Preview: CMJ Music Marathon 2012’s Most Anticipated Showcases

The annual CMJ Music Marathon starts tomorrow, woah! But don’t sweat it, we’ve been done our homework so you don’t have to, finally getting around to listening to a ton of new and upcoming bands, and marking our calendars for what we think are the festivals must see sets.

First things first. Even the most ameteur festival-goer knows it’s important to prioritize your sets (in order of what you simply cannot miss), because if you want to get into see that new hot band, but don’t show up till just before they take the stage, you’re probably not going to get in, even if you end up waiting, you’re probably going home disappointed.

We’ve done you a solid here and made rather epic list, organized by date, and separated by official and unofficial CMJ events. For some of the unofficial events you may have to shell out for cover, but trust us, it’ll be worth it.

We’re always down to support bands we already know and love who are playing the festival like The Walkmen, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Nothing, Humans, Flying Lotus, GZA, Ghostface Killah, The Presets, Death Grips and YACHT, but this being our very first CMJ, we’re making a point to head out and experience new music, at the finest ‘discovery’ festival in North America.

In preparation for the festival we’re loving the CMJ Preview Radio stream on NPR and CMJ’s official mixtape.

Take a look below at what we think are the best showcases and sets happening at this years festival.




Ace Hotel Presents: Notes From the Underground, Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th St, NYC
DJ sets by Beggars Group, Mom + Pop, Frenchkiss Records, Modular Recordings and Third Man
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KEXP live CMJ Broadcast, CMJ Union, Union Square Ballroom (free event)
Daughter, High Highs, Cody ChesnuTT, Paul Banks, Hey Marseilles, DIIV, Little Green Cars, Poor Moon, Line & Circle, Wild Nothing, Kishi Bashi, & The Antlers
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Tuesday October 16th:

NPR Music & WNYC’s Soundcheck CMJ Showcase, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker, NYC
Flying Lotus, Death Grips, & Buke & Gass
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Terrible Records CMJ Party, Glasslands 289 Kent, Brooklyn
LE1F, True, Kirin J Callinan, Regal Degal
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WFUV and The Alternate Side Official CMJ Showcase at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow, NYC
Savoir Adore, Indians, Little Green Cars, & Wax Poetic

Oh My Rockness Official CMJ 2012 Show at Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th St, Williamsburg
Chrome Canyon, Metz, Roomrunner, Moon King, Mood Rings, Heavenly Beat
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Lefse Records Showcase, Pianos, 158 Ludlow, NYC
Mister Lies, Psychic Twin, Cemeteries, Mean Lady, Levek, Cuckoo Chaos, Field Mouse, Teen Daze, Way Yes
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Wednesday October 17th:

Stereogum & Popgun CMJ Showcase, Glasslands 289 Kent, Brooklyn
Dum Dum Girls, Guards, Savages, Icona Pop (DJ Set), Port St. Willow, & IO ECHO
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Ghostly International & Cascine Showcase, Le Baron, 32 Mulberry, NYC
Jensen Sportag, Michna, Chad Valley, Choir of Young Believers, Erika Spring, Selebrities, & Rush Midnight
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Surprise Attack! & Pinnacle Entertainment Showcase, Marlin Room at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St. NYC (from 2:45pm)
Cultfever, Edelweiss, Wild International, The Danvilles, Joywave, Luke Rathborne, American Royalty, Country Mice, Turf War, Life and Time, Hounds Below, Local H, Lazyeyes, Generationals, The Suzan, Filligar, Avan Lava, & The Click Clack Boom
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The Windish Agency CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston, NYC
Doldrums, Strange Talk, Hundred Waters, Duologue, Mozart’s Sister, High Highs, Diana
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Tell All Your Friends CMJ Showcase, Pianos, 158 Ludlow, NYC (daytime event)
Braids, Team Spirit, Solid Gold, Jon Derosa, Bowery Riots, Zulu Pearls
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Noisey CMJ 2012 Showcase, Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette, NYC
Acid Alumni, Flatbush Zombies, Childred of the Night, Bodegabamz, Underachievers, & Haleekmaul

Thursday October 18th:

MNDR CAA CMJ Showcase, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey, NYC
Sky Ferreira, IO Echo, Gabriel Bruce, Deap Valley, MSMR
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Extension Music’s About To Break CMJ Showcase, The Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow, NYC
Immanu El, Foreign Fields, Hugh Bob & The Hustle, & SUNBEARS!
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Captured Tracks CMJ Showcase, Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th Street
DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Thieves Like Us, Dignan Porch
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Force Field PR & Hipster Runoff Showcase, Glasslands, 289 Kent, Brooklyn
Generationals, Dent May, Andrew Cedermark, Levek, & GANGI (early show)
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Carpark Records & Paw Tracks Showcase at Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th St, Williamsburg
Adventure, Dog Bite, Popstrangers, Dent May, Young Magic, Prince Rama
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A Heart is A Spade & Old Flame Records Showcase at Pianos, 158 Ludlow, NYC
Fantasy Rainbow, Your Youth, Lost Boy ?, You Won’t, Turf War, Mean Creek, Twin Tigers, Dinowalrus
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Neon Gold, National Anthem, & Chess Club Showcase Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette, NYC
Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, Jjamz, Capital Cities, Morning Parade, Blondefire, Strange Talk, Pacific Air, Citizens!, Jinja Safari, Lovelife, Gabriel Burce, and Busy Living
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The Windish Agency CMJ Showcase at Pianos, 158 Ludlow, NYC
Flume, American Royalty, Labyrinth Ear, The Luyas, Ape School, Opossom, Duologue, Moon King
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The Wild Honey Pie & Lip Sync CMJ Showcase, Bar Matchless, 577 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
Bodylanguage, High Highs, Opossom, Donora, Devin, The Echo Friendly, & Night Panther

Friday October 19th:

The Windish Agency CMJ Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
Penguin Prison DJ set, Icona Pop, Born Ruffians, Free Energy, Chad Valley, Flume
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Panache Booking Showcase at Public Assembly, North 6th St, Brooklyn
Twerps, Turbo Fruits, Dent May, Mac Demarco, The Paperhead, Violent Bullshit, Vockah Redu, Xray Eyeballs, Dignan Porch, Gap Dream, & Levek
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Presets & YACHT double header at Terminal 5, NYC

Saturday October 20th:

Theophilus London, Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd, NYC
TL, King Chip, Travi$ Scott, & Phoney PPL
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The Windish Agency CMJ Showcase at Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd, NYC
Com Truise, Poolside, Bonde Do Role
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Cosigns Presented by Consequence of Sound at Public Assembly, North 6th St, Brooklyn
Free Energy, Delicate Steve, Hundred Waters, The So So Glos, & Conveyor
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Thursday October 18th:

Yours Truly, Gorilla vs. Bear, & Forest Family at 285 Kent, Brooklyn.
Kilo Kish, D I A N A, Ryan Hemsworth, Flume, TOPS, ForteBowie, Sam Flax, & Empress Of
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The Wild Honey Pie and Lip Sync Music Present The Beehive, Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn
Night Panther, The Echo Friendly, Donora, Devin, High Highs, Opossom, Body Language
More info & Domino Street CMJ Day Party, Public Assembly, 70 North 6th St, Brooklyn
The Intelligence, Roomrunner, Wild Yaks, Royal Baths (1pm onwards)

Friday October 19th:

Pitchfork x Topman, Villian, 48 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn
Death Grips, DIIV, Joey Bada$$, Metz, Holy Other, Merchandise, Daughn Gibson, Le1f, Hundred Waters, and Angel Haze
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Brooklyn Vegan Day Party, Public Assembly, 70 North 6th St, Brooklyn
Band to be announced (Friday and Saturday from noon to 6pm)

Kanine Records CMJ Showcase, Cameo Gallery, 93 Notrh 6th, Williamsburg (daytime event)
Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Zambri, Moon King, Suburban Living, and DJ’s Patrick (Chairlift), Thomas (Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (Baroness), OJ (Xray Eyeballs)

Saturday October 20th:

Pitchfork and MoMA PS1, VW Performance Dome at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens
Andy Stott, Chairlift, Doldrums
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Moscot Music Unofficial CMJ Party, Moscot Gallery, 118 Orchard St, NYC (daytime event)
Ambassadors, Dent May, & ARMS
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Pop Montreal’s Seriously Important and Great Band Party, Cameo Gallery, 96 North 6th, Brooklyn
Goose Hut, Mozart’s Sister, Blue Hawaii, Solar Year, Valleys, & C T Z N S H P (noon to 6:15pm)
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Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy, at 285 Kent
Car Bomb, Batillus, Pyrrhon, Primitive Weapons, Theologian, and special guests
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