Obits at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Obits

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.

DAY SHOWS

Widowspeak, Juan Wauters, Dinner, Homeshake, Mega Bog, Alex Calder, Girl Tears @ Baby's All Right
Captured Tracks has rounded up many of its acts for this day party, including Widowspeak who are playing their only CMJ today. FREE.

Purling Hiss, Mainland, Palehound, Amanda X, Rivergazer, The Kickback, Prettiots, Whiskey Bitches, Beach Day @ Cake Shop
This is NYC Taper's annual day party at Cake Shop, with a good lineup of American indie rock, including Philly's loud, awesome Purling Hiss. If you can't make it (or want to have a document of being there), recordings of all the sets will be on his site soon after. FREE.

Hunters, Gringo Star, Flowers, September Girls, Port Juvee @ Knitting Factory
LA's Culture Collide festival is presenting this day party with a couple imports from across the pond (Flowers, September Girls), Georgia garage rockers Gringo Starr, Brooklyn rabble-rousers Hunters and more. FREE.

Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, Spring King, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade
There's not a bad band on this free Rough Trade show with wild Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks headlining, and otherwise a full lineup of UK bands. There's the '90s-style indie rockers Happyness, psych/garage rippers The Wytches, the punky poppy Spring King, and more '90s-style indie rock (but maybe slightly more '90s "alternative rock") from Nai Harvest.

NIGHT SHOWS

The Kills at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Kills

The Kills, Moon Duo, Nuns, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a VERY intimate show for The Kills, and naturally it's sold out but maybe if you have a badge and get there super early you'll get in. If you are going, don't miss psych rockers Moon Duo.

Ballet School, Money, Marissa Nadler, PINS, Wild Nothing (DJ Set), Simon Raymonde (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is Bella Union's showcase, which features Manchester's poppy PINS and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, among others.

The Wytches, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Tweens, Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right (early)
This is Baby's All Right's official showcase and it's good the whole night with poppy punks Potty Mouth, poppy garage rockers Tweens, the crazy spectacle of Bo Ningen, young psych rockers Sunflower Bean, and psych/garage rockers The Wytches.

Saint Pepsi, Lydia Ainsworth, Tei Shi, TOPS, Ellie Herring (Ariel Pink Listening party, Sharmir DJ in front room) @ Baby's All Right (late)
After Baby's showcase, it's Gorilla Vs. Bear's late night party with live bands in the back and a listening party for Ariel Pinks' new album -- plus a DJ set from Shamir -- up front.

Beach Fossils, Small Black, Wardell, Fiance @ Brooklyn Bowl
Beach Fossils might now have the cool cache they had a couple years ago, but they remain an engaging, exciting live band. This show is free with CMJ badge or RSVP. $12 at the door.

The Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, The Estrogen Highs, Negative Scanner @ Cake Shop
One of the most reliable small labels in the country, Chicago's Trouble in Mind has an incredible roster of psych, garage and krauty bands. Catch some of them -- including Nashville's The Paperhead, CT's noisy Estrogen Highs, and Veronica Falls offshoot Ultimate Painting -- all in one place. Also: the full Trouble in Mind merch table will be on hand, including rarities, limited edition colored vinyl and other stuff.

White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman, LA Witch @ Death By Audio
This free show is presented by KXLU and Burger and features the Polyvinyl-signed garage rockers White Reaper, LA's crunchy Meatbodies, LA lo-fi duo Girlpool, local poppy garage-psych band Las Rosas, Austin's funny and charming John Wesley Coleman, and the femme fatales in LA Witch. Also Burger + DbA + free = bananas potential.

Hamish Anderson, The Ocean Party, Bad//Dreems, The Prettiots, Dreamers, Mainland, Gulp @ DROM
This is the only CMJ show for Gulp, the band featuring Guto Pryce (bassist for Super Furry Animals). If you like tropicalia, krautrock and spaceage bachelor pad music (and Super Furry Animals), you'll wanna be at their 6:45 performance.

Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk), J Fernandez @ HiFi Bar
Mac's been making a habit out of playing solo shows at CMJ, this being the third in a row that he does it. It's just him and an electric guitar, but he otherwise plays a bunch of Superchunk songs and it's a cool thing to experience.

Obits, Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Gem Club, S, Luluc @ Knitting Factory
This is the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase and is the glue that holds this otherwise disparate bill together. Go early for the gentler bands, including S, the current project of Former Carissa's Weird singer Jenn Ghetto; get there late for Obit's only CMJ show and Detroit's fiery Protomartyr.

Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bully, Bee Caves @ Mercury Lounge
It's the High Road Touring showcase with Montreal's fuzzed-out Heat, LA's cool pop songwriter Avid Dancer, poppy Nashville punks Bully and more.

Alkaline Trio, frnkiero andthe cellabration @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 3, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Paul Collins' Beat, Twin Guns, The Johnny's @ Niagara
Former Nerves songwriter and power pop godfather Paul Collins headlines this show at East Village mainstay Niagra.

The Bad Plus, Joshua Light Show / Glasser, Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball Center
Using old-school psychedelic "liquid light" projections, Joshua Light Show has been bringing a visual element to pop music since the mid'60s and his team do incredible things. This three-day festival starts tonight with an early show featuring The Bad Plus performing Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction and a late show with Glasser. Not part of CMJ.

Open Mike Eagle, HEEMS, Princess Nokia, Louis Logic, Malportado Kids, Yung Gutted, Chris Gethard, Greer Barnes, The Lucas Brothers @ Palisades
Between Open Mike Eagle, HEEMS and Princess Nokia, there's no lack of good indie rap on this bill, and comedian Chris Gethard is great at warming up the crowd at a show too.

Fort Lean, Seoul, The Great Void, Rioux, TOMBOY, Doprah, YAWN, Zula @ Lot 45
This is the Out in the Streets Festival's CMJ show which was originally supposed to be at Radio Bushwick. It's a solid lineup, with Montreal's lush synthpop practitioners SEOUL one of the highlights.

Moses Sumney, Adult Jazz, J Fernandez, George Maple @ Rough Trade
One-man/loop-pedal maestro Moses Sumney headlines this show that also features hyped UK band Adult Jass.

HSY, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang, The Beverleys, Weaves, Muuy Biien @ Shea Stadium
Toronto label Buzz Records throws their showcase at Shea tonight with a number of their quality bands including sludge punks HSY, psych rockers Mexican Slang, garage punks The Beverleys and indie rockers Weaves.

PC Worship, Future Punx, Eaters, Beth Israel, B-Boys @ Silent Barn
Dull Tools, the label Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage and Future Punx's Chris Pickering, is throwing this party tonight with most of their excellent roster, including two of our 10 NYC Bands to See at CMJ, plus synth duo Eaters, Austin postpunks Beth Israel and B Boys. Maybe some surprises too. This will be a fun show.

Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Deep Pockets @ The Acheron (BV co-presents)
This is Iron Pier's showcase which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. Headlining is the smart, experimental post-hardcore band Self Defense Family, and there's direct support from post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) and his new band the Dead Heavens. Quality locals Deep Pockets open.

Christian Finnegan, Seth Herzog, Damien Lemon, Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, The Amigos Band @ Bell House
This is a benefit for the continued -- and much needed -- relief aid to folks ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. It's a great comedy lineup with a few surprise guests promised as well.

Xylouris & White, Invisible Familiars, 75 Dollar Bill, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings.

Gerard Way @ Webster Hall
The former My Chemical Romance frontman ditches the gothed-out stadium pop punk of his former band on his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, which instead pulls heavily from '90s Britpop. Whether or not you were an MCR fan, it's worth checking out. This is his second of two NYC shows, and it's an official CMJ show.

Lloyd Cole @ City Winery
Having made swoony, literate guitar pop with The Commotions in the '80s and solo since the '90s, Lloyd Cole remains a suave talent whose banter entertains as well.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
For something completely different (and not part of CMJ), David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of cabaret.

Little Kids Rock Benefit Honoring Joan Jett @ Hammerstein Ballroom
The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala (which Brian Wilson played last year) tonight honors Joan Jett. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will present Joan with the award and Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle and Jesse Malin will all be on hand to perform Joan's songs as a tribute to her.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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