We didn’t see this coming. In the two weeks immediately following this year’s CMJ Marathon, which I’m missing as I type this (argh), there are even more good shows than usual. This wouldn’t be too big a deal were it not traditionally such a slow time, on account of thousands of bands already having been here a week or two earlier. So what’s it all mean? I’m not so sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion it has to do with enough bigger bands skipping this year’s Marathon and making their way through town on their own terms instead — something I’m kind of glad to see happening. We all know that CMJ needs a few of those big names to sell sponsorships and all those badges, but I’m a little sick of people complaining that they don’t recognize any of the bands that are playing. Here’s an idea: pay more attention, idiots, and maybe next year you’ll actually know enough to have some fun even though the fucking Shins aren’t playing till the following week.
Also of Note:
10/24 The Shins at Terminal 5
Alright, I’m sorry I called you “the fucking Shins.”
10/24 The New Pornographers at Webster Hall
“Hello, 911? Come quick, my friend was trying to figure out if he should go see the Shins or the New Pornographers tonight, and he had a brain aneurysm!!!”
10/26 Scout Niblett at Union Pool
Can I be honest for a minute? I love Cat Power. Really, I do, but sometimes I find her boring. Not so with Scout Niblett.
10/27 Jens Lekman at Webster Hall
I recently spent almost an entire afternoon thinking about what would happen if Jens Lekman and Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch ever recorded an album together, and I eventually decided it might be too much for the universe to handle.