Six CMJ Shows To Check Out

Check it: Six shows at CMJ featuring BTR Artists that you should most definitely not miss, including Lemonade, Averkiou, Mumpsy, The Carps, Black Joe Lewis and The Honey Bears and Passion Pit

October 8, 2008

CMJ bound are you? Well, here are six vastly different shows you might want to make a priority, featuring bands from every corner of the United States. Indie rock, check. Hip-hop, check. Electronica/dance, check. Blues/soul, check. Shoegaze, check. Folk/country, check.

So…Check it!

Name: Passion Pit
Label: Frenchkiss
Current Release: Chunk of Change EP (9.16.08.)
From: Boston, Massachusetts
CMJ Appearance: Oct 21st at the Brooklyn Vegan Showcase, at The Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York

Additional Tour Dates:

Oct 11 2008 at the Middle East W/ Les Savy Fav in Cambridge, MA
Oct 21 2008 at the Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Showcase: Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Oct 27 2008 at Neumo’s w/ Yelle in Seattle, WA
Oct 28 2008 at Commodore Ballroom w/ Yelle in Vancouver, BC
Oct 29 2008 at Berbati’s Pan w/ Yelle in Portland, OR
Oct 31 2008 at Mezzanine W/ Yelle in San Francisco, CA
Nov 1 2008 at Henry Fonda Theatre w/ Yelle in Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2 2008 at The Beauty Bar w/ Yelle in San Diego, CA

Word Around The Campfire:
With their ubiquitous single “Sleepyhead” currently dominating the various musically-related avenues of the Internet (including BTR playlists), it seems that Passion Pit might been en route to a breakout at CMJ.  They’ve already had a successful 3 week residency at Piano’s in NYC, and the obscenely romantic story behind the EP seems tailor-made for success: front man Michael Angelakos initially recorded the EP as a late Valentine’s Day gift for his girlfriend. Awwwwwwww.

Name: Averkiou
Label: Clairecords + Barracuda Sound
Current Release: Debut LP Throwing Sparks drops on November 11th
From: Gainesville, Florida
CMJ Appearance: Oct 23rd at the Clairecords CMJ Showcase w/ The Brother Kite, Autodrone, If When, Silver Screen and more at Lit Lounge in New York, New York

Additional Tour Dates:

Oct 22 2008 at Vanishing Point w/ Voyager One in Brooklyn, NY
Oct 23 2008 at Clairecords CMJ Showcase at Lit Lounge in New York, NY
Oct 25 2008 at The Boot w/ Black Nite Crash in Norfolk, VA
Oct 26 2008 at Rumors Boutique w/ The Pharmacy in Richmond, VA
Oct 31 2008 at The Fest 7 in Gainesville, FL
Nov 7 2008 at East Atlanta Ice House in Atlanta, GA
Nov 22 2008 at Common Grounds in Gainesville, FL
Dec 13 2008 at The Atlantic in Gainesville, FL

Word Around The Camp Fire:
Averkiou’s debut full-length Throwing Sparks has been one of the most hotly anticipated albums in Gainesville’s local music scene for at least two years. Adding to the drama is the fact that in those two years, there have been multiple rumors floating around that the shoegazey band had broken up, or was definitely going to. So, to see them venturing out on an East coast tour, with a set at CMJ  smack in the middle, it’s hard not to be excited about the band’s future.

Name: The Carps
Label: Urbnet Records
Current Release: Waves and Shambles EP (04.08.08.)
From: Toronto, Ontario
CMJ Appearances: Oct 21st at The Blender Theatre at Gramercy with The Cool Kids and Skillz in New York, New York / Oct 24th at Le Royale with Wallpaper and Bomb the Bass in New York, New York

Additional Dates:

Oct 21 2008 at CMJ: The Blender Theatre at Gramercy in New York, NY
Oct 22 2008 at 205 Chrystie in New York, NY
Oct 23 2008 at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York, NY
Oct 24 2008 at CMJ: Le Royale in New York, NY

Word Around The Camp Fire: With Neil White on bass and synths, and Jahmal Tonge on drums and vocals, The Carps are a rare ‘power duo’ with a hip-hop/punk hybrid sound. With shows scheduled for four of the five nights of CMJ, both official and unofficial, and the telling respect of close friends such as The Cool Kids, MIA and Datarock, it’s hard to see how this year’s music marathon isn’t theirs to dominate. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Tonge’s voice is fucking awesome?

Name: Black Joe Lewis and The Honey Bears
Label: Honeybear Records
Current Release: Black Joe Lewis and The Honey Bears EP (09.08.07)
From: Austin, Texas
CMJ Appearance: Oct 23rd at the Bowery Ballroom w/ Okkervil River and Crooked Fingers in New York, New York

Additional Dates:

Oct 8 2008 at Webster Hall w/ Okkervil River in New York, NY
Oct 9 2008 at Mr. Smalls Theatre w/ Okkervil River in Millvale, MA
Oct 14 2008 at The Metro w/ Okkervil River in Chicago, IL
Oct 15 2008 at Bear’s Place in Bloomington, IN
Oct 16 2008 at Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis, TN
Oct 17 2008 at Sticky Fingerz in Little Rock, AK
Oct 18 2008 at Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, LA
Oct 19 2008 at Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, MI
Oct 20 2008 at The Earl in Atlanta, GA
Oct 22 2008 at DC9 in Washington, DC
Oct 23 2008 at CMJ: Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
Oct 26 2008 at Bag of Songs Bash in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 27 2008 at Cafe Bourbon St in Columbus, OH
Oct 28 2008 at Bluebird in St. Louis, MO
Oct 29 2008 at Exit 6C in Tulsa, OK
Oct 30 2008 at Continental Club in Austin, TX

Word Around The Camp Fire: Opening for Okkervil River? That’s a mighty good start. Following a breakout performance at SXSW this year, Black Joe Lewis and The Honey Bears are bringing the soul and blues to the Big Apple for CMJ, with a live show that has yielded nary a naysayer amongst the fickle bloggers and music critics of the Earth. Also, there are rumors floating about that the band is in the paperwork stage of signing with Lost Highway Records – you know, the label with artists such as Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson? Not too shabby…


Name:
Lemonade
Label: True Panther
Current Release: Debut Lemonade LP drops on October 21st
From: San Francisco, California
CMJ Appearances: Oct 24th at Zebulon w/ Glasser & Tanlines in Brooklyn, New York / Oct 25th at  Piano’s w/ Glasser, Inlets and more in New York, New York

Additional Dates:

Oct 24 2008 at CMJ: Zebulon w/ Glasser & Tanlines in Brooklyn, NY
Oct 25 2008 at CMJ: Piano’s w/ Glasser, Inlets in New York, NY
Nov 25 2008 at The Empty Bottle w/ El Guincho in Chicago, IL
Nov 27 2008 at El Mocambo w/ El Guincho in Toronto, ON
Nov 28 2008 at Les Saints w/ El Guincho in Montreal, QC
Nov 30 2008 at The Barbary w/ El Guincho in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 2 2008 at Le Poisson Rouge w/ El Guincho in New York, NY

Word Around The Camp Fire: The early talk about Lemonade is that when they play  a show around their stomping grounds of San Francisco, they bring out an audience comprised of hip-hoppers, hipsters, clubbers and rockers. In other words, the trio has developed a sound that is close to universally appealing, no matter what your specific set. That’s a good characteristic to have at CMJ, especially with bangers such as “Sunchips” and “Blissout” in your arsenal.

Name: Mumpsy
Label: Post* Records
Current Release: Cat & Canary (10.07.08)
From: Orlando, Florida
CMJ Appearance: Oct 22 at Alphabet Lounge in New York, New York

Additional Dates:

Oct 8 2008 at The Social w/ The Rumble Strips in Orlando, FL
Oct 10 2008 at The Atlantic in Gainesville, FL
Oct 18 1008 at The State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL
Oct 20 2008 at Flicker Bar & Theatre in Athens, GA
Oct 21 2008 at The Garage in Asheville, NC
Oct 22 2008 at CMJ: Alphabet Lounge in New York, NY
Oct 23 2008 at The Camel in Richmond, VA
Oct 24 2008 at Red & Black in Washington, DC

Word Around The Camp Fire: Stats don’t lie ya’ll. Mumpsy are winners.  A fellow by the name of Sufjan Stevens did a Christmas song contest last year called “The Great Xmas Song XChange,” and Mumpsy won out of a pool of 600, in the “Best Garage Pop” category.  Also, the Orlando band recently won CMJ’s Collegiate Nationals Music Championship, and just in time for the national release of their latest full-length Cat & Canary. How about that for buzz?

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