Welcome to Part 1 of our 2011 CMJ picks. We teamed with My Social List (The Most Blogged About Shows this Week) to give you the rundown of some of the best shows of the fest. First off, a quick tip: This year CMJ show-only badges are $150; in years past (unless you were a student), trying to get an all-access pass could cost you three times that much. Meanwhile, we’ll try to help you save a few bucks by recommending primarily cheap and free shows.
This list includes official CMJ shows & unofficial shows alike. We tried to throw in some counter-programming so that those who don’t partake in music (losers!) or those sick of it can still be entertained.
Tuesday Evening Shows:
6PM: Live4ever Media CMJ w/ The Duke Spirit, Damndogs, Figo, Pint Shot Riot, The Minutes, Fifth Nation, 1,2,3, Le Blorr, The Dirty Grand, LA Riots DJ set, VHS or Beta DJ set, Boyhollow DJ set @ Brooklyn Bowl – Free with RSVP
7:30PM: Car Park / Paw Tracks Showcase w/ Class Actress, Dent May, Cloud Nothings, Young Magic, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers @ Public Assembly – Price TBD
8PM: Stereogum & PopGun CMJ Party w/ Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Hollerado – $15 with RSVP
7PM: The DELI Magazine CMJ w/ Slam Donahue, Caged Animals, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Psychobuildings, Computer Magic, Mitten, Tiny Victories, Illuminator, The Casualty Process @ The Delancey – Free!
6:00PM: OH MY ROCKNESS CMJ/B’day Party! w/ Beat Connection, Chad Valley, Evan Voytas, Zambri, Wise Blood, Headless Horseman, Dive – Cameo Art Gallery – $8
Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall – Sold Out (Expect limited badges to be accepted)
Wednesday Day Shows:
10:30AM: KEXP CMJ w/ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Portugal. The Man, We Are Augustines, Zola Jesus @ The Ace Hotel – Free!
1pm: Under the Radar CMJ w/ Eleanor Friedberger, The Stepkids, Porcelain Raft, Chad Valley, Casiokids, Still Corners @ Public Assembly – Free!
12:30pm: Terrorbird CMJ Day Party w/ Teen Daze, Mux Mool, Cubic Zirconia, Widowspeak, Cloud Nothings, Gospel Music, Eternal Summers, The Immaculates @ The Cake Shop – Free!
1pm: PureVolume Smartlounge w/ DOM, Small Black, Little Red, Slam Donahue, Ill Fits, Ayad Al Adhamy DJ set, Andy Rourke DJ set, Nick Catchdubs DJ set, Fred Wilson DJ set – The Thompson Hotel – Free! RSVP and download the APP
1pm: We Listen For You CMJ Party w/ ARMS, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Junior, Headless Horseman – Free! RSVP
Wednesday Evening Shows:
7:30pm: Japanther, The So So Glos, Fort Lean, Doldrums, Me You Us Them @ Cameo Gallery – $8
9pm: Fixed w/ Teengirl Fantasy, Tycho, Still Corners, CFCF, Chad Valley, Radio People, Lemonade, JDH & Dave P @ Public Assembly – $10 Tickets
7pm: Pretty Good Dance Moves, Kaiser Cartel, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Weird Ohio, BNLX, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Hastings 3000 @ The Rock Shop – $10 tickets
8pm: Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Ocean CMJ Show w/ A Place To Bury Strangers, Gauntlet Hair, Parts and Labor, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic – $12 tickets
6pm: Portugal. The Man (acoustic set) w/ Lomography Gallery – Free!
9pm: True Panther CMJ Showcase w/ TRASH TALK, Tanlines, King Krule, Little Red, Teengirl Fantasy, Lemonade DJ set – $10 tickets (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My Social List tracks nine of the most popular music blogs and aggregates mentions of bands to create weekly Top 10 Lists of the city’s most exciting and highly-anticipated shows.