Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Yesterday we covered two solo international must-sees, Dutch Beatle-bobbed Jacco Gardener and Aussie singer/songwriter and observer of the oddly ironic, Courtney Barnett, in our list of top solo artists to watch, so we won’t repeat them. Besides, tons of musicians will traverse oceans, skies, the 49th parallel and full-body scanners at the airport to show their stuff in New York City. And we couldn’t be more pleased to have them playing at CMJ Music Marathon 2013. Here are five not to be missed.

See the full CMJ 2013 line-up here.


The Stockholm trio’s “Pumping Blood” is the proverbial jam. Lose it on the dancefloor amidst a crowd of reeling sweat-mongers, or alone in your bedroom when you should be doing the physics homework. Then collapse, make a terrible “yesyesyes” joke and hit repeat.

NONONO plays Tuesday, October 15 at the Mercury Lounge.

The Beards

Everyone in the Beards has a beard. Every song by the Beards is about having a beard. This Aussie crew’s throwback classic rock kitsch is killer because, and I quote, “If your dad doesn’t have a beard, you’ve got two mums.” And Tenacious D would have been that much funnier and schtickier if them dudes had beard.

The Beards plays Friday, October 18 at Fat Baby, and Saturday, October 19 at The Delancey.

Bombay Show Pig

Guitarist Mathias Janmaat and drummer Linda van Leeuwenmight seem a darling duo on the surface, but the Dutch indie rock act has a wild stage chemistry and a tendency to turn their twee lightness of being into a full-on stompin’ romp.

Bombay Show Pig plays Friday, October 18 at Fat Baby (nighttime show) and at the Knitting Factory (daytime show).

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Dual identities balance this Canadian band’s self-described “Noh Wave” with sounds of tribal chants and buzzing guitars. Shortlisted for the 2012 Mercury Prize, while awaiting its sophomore album release (via Suicide Squeeze), post-punk’s most outré collective, led by drummer Alaska B and singer Ruby Kato Attwood, is poised break out of art school.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan plays Tuesday, October 15 at Pianos.


Spooky and ethereal, the co-ed Australian sextet has released several singles, including Villages, Gasoline, and, a personal favorite and one of our top tracks of the year (so far), Hands.

Alpine plays on Wednesday, October 16 at Bowery Ballroom.