At least CMJ Thursday is pretty straight-forward during the day. It’s the I Guess I’m Floating (one of my very favorite blogs) Pianos day party. It’s pretty much wall-to-wall worthwhile bands including Baths, Beach Fossils, Oberhofer, Teen Daze, Young Man, Braids, and Gobble Gobble.
The nighttime gets much more complicated. Of course, part of this is that by the third day of CMJ, whatever showcase you go to probably has at least one band you’ve already seen, and it’s harder to skip around from showcase to showcase in NYC than it is in the nicely walkable Austin, Texas. I would start, though, by putting some money on the Impose party at Don Pedro. You’ve got $1 PBRs, plus Woven Bones, The Babies, Reading Rainbow, Total Slacker, and X-Ray Eyeballs. Just don’t show up on time, or else you might have to watch Girls At Dawn (how is this band still booking shows?). There’s some serious overlap with X-Ray Eyeballs and Woven Bones, but you could go to Shea Stadium to catch Fergus & Geronimo and La Sera. If you want some South Brooklyn love, there’s always Conversion Party and Radical Dads at Union Hall. Finally, in terms of smaller shows, there’s Excepter, Deakin (AnCo), Light Pollution, Ear Pwr, Cloud Nothings, Prince Rama, and Dent May at Cake Shop.
If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, than Music Hall of Williamsburg is the way to go with Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Screaming Females, Suuns, and Young Man. And finally, if you’re looking for something a bit more corporate, but with the best band of the year, you should try to hit up the Spin/Ray Ban party at Firehouse for Titus Andronicus (and Local Natives). So…I think that’s it. A lot of local talent, lots of things we see here all the time. Not sure how helpful this was, but you’ll be well off at any of these shows. My advice? Just pick one, stick with it, and have a good night.