This year is my first year attending CMJ. It seems totally nutzo. There are free shows at 10a in the morning with artists like Zola Jesus, as if I don’t have to work people! Teen Daze is playing about 500 shows between Tuesday and Saturday. Venues are stuffed with artists from dusk ‘til dawn. Good artists, too!
As always - Oh My Rockness is my go to concert guide. They have a little bit of a Pitchfork-esque leaning towards the hip acts, but they do have great taste. The site is really easy to scroll through and click to the concerts you want to go to. The only problem might be is their showlist might be TOO extensive.
You could narrow down your options and only go to the free concerts, but that’s no fun. You need someone like me to tell you what to see.
A good place to start is with some good listening: cmPlay
Butter Music Friends St. Lucia are going to be playing two shows this week. Wednesday night 9p at the Dominion and Friday night 8p at Santos Party House! They’re slick so you should see them before they blow up. Butter Composer Ryan Lott is going to be playing a short Son Lux set as a part of the Sonic Festival Friday at the Roulette 10p.
More after the jump!