FREEwilliamsburg reviews CMJ 2015

CMJ Solids Cake Shop

The 35th annual CMJ Music Marathon – aka everyone’s best chance to burn through their remaining sick days by year’s end – took place last week and as always, the FREEwilliamsburg team was on hand taking in the sights and, more importantly, the sounds of the five day festival. Here’s what we took away from it all, aside from raging head colds.

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CMJ announce 2015 initial artist lineup


CMJ celebrate their 35th anniversary this year and have just announced their initial lineup for the ‘music marathon’. The festival runs from the 13th until the 17th of October, featuring hundreds of bands and showcases (see our thoughts on last year here).

The full lineup (so far) can be seen on the official site here, and a first run down the lists sees the likes of Destruction Unit, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Mercury Rev, Panda Bear, Protomartyr, Savak, The Album Leaf and The Men jumping out at me. No need for any competitions for silliest name this year, step forward Ham Sandwich to claim your crown.

Badges can be purchased here.

FREEwilliamsburg reviews CMJ 2014

cmjAnother year has mostly gone by and another CMJ Music Marathon is in the can. We had four of our esteemed bloggers on the ground for this year’s festivites: Chris Quartly, Coleman Bentley, Carly McAlpine and yours truly. We drank many dranks, ate free pizza, stumbled drunkenly across bridges, fought the urge to get free tattoos and watched some pretty cool bands play some pretty great sets. For the most part. Here’s our takeaway: [Read more…]

TOKiMONSTA’s CMJ Show is Tomorrow, 10/22


In case you missed TOKiMONSTA’s show at LPR earlier this month, you’ve got a second chance to see the West Coast glitchhop turned trap artist tomorrow, 10/22. The amazingly talented Jennifer Lee will headline MeanRed’s AM Only CMJ Showcase at Williamsburg’s Output along with Ben Pearce, LXURY, Saint Pepsi and SPAZZKID. Hot off the release of her newest album Desiderium, TOKi is taking a break from her headlining tour with Skrillex to show a little love in the city. Her performance is energetic, fun and delivers all of the bass drops you need on a Wednesday night.

If you’re looking to get down with some of the best up and coming electronic artists, this is the CMJ showcase to hit. You can still snag tickets at the second GA release price of only $20!

AM Only CMJ Showcase | Ben Pearce / LXURY / Saint Pepsi / Spazzkid / TOKiMONSTA at Output
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22nd / Doors at 10PM
Venue: Output – 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Age: 21+

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

oozing-wound-joe-martinez-640Alright, time to level with you guys: With a week full of CMJ insanity in front of me and a month’s worth of half-listened to records sitting in my inbox, the feeling today’s bare-bones metal line-up has kindled deep in the pit of my being is one of relief, not disappointment. String my cred up by the lamp posts, hurl your disdain down from on high. Do your worst. Ill just be here catching my breath…

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OFFICIAL CMJ SHOWCASE OCT 25th: car2go, doNYC, FreeWilliamsburg and Cameo present… Porcelain Raft, Dave Harrington Group, more



It’s that time again, October is halfway through and CMJ 2014 starts next week. In honor of this week of new music, we’ve joined on as a media sponsor with the good people at car 2 go and doNYC who are bringing a whole host of awesome bands to Cameo FREE of charge with RSVP.  Mauro Remiddi of the fantastic Porcelain Raft will headline the night with his brand of gauzy pop music, and DARKSIDE’s Dave Harrington will play some of his new solo material with a full backing band too. The whole night starts at 7PM and you can also catch Excepter, Buscabulla, and Lydia Ainsworth who round out the support acts.


CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Full Schedule


It’s that time of the year again, now in its 34th year, the CMJ Music Marathon kicks off on the 21st of October and runs through the 25th. It’s a dangerous time for eyes, ears and livers across the city as over 1,300 bands and artists are put through their paces with few venues left unturned.

It’s an exciting lineup, with Slowdive arguably being the most eye-catching announcement, although they are just playing the one show at Terminal 5. The likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, White Fence, September Girls and Twin Peaks don’t look like they’ll be getting any sleep, playing multiple times a day.

CMJ have just posted the full schedule on their website, which lets you switch the view by venue, artist or timeline (I favour the venue view, personally). It’s a great resource, but it’s still quite daunting trying to absorb all the information. In the coming days we’ll be giving our recommendations on who to see and where to go, and there are some mouth-watering free shows available as well. If you want to attend, badges are still available, or go a la carte!

Death By Audio Shows Announced up to Halloween


Death By Audio is inevitably going to go out in style before closing on the 22nd of November (I’m still not over it), and the venue’s website has updated its list of shows running up until Halloween. As you can imagine, there are some stellar picks available as we enter the last few weeks of having a reason to trundle down South 2nd.

Coleman has already pointed out that DBA is the place to be this Sunday (hope you have a ticket), but beyond that, I wanted to single out some highlights.

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