Well here we are again for CMJ time with more chances to see the bands you're ambivilent about than ever before. Seriously, if you do not see The Muslims (who are awesome) or Women or Marnie Stern this week it's because you're out of town or not leaving the house. Plus: loads of free day parties with free alcohol (the kind of alcohol you would only drink for free) to make it even easier. Go ahead, call in sick and go stroll down Ludlow and see some Pitchfork-approved bands.
Here are my picks for Tuesday…with asterixes by the bands I might actually be watching.
The Music Slut Party w/ A Brief Smile, Rumspringa, Au, Pattern Is Movement, Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears, Chairlift, Holy Moly, The Shackeltons, Emmy The Great, Said The Whale, Lissy Trullie, PWRFL Power @ Pianos, Noon – 6PM, FREE (More Info)
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted Bagels n' Beer Party w/ Oxford Colapse, Women, Dan Friel, Bridges and Powerlines, The Antlers, The Secret Life of Sofia, Hot Lava, Brownwater, Matt Wilson, Kilgore Trout is Dead, Princeton, The Lisps @ Cake Shop, Noon – 6PM, FREE (More Info)
Brooklyn Vegan Presents: Singing DJ Jens Lekman / Passion Pit / Ponytail / Shearwater / The Sammies / Emmy The Great / The Phenomenal Handclap Band | Music Hall of Williamsburg, 7PM – 2AM, $15 (More Info)
Stereogum Party feat. Crystal Stilts, Ponytail, Marnie Stern and Gang Gang Dance @ Studio@Webster Hall, Midnight – 4AM, FREE w/ RSVP (which is now closed)
I SAY: If you're going to the day shows, both the Music Slut's and PTST's are on the same block so there's no reason you can't flit between the two. Despite some super-buzzy bands, Tuesday day is too early in the week for giant crowds — these should be mellow-ish events, at least compared to the rest of the week.
As for the evening shows, if you're from out-of-town, you might want to check out Club NME, as I like all those bands, Violens and Amazing Baby in particular. But the Annex show is pretty inticing — a string of Kiwi bands, then Georgia's Gringo Starr, dreamy Brits the High Wire and quirky Wesh rockers Radio Luxembourg.
Me, I will be at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase for most of the night — anxious to see Emmy the Great again and "singing DJ Jens Lekman" and The Phenomenal Handclap Band — before I try and make it to see Radio Luxembourg, then if I have any energy left will head over to the Stereogum show. I can't say I'm a fan of Ponytail, but love Crystal Stilts (their full-length debut will be in my Top 5 of 2008) and Gang Gang Dance (I went to school with their signer) and am anxious to finally see Marnie Stern, not to mention this new space at Webster Hall.