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If there was ever a week to drain your bank account on drinks and live music, this is it. Thanks to the CMJ Music Festival hundreds of bands are in town and really, really eager to make some fans. MME’s recommendations of best shows to see are below. I’m including official and unofficial shows on the list, because there really is no difference.
Off means official and you can use your badge. If there’s no Off, you’ll either have to pay a nominal door charge, or it’s a free show.
Micro-Pixel-Rites presents Dent May, Steve Gunn, Spectre Folk, Woodsman and tooth ache. at Glasslands, doors at 830 (Off)
Friendship Bracelet and Rose Quartz presents Gary War, Big Troubles, Total Slacker, Greatest Hits, Tonstartssbandht and Woodsman at Bruar Falls. 7
Group Tighener/ Acephale present How to Dress Well, Small Black, Dead Gaze, Porcelain Raft, Nude Beach, Secret Colors
Mog Presents Yo La Tengo, DOM, Screaming Females at Brooklyn Bowl, 7 (Off)
Ground Control Touring presents Jenny and Johnny, Wild Nothing, Times New Viking, Happy Birthday, La Sera at Irving Plaza, 8 (Off)
Chocolate Bobka presents a Not CMJ Show
Terrorbird presents Marnie Stern, Baths, Revolver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kyle Andrews, Botany, Dark Dark Dark, Prince Rama, Kordan at Cake Shop, noon.
Free Williamsburg/ Stadiums and Shrines presents Pujol, Blackbird Blackbird, Foxes in Fiction, Awesome Tapes from Africa and more at Glasslands, 6
I Guess I’m Floating / Lefse Records present Houses, Candy Claws, Young Prisms, Tape Deck Mountain, Wise Blood, Sunglasses, Keepaway, A Classic Education, Dominant Legs at The Delancey, 6 (Off)
Stereo-Gun presents All Night Long w/ Wild Nothing, Tamaryn, Diamond Rings and more at Santos Party House, 7
NNA Tapes presents Driphouse, Thought Broadcast, Tooth Ache., Lawrence Welks and Our Bear to Cross, Toby Aronson at Silent Barn, 8
I Guess I’m Floating presents Floating Fest w/ Baths, Pepper Rabbit, Oberhofer, Teen Daze, Young Man, Beach Fossils, Violens, Foxes In Fiction, Class Actress, Blackbird Blackbird, MillionYoung, Viernes, Young The Giant, Coolrunnings at Pianos, noon
Carpark / Paw Tracks presents Dent May, Prince Rama, Cloud Nothings, EAR PWR, Light Pollution, DJ Carpark, Deakin, Avey Tare (DJ set), Excepter at Cake Shop, 8 (Off)
Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples presents La Big Vic, Andrew Cedermark, Air Waves, Guy Blackman, Fabulous Diamonds, The Crayon Fields at Glasslands, 8 (Off)
Kanine Records / Gorilla vs Bear/ Forest Family Records / Father Daughter Records present Cults, Tennis, Marnie Stern, Eternal Summers, Young Prisms, Family Trees, Dent May at Live at the Pyramids, 8
Hardly Art present Xray Eyeballs, Woven Bones, Golden Triangle, Fergus & Geronimo, Circle Pit, La Sera at Shea Stadium, 8
IMPOSITION curated with the FMLY w/ Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, Birthdays, Truman Peyote, Blissed Out and more at The Woods, noonish
Rose Quartz x MME presents Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Street Chant, Ecstatic Sunshine, Fluffy Lumbers, Pigeons and Nude Beach at Shea Stadium, 8
Altered Zones presents Greatest Hits, Woven Bones, Teen Inc., Prince Rama, Excepter, John Maus, How To Dress Well (DJ set) at Death by Audio, 8
Kanine / WaoWao / The Music Slut / Insound presents Grooms, We Are Country Mice, Eternal Summers, Young Prisms, Braids, Pepper Rabbit, Viernes, Dream Diary, Dinowalrus at Cake Shop, 6 (Off)
Capeshok/Inflated presents Frankie Rose & The Outs, Woven Bones, Eternal Summers, Big Troubles, Flight, Rooftop Vigilantes, Oberhofer, Pregnant, Sweet Bulbs, Mathemagic, Dead Gaze, Shrag, Brian at Bruar Falls, 2
IMPOSITION curated with Art Fag and Zoo Records w/ Coasting, Cloud Nothings, No Joy, Woven Bones and more at Don Pedro’s, 8
Pop Gun presents Baths, Dominant Legs, Teen Daze, Porcelain Raft, Mon Khmer, Jaill at Glasslands, 8 $5 off with RSVP
Thanks to Tom at The Great Pumpkin for giving me this video to post. I missed the Group Tightener party where this video was shot and luckily this great Dead Gaze video helps to fill that void a little bit. Furlow is an aggressive guitar player and his vocals, both here and on tape, are layered in reverb, adding depth to an already thick sound. Even as a two-piece Furlow makes a mess in your ears.
Cole Furlow will be in NYC for CMJ and is also playing an MME/ Pop Gun show at Glasslands on Nov. 12 with Blank Dogs (album release), Velvet Davenport and Swimsuit. BE THERE and get tickets here.
Check out a track from the new Firetalk 7″ from Dead Gaze.
Dead Gaze: Take Me Home or I Die Alone
Cole Furlow keeps the DEAD GAZE jams coming with this latest installment in what is shaping up to be an impressive lo-fi rock catalog. “Emmanuel Can’t Come Close Enough” is the B side of a new release on Denver’s Fire Talk Records.
Like Furlow’s other tracks out there in the Internet, this one is also a hazy and syrupy sweet cacophony. With reverb so heavily poured on his vocals, you can’t tell what he’s going on and on about, but Emmanuel can’t come close enough. Luckily DEAD GAZE is there to make up the difference.
Dead Gaze: “Emmanuel Can’t Come Close Enough”
Catch DEAD GAZE on Nov. 12 at Glasslands, supporting Velvet Davenport and others to be announced!
Cole aka DEAD GAZE sent over the new jam from his upcoming Group Tightener release (we all saw that coming, amiright?) this morning. It’s, as you’d expect, an 80s pop-happy trip song, with vocals so thick in reverb it’s hard to hear what’s going on. That’s the intention, right?
When I listen to this I can’t help but picture a combination of Tom Cruise and Molly Ringwald. Like if they met in 1986 and decided that they were the future of pop culture. That didn’t quite happen, but maybe if they had teamed up then we’d have a different world today. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because we have DEAD GAZE to provide that daydream for us. For me, I mean.
Dead Gaze: We All Belong to You
Cole Furlow is moving to Brooklyn, so if you missed his show last week, no worries. You’ll get another chance soon.
Walt Whitman Celebration w/ Wingdale Community Singers, Prince Rama and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 5
Beach Fossils, Woven Bones, The Beets at Bruar Falls, 8ish
Girlfriends at Bruar Falls, 8
The Beets, Coasting, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Dead Gaze, Andrew Cedermark at Monster Island Basement, 8
Crinkles, Reading Rainbow, Family Trees at Cake Shop, 8ish
The Feelies at Maxwell’s, 830 (also Saturday + Sunday)
Yellow Fever, Woven Bones at South Street Seaport, 7
High Places, Toro Y Moi at the Whitney Museum, 7
Das Racist, Radical Outing, WCKids, Dirty Finger at Silent Barn, 8
Twin Sister, Total Slacker, Ava Luna, Golden Triangle at the McKibben Lofts (more info soon)
Beirut, WOOM at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8
Weezer straight through a wall of hazy distortion. That’s what Dead Gaze is to me. And that’s a fucking goooooood thing.
Dead Gaze is Cole Furlow, hailing from Wesson/Jackson/Copland, Mississippi. I’ve been hearing his sounds for a few months now, but finally the man reached out to me and got me off my laurels and posting. He sent, “This Big World,” which is actually more fun than the other songs, and that’s saying a lot.
Dead Gaze seems awfully busy. Another release also just dropped- this one on Mirror Universe Tapes, and yes, it’s a tape.
Let’s get this southern man up east, yeah?
Dead Gaze: This Big World