Marnie Stern & puppies
Marnie Stern

Even if you don't have a badge, CMJ (Oct 21-25 in NYC) can be overwhelming... especially these days with the proliferation of day parties, unofficial showcases and afterparties. Running around like a crazy person trying to catch everyone you want to see can be fun, but sometimes it's not such a bad idea just to pick one place and stay there. With that in mind, I've picked one day party and one evening showcase for each of the five days, as well as late night parties where applicable. The guide to Saturday (10/25) is below...

DAYTIME / EVENING / LATE NIGHT: Brooklynvegan's doing it up at Knitting Factory from Noon - 10PM on Saturday with Little Boots, Marnie Stern, Women, Lightspeed Champion and many more. Admission = free. (note: Knitting Factory has three floors. The BV party is in the main room and the Old Office all day and then takes over the Tap Bar from 5:45 to 10:00. The main room ends at 6pm. The Old Office ends 8:00, but other shows continue in every room all night. The party in the Tap Bar from 1-5pm is also free and has an open bar. The main bar of Knitting Factory, the Old Office will have $2.00 PBR from noon-3pm). Grab some MP3's from most of the artists above.

Alternatively or later, Crashinin' In has put together a pretty killer unofficial party at Public Assemby that goes from 3PM to 4AM, including Leeds, UK's great Sky Larkin, thier pals and fellow Brits Johnny Foreigner, The Muslims, , New Zealand's Cut Off Your Hands, Drink Up Buttercup, Radio 4 and a bunch more. It's not free, but it's certainly worth the $10 admission.

The Mae Shi are playing BV and Crashinin'.

Also note: Due to weather, the After the Jump day party has moved from The Yard to Market Hotel. Admission = $10. Todd P takes over the venue later in the night.

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