2013 CMJ and CBGB Festival Show Picks
Arts & Entertainment
by nycgo.com staff, 10/02/2013
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October is always an exciting time for NYC's indie-music fans, because it's when the CMJ Music Marathon descends on the City and brings more than 1,300 bands to its bars, theaters and other stages. This year, though, the month is doubly rockin'—as the CBGB Festival, whose inaugural edition took place in the summer of 2012, makes the move to autumn. The result: mid-October brings a nonstop parade of noteworthy music (and, especially in the case of the CBGB Festival, music-related cinema) to Manhattan and Brooklyn.
To help you navigate these massive lineups, we've made rock-show and movie picks for every day of the festivals, below. By the way: it's fine to buy a badge if you're going to spend all day, every day hopping from show to show—but a mix of a la carte tickets and free shows will work best for most casual listeners.
CMJ and CBGB aren't the only live music options in this town; check out our full concert calendar by clicking the link below.
CBGB at Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Alan Rickman, Taylor Hawkins, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki and Malin Akerman star in this narrative film about the good old days of the New York City punk scene. The film delves into the lives and careers of Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Police and others—all, of course, centered around the late, great venue from which the film and festival take their name. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Grit New York Presents: Ricky Powell's Funky Dope Maneuvers at Site 109
The frequent Beastie Boys collaborator and renowned photographer hosts a show of his work, featuring NYC luminaries like Warhol and Basquiat. Stretch Armstrong deejays. For more info and to RSVP, see the flyer on Facebook.
Autoluminescent at Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Henry Rollins narrates this documentary about Australian punk Rowland S. Howard, one-third (along with Nick Cave and Mick Harvey) of The Birthday Party. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Broadway Idiot at Landmark Sunshine Cinema
This documentary gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Green Day's hit Broadway musical, American Idiot. Director Doug Hamilton will be on hand for a Q&A session at 9pm. The screening is a US premiere. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Atlas Genius, Family of the Year and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Irving Plaza
The Australians in Atlas Genius play danceable, synth-heavy pop rock that should please fans of bands like Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club. Openers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., from Detroit, are named for a famed NASCAR family and perform in racing suits, but their breezy, trippy '60s-influenced tunes shaded with Beach Boys–styled harmonies are more likely to conjure convertible rides on the Pacific Coast Highway than revving engines at the racetrack. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
The ESG Story at the Wythe Hotel and IndieScreen
This documentary chronicles the Bronx-born funk/punk/hip-hop group's birth in the late 1970s, influence in the '80s and '90s, and continued success. The Scroggins sisters have been sampled by the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan and Beastie Boys, and have continued to tour well into the 21st century. The October 10 screening includes a Q&A session with director Greg Harding. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
October 10 and 13
Pleased to Meet Me at Anthology Film Archives and Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Archie Borders directs this story of a punk singer and his old partner, as they join forces again on a single-day quest to form a band. The October 10 screening will be followed by a Q&A session with producer Michael Fitzer. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Montreal Underground at Anthology Film Archives and the Wythe Hotel
Filmmakers Giuliano Bossa and Melanie Parent explore Montreal's vibrant music scene, steering clear of the city's better-known acts (the Arcade Fire) and concentrating on up-and-comers like Duchess Says and Jesus les filles. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
My Morning Jacket, The Wallflowers and Grizzly Bear at Times Square
Expect a big crowd for this free, multi-stage show at Times Square, which also features other artists and DJ sets. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Lez Zeppelin at The Cutting Room
The raucous all-female tribute to Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones Jr. offers an energetic performance and a different take on the classic songs. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Meat Puppets at Brooklyn Bowl
Fans of the brothers Kirkwood and/or of distorted folk, rejoice: the pride of Arizona return to Brooklyn to deliver material from their repertoire, including songs from 2013's Rat Farm. For more info, visit brooklynbowl.com.
Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens at Cake Shop
The lead singer of New Jersey pop-rock outfit The Smithereens—who had a hit in 1990 with "A Girl Like You"—plays solo in a tiny Lower East Side venue. For more info, visit cbgb.com.
Mark Lanegan at The Gramercy Theatre
America's foremost deep-voiced troubadour returns to the City to tour behind his almost-sunny collection of covers, Imitations. We're fans of his version of "I'm Not the Loving Kind"; the rendition of "Mack the Knife," on the other hand, is downright scary. For more info, visit livenation.com.
Savages at Terminal 5
Word has it that this arty-but-hard-rocking post-punk quartet—whose members are all female—sounds even more intense during live performances than on record. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
October 16–17 and 19
Rocket and the Ghost at Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room and Tammany Hall
The indie-rock band plays three showcases in support of its upcoming self-titled LP, out November 5. For more info, visit cmj.com.
NGHBRS at Paper Box and Sullivan Hall
On one hand, NGHBRS' video for "Hold Up Girl" looks like it could be a smartphone commercial. On the other, the Instagram-based clip is impressively executed and clearly took a lot of planning. And while we've just about had it with bands stripping the vowels out of their names, this Long Island–based group undeniably has a talent for cranking out catchy, energetic, melodic tunes. The Paper Box show is a headlining gig; the Sullivan Hall appearance is part of the Big Picture Media showcase. For more info, visit paperboxnyc.com and ticketweb.com.
The Dismemberment Plan at Terminal 5
Absence made the heart grow fonder for fans of respected DC post-punk quartet The Dismemberment Plan; we don't remember these guys playing venues the size of Terminal 5 the first time around. Their new album, and first since 2001, is called Uncanney Valley. Now let's just see how they can manage to get this many audience members onstage for "The Ice of Boston." For more info, visit terminal5nyc.com.
The Long Winters at Bowery Ballroom
The Seattle indie-rock band performs the 2003 album When I Pretend to Fall, with three-quarters of its lineup from a decade ago. Eleanor Friedberger opens. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Nick Waterhouse with Lee Fields & the Expressions at Webster Hall
Young R&B artist Nick Waterhouse shares a bill with Lee Fields & The Expressions, veterans of the genre who were putting out tracks long before Waterhouse was born. For more info, visit bowerypresents.com.
Taiwan Showcase at Marlin Room at Webster Hall
This lineup features Miss Ko, a Queens-based rapper who became the first female hip-hop artist to top a Taiwanese chart, as well as singer-songwriter Joanna Wang, who was born in Taipei but raised in Los Angeles and seems to have complicated feelings about her fame in Taiwan. Both artists have released songs with lyrics in English and Chinese. DJ Noodles will also perform. For more info, visit ticketweb.com.
The Hood Internet at The Glasslands Gallery
Chicago-based mash-up masters The Hood Internet take the stage for the Lazerpop CMJ Party at Glasslands. Also on the bill are Chrissy Murderbot and E-603. For more info, visit theglasslands.com.
Sounds Australia Showcase at The Delancey
As its name suggests, this event brings Australian acts to NYC. International showcases can be some of the most interesting evenings at CMJ—often, they provide a chance to see overseas acts in person for the first time—so keep an eye out for the lineup. For more info, visit soundsaustralia.com.