Frankly, the pickings are pretty slim on Day One of CMJ, though a few bands & line-ups shine through.
Things get warmer on Day Two.
While the daytime needs more, things get interesting at night on Day Three.
Rebecca Black had it right – Friday is great.
CMJ 2011 closes out strong.
Some notes on our preview:
Not only are all official music showcases listed, but so are unofficial ones – free or RSVP. Shows are official unless otherwise indicated by "(unofficial)", "(free)", or "(RSVP)"; free & RSVP shows are unofficial unless otherwise indicated with "(official)".
If only the start time is known, all bands listed under that start time. Bands listed in order of appearance, or roughest guess/alphabetical order if not known.
* denotes that the venue is in the Bowery area of Manhattan.
^ denotes that the venue is in Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.
(constantly updated as so much changes, right up to the start & even during CMJ)
CMJ used to be a Bowery-only event, but like everything else in NYC indie-rock, it’s been moving out to Brooklyn more & more these days, and not just Williamsburg, but up & down both sides of the East River:
However, CMJ’s twin beating hearts are still in the Bowery & Williamsburg, so here’s closer maps of both area:
View QRO Magazine CMJ Preview – Bowery in a larger map
View QRO Magazine CMJ Preview – Williamsburg in a larger map