Sondre Lerche @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Sondre Lerche

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The CMJ Music Marathon starts today and runs through Saturday (10/19) and NYC, which has no shortage of worthy shows on any given night, and explodes into an overload of options. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights here and more CMJ (and non-CMJ) options further down.

Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, Cub Sports, Gossling @ Cake Shop (DAY SHOW, FREE)
It's an entire afternoon of Australian artists, highlighted by Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor.

Ghost Wave, Streets of Laredo, Electric Wire Hustle, Black City Lights, Tiny Ruins @ Le Poisson Rouge (FREE)
Tonight's the now-annual New Zealand showcase at LPR, with a disparate group of performers. We like the folk-y Tiny Ruins and the more VU-ish (if badly-named) Ghost Wave. This show is free and always a good way to start your CMJ.

Mark Lanegan, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss @ Gramercy Theatre
Mark Lanegan spent the mid-'80s up to the turn of the millennium fronting pioneering grunge band Screaming Trees, and has since done notable collaborations with Queens of the Stone Age, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian), and more. He's also a solo artist, and his newest record is a covers album that features his interpretations of John Cale, Nick Cave, Chelsea Wolfe, and many others.

Joanna Gruesome, The History of Apple Pie, Free Time, Celestial Shore, Body Parts, Weaves, Geoffrey O'Connor @ Ran Tea House
This will be the first CMJ shows for UK bands Joanna Gruesome (indiepop with fangs) and The History of Apple Pie (twee shoegaze) and the whole evening is pretty good. Moved from Baby's All Right (which won't open till Friday).

Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ Beacon Theater
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. Tonight's show is also special, because it's one of the few dates on the tour that also includes Blondie Chaplan, lead singer of Beach Boys tune "Sail On Sailor."

Hunters, Kirin J Callinan, PUP, Ovlov, Greys, Big Ups @ Cameo Gallery
In terms of younger, upcoming bands, this is one of the more stacked early-CMJ shows. Both NYC's Hunters and Australia's Kirin J Callinan have live shows that you won't forget, plus two killer punk bands are in from Toronto -- PUP and Greys -- and there's the Dinosaur Jr/Sonic Youth-y rockers Ovlov and Brooklyn punky post-hardcore kids Big Ups.

Glasser, Kelela, Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, Lil' Jabba @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Glasser took three years to follow up her debut LP, but that sophomore record is finally out now, and she's celebrating with some appearances at CMJ. Openers here are great too, including promising R&B singer Kelela, art pop musician Empress Of, one-man looping machine Kirin J Callinan, and DJ Rashad associate Lil Jabba.

Placebo, Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5
Glammy, gothy, androgenous, and more than a little melodramatic, Placebo know how to work all that to their advantage.

Milagres, Ghost Wave, Beach Day, The Box Tiger, CONJJJECTURE, Traumahelikopter, Owel @ Pianos
Lots of good bands on this Pianos bill, but one in particular worth highlighting is Owel, who make the kind of pretty, somewhat-technical emo that some people call "twinklecore," mixed with pretty epic alt-rock. They're on at 1 PM.

Tropic of Pisces, Ace Reporter, Courtney Barnett, Saint Rich, Spires, Total Slacker, COIN, Echo Friendly, Dream Shake @ Pianos
Also lots of good people on this Pianos bill, and the one we really think you shouldn't miss is Australia's Courtney Barnett, who mixes '60s-style psychedelic rock with witty songwriting. And actually if you're into that kind of psychedelia, don't miss Brooklyn's Spires either.

Sondre Lerche, TEEN, Wet, Saint Rich @ Bowery Ballroom
The Talkhouse, the website started by noted journalist Michael Azerrad which features musicians reviewing other musicians' CDs, is presenting tonight's solid showcase headlined by Norway's charming Sondre Lerche.

Cults, Lucius, Conway, Yup Deceiver (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Cults' new album, Static, is out today and this is a record release show of sorts, which is free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge).

Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Prudential Center
Trent Reznor and crew released their first NiN record in five years and their tour with equally intense openers Godspeed are in the NY area for two shows, this being the second.

Hippy, Caged Animals, Norwegian Arms, Radical Dads, Spirit Plate @ Muchmore's
If you're coming to CMJ from out of town and want to catch some of Brooklyn's local indie rock talent, this unofficial showscase with Hippy, Radical Dads and Caged Animals is a very good option.

Main Attrakionz, Davinci C, Hefna Gwap, Good Kids @ Santos Party House (FREE)
There's not too much rap at CMJ, and this show isn't actually an official CMJ show anyway, but it's a good warm up for the week, and totally free.

Low Fat Getting High, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Flagland, Hive Bent, A Guide to Rational Living @ Shea Stadium
These local punk bands team up together a lot, but if you're into intense, rowdy DIY shows, it's one hell of a team.

Iceage, Pharmakon, Believer/Law, Cold Ones @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron 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. If you're going, don't miss industrial noise artist Pharmakon and Cult of Youth-related EBM band Believer/Law. UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pharmakon dropped off the show.

Lovelife, Alec Benjamin, Kirin J Callinan @ The Standard
Aussie artist Kirin J. Callinan, intense and gothy, highlights this free show at The Standard, one of many shows he's playing this week. You do need to RSVP by emailing aohayon@standardhotel.com.

The Story Pirates, Valley Lodge, Marcellus Hall, Tragedy @ Union Pool
This month's edition of variety show The Moon features The Story Pirates, who create an entire sketch comedy based on ideas from children; and Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge; and the tri-state area's finest metal Bee Gees tribute act, Tragedy.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Day Shows

Vadionmessico, ARMS, The City & Horses, SW/MM/NG, Stone Cold Fox, Gold Lake @ Living Room (FREE)

The Griswolds, Gossling, Delta Riggs, Elizabeth Rose, Cub Sports, Oscar Key Sung, Ginger & the Ghost @ Pianos (FREE)

Evening Shows

White Poppy, Sapphire Slows, Jamaican Queens, Tom Hawk @ Death By Audio

Dan Croll, Wardell, J Fernandez, Beach Day @ Glasslands

Infinity Shred, Shady Elders, Thorcraft Cobra, StaG, Johnnie Lee Jordan, David D'Alession @ Alphabet Lounge

Wild Yaks, Miniboone, Grandchildren, Daytona, Trummors @ Cake Shop

Shilpa Ray, Kissing Is A Crime, Grand Resort, Eastern Hollows, Clouty @ Bar Matchless

NONONO, Panama Wedding, Mystery Skulls @ Mercury Lounge

Heliotropes, Friend Roulette, Spirit Vine, Is/Is, Invisible Days @ Paper Box

SW/MM/NG, Roses, Teribalanamal, The Yin Yangs, Island Boy, Buscabulla @ Paper Box

claire, James Bay, Saint Rich, Lucius @ Rockwood Music Hall

Caveman, U.S. Royalty, Tor Miller, Duologue @ Rockwood Music Hall

Unicycle Loves You, The Darcys, Dinosaur Bones, Howth, Christopher Paul Stelling, SWF, Elder/Brother @ The Rock Shop

Cherub, Bad Suns, Computer Magic, Little Comets, Sheppard, Stone Cold Fox, Seasick Mama, The Ugly Club, ARMS, Lily & The Parlour Tricks, Satellite @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Woodkid, Thomas Azier @ Webster Hall

Another Dead Clown, Julie Kathryn, Adnan Sabir, Niall Connolly, Lindsay Dragan, Sweet Soubrette, Shelly Bhushan, Paul Tabachneck @ Rockwood Music Hall

Adrianne Lenker, Amy Vachal, Margaret Glaspy, Jesse Clegg @ Rockwood Music Hall

Twin Wave, Infinity Shred, Futurebrite, LOVESKILLS, Party Supplies, Erin Barra, New Myths, Goste @ The Delancey

Sol Cat, Elliot & the Ghost, Conway @ The Mercury Lounge

Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall

John Zorn @ The Stone