CMJ, the NY music bunfight, kicks off this week. Here’s 25 acts you should see – and bands you should check out even if you’re not going, starting with Yuck. Despite former frontman Daniel Blumberg quitting the band, Yuck are still going strong with Max Bloom moving centre stage on their recent second album ‘Glow And Behold’. See Them: Thursday Oct 17, 12AM, Saturday Oct 19, 12AM
Leeds punks Eagulls recently narrowly avoided arrest when police found a decaying pig’s brain in their basement. Expect them to cause just as much trouble Stateside as they return preview their debut album, due early next year.
See Them: Wednesday Oct 16, 5:45pm and 11pm, and Friday Oct 18, 11pm
The 24-year-old Melbourne songwriter releases her debut album ‘A Sea Of Split Peas’ next week, packed with the same charming storytelling as found on the much buzzed about ‘Avant Gardener’.
See her: Tuesday Oct 15, 11:30pm, Wednesday Oct 16, 7pm and 10:15pm, Friday October 18, 5pm and Saturday Oct 19, 6pm
Signed to Hate Hate Hate (The Wytches, Loom), DIY musician Theo cites Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix as his heroes, whilst making a warped kind of grunge that’s as raw as it is winningly simplistic.
See him: Wednesday Oct 16, 8:45pm
Gang Of Youths
Nashville’s Gang Of Youths describe their music as “emotional-ass, 10-track concept rock” and display negative reviews on their Facebook page like medals. Despite those hints if brattines, their music is a gorgeous take on early Killers, minus the pomp and glitter.
See them: Friday October 18, 9:45pm and Saturday Oct 19, 8:45pm
The Dutch psych prodigy first won us over late last year with the track ‘The Ballad Of Little Jane’. He recently released another mind-bending gem in ‘The End Of August’.
See him: Wednesday Oct 16, 7:45pm, Thursday Oct 17, 12am and Friday Oct 18, 3pm
Following their US tour supporting Queens Of The Stone Age, Jehnny Beth and her girls take the intensity and power of ‘Silence Yourself’ to the East Coast.
See them: Wednesday Oct 16, 9pm
Before they headline the Monster NME Radar tour, Ballzy bring the blood, sweat and tears of their live show to their hometown.
See them: Thursday Oct 17, 11:30pm
History Of Apple Pie
East London lo-fi kids THOAP staked their claim in the 90s revival with their debut album ‘Out Of View’ earlier this year. Taking a break from recording the follow-up, the five piece show off their fuzz pedals and shoegaze knowledge. See them: Tuesday Oct 15, 11:25pm, Wednesday Oct 16, 2pm and 9:15pm, Friday Oct 18, 11:25pm and Saturday Oct 19, 9pm
“Yes we’ve heard Nirvana. Try harder”, reads a sticker on the cover of Roomrunner’s debut album ‘Ideal Cities’. The Baltimore band might be tired of lazy comparisons but they share some similarities with Cobain’s troupe – namely an uncompromising attitude to their music and a ragged grunge sound.
See them: Friday October 18, 6pm
Sadie Depuis leads the Massachusetts college rockers through tales of poisonous relationships, masking the drama with a breezy indie swagger. See them: Friday Oct 18, 12:30am
On their first album ‘CoCo Beware’, NYC quintet Caveman recorded in an attic illuminated by Christmas lights. On their imminent follow up, though, they’ve made things nastier, fuzzier and more psychedelic.
See them: Tuesday Oct 15, 11:15pm and Saturday Oct 19, 9:50pm
Often compared to Sonic Youth, this Massachusetts group deal in punk songs that reverberate with a DIY spirit, as shown on their recent album ‘Hell Bent’. Just don’t call them riot grrrl…
See them: Thursday October 17, Fader Fort
Spires The US’ answer to Temples, Spires are yet another band adopting the current psych trend. Instead of coming across like bandwagon-jumpers, though, this lot are the real deal, showing their ace on the kaleidoscopic experimentalism of ‘Comic Book’. See them: Tuesday Oct 15, 10pm and Friday Oct 18, 11:30pm
Fronted by the pink-haired Isabel Almeida, Brooklyn quartet Hunters have a credits list that reads like a who’s who of US indie. Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha produced three tracks on their riotous ‘Hands On Fire’ EP whilst Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner mixed it.
See them: Wednesday Oct 16, 12am and 10:45pm, and Thursday Oct 17, 11:30pm
Kirin J Callinan
The Australian recently told Radar he wants to “push things to extremes” on his second album, although his first, ‘Embracism’, is already a challenging mix of industrial and soft-rock.
See him: Tuesday Oct 15, 8:30pm and 11pm, and Thursday Oct 17, 5pm
The dreamy solo project of Lorely Rodriguez, Empress Of makes music as sweet as the watermelons her early press shots had he chewing down on. Ambient and entrancing, the likes of ‘Hat Trick’ will have you under her spell. See her: Tuesday Oct 15, 8:30pm, Friday October 18, 10pm and Saturday Oct 19, 7:50pm
Italian born Mauro Remiddi first emerged during the height of chillwave. Unlike most of that sound’s players, he’s still going strong with lofty second album ‘Permanent Signal’ released earlier this year. See him: Wednesday Oct 16, 9:30pm
The duo of Sean Kilfoyle and Amalie Bruun, Brooklyn’s Minks sound like they exist only in a world of black and grey. Their overcast post-punk feels more like the work of a British band caught in a perpetual downpour of sorrow but it’s all the more thrilling for it.
See them: Thursday Oct 17, 12pm
Former LIPA student Dan Croll once was one of a lucky group of pupils to have a one-to-one with Sir Paul McCartney. Since then he’s gone from grandiose folk singer to chucking in some synths and going electronic whilst still retaining his softer side.
See him: Tuesday Oct 15, 11pm and Thursday Oct 17, 11pm