Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall in September (more by Greg Cristman)

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.


Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, White Fence, Beverly, Bo Ningen, Girlpool, Flowers, Bully, Residual Kid @ Baby's All Right (FREE BrooklynVegan day party)
It's the second of our two free day parties and this one has the consistently awesome Titus Andronicus, the debaucherous Fat White Family, psych rockers White Fence, rockin' indie popsters Beverly, the spectacle that is Bo Ningen, young LA duo Girlpool, delicate indie popsters Flowers, Nashville's punky Bully, and Austin's young riffers Residual Kid. Sailor Jerry will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages, and Bell's Brewery will be selling a variety of their craft beers, plus they'll have a free keg while it lasts. Plus: Baby's kitchen is open serving their happy hour menu all day. Hope to see you there!

OBN IIIs, Tonstartssbandht, Dune Rats, The Mystery Lights, Happyness, Ultimate Painting, Dinner, Gal Pals @ Cake Shop
One of Panache's zillion CMJ shows, this one's headlined by Austin's feirce and fun OBN III and seeing them in a tiny space like Cake shop will be pretty wild.

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

Krill, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov (acoustic), Roomrunner, Geronimo!, Broken Water, Pile (acoustic), Palehound, Ronald Paris (of Porches), Kal Marks, Gnarwhal, Meat Wave, My Dad @ Silent Barn
If you've been to an Exploding In Sound party before, you know every band goes hard and the fans reciprocate. We said it about Exploding In Sound's official showcase yesterday, and their all day and night (2:30 PM - 1:30 AM) unofficial show may get even crazier. $8 at the door, no badges.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Water Liars, Circa Waves, Springtime Carnivore, DMA's, The Wytches, Public Access TV, Spookyland, Amason, Little May, Bright Light Social Hour, Ryley Walker @ Pianos
Bowery Presents, uh, presents their annual Saturday CMJ day party featuring a whole lot of bands they think are worth seeing. No arguments: it's a good lineup! Catch Sweden's Amason -- featuring members of Dungen and Miike Snow -- if you can, they were great earlier this week.

TOPS (DJ Set), Blue Hawaii (DJ Set), Erika Spring (DJ Set), Lil Internet (DJ Set), No Excuses (DJ Set), Wildarms (DJ Set) @ Wythe Hotel
For those needing a break from seeing live music but still want to do something CMJ-y, Montreal's Arbutus Records and NYC/Paris label Cascine are throwing this chilled-out party at The Wythe Hotel's rooftop bar with many of their artists DJing. If nothing else it's an amazing view.


Pity Sex @ Webster Hall in August (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Sport @ Baby's All Right (official BrooklynVegan showcase)
This is our official BrooklynVegan showcase and there's not a band we're not excited about (if we do say so ourselves). Headlining is The Jazz June, the '90s-era emo band who are returning with their first album in 12 years and the singles we've heard from it sound like they're still in great form. Before that it's punky shoegazers Pity Sex who are co-headlining, ex-Weston rockers Beach Slang whose two EPs are all ringing guitars and endlessly relatable lyrics, the new-ish indie rock trio Cayetana who's promising debut is out now, and Sport who hail from France but have a ripping emo-y punk sound that sounds straight out of Philly or Chicago. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of badges will be accepted. Hope to see you there!

Slowdive, Low @ Terminal 5
Slowdive are more popular now than they were in the '90s, and apparently better live too. Terminal 5 is not our most favorite venue ever but we're hoping those thoughts wash away with "Alison" and other shoegaze favorites.

The Sam Roberts Band, Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, Dilly Dally @ Bowery Ballroom
Relatively unknown here in America, Sam Roberts is quite popular in his native canada, making slightly jammy heartland rock. Opening tonight is much-talked-about newcomers (also from Canada) Dilly Dally.

DJ Dodger Stadium (Samo Sound Boy Jerome LOL), Casual Sex,, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz, Aurora, Nothing But Thieves @ Brooklyn Bowl
While Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL have been impressive on their own, they're even better as the collaborative duo DJ Dodger Stadium. If nothing else, DJDS dropped one of the most infectious dance tracks of the year with "Love Songs."

Jonathan Toubin, Mac DeMarco (guest selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is the CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off Party, with Mac DeMarco as guest selector, and judges include Marnie Stern, Nick Murray (White Fence), ,embers of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Dune Rats, plus Lia Mice, and LODRO's Lesley Hann. Get ready to cut a rug.

Potty Mouth, Cold Fur, Girl Tears, Girlpool, Dead Stars, Sex Jams, Heliotropes, Yawn @ Cake Shop
This is the Old Flame showcase and it's got a great lineup of mostly punk, indie rock, or the thin line between the two. Potty Mouth are always a good time, Girlpool have a good amount of hype behind them right now, and Sex Jams are here all the way from Vienna.

Holly Jolloween Drone Marathon @ 'The Ranch' at Death by Audio
To kick off the last month of shows at Death by Audio, they're throwing a 24-hour drone marathon in the adjacent loft space (door is just to the right of DbA on S2nd) starting at 7 PM tonight and going through 7 PM Sunday. Among the musicians involved will be Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), and Travis Johnson (Grooms). It's free, stop by!

Protomartyr @ Cake Shop
Protomartyr play this late afternoon / early evening free show at Cake Shop. Protomartyr aren't playing big rooms yet, but it will still be a thrill to see them up-close-and-personal they way Cake Shop can. Look out for some killer new songs in the setlist too.

Porcelain Raft, Dave Harrington, Lydia Ainsworth, Excepter, Buscabulla @ Cameo Gallery
The once buzzier Porcelain Raft headlines the car2go/doNYC/Cameo showcase which also includes Darkside's Dave Harrington playing with a band (which should be interesting), and the hyped new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.

Steven A. Clark, Weyes Blood, Jordan Bratton, Foxes in Fiction, Ryn Weaver, Metro Boomin (DJ Set), Andrew Kuo (DJ Set) @ Fader Fort
This last night of Fader Fort skews a little more folk: Weyes Blood is definitely someone worth seeing this week if you haven't yet.

The Muscadettes, The Grizzled Mighty, Burning Palms, Pageantry, Duquette Johnston, Tom West @ Fat Baby
We only ever seem to remember LES club Fat Baby exists during CMJ. It's not a bad little room and seeing a band like Montreal's punky/new wave-ish band The Muscadettes could be fun here.

PAWS, Flashlights, Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray), Amanda X @ Knitting Factory
Good lineup for the Flowerbooking showcase including fuzz pop trio PAWS, the punky Flashlights, Saddle Creek vet Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Now It's OVerhead), and Philly indie rockers Amanda X.

Dead Stars, EULA, Radical Dads, The Teen Age, Crazy Pills, pow wow!, The Meaning of Life @ Leftfield
Leftfield is another venue you don't hear much about except during festivals. Tonight's a great lineup of local indie rock, especially if your definition of that aims square at 1994. (Dead Stars and Radical Dads, we're looking at you.)

Television w/ Joshua Light Show / J. Spaceman & Kid Millions w/ 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 continues concludes tonight with two separate shows, both of which should match well with JLS' visuals: NYC icons Television, and Spacemen 3 / Spiritualized's Jason Pierce. Not part of CMJ, fyi.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Blazing Eye, Savageheads, L.O.T.I.O.N., Face The Rail, Ivy @ Palisades
This isn't a CMJ show (only $12 though), but especially if you're in from out of town, it's a great opportunity to see one of NYC's best local punk bands, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Their organ-fueled sound pulls equally from early hardcore as it does from early garage rock, and the live show is really where it's at.

Splashh, Native America, Little Racer, Orchestra of Spheres, Roman a Clef, The Love Supreme, Future Punx @ Pianos
Roman a Clef os Ryan Newmyer and Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow with Kurt from Ice Choir producing. It sounds like a more ethereal Prefab Sprout. They're pretty new, could be cool, who knows what it like live? Also, we're fans of Future Punx. Definitely worth swinging by Pianos if you're in the Lower East Side tonight.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Moon Duo (members of Wooden Shjips), King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Prince Rama, Spires, The Wytches, Paperhead, Young Magic @ Rough Trade
Right after the Trouble in Mind party, Rough Trade has the Austin Psych Fest showcase which should seamlessly transition. It's a pretty incredible lineup of bands and goes till laaaate.

Virus, Ocrilim (Mick Barr of Orthrelm), Dysrhythmia, Geryon @ Saint Vitus
Norwegian metal weirdos wrap up their two-night stand at Vitus tonight, again with great openers: Mick Bar's band Ocrilim, instrumental metallers Dysrhythmia, and experimental death metal duo Geryon. Not a CMJ show.

Eddie and The Hot Rods, Daddy Long Legs, The A-Bones, The Bloodshots @ Bowery Electric
Eddie and the Hot Rods put out a few punk/pub rock classics in the late '70s, and tonight singer Barrie Masters' current version of the group hits Bowery Electric with great support: Norton Records garage rock vets The A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs (no strangers to the Norton scene themselves), and rockabilly band The Bloodshots.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon.

Misfits,Private Instigators, A Midnight Tragedy, Dispute to Flames, The Zombie Mafia @ Starland Ballroom
While Danzig is busy with his Samhain reunion and will be here soon, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits play their annual NY/NJ Halloween shows this month. NYC is on the 28th but tonight they're in their home state at Starland Ballroom.

Porches, TOPS, Lydia Ainsworth, Regal Degal @ Death By Audio
This JMC Aggregate/Arbutus-presented show has a great lineup with indie rockers-turned-disco rockers Porches, '80s pop lovers TOPS, new age lover Lydia Ainsworth, and unconventional pop band Regal Degal.

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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