If you look closely at the upcoming schedules for local venues, you’ll notice that they’re a bit light on big names. I wouldn’t worry, though, because it’s actually just the calm before the annual music industry schmooze-fest of a storm that is the CMJ Music Marathon, which is coming up at the end of the month. Touring bands arrange their schedules around it, and so it stands to reason that not a whole lot of them would be making their way through the city just before it kicks off. But in due time, they will be out in droves, and you’ll have so many options that you’ll find yourself wondering if maybe, against all odds, it actually is possible to get from Northsix to Irving Plaza in 15 minutes. It can be a trying four days, but you’re in luck: on 10/25, we’re publishing our Fall Music Issue, which will contain complete listings for the Marathon, our recommendations and hopefully a list of parties with free booze and/or food, which are obviously better than the parties that have neither. In the meantime, there are still some shows worthy of your attention.
10/12 Jenny Lewis at Town Hall
Wouldn’t it be nice if Rilo Kiley actually sounded more like its two main members’ solo work? I think it would.
10/14 O’Death at Club Midway
I’m not sure how I feel about any of these purposefully old-timey country bands, but when, like O’Death, they dress like regular people instead of farmers, it’s easier to handle.
10/17 TV on the Radio and Grizzly Bear at Irving Plaza
The biggest NYC show of the year?
10/19 Annuals at Irving Plaza
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