CMJ 2013: Bands playing the fest tell us who to see (slide show)

We got recommendations from the Dismemberment Plan, Luke Temple, Speedy Ortiz, Yuck and more on who to see during the marathon gig.

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CMJ Music Marathon 2013 is set to descend upon New York City from Tuesday, October 15 to Saturday, October 19. Now in its 33rd year, the fest takes over clubs large and small (mainly small) across the city with hundreds of shows morning until late into the night.


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Intimidated by the massive lineup? Have no fear: We asked the bands we have our eye on, from reunited D.C. vets the Dismemberment Plan to up-and-coming London cool kids Yuck, which shows they're stoked to catch. Here are the must-see acts at CMJ 2013—picked by our favorite acts playing the fest.


  • Photograph: Shervin Lainez

    Eric Axelson from The Dismemberment Plan

    "Real Estate—I've missed them on tour twice now [once in D.C., once in Richmond], so it's high time I see them live.  Such a great sound on this band. Glenn Tilbrook—on the drive to Riot Fest in Denver, we were talking about what a badass Glenn Tilbrook was and how he was still touring. Squeeze is almost always in the playlist on my phone. Menomena—I'm a sucker for a band that can write great melodies and back them with a healthy dose of weird. Plus I recently learned that there's only two dudes—how the hell they going to do this live? I aim to find out."

    The Dismemberment Plan plays Fri 18 at Judson Memorial Church (2pm, free) and the same day at Terminal 5 (9pm; $33, advance $27.50).

    Click through our slide show to see more recommendations for CMJ 2013.

  • Photograph: Peter Larson

    Jess Wolfe from Lucius

    "Tall Tall Trees. Singer, songwriter, pedal master, banjo strummer, drummer, solo orchestrator.… He's a dear friend and an inspiration. The depth and intensity he can bring to a crowd all by himself is stunning. Plus, his banjo glows!"

    Lucius plays Tue 15 at Rockwood Music Hall–Stage 2 (5pm, free) and the same day at Brooklyn Bowl (9pm, free with R.S.V.P.).

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    Luke Temple

    "Celestial Shore: These guys are like watching water rushing around rocks. Such natural elastic flow and they can be so explosive. Pattern Is Movement: These guys are OGs at this point. Serious 'chops' as we call them in the biz, and I heard they grew up in church, which explains all the soul in there."

    Luke Temple plays Mon 14 at Le Poisson Rouge (7pm, $13) and Thu 17 at the McKittrick Hotel with his band Here We Go Magic (7:30pm, free with CMJ badge).

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    Ally Einbinder from Potty Mouth

    "I am SO stoked to see the History of Apple Pie from London. I first heard about the band after our U.K. label, Marshall Teller Records, offered to co-release our album. When I was looking through MT's roster, the History of Apple Pie caught my eye so I decided to have a listen. To me, their music sounds like a perfect hybrid of the best shoegaze meets '90s female-fronted indie rock like Veruca Salt. I love it! We've been chatting online, so I also can't wait to meet them in person."

    Potty Mouth plays Thu 17 at Fader Fort / Converse Rubber Tracks (7pm, free with R.S.V.P.).

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    Diane Birch

    "I'm really looking forward to seeing Haerts as we recorded a lot in the same building, and they're super sweet and talented. Also very excited to see Glasser!"

    Diane Birch plays Thu 17 at Gramercy Theatre (10:30pm, $17) and Sat 19 at City Winery (8pm, $18–$25).

  • Photograph: Laura Lewis

    Dan Croll

    "Can’t wait to see the brutalness of the Chariot, hear Sisqo play the 'Thong Song,' fall in love with the girls of Au Revoir Simone and bounce around to Real Estate."

    Dan Croll plays Tue 15 at Glasslands Gallery (11pm, $12) and Thu October 17 at Mercury Lounge (11pm, $12).

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    Andrew Marr from Ski Lodge

    "I think I'm most excited to try and catch Au Revoir Simone, Ghost Wave, GEMS, Spires and TEEN. We've got a good amount of shows so I don't know how much energy I'll have in between!"

    Ski Lodge plays Thu 17 at Judson Memorial Church (4pm, free), Fri 18 at Arlene's Grocery (2pm, free), Knitting Factory (4pm, free with R.S.V.P.), Pianos (7:45pm, $10) and Fontana's Bar (9:15pm, $8), and Sat 19 at Rockwood Music Hall (2:50pm, free with R.S.V.P.).

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    Haerts

    "We cannot wait to share the stage with Little Daylight at New Shapes Santos and dance at the party that is every French Horn Rebellion show."

    Haerts play Thu 17 at Santos Party House (6pm, $5), Fri 18 at Judson Memorial Church (10am, free) and Sat 19 at Bowery Ballroom (8pm, $15).

  • Photograph: Jon Bergman

    Max Bloom from Yuck

    "There are so very many bands playing at CMJ this year! The list is so long that the letters began to just look like worms on my computer screen. I'm looking forward to seeing the History of Apple Pie; they're friends of ours from London and I really like their music. We're also playing a show with another London band called Eagulls, I like them a lot too. I'm also pretty 'stoked' that Talib Kweli is playing! We're also playing a show with Porcelain Raft, he just released his second album and he's definitely worth checking out for sure."

    Yuck plays Wed 16 at Glasslands (8:30pm, $15) and Fri 18 at Mercury Lounge (6:30pm, sold out).

  • Photograph: Alex Stern

    Betty Who

    "I'm so excited about Haerts, Julia Easterlin and Joywave because they were awesome when I played with them at Knitting Factory. Aoife O'Donovan is amazing live, Basic Vacation, Nick Hakim because he's a friend of mine and is unreal, and Wild Child!"

    Betty Who plays Fri 18 at The Westway (11pm, $10) and Sat 19 at Slake (11:05pm, free with R.S.V.P.).

  • Photograph: Shawn Brackbill

    Speedy Ortiz

    Sadie Dupuis (singer/guitarist): "I'm a perennially boring creature of habit, so I will seek out all my favorite bands I've already seen a bazzzillion times—Pile, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Menomena. But I'm also excited to see bands I love who are coming from farther away, like Joanna Gruesome, Legs Like Tree Trunks and Pity Sex. Getting to watch my buds in Palehound for the first time will be a real treat too."
    Matt Robidoux (guitarist): "Eager to see Happy Jawbone Family Band in the big city and all our good friends at the Exploding in Sound jam."
    Mike Falcone (drummer): "I hope Ovlov takes off their shirts."
    Darl Ferm (bassist): "I'm stoked for Priests."

    Speedy Ortiz plays Thu 17 at Baby's All Right (7pm, $10), Fri 18 at 285 Kent (7:30pm, $10), Sat 19 at Silent Barn (4pm, $7) and Wed 23 at the Flat (details TBA).

Photograph: Shervin Lainez

Eric Axelson from The Dismemberment Plan

"Real Estate—I've missed them on tour twice now [once in D.C., once in Richmond], so it's high time I see them live.  Such a great sound on this band. Glenn Tilbrook—on the drive to Riot Fest in Denver, we were talking about what a badass Glenn Tilbrook was and how he was still touring. Squeeze is almost always in the playlist on my phone. Menomena—I'm a sucker for a band that can write great melodies and back them with a healthy dose of weird. Plus I recently learned that there's only two dudes—how the hell they going to do this live? I aim to find out."

The Dismemberment Plan plays Fri 18 at Judson Memorial Church (2pm, free) and the same day at Terminal 5 (9pm; $33, advance $27.50).

Click through our slide show to see more recommendations for CMJ 2013.


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