By Meredith Deliso
With over 1,300 artists and over 75 venues participating in this year’s CMJ, from October 20-24, chances are, any show you go to those five days will be part of the marathon music showcase.
Not that that’s a bad thing.
For over 20 years, the annual festival has brought together emerging talents from the New York scene and beyond, and this year doesn’t look to be any different.With too many acts to list, here are some highlights of the Brooklyn gigs to come to add to your Google calendar.
Tuesday, October 20
You can’t go with wrong with a Brooklyn Vegan showcase, and this one aims to please. Fanfarlo, The Antlers, Laura Marling, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel are scheduled to play Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St.), with comedian Dave Hill hosting. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
Nearby at Knitting Factory’s new Brooklyn location (361 Metropolitan Ave.), labels The Social Registry and No Quarter present a sonic showcase featuring Sian Alice Group, The Psychic Paramount, Highlife, Coconuts, and local experimental instrumentalists Zs. Also that day at the Williamsburg venue are Brooklyn twee rockers Tiny Masters of Today. At 7 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance $12 DOS.
Over at the Charleston (174 Bedford Ave.) in Williamsburg, New Jersey quartet Carlon, fresh off their debut album "Johari Window," executive produced by Dispatch's Pete Francis, will play a CMJ showcase with NYCSmoke, Gold Streets and Hammer No More The Fingers. Starting at 8 p.m. Tickets TBA.
Farther south at Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave.), the Park Slope venue hosts a CMJ showcase from label Frank Radio, featuring rapper and Wu Tang Clan member U-God, as well as Puba, Wiz Kalifa, Trouble Andrew, Mr. Move, Stalley, Jasmine Solano, and DJ Souljah. At 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
Wednesday, October 21
Expect crowds at Music Hall, when Deerhunter lead singer Bradford Cox performs as his solo project Atlas Sound. Also on the bill are Broadcast and The Selmanaires. At 9 p.m. Tickets $16.
Rock and bowl during CMJ when Julian Marley and The Uprising, featuring Stephen Marley, come to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, fresh off the release of “Awake.” Also on the bill are Javaughn and Gully Bank Sound System. At 8 p.m. Tickets $16.
Back at the Knitting Factory, the Ernest Jenning Record Co. showcase features another diverse lineup, with Still Flyin, Wild Yaks, The Black Hollies, Title Tracks, La Strada, Takka Takka, Blood Warrior, Nouvellas. Get your fill of indie, rock and pop. At 7 p.m. Tickets $10.
One of the newer Brooklyn venues, Williamsburg’s Cameo (93rd N. 6th St.) gets in on the marathon this year. Tonight’s showcase features Les Handclaps and Baby Monster and Kid Color. The night will also include comedy from Anthony Jeselnik, Kumail Nanjiani and Matt McCarthy, with Brooklyn comedy trio Big Terric – Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and SNL newbie Jenny Slate – hosting. At 7 p.m. Cost TBA.
Thursday, October 22
Another new venue, Williamsburg’s Bruar Falls (245 Grand St.), joins in the marathon this year, with a NYC Taper showcase featuring Bushwick-based Kittens Ablaze, who made noise during SXSW for their rousing live shows and eyebrow-raising name, as well as Motel Motel, Emanual and The Fear, Blood Warrior, Peasant, the Ditmas Park-based The Loom, Thunder Power, and Unicycle Loves You. From noon to 6 p.m. Cost TBA.
Over in Gowanus at The Bell House (149 7th St.), Gothamist and Brooklyn Based present a showcase featuring local acts Robbers on High Street, Uninhabitable Mansions, Hawk and Dove, Small Black, Freelance Whales, Henry Wolfe, and Pomegranates. At 4 p.m. Free until 10 p.m., $10 after.
Friday, October 23
This is a tough night, with top acts at several Brooklyn venues. It might just depend on what you’re in the mood for.
Over at Knitting Factory, soul and funk are on tap, with Orenda Fink, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Menahan Street Band, and Binky Griptite and The Dap Kings on the bill. At 6 p.m. Tickets TBA.
Rising indie acts converge on Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave.) in Williamsburg tonight, with a Pop Gun Booking showcase featuring Francis & The Lights, Takka Takka, Pattern is Movement, Let’s Wrestle (UK), Naked Hearts, Drink Up Buttercup, and Bottle Up & Go, with DJ sets by Anamanaguchi. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 with rsvp/$14 without.
Top indie acts are also over at the Bell House, with Japandroids, Headlights, James Husband, Cale Parks, Motel Motel, Common Loon, and special guests on the On the Polyvinyl Records showcase. Hosted by Dave Hill. At 7 p.m. Tickets $12.
Music Hall brings dream pop, with Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells London’s The XX, as well as First Aid Kit and Warpaint on the bill. At 9 p.m. Tickets $20.
Saturday, October 24
After four days of non-stop music, don’t quit now! Chill out a bit with Mia Riddle & Her Band at Park Slope’s Union Hall (702 Union St., 6 p.m., $10), or with Au Revoir Simone at Bell House (7:30 p.m, $12).
Or, if you’re looking to end the marathon with sore limbs and maybe a bruise or two, catch punk rockers Screaming Females at Above the Auto Parts Store (600 Bushwick Ave., 9 p.m., $10).