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2012 CMJ Guide

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The 2012 CMJ Music Marathon is upon us and it is a daunting task to try and keep up with the near non-stop amount of music that’ll be performed throughout New York City. So we at Pop-Break are giving you a small guide to have at your disposal of some of the great showcases that are being run by some of our friends in the industry. Please note that the order of each showcases appearance is in the order we received them.


WHAT’S THE SMACK: The SMACK Guide Launch Party with Sony X Headphones

When: October 16th | 5 – 10pm

Where: Site 109 / 109 Norfolk (btwn Rivington and Delancey)

What: DJ Sets by James Iha, Luke Jenner (The Rapture), Petter Ericson Stakee (Alberta Cross) and Sean Glass

RSVP: http://bit.ly/CMJSMACK

Complimentary beer provided by our pals at Sixpoint Brewery

The event will feature DJ Sets by ex-Smashing Pumpkins member James Iha, Luke Jenner from The Rapture, Petter Ericson Stakee from Alberta Cross and DJ Sean Glass. Complimentary beverages will be provided by Sixpoint Brewery and guests can enter to win their own pair of the new Sony X Headphones at the event.

Sony Electronics recently unveiled the X Headphones in collaboration with Syco Entertainment, a global joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment. Combining Simon Cowell’s expertise seeking perfection in music with Sony’s legendary audio engineering, the new X Headphones offer music lovers the truest sound reproduction along with the utmost in style and quality. The X Headphones are available at Sony Stores online and other authorized retailers nationwide for $299.

The October issue of SMACK Guide boasts Grizzly Bear on the cover and a free digital sampler featuring tunes by Red Fang, Shiny Toy Guns, RNDM and more. Pick up your free copy of SMACK at Site 109 on October 16th!


To celebrate 2012’s CMJ Music Marathon, Another Reybee Production, MezzoForte Productions and A-Sides Music have joined forces on Tuesday, October 16th to present an exciting evening of performances by some of the best new up-and-coming artists that will kick off with an exclusive acoustic performance by the legendary ENGLISH BEAT. Taking place at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (186 Bedford Avenue, between N. 7th St. and N. 6th St.) just steps off the L train, the showcase kicks off at 5pm. Cover is free for those with CMJ badges or $5 without.

Featuring a wide array of music, the bands each have their own impressive pedigree from Teen Commandments who won Brooklyn Brewery’s G Train contest to indie garage press darlings Glocca Morra to No Way Josie’s frontwoman Kym Perfetto who stars in the movie Premium Rush, the event will undoubtedly be a destination for both fans and industry alike.

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Our friends in the band, Those Mockingbirds, who played our very first Shipwrecked at the Shore Music Showcase, will be performing in Brooklyn towards the end of the music marathon.


The Asbury Park, New Jersey based company, Bands on a Budget, which specializes in helping bands develop promotional material and merchandise (amongst many, many other things) will be presenting a showcase at the popular Lit Lounge on 2nd Avenue in New York City. On the bill will be longtime friends of Pop-Break, Lost in Society as well as Rassle (from NYC), Alvarez Kings (from Sheffield, Englad), Linfinity (NYC) and Johann van der Smut.


The official 24 West CMJ Showcase will be held on Saturday, October 20th at 1pm at Legion Bar in BK! Bands play from 1-5pm. Bands include: Vinny Vegas, Earthquake Lights, Tallahassee and Ace Reporter.


The New York City-based PR firm Tell All Your Friends will be holding its official CMJ Party at Pianos on Wednesday October 17. A number of the bands they represent will be performing throughout the week.

Tues. Oct 16th – 12:00 AM: The Studio at Webster Hall – Ooh La La Records Showcase
Wed. Oct 17th – 10:30 PM: 268 Bowery, Apt 3 – So Far Sounds Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th – 03:30 PM: Bowery Electric – Popular Recordings/ MCT Management Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 04:00 PM: Arlene’s Grocery – No Pulp Showcase

Beach Day
Tues. Oct 16th -Delinquency – Greenpointers/ Permanent Wave/ Campers Rule Showcase
Tues. Oct 16th – 08:00 PM: Webster Hall (Marlin Room) – My Social List Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th – 05:30 PM: Cameo Gallery – Kanine Records Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 10:45 PM: Public Assembly – HHBTM x NYC Popfest Showcase

BEAM (Bristol Exchange of Arts and Music)
Tues. Oct 16th – From 02:00 PM: Knitting Factory

Blackbird Blackbird
Tues. Oct 16th: Santo’s Party House– Neon Gold/ All Things Go Showcase
Weds. Oct 17th – 01:30 PM: Piano’s – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Weds. Oct 17th: Shea Stadium – Lavish Habits Showcase

Bleeding Rainbow
Fri. Oct 19th – 01:30 PM: Cakeshop– KXLU Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th – 04:30 PM: Cameo Gallery – Kanine Records Showcase

Blue Hawaii
Thurs. Oct 18th: Bowery Electric – Sam Micken’s Party
Fri. Oct 19th: Arlene’s Grocery – M for Montreal Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th: Cameo Gallery – Pop Smoked Meat Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th: Death By Audio – Arbutus Showcase

Body Language
Thurs. Oct 18th – 10:30 PM: Soho House – Death and Taxes Private Party
Thurs. Oct 18th – 12:30 AM: The Bar Matchless – The Wild Honey Pie Presents The Beehive

Bowery Riots
Weds. Oct 17th – 02:00 PM: Piano’s (downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase

Weds. Oct 17th – 06:00 PM: Piano’s (downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase

Weds. Oct 17th – 12:30 PM: Piano’s (upstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th: Pete’s Candy Store – Highline Records Showcase

Daughn Gibson
Thurs. Oct 18th: Knitting Factory – Subpop Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th: Villian – Pitchfork Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th: Brooklyn Bowl – Soul Dancing Contest (Daughn is guest judge)

Emma Louise
Weds. Oct 17th – 06:00 PM: Apple iTunes Soho Store
Weds. Oct 17th – 09:40 PM: Piano’s – Frenchkiss Records Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th – 01:30 PM: Rosenthal Pavilion – College Day Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th – 08:00 PM: Mercury Lounge – Paradigm Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 04:20 PM: The Delancey – Aussie BBQ
Sat. Oct 20th – 02:30 PM: Union Pool

Eternal Summers
Fri. Oct 19th – 04:30 PM: Cameo Gallery – Kanine Records Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 02:10 AM: Piano’s – Get Bent/Dirty Laundry Showcase

Weds. Oct 17th – 03:30 PM: Piano’s (upstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Weds Oct 17th – 12:00 AM: Webster Hall (Marlin Room) – Pinnacle Entertainment Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th – 11:00 PM: Bowery Electric – US vs. THEM Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 06:30 PM: Living Room – Buzzchips/ myfreeconcerts.com Showcase

Jinja Safari
Tues. Oct 16th: Piano’s – Banners Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th: Santo’s Party House – Neon Gold presents PopShop Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th – 11:00 PM: Cakeshop – NME/The Great Escape Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th: The Standard (East)
Sat, Oct 20th – 08:30 PM: Irving Plaza – Klipsch Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 01:00 AM: The Delancey (downstairs) – Aussie BBQ

Jon De Rosa
Weds. Oct 17th – 03:00 PM: Piano’s (downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase

Maus Haus
Weds. Oct 17th – 02:30 PM: Piano’s (upstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Weds. Oct 17th: Shea Stadium – Lavish Habits Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th: The Delancey – Deli Magazine Showcase

Savoir Adore
Mon. Oct 15th – 11:00 PM: Rebel – Conflict of Interest Showcase
Tues. Oct 16th – 10:25 PM: Santo’s Party House – Neon Gold/ All Things Go Showcase
Tues, Oct 16th – 08:00 PM: The Living Room – WFUV Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th – 04:30 PM: Bowery Electric – Popular Recordings/ MCT Management Showcase
Thurs. Oct 18th – 08:00 PM: House of Vans – Judgement Night/ Complex Media Showcase

Scott Lucas
Thurs. Oct 18th – 08:00 PM: The Bell House

Solid Gold
Weds. Oct 17th – 08:00 PM: Bowery Ballroom
Weds. Oct 17th – 04:00 PM: Piano’s (downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th – 03:30 PM: FADER Fort – Converse Rubber Tracks Showcase

Team Spirit
Mon. Oct 15th – 10:00 PM: Rebel – Conflict of Interest Showcase
Tues. Oct 16th – 12:30 AM: Piano’s – Banners Showcase
Weds. Oct 17th – 05:00 PM: Piano’s (downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Weds. Oct 17th: Santo’s Party House – Noisey Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th – 12:00 AM: Swat Bar – FUZZ Showcase

The END Records
Sat. Oct 20th – From 12:00PM: CMJ Sale with performances by ALKAHEST, Bone Dance, Old Wounds,VYGR, Finisher

Triple Hex
Weds. Oct 17th – 04:30 PM: Piano’s (upstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase

Wooden Indian Burial Ground
Weds. Oct 17th – 05:30 PM: Piano’s (upstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th: Local 269

Fri. Oct 19th – 02:30 PM: Cameo Gallery – Kanine Records Showcase

Zulu Pearls
Tues. Oct 16th: Piano’s – Banners Showcase
Weds. Oct 17th – 01:00 PM: Piano’s (downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th: Bowery Electric – Cantora Records Showcase
Fri. Oct 19th: Rockwood Music Hall – Imagem Music Showcase
Sat. Oct 20th: Piano’s – Bowery Present’s Showcase


Below is a sampling of the bands represented by Big Hassle will be performing, this list will be updated throughout CMJ.

Blessed Feathers
Blessed Feathers debut EP, Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean of Weeds is out now and streaming at American Songwriter. West Bend, WI folk duo Blessed Feathers (Donivan Berube and Jacquelyn Beaupré) caught the ear of New York producer Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Real Estate, Titus Andronicus), who recorded the band’s EP. The duo was recently chosen by the Journal Sentinel as one of 10 Wisconsin Bands to Watch and was also included in the Milwaukee AV Club’s list of anticipated new releases.

10.17 – Cake Shop (SESAC Official Showcase)
10.18 – The Bowery Electric (Popular / CMT Management CMJ Party)
10.18 – Stratosphere Recording Studio (The Fred Perry / Insound CMJ Party)
10.19 – Public Assembly (Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Party)
10.19 – Pianos (Planetary Group CMJ Party)
10.20 – Pianos (Bowery Presents CMJ Party)

BRAINSTORM (all caps all the time) is currently on tour in support of their new record Heat Waves out now on Tender Loving Empire. Impose said, “There is never a dull moment on Heat Waves. From tuba blurts that will transplant you to Bourbon Street, to dancey rhythms that will have pushin’ up ya lightas, BRAINSTORM are the life of the party.” BRAINSTORM was just featured in Insound’s CMJ Mixtape here and if you haven’t already read, Huffington Post and Magnet published some great BRAINSTORM features earlier this year.

10.17 – Ace Hotel
10.18 – Muchmores (CMJ Official Showcase)

Choir Of Young Believers
Choir Of Young Believers is a band from Copenhagen, Denmark lead by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. For years, Jannis moved in the underground circles of the Copenhagen indie scene. After the breakup of his old band in 2006, Jannis gathered musicians and friends around him and formed Choir of Young Believers, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, with a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb. The band released their sophomore album, Rhine Gold this spring on Ghostly International. The album received praise from praise from Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Spin, Under The Radar, The Guardian, Q, and many others. Pitchfork said that Rhine Gold, “is both exquisitely produced and has personality to spare.”

10.17 Le Baron (Ghostly/Cascine Showcase)
10.17 – Ace Hotel
10.19 MERCURY LOUNGE (Paradigm Showcase)

Lawrence Arabia
The Sparrow is Lawrence Arabia’s third solo album, the evocative follow up to the critically acclaimed Chant Darling. Venturing away from the harmony-laden, classic pop production of Chant Darling, The Sparrow is a more measured and minimalist work, drawing particularly on the influence from the symphonic late-sixties work of Scott Walker and Serge Gainsbourg.

10.16 – Le Poisson Rouge @ NZ Music Showcase
10.18 – Alphabet Lounge (CMJ Official Showcase)

Talk Normal
Since their formation in 2007, the duo of Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro have crafted a unique blend of driving noise rock. Feedback-drenched guitar tones and jarring rhythms are common in Talk Normal’s surprisingly songful tunes, producing a sound informed by their predecessors (Cocteau Twins, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson & Creatures), but strikingly new. They’ve shared a split 7″ with Thurston Moore, the stage with Wire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Sonic Youth. Their sophomore album Sunshine is out October 23 on Joyful Noise.

10.19 – Knitting Factory (Flowerbooking CMJ Showcase)


NYC-based Press Here Publicity presents the following bands at CMJ…

American Royalty is a psychedelic blues-rock three piece from LA who constructs an unlikely, yet glowingly functional, blend of dark garage rock and poignant electronica. For their debut CMJ performances, they will bring an unorthodox stage set up and penchant for the classic and obscure that makes for an explosively energetic and truly unique live performance. Be on the lookout for new material from the trio in late 2012.

October 17 @ Studio at Webster Hall (Surprise Attack! Presents) – 5:15 PM
October 17 @ The Delancy (Radio K Showcase) – 10:30 PM
October 18 @ The Delancy (Deli Magazine Showcase) – 7 PM
October 18 @ Pianos (Windish Showcase) – 12:45 AM
October 19 @ Tammany Hall (DubFrequency Showcase) – 9 PM
October 19 @ Highline Ballroom (w/ The Soul Rebels & Maceo Parker) – 12 AM
October 20 @ Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn (w/ LE1F) – 7 PM

The Fiery Furnaces’ dazzling frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger, who released her magnetic solo debut Last Summer via Merge Records last year, will be delivering another dynamic performance in her home of New York City for this year’s CMJ!

October 18 @ Mercury Lounge (Merge Records Showcase) – 9 PM

Jack Duff – AKA Glass Theory – is the unsigned electro-pop musician and producer who has received praise for his self-released EP, Hang Up, from Glamour.com, Nylonmag.com, Kick Kick Snare, InterviewMagazine.com, Ladygunn, Bullett, and many more! The rising, LA-based musical polymath will make his CMJ debut at this year’s fest, and will be sure to get the crowd on the dance floor with his high-energy DJ sets.

October 19 @ Spike Hill in Williamsburg (DJ set for Baeble Music Showcase) – 1 AM

Brooklyn’s own Heloise & the Savoir Faire will be performing at CMJ in anticipation for her upcoming sophomore release Diamond Dust set to drop in 2013. Helosie & the Savoir Faire’s live show is full of glitter and disco sparkle, don’t miss out on what Time Out New York dubbed, “a tightly orchestrated mess of decadently glammy misfit cool.”

October 19 @ DROM at Ave A (Monarch Presents Showcase) – 12 AM

California natives J.Thoven, who put out their self-recorded, self-released City Maze EP this summer, will be bringing their swoon-worthy vocal harmonies and classic Americana meets indie rock sound to this year’s CMJ.

October 19 @ Mercury Lounge (Paradigm Showcase) – 7 PM
October 19 @ 51 Kent Ave. Brooklyn, NY (The Whisk & Ladle CMJ Loft Show) – 10:45 PM
October 20 @ Pianos (Bowery Presents Showcase) – 12:30 PM

Indie-collective JJAMZ (pronounced juh-jamz) consists of Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), Michael Runion (solo) and Z Berg (The Like). After a whirlwind summer making their late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performances on CNN and Spotify’s Big Green Bus tour, JJAMZ will be bringing their hazy, California indie-pop to this year’s CMJ Festival. All 5 members are established musicians and have been best friends their entire lives- their debut album, Suicide Pact, out NOW via Dangerbird, is their first collaboration together. Praise on JJAMZ includes but is not limited to; “Imagine young Madonna as a Britpop act. Or a supergroup from The Like, Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley and Phantom Planet.” – USA Today and from the New York Daily News “…JJAMZ makes breathy California pop that’s even catchier, and more clever, than anything from their considerable past.”

October 17 @ The Brooklyn Bowl (The Hype Machine Showcase) – 7 PM
October 18 @ The Bowery Electric (The Audio Perv Showcase) – 9:20 PM
October 19 @ The Studio at Webster Hall (CAA Showcase) – 10 PM (headlining)
October 20 @ Spike Hill in Williamsburg (Baeble Music Showcase) – 9 PM

Kate Earl is set to release Stronger, an impressive collection of rootsy 70s all-American pop rock, on November 20th. The album, her debut for Downtown Records, echoes the timeless era of west coast singers like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, and Joni Mitchell. Stronger was written and recorded in Kate’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles (by way of small town Alaska) with Brett Dennen and Blake Mills.
October 17 @ Living Room (Last FM Showcase) – 12:30 PM
October 18 @ Rockwood – 3 PM
October 18 @ Living Room – 7 PM

Fresh off her tour with Duran Duran, MNDR will be performing at CMJ and then hitting the road with Shiny Toy Guns for dates through the fall. Electro duo MNDR released their critically acclaimed debut LP Feed Me Diamonds (Ultra Records) this summer, NYLON raves “Diamonds is slickly produced, gleaming with jaunty synths, hyper-catchy melodies, and cacophonous beats, “ while Rolling Stone says, “MNDR’s debut is a sweaty work-out that mixes chilly electro beats that soundtracked summertime in the 1980s.”

October 18 @ Bowery Ballroom (CAA Showcase) – 12 AM
October 19 @ Greene Space (WNYC Showcase) – 7 PM

Pacific Air consisting of Southern Californian brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon, have announced the release of their debut EP, Long Live KO KO produced by Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen) and mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow) on October 16th, 2012 (Republic Records). Long Live KO KO, is a four song collection of sophisticated, expansive pop songs-there’s a universality in the brothers’ bond that ultimately makes Pacific Air inviting, infectious, and intoxicating. Their new single “Float” debuted to such great praise it was featured on KCRW Music Blog as the ‘Local Bands We Love,’

October 15 @ Rebel for The Syndicate’s (Conflict of Interest Showcase) – 9 PM
October 17 @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Solid Gold, San Cisco, SKATERS & surprise guests – 9 PM
October 18 @ Santos Party House (Neon Gold Showcase) – 10:30 PM

Savages, who released their killer I Am Here live EP on 12-inch/download on September 30th via Pop Noire Records, will be bringing their scything energy and brutal power to this year’s CMJ — marking their first Stateside appearance. PRESS HERE to watch them perform “Husbands” off of the new EP live on Later… with Jools Holland.

October 17 @ Glasslands (Stereogum Showcase) – 8 PM
October 18 @ House of Vans (Complex Show) – set time TBD
October 19 @ Mercury Lounge (Paradigm Show) – 12 PM
October 20 @ Pianos (Bowery Presents Show) – set time TBD

Australian band San Cisco are making their US LIVE debut at CMJ! The band already have a chart hit under their belts in their home country and will be performing tracks from their upcoming EP, Awkward, which is out on Fat Possum on October 23rd.

October 17 @ Bowery Ballroom – 10 PM
October 18 @ NYU Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion (College Day) – 3:35 PM
October 19 @ Piano’s (Planetary Group)- 3:20 PM
October 19 @ Mercury Lounge – 9 PM
October 20 @ Piano’s (Bowery Presents) – set time TBD
October 20 @ The Delancey (Aussie BBQ) – 8:40 PM

Spirit Animal will release their brand new EP, This Is A Test, on November 14th. They NYC-based pop rock band masterfully melds decades of disparate elements in search of music at its most carnal, anthemic and party-ready. PRESS HERE to listen to first single “Love Crime.”

October 15 @ The Delancey – 10 PM
October 19 @ The Paper Box – 9 PM

Just in time for CMJ, The Last Royals – writer, singer and producer Eric James and drummer Mason Ingram – have released their 3-song teaser of their forthcoming debut Twistification via Ooh La La Records! Produced by Mike Beck, Twistification has seamlessly rounded out the Brooklyn-based duo’s pop sound with indie rock elements, and has already earned praise from RCRD LBL, VEVO, Virgin Mobile Live and more!

October 16 @ Studio at Webster Hall (Ooh La La Records Showcase)– 11 PM
October 17 @ Spike Hill in Williamsburg (The Deli Magazine Showcase) – 10 PM
October 18 @ Bowery Electric (The Audio Perv Showcase) – 10:40 PM
October 20 @ Rockwood Music Hall on stage 2 – 1 AM

The So So Glos are a punk band hailing from Brooklyn, New York who operate all-ages Brooklyn club Shea Stadium. They have been kicking ass and guitars together since they were 5. Spin says they play “effortless, effervescent and irresistible music” and Time Out New York says of CMJ and SSG: “This bill may be the best Saturday night bang for your buck…local combo The So So Glos riles up the crowd with raucous garage rock.”

October 16 @ Shea Stadium – 10 PM
October 18 @ Stratosphere Studios (Sponsored by Fred Perry) – 5 PM
October 20 @ Knitting Factory (Tumblr Party) – 8:20 PM
October 20 @ Public Assembly (Consequence of Sound’s CoSigns: The October Party) – 10 PM


NYC-based group Girlie Action presents the following…

10/17 – High Line Ballroom (Oh La La Night w/ Air’s JB Dunckel’s Tomorrow’s World) @ 9:45PM
10/18 – Fader Fort @ 7PM
10/18 – Santos Party House (Neon Gold) @ 8:30PM
10/18 – Cake Shop (NME) @ 12AM
10/19 – Standard Hotel East @ 8:30 PM
10/20 – NYC location TBD @ Rdio @ 2PM
10/20 – Soho House @ 10PM
“Disturbingly danceable electropop with a dash of Bowie and a glance of Franz…#2 hottest band right now” – NME
London’s five-piece Citizens! recorded their 11-track-debut Here We Are in Scotland last year with Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. You can see Citizens!’s frontman Tom Burke in Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent fashion campaign HERE. After touring Europe and playing at the major festivals, the band released their debut in the States on October 9th via Kitsuné / Cooperative Music and their first ever American tour will start October 11th in Los Angeles. The band is going on their first-ever American tour as part of the OOHLALA! Tour with Tomorrow’s World (Air’s JB Dunckel and Lou Hayter), Housse De Racket and Lescop.

Strange Talk
10/17 – Mercury Lounge (Windish showcase) @ 12AM
10/18 – Santos (Neon Gold showcase) @ 9:30PM
10/19 – Terminal 5 (w/ The Presets) @ 7PM
10/20 – Spike Hill (A Heart Is A Spade showcase) @ 3:15PM
10/20 – Delancey (Sound Australia BBQ) @ 12AM
Melbourne’s four-piece Strange Talk return to the fray with a new single, “Cast Away”, the first offering from their debut album due out early 2013. Produced by the band in Melbourne, and mixed by Tony Hoffer (The Presets, Phoenix, Beck, Temper Trap) in Los Angeles, ‘Cast Away’ is the perfect musical antidote to the end of the Australian winter. A laid-back cavalcade of synth washes, toms, layered vocals and organic instrumentation, “Cast Away” perfectly showcases Strange Talk’s ambitions to bring together futuristic soundscapes with hook-laden direct songs. Key songwriters and producers, Steve Docker and Gerard Sidhu’s influences (the pomp and clout of Queen, the dream haze of M83) are as diverse as their backgrounds (Steve a classical violinist, Gerard a club DJ). Strange Talk has already commanded airwaves and online with their previous singles”Climbing Walls”, “Eskimo Boy” and “Sexual Lifestyle”. They’ve followed this up with key performances at the likes of Falls Festival, Parklife and supports slots for the likes of Kele, Marina & The Diamonds, Foster The People, The Rapture, and Art Vs. Science.

10/18 @ Bowery Ballroom @ 10PM
10/19 @ Public Assembly (Brooklyn Vegan showcase) @ 4PM (TBC)
After having self-released their single “Hurricane” and the accompanying popilepsy-inducing video to critical acclaim and internet buzz, they’ve spent some time with Yourstu.ly, KEXP Radio and spent their first-ever American tour this Summer with Marina & The Diamonds. Right now MS MR is ready for their Fall tour with GROUPLOVE and would like to have you immerse yourself in their Candy Bar Creep Show. In MS MR fashion, they’ve doing things a little differently – they revealed their EP completely through Tumblr. The band also posts the stems for each song, and invite people to get involved by making their own remixes (by Charli XCX, Twin Shadow, Chet Faker and Tom Vek) and submitting them back to MS MR. The band will pick their favorites and include them in the official album campaign next year.

Lost Boy ?
10/16 @ The Bellhouse @ 11PM
10/17 @ Legion @ TBD PM
10/18 @ Pianos (Old Flame Records showcase) @ 8:30PM
10/19 @ The Delincency @ 4:45PM
10/19 @ Fontanas @ 11:30PM
10/20 @ Legion Bar @ 9:15PM
Lost Boy ?’s creative output is relentless. Often recording many songs per month, he’s a music machine assembly line. Since 2000 Lost Boy ? has put out many works and self released CD-R’s, Free Downloads with hand made / digital art. His experimental music is recorded on various lo-fi equipment. Always working with other musicians and friends, he aspires to grow as an artist & musician with no boundaries, hoping to find himself a true place in the music universe.

French Horn Rebellion
10/19 – Rockwood Music Hall (Imagem Music showcase) @ 4PM
10/20 – Webster Hall Studio @ 10PM
“Orchestra Geeks Gone Wild” is their band’s mantra. “Next Jack Swing” describes the genre of their second album that they’re about to finish in the studio (New Jack Swing, but with heavy beats and funkier dance lines). The guys are a party DJ set, with improvisatory French horn over heavy beats. The Wisconsin brothers David and Robert are gearing up for a return and will play new tracks this CMJ. Their debut album had killer tracks like “Up All Night” , “This Moment” and their track with Database, “Beaches and Friends”, is still a frequent party starter. David produced MGMT’s indie release, Time to Pretend EP for New York indie Cantora Records, and with their “Up All Night” single, they scored a Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1 and an opening slot on the French Kitsuné Maison compilation series. The band also remixed the likes of Sleigh Bells, JD Samson & MEN, Two Door Cinema Club, OMD and Alex Winston. Written, produced and mixed by brothers Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, The Infinite Music… is a debut album that warps the fabric of dance, electro, rock and funk and was possibly last year’s most ambitious, multi-faceted and engaging debut album.“The album is basically the result of countless hours in the pit orchestra of operas, and thinking how fun it would be to score something like that, only with hot beats,” says Robert.

10/17 @ Marlin Room / Webster Hall @ 1AM
Recently, the band has been featured in world renowned photographers Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin’s fashion and art videos such as Viktor and Rolf’s fragrance advertisement HERE and Nina Ricci’s ad campaign HERE. AVAN LAVA’s live show was described as “a trippy MTV Europe Music Awards performance” with energetic sing-along pop tracks and slow R&B-Prince swooners, all while the band’s moves are choreographed by TC, Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance / Madonna), Vanessa Walters (Fischerspooner). The band is made up by singer TC and producers/musicians Le Chev and Ian Pai. Their live performances are with the help of musicians, vocalists and technicians Andrew Schneider (The Wooster Group), Drew Citron and Jo Lampert. AVAN LAVA have worked as producers, composers and mixers for recorded works and live performances with bands such as Cat Power, Cold Cave, Fischerspooner, CSS, Frankie Rose, SSION, Lemonade, Lia Ices and the prestigious The New York Philharmonic and have created remixes for R.E.M., Passion Pit and New Villager among others.

Ava Luna
10/17 @ Drom (The Couch Sessions) @ TBD PM
10/18 @ Delinquency @ TBD PM
10/19 @ Pianos Deli Mag showcase @ TBD PM
10/20 @ Pianos (Bowery Presents showcase) @ TBD PM
After releasing their debut LP Ice Level, which was praised by Pitchfork as “glorious,” they’re back with a Summer tour and brand new song “Water Duct.” SPIN premiered the track calling it a “crisp, R&B-inflected soul-punk manages to groove perfectly and excite intellectually.” Ava Luna are frequently compared to fellow sound mavericks TVOTR and Dirty Projectors, as fronted by Prince and backed by Destiny’s Child. If that sounds too good to be true, quoth the Village Voice, “Ava Luna is the rare band that needs to be heard to be believed.” Having a successful tour under their belt with Twin Sister, the band hits the road for a month of Summer dates.


The Los Angeles-based company Motormouthmedia proudly presents the following…
Wednesday 10.17 @ LPR [NPR Music showcase]

Friday 10.19 @ Villain [Pitchfork showcase]
Saturday 10.20 @ LPR [FIXED party]

Wednesday 10.17 @ Glasslands [Stereogum/Popgun showcase]
Thursday 10.18 @ Bowery [CAA showcase]
Friday 10.19 @ TBA [Brooklyn Vegan day party]
Friday 10.19 @ Shea Stadium
Saturday 10.20 @ Union Pool [RDIO showcase]

Tuesday 10.16 @ Glasslands [Terrible Records showcase]
Wednesday 10.18 @ Shea Stadium [Terrible Records]

Tuesday 10.16 @ Bowery

Wednesday 10.17 @ Cakeshop [Terrorbird showcase]
Friday 10.19 @ 285 Kent, NY [Ad Hoc showcase]

Wednesday 10.17 @ Union Pool [Team Clermont Showcase]
Thursday 10.18 @ Pianos [Windish Showcase]
Thursday 10.18 @ Bar Matchless [Wild Honey Pie/ Lip Sync party]
Saturday 10.20 @ Pianos [Bowery Presents showcase]
Saturday 10.20 @ Public Assembly [Brooklyn Vegan showcase]
Saturday 10.20 @ Cake Shop [CMJ Official showcase]

Tuesday 10.16 @ Le Poisson Rouge [New Zealand showcase]
Tuesday 10.16 @ Left Field
Thursday 10.18 @ Cameo Gallery [Car Park / Paw Tracks showcase]

Thursday 10.18 @ The Delinquency [Golden Ratio/BirdDog party]
Thursday 10.18 @ Rubber Tracks
Thursday 10.18 @ Zebulon
Friday 10.19 @ City Reliquary [Inland Empire Showcase]
Saturday 10.20 @ Union Pool
Saturday 10.20 @ Public Assembly [Brooklyn Vegan showcase]

Friday 10.19 @ Webster Hall [w/ Kimbra]
Saturday 10.20 @ Webster Hall [w/ Kimbra]

Saturday 10.20 @ Bowery
Sunday 10.21 @ Bowery


Our friends at the bi-coastal company, Whitesmith Entertainment bring to you an amazing array of bands this CMJ.

Tues 10/16 Whitesmith Entertainment / Allston Pudding Showcase
6:30 pm Union Hall
Line up:
7 – 7:30: The Lost Brothers
7:45 – 8:15: Joywave
8:30 – 9: Earthquake Party!
9:15 – 9:45: Sydney Wayser
10 – 10:30: Young Hines
10:45 – 11:15: Mean Creek

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/428240493905189/?fref=ts

Thur 10/18: Readymade Showcase -8:00 pm The Living Room
Line up: Sydney Wayser, The Lost Brothers, Young Hines, Indaba (TBC)

Thur 10/18: Fat Baby
The Lost Brothers -10:00 pm

Fri 10/19: CMJ Official Showcase – The Living Room
Sydney Wayser -8:00 pm

Fri 10/19 PledgeMusic Showcase – Zirzamin
8pm – CALLmeKAT
8:45pm – Jillette Johnson
9:30pm – Mieka Pauley
10:15pm – Will Dailey
11pm – Sydney Wayser

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/117051885112485/?fref=ts


Hailing from LA, Robert Delong is a singer, songwriter, producer, programmer and drummer. He uses MIDI interfaces, a full drum set, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and game controllers, looping his music live to fuse electronic dance beats with striking melodies and lyrics with emotional heart to create a custom futuristic dance party.

CMJ claims he’s “…an 8-bit warrior, seamlessly creating danceable electro beats with his Wii Remote and Sega Genesis controller on par with the Chemical Brothers.”

Listen to “Global Concepts” here:


Here’s a rundown of Robert’s gigs during CMJ:

10/16 8:45 pm – Santos Party House – All Things Gold
10/16 10:30 pm – The Bowery Hotel – KCRW School Night
10/17 7:00 pm – Rubber Tracks – The Fader CMJ Showcase
10/17 11:30 pm – The Slipper Room – Glassnote CMJ Showcase
10/19 12:30 am – The Studio At Webster Hall


Our pals at the fantastic music website, The Waster, are presenting the 3rd Annual CMJ Acoustic Wind-Down at Pianos in New York City along with Citizen Music and Rocker Stalker.



Check out Requiem Media’s CMJ schedule…

Blood Diamonds

Wednesday, 10/17 Spa Party at 10pm at Body By Brooklyn
275 Park Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11205
with Unicorn Kid & Anamanaguchi

Friday, 10/19 at 10pm at Le Bain at The Standard (Urban Outfitters)
848 Washington Street | New York, NY 10014
with Tanlines

Dignan Porch

Wednesday, 10/17 at 8pm at Union Square
(Music is Great Britain: Ben Sherman + British Consulate – General)
27 Union Square West | New York, NY 10003
with Tango In The Attic & Alvarez Kings

Thursday, 10/18 at 8pm at Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Captured Tracks Showcase)
66 North 6th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11249
with DIIV, Mac DeMarco & Thieves Like Us

Friday, 10/19 at 9:50pm at Public Assembly (Panache Showcase)
70 North 6th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Violent Bullshit, Vockah Redu, Xray Eyeballs, Gap Dream & Levek


Wednesday, 10/17 at 1am at Mercury Lounge (Windish Showcase)
217 East Houston Street | New York, NY 10002
with DIANA, High Highs, Mozart’s Sister, Duologue, Hundred Waters & Strange Talk

Friday, 10/19 at Public Assembly (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party)
70 North 6th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Braids, The Intelligence, METZ, MS MR, Savages, Sky Ferreira, Toys That Kill, Foxygen, Deap Valley, IO Echo, Figo, Murals, Blessed Feathers & Tiny Fingers

Friday, 10/19 at 1am at Arlene’s Grocery (M for Montreal Showcase)
95 Stanton Street | New York, NY 10002
with Plaster, Royal Canoe, Blue Hawaii, Moon King, Mozart’s Sister & Absolutely Free

Saturday, 10/20 at 3pm at MoMa PS1 (Pitchfork Showcase)
22-25 Jackson Avenue | Long Island City, NY 11101
with Andy Stott & Chairlift

Saturday, 10/20 at 8pm at Glasslands Gallery (Ratking & PopGun Showcase)
289 Kent Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with DJ Dog Dick, Haleek Maul, Normally Important, Pictureplane & Ratking

Saturday, 10/20 at 11:15pm at Death By Audio (Arbutus Records Showcase)
49 South 2nd Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Majical Cloudz & EOLAy

Saturday, 10/20 at 1am at Knitting Factory (Tumblr Showcase)
361 Metropolitan Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Troy Ave, Mykki Blanco, Prince Rama & So So Glos

Heavenly Beat

Tuesday, 10/16 at 7pm at Cameo Gallery
(Oh My Rockness Official Showcase & 8th Birthday Party)
93 North 6th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Mood Rings, Moon King, Roomrunner, Metz & Chrome Canyon

Tuesday, 10/16 at 9:30pm at Marlin Room at Webster Hall (My Social List Showcase)
125 East 11th Street | New York, NY 10003
with Thieves Like Us, Teen Daze, Delicate Steve, Dent May, Mac Demarco, Bleeding Rainbow, The Young Evils & Grand Resort

Saturday, 10/20 at 1:30pm at Cake Shop (Village Voice Party)
152 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with Vockah Redu, Daytona, Dent May & Delicate Steve

The Luyas

Thursday, 10/18 at 7pm at Solas (DJ Set At Medium Rotation College Radio Party)
232 East 9th Street, #1 | New York, NY 10003
with Ape School, Labyrinth Ear, Flume, Tiny Victories & More

Thursday, 10/18 at 11pm at Pianos (Windish Showcase)
158 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with Field Mouse, Hundred Waters, Chad Valley, Moon King, Duologue, Opossom, Ape School
& Labyrinth Ear

Friday, 10/19 at 8:40 at The Greene Space (WNYC Soundcheck Showcase)
158 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with MNDR, Dave Hill & Debo Band

Friday, 10/19 at 10pm at Cake Shop (The Great Escape/NME Showcase)
152 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with Chains of Love, Jinja Safari & Citizens!

Saturday, 10/20 at 4pm at Union Pool (Rdio Session)
484 Union Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11211

Moon King

Tuesday, 10/16 at 9pm at Cameo Gallery (Oh My Rockness Party)
93 North 6th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Chrome Canyon, Metz, Roomrunner, Mood Rings & Heavenly Beat

Wednesday, 10/17 at 10pm at Santos (Noisey Showcase)
96 Lafayette Street | New York, NY 10013
with Flatbush Zombies, The Orwells, Children of the Night, Skaters, Bodega Bamz, Underachievers, Team Spirit & Haleek Maul

Thursday, 10/18 at 7pm at Pianos (Windish Showcase)
158 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with Flume, American Royalty, Labyrinth Ear, The Luyas, Ape School, Opossom & Duologue

Friday, 10/19 at 1:30pm at Cameo Gallery (Kanine Party)
93 North 6th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Zambri, Roommates, Chairlift, Surfer Blood, Baroness & X-Ray Eyeballs

Friday, 10/19 at 11pm at Arlene’s Grocery (M For Montreal Showcase)
95 Stanton Street | New York, NY 10002
with Plaster, Royal Canoe, Blue Hawaii, Doldrums, Mozart’s Sister & Absolutely Free

Friday, 10/19 at 9:10pm at Pianos (The Deli Presents)
158 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with Ex-Cops, Field Mouse, Tashaki Miyaki, Robert DeLong, Anya Skidan, New Myths & Shy Hunters

Friday, 10/19 at 11:10pm at Pianos (The Deli Presents)
158 Ludlow Street | New York, NY 10002
with Field Mouse, Ava Luna, Hundred Waters, Murals, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco & Young Magic

Saturday, 10/20 at 6pm at Spike Hill (Baeblemusic Presents The Launchpad)
186 Bedford Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11211
with Rah Rah, Choir of Young Believers, JJAMZ, Born Ruffians, Barcelona & Super Secret Special Guests

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