If you live in NY, take a deep breath now and try to relax because the next week is going to be a blur of music, college radio kids, free booze, and private parties.
Yep. It’s CMJ: the annual music and film festival in NY that celebrates college radio. From Tuesday to Sunday, there will be hundreds of concerts, and well, it can get a bit overwhelming.
That’s why I’ve scoured the extensive CMJ line-up and put together a little guide for you. (The shows with the asterisks are the ones I’m seriously thinking about seeing…)
TUESDAY – 10/20
*Music Hall of Williamsburg – Laura Marling (9:30), The Antlers (10:15), Fanfarlo (11:00)*
Le Poisson Rouge – Atlas Sound (10:00), Broadcast (11:00)
WEDNESDAY – 10/21
*The Charleston – Hermit Thrushes (8:00)*
The Mercury Lounge – The xx (9:00)
The Bell House – The Love Language (10:00)
Santos Party House – Real Estate (10:00), Cymbals Eat Guitars (10:15)
Music Hall of Williamsburg – Atlas Sound (10:00)
Bowery Ballroom – Fanfarlo (11:00)
THURSDAY – 10/22
*Mercury Lounge – Patrick Watson (8:00)*
Brooklyn Bowl – YACHT (8:00)
The Rose – Binary Marketing Show (8:00)
Union Pool – Timber Timbre (9:00)
The Delancey – The Antlers (10:00)
The Bell House – Robbers on High Street (11:00)
FRIDAY – 10/23
*Living Room – Hungry Hungry Ghost (9:00), The Love Language (10:00), Lost in the Trees (11:00), The Ugly Suit (12:00), La Strada (1:00)*
Music Hall of Williamsburg – The xx (10:40)
SATURDAY – 10/24
*Le Poisson Rouge – Sin Fang Bous (8:00), Mum (9:00)*
The Bell House – The Postmarks (9:00), Au Revoir Simone (11:00)
Bowery Ballroom – Violens (10:00), Sharon van Etten (11:00)
Of course… many of the best bands are playing at the same time, so you’re still going to have to do your homework.
Before you get crackin’ let me leave you with one last tip: You may want to either avoid the big artists or plan ahead if you know you want to see them. Things could get messy otherwise. And, you’d really be surprised. Sometimes, it’s the bands you haven’t heard of that become your favorite acts.