Make sure you check back in with us over the coming days for more tips on artists to see, panels to attend, parties to be seen at, and much more.
01. The Mountain Goats @ Bowery Ballroom
Lead Mountain Goat John Darnielle has combined folk with rock and indie impulses for several decades. His band plays CMJ at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
02. Ben Gibbard @ Brownies
The Death Cab For Cutie frontman releases his debut solo record, Former Lives, on Barsuk today. What better way to celebrate than seeing him at this intimate show at Brownies?
03. We Were Evergreen @ CMJ Union
We Were Evergreen are a Parisian trio who specialize in adding a dab of electro to their indie rock sound. They play this multi-band France Rocks showcase alongside a host of their compatriots.
04. Septicflesh @ The Gramercy Theater
The Conquerors Of The World tour rolls into New York City at the Gramercy, bringing pummeling Greek death metal veterans Septicflesh along for the ride.
05. LE1F @ Glasslands Gallery
Former Das Racist/Spank Rock producer LE1F stepped out of the shadows to produce his Dark York LP for Greedhead earlier this year. Find out how he fares in the live arena at this Terrible Records showcase.
06. The Robert Glasper Experiment @ S.O.B.’s
Producer and jazz pianist Robert Glasper fuses jazz and hip-hop when he performs in a full-band setting with the Robert Glasper Experiment. Expect the unexpected at this special showcase at S.O.B.’s.
07. OFF! @ Irving Plaza
Anyone who thought Keith Morris had said all he had to say with the Circle Jerks and Black Flag got an (un)pleasant surprise when the frantic OFF! appeared. Expect plenty of crowdsurfing at this Irving Plaza show for CMJ.
08. Mac DeMarco @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Montreal-based singer Mac DeMarco transcends standard singer-songwriter fare with his idiosyncratic approach. He’s another artist celebrating the release of an album on the first day of CMJ—in this case 2 for Captured Tracks.
09. Metz @ Cameo Gallery
The tiny Cameo Gallery might not be able to contain the fury of Toronto’s Metz, who trade in short bursts of noise-punk laced with melody.