A Concert for Every Hour of CMJ, Day 1

The shows to see on 10/19

by Josh Kurp   |   Oct 19, 2010

A Concert for Every Hour of CMJ, Day 1


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Today at 1 p.m., when Ok Sweetheart and Tamar Haviv take the stages at Arlene’s Grocery and Spike Hell, the CMJ 2010 Music Music Marathon and Film Festival will have begun. From today until Saturday, the 23rd, more than 1,200 bands will perform. This year has a great mix of older, more established names (Yo La Tengo, Phoenix) with up-and-comers (the Drums, Neon Indian), and you never know who will be this year’s buzz band.

For each day of CMJ, we’ll have the group you should check out for every hour of the festival. Obviously, it’s impossible to see everyone, but if you’ve got your pass, why not check out as many groups as possible?

1 p.m.

Alcoholic Faith Mission
Living Room, 1:45-2:20 p.m.
Origin: Denmark

Quirky MySpace Fact: “For the first album, there was a dire regimen of late-night recordings in the bedroom of a tiny Copenhagen flat lit only by candlelight…”

2 p.m.

Will Stratton
Spike Hill, 2:10-2:45 p.m.
Origin: Brooklyn

Quirky MySpace Fact: Sounds like “4 a.m.”

3 p.m.

Mama Bear
Spike Hill, 3-3:45 p.m.
Origin: Brooklyn, NY

Quirky MySpace Fact: You want Gremlins? They’ve got Gremlins.

4 p.m.

The Dance Party
Arlene’s Grocery, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Quirky MySpace Fact: Little quirk, lots of scantily clad women.

5 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy of Joanna Dudderidge)

The Travelling Band
Spike Hill, 5-5:45 p.m.
Origin: Manchester, U.K.

Quirky MySpace Fact: The only time you’ll ever read this sentence, “We are from sunny Manchester, England.”

6 p.m.

The Little Stevies
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 6-6:30 p.m.
Origin: Melbourne, Australia

Quirky MySpace Fact: Described as “folk-pop darlings.”

7 p.m.

Fat Baby, 7-7:45 p.m.
Origin: Croatia

Quirky MySpace Fact: Note, not the Christian band of the same name…

8 p.m.

Yo La Tengo and Screaming Females
Brooklyn Bowl, 8 p.m.
Origin: Hoboken, NJ/New Brunswick, NJ

Quirky MySpace Fact: YLT has no use for quirk, except when using the word “emulsified” in a song

9 p.m.

River City Extension
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9-9:30 p.m.
Origin: Toms River, NJ

Quirky MySpace Fact: Band members include the “1989 Denver Broncos.”

10 p.m.

Two Tears
Fat Baby, 10:15-10:45 p.m.
Origin: New York, NY

Quirky MySpace Fact: Influenced by both “a bagel w/cream cheese” and the B-52s.

11 p.m.

Tall Tall Trees
Alphabet Lounge, 11-11:30 p.m.
Origin: New York, NY

Quirky MySpace Fact: Influenced by Siberian throat singing


Jenny & Johnny
Irving Plaza, 12-1 a.m.
Origin: Jenny, Las Vegas/Johnny, Virginia

Quirky MySpace Fact: Puppy!

1 a.m.

Pete Rock
Le Poisson Rouge, 1:45-2 a.m.
Origin: New York, NY

Quirky MySpace Fact: Too much of a legend for quirk