Recommending CMJ: The Bands You Should Actually See 


And now that we have dutifully talked up the advantages of spontaneity at discovery festivals, here are 20 bands you should most definitely make it a point to see during this year’s whirlwind.

Though long identifying with Tampa’s DIY punk scene, Merchandise’s second proper album, Children of Desire, falls somewhere outside its genre barrier—but where, exactly, is difficult to pin down. It’s a romantic, painful, noisy gesture made by believers in capital-A Art and not so much in capital-B Business. For a band that allegedly turned down Pitchfork coverage (though that has since changed), being considered one of the most anticipated acts in a festival swarming with industry types is warmly ironic.
Sunday, 10/21, at Bowery Ballroom, 8pm.

Angel Haze
Proclaiming herself “Satan” as well as a “sick bitch” in a “chicken noodle soup phase” who’s running New York from a Brooklyn rooftop, Angel Haze’s debut EP displays a boast-from-the-beginning swagger that’s pretty common to hip-hop. But Haze, whose years of freestyling workouts culminated in her 2012 “overnight success,” has the stage presence to back up her smack talk.

These Toronto rockers undam thick rivers of guitar sludge, played at a stomach-quaking volume. In their campaign for “Power Trio of The Moment,” they’ve already got the endorsement of Sub Pop Records, who will release the band’s self-titled debut this month, and are just generally not fucking around in the signing-next-level-noise-rock-bands department.
Tuesday, 10/16, at Cameo Gallery, 11pm; Wednesday, 10/17, at Knitting Factory, 7pm

In the midst of checking out all that is exciting and new (and all those super bored synth-pop bands!), it’d do you well to carve out an hour to witness the ultra-reliable (albeit underrated) powerpop of New Orleans duo Generationals. While we’re still tightly hanging onto one of the most irresistible pop hooks of last year in their single “Ten-Twenty-Ten,” they’re back with the new Lucky Numbers EP. Equal parts bouncy and nervy, they’ll be a palate cleanser for your ears.
Wednesday, 10/17, The Studio at Webster Hall, 2:30pm; Thursday, 10/18, at Glasslands, 8pm

Kody Nielson, former frontman of Flying Nun’s The Mint Chicks and Unknown Mortal Orchestra associate (he’s a touring band member and brother to proprietor Ruban), lets the latter’s funked-up grooves loosen and settle into schizy Beach Boys melodies with his new project Opossom. On Electric Hawaii—a telling title for his excellent solo debut—they shimmy up against digital effects, recalling Ariel Pink’s more clear-minded moments.
Wednesday, 10/17, at Union Pool, 8pm.

Photo Angel Haze by Adrienne Nicole

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