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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 Tuesday (10/21) is below...

Jens Lekman - You are the light

DAYTIME: Day shows don't really kick into high gear till Wednesday, but The Music Slut's put together a great lineup at Pianos that includes iPod commercial stars Chairlift, quirky Philly duo Pattern is Movement, the first of many Emmy the Great performances this week, PWRFL Power and more. Of course, you might be forgiven if you snuck out and visited Pop Tarts Suck Toasted's day party at Cake Shop, which is just a few doors down the block.

EVENING: Not to play suck-up to the boss, but Brooklyn Vegan's showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg seems like a no-brainer. Passion Pit, Shearwater, finding out exactly what "Singing DJ Jens Lekman" will be like, Ponytail, The Sammies, The Phenomenal Handclap Band... what a show. And do please get there early for Emmy the Great. She's awesome. (More Info)

LATE NIGHT: Hopefully you RSVP'd to Stereogum's party at Studio @ Webster Hall because, like BV's official showcase, it's pretty unmissable. Yes, you'll be seeing Ponytail twice (if you went to all my suggestions) in one night but also a trio of great NYC bands: Crystal Stilts, Gang Gang Dance and Marnie Stern. (More Info)

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