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CMJ Day 3 for me was spent jumping around all over this city. 5 clubs and 6 bands. Here are 5 out of 6 in pics. First: Violens at Pianos. Second: Times New Viking at Brooklyn Bowl. Third: Dream Diary at the Woods. Fourth La Big Vic at Glasslands. Fifth: Marnie Stern at Live at the Pyramids.

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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


IMPOSITION curated by Pop Jew w/ Allo Darlin, Dream Diary, Sleepies and more at The Woods, 1:30ish

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


Dutch Treat, McDonald’s at Don Pedro’s, 8ish


Deerhoof, Father Murphy at Le Poisson Rouge, 8

The Thermals, Cymbals Eat Guitars, So Cow at Irving Plaza, 7


Rum DMT, Woodsman, La Big Vic, Night Manager, Birthdays at Shea Stadium, 9

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Daniel Francis Doyle, Fiasco, Bird Names, Dinowalrus, Cavex at Death by Audio, 8ish

Dungen, The Entrance Band at Knitting Factory, 9:30 (and Friday)


Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at the Ridgewood Temple, 8ish

Parts and Labor, Shy Child, Bunnies, Adult Themes at Glasslands, 9

King Khan & The Shrines, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Golden Triangle at Santos Party House, 7ish

Dead Kennedys at Irving Plaza, 7

Deerhunter, Real Estate, Casino Versus Japan at Webster Hall, 6


Magik Markers, Iyes, Steve Gunn & Johnny Truscinski at Shea Stadium, 8

Weekends, Web Dating, Data Dog, Antimagic, Mala Strana at Coco66, 8

Turbo Fruits, Liquor Store, Pujol, Dream Diary at Death by Audio, 8

King Khan & The Shrines, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Live Fast Die at the Bell House, 8


Beach Fossils at Brooklyn Bowl, 8, FREE

Widowspeak, Sweet Bulbs, MINKS, Total Slacker, X-Ray Eyeballs at Death by Audio, 8


Teengirl Fantasy and Frankie Rose and the Outs at Brooklyn Bowl, 9ish

Marnie Stern, Little Scream, The Forms at The Rock Shop, 730ish

Built To Spill, Revolt Revolt, Doug Martsch of Built To Spill (DJ Set) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (and Wednesdayat HighLine Ballroom)

Peter Evans, Expo 70, Telecult Powers at Zebulon, 9


MIA at Brooklyn Bowl, line forms at 7

!!!, Fol Chen, Midnight Magic at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (and Thursday)

Peter Evans, Lichens, Highlife, Callers at Zebulon, 9


Coasting, Reading Rainbow, Night Manager at Glasslands, 8ish

Women, DD/MM/YYYY at the Mercury Lounge, 630ish (?) (And Saturday at Knitting Factory with So Cow)


Teen Inc., Blondes, SFV Acid, Blood Orange, White Rainbow at Monster Island, 8ish

True Panther DJ Party with Blondes at 5 Spot in Fort Greene, 8ish

Games at CoCo66, 9ish


Celebration, Andrew Cedermark, Woodsman, Up Died Sound at Glasslands, 9

White Rainbow, Nihiti, La Big Vic at …., 10ish


Tonstartssbandht, Run DMT, Telenovelas at Glasslands, 830

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that last night’s Juliana & Evan show at Mercury Lounge, the second in a two-night stint, was a bit more like therapy than a straight reunion. Anyone who has followed the career of these two ’90s alterna-babes knows that their relationship has always been tumultuous and somewhat undefined, at least in the public eye. Rumors about their relationship have persisted for more than two decades; here, they at least tried to lay them to rest.

“This is explicitly about having sex with you,” Dando mumbled, prefacing the hit “It’s About Time.”

Continue reading at Sound of the City.


Tangents and the Times throwdown at Bruar Falls with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Sweet Bulbs, 8

The Babies (sans Cassie), Grass Widow, Ovens, Web Dating, Red Romans at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Teenage Fanclub, The Clean, Radar Brothers at Bowery Ballroom, 8

Forgetters, Shellshag at Death by Audio, 8ish

El Guincho, Lemonade at Mercury Lounge, 8ish


Juliana & Evan (Hatfield & Dando), The Shining Twins at Mercury Lounge, 9:30 (also Thursday with Candles)

The Great Valley, Procedure Club, DDIILLIIAANN, In Buenos Aires, Philip Seymour Hoffman at Shea Stadium, 8ish


Autre Ne Veut, Zambri at Cameo Gallery, 8ish

Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub at Williamsburg Waterfront, 7ish


Human Resources, Gunfight, I’m Turning Into, Slow Animal, Easter Vomit at Don Pedro, 8ish


Mirah ( all-star band), Tami Hart, “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot-Grrl Revolution” Book Release Party at Bruar Falls, 8ish


Casiokids, Brahms, Bikini, VonChina at Glasslands, 8ish


GAYNGS, Glasser at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8


Laurel Halo, Mark McGuire (Emeralds SOLO), Outer Space, Driphouse at Glasslands, 9ish

Thee Oh Sees, Sex Beat, Happy Birthday, Fergus & Geronimo at Santos Party House, 8ish

Pavement at Central Park Rumsey Playfield, 8ish (also Wed., Thur., & Fri.)

Wavves, Christmas Island, The Babies at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 730ish

Candy Claws, Normandy, Pursesnatchers at The Rock Shop, 8


Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Talk Normal at Secret Project Robot, 8ish

Crocodiles, Girls At Dawn, Reading Rainbow, Candy Claws at Mercury Lounge, 8

Caribou, Emeralds at Webster Hall, 8


Christmas Island, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Big Troubles, The Babies, Family Trees at Glasslands, 830

Merzbow, MV Carbon, Philip White at Issue Project Room, 7 and 10


Avey Tare (of Animal Collective – DJ Set), Crocodiles, Kria Brekkan, Headless Horseman at Glasslands, 8ish

Bettie Serveert, The Art of Shooting at Maxwell’s, 7ish (& Saturday at Southpaw)

Japanther, This Runs On Blood, Math the Band at Shea Stadium, 8ish

Stars, Wild Nothing at Terminal 5, 8ish

Hot Shit Fuck Yeah Fall’s Promises: An Autunmatically Fun Party (DJ’s) at Rose Live Music, 10


PC Worship, Expo 70, MV & EE, Ancient Ocean at Death by Audio, 8ish

Titus Andronicus, Free Energy at Webster Hall, 6


Merzbow, Xiu Xiu, Ecstatic Sunshine, Gentle at (le) Poisson Rouge, 8

Samara Lubelski, Ryan Sawyer (Stars Like Fleas) at Union Pool, 9


Beach Fossils, Grass Widow, Oberhofer, Ovens at Old Firehouse aka DCTV, 7ish

Teenage Fanclub, Radar Brothers at Bowery Ballroom, 8

M.I.A. and Rye Rye at Terminal 5, 7


Janka Nabay, Highlife, Ali Kamiya Dit Ba aka Ali Baba, Lichens, Cloudland Canyons at Shea Stadium, 8ish (w International Tapes Dj’s)

Frankie & The Outs, Light Asylum, MINKS, Mirror Mirror at Glasslands, 830

Screaming Females, Shellshag, Big Eyes at Knitting Factory, 9


Aids Wolf, An Albatross, Forbes/Toung/Walter, Child Abuse at Cake Shop, 8ish

Those Darlins, Strange Boys, Gentleman Jesse at Bowery Ballroom, 8 (& Sat. at Brooklyn Bowl, 8ish)

Dan Friel, Dustin Wong, Black Actor, The Gamut at Shea Stadium, 8


Crystal Stilts, Moon Duo at Knitting Factory, 9ish

Indian Jewelry, Oberhofer, Total Slacker, La Big Vic at Monster Island, 8ish

Radical Dads, Family Trees, Reading Rainbow at Cake Shop, 8ish

AIDS Wolf, An Albatross, Sightings, Vaz at Death by Audio, 8ish

Tooth Ache., Holy Spirits, Winks, Night Manager at Silent Barn, 8ish


La Big Vic, No Demons Here, Liam the Younger at (info here), 8ish

Superchunk, Let’s Wrestle at Bowery Ballroom, 8

Javelin at Brooklyn Bowl, 11 (RSVP)

No Age, Small Black at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8


Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls), Mainland Fever, Webdating, The Shining Twins, Red Romans at Glasslands, 8

Superchunk, Wild Nothing, Todd Barry at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8

Pavement, Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice) at Williamsburg Waterfront, 530

I got wet at Todd P’s unamplified, acoustic “bbq” on Sunday. Check it out:

When two shirtless men playing bongos tell you to clap, you clap–even when the sky is pouring rain, even when you’re all the way out in Jamaica Bay, even when you’re one of only 25 or so people at the show.

Continue reading at Sound of the City.


Happy Birthday at Brooklyn Bowl, 9

Altar (Sunn O))) and Boris), Sunn O))), Boris, BXI (Boris & Ian Astbury), The Sweet Hearafter at Masonic Temple, 7ish

Liquor Store, Heavy Cream, Grooms, Hunters at Death by Audio, 8ish

La Big Vic, Devin, Gary & Ross, Burning Star Core at Shea Stadium, 8ish


Golden Triangle, Wizzard Sleeve, Daily Void, Pop. 1280 at Monster Island Basement, 8

Fucked Up, Cloud Nothings at Maxwell’s, 8ish


Balmorhea, Noveller, Julianna Barwick at Littlefield, 8ish

Total Slacker, Christmas, Diehard, Dutch Treat, Widowspeak at Shea Stadium, 8ish


Twin Sister, Holiday Shores, Distractions, Ava Luna at Bruar Falls, 8ish

The Soft Pack, Beach Fossils, Sundelles at Bowery Ballroom, 8ish (and Saturday with Oberhofer and Sundelles)

Thomas Function, PC Worship, Knight School, Sweet Bulbs at Monster Island Basement, 8


Dirty Projectors at Terminal 5, 8ish

Excepter, Zs, Justice Yeldham, Solypis, Rust Worship at Silent Barn, 8ish


Todd P’s Unamplified, Acoustic “BBQ” at Beach 169 (Jacob Riis Park) featuring Frankie and the Outs, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Cassie Ramone, La Big Vic, Run DMT, Dream Diary, Aa, Tom van Buskirk from Javelin and more! NOON.

Roberta’s Block Party in Bushwick, featuring Team Robespierre, Electric Tickle Machine, Dinowalrus, Shark?, Phone Tag, Sweet Bulbs, The Netherlands, Hunters, 10 AM

Penguin Prison, Gobble Gobble, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Zebra at Glasslands, 8:30ish


Deakin (of Animal Collective), Prince Rama, Silk Flowers, Amen Dunes at Glasslands, 8:30


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