubber Tracks is pretty small -- maybe the size of Mercury Lounge -- so get there early if you wanna get in.
One note, while tonight and Friday are at Rubber Tracks, the Saturday (10/19) Fader Fort happens at Chelsea's Eventi Hotel (851 6th Ave.) Updated line-ups and info are in the flyer below.