New Order, Kimbra and Primus Play New York
It's a busy week with the annual CMJ 2012 Music Marathon currently underway across downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. By night, CMJ presents hundreds of music showcases hosted by record labels, radio stations, magazines, music blogs and other tastemakers, while daytime programming includes music industry discussion panels, listening parties and legal seminars. Daytime programming is focused around the NYU campus at Washington Square. CMJ is predominantly focused on the emerging DIY/indie scene and younger, emerging artists and runs until Saturday.
Wednesday October 17
After forming in 1987, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult found their groove immediately with their hard electronic beats and their shared love of tabloid and pulp tales of sex and Satan, kitschy horror and exploitation films. Tonight TKK celebrate 25 years of making some of the finest electronic industrial rock this country has produced. At Gramercy Theater.
Also tonight: While we're on the subject of sex and Satan, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson join forces tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom on the "Twins Of Evil Tour." Rob Zombie said recently in a press release that ""If good taste is the chief enemy of great art, then we should be able to fill the Louvre with this f***ing tour. Be prepared for something wicked."
Thursday October 18
New Order was formed in 1980 by the remaining members of English underground heroes Joy Division. Although Joy Division were primarily a moody guitar band, throughout the '80s New Order led the way in the charts (particularly in the UK) for smart dance orientated pop and what later became known as "indie" music. They were the flagship band for one of the UK's coolest labels, Factory, (check out the 2002 film "24 Hour Party People") and released a series of era defining cuts like "Blue Monday" — the biggest selling 12" record of all time — "Ceremony," "True Faith" and "Regret". The band is preparing a new release, "Lost Sirens" - made up of out-takes and alternative tracks from the sessions of their most recent album 2005's "Waiting For The Sirens' Call" - but unfortunately the band is not touring with founding member and iconic bassman Peter Hook. At Roseland Ballroom (also Friday).
Friday October 19
Futuristic Australian pair The Presets play synth-laden electronic music influenced by bands like Daft Punk and Kraftwerk. Their third album "Pacifica" has just been released. Check out the beautiful, almost ambient video for the single "Ghosts" here. At Terminal 5.
Also tonight: Primus play at Hammerstein Ballroom, celebrating the release of their first studio album in 12 years "Green Naugahyde." From its launch way back in 1984, Primus has crafted a virtuosic bass-driven metal-funk, eventually hitting the mainstream in the wake of the grunge explosion with the absurd "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" in 1993. If you're a fan of fine bass-playing, keep your eye on Primus's founder and main songwriter Less Claypool - he's one of the best bassmen going.
Also tonight: Iconic Scottish folkie Donovan ("Mellow Yellow", "Sunshine Superman") and Jill Sobule ("I Kissed A Girl") play the Concert Hall, New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Saturday October 20
Kiwi singer Kimbra received her big break with an explosive cameo on Gotye's summer smash "Somebody That I Used To Know" and has quickly built a large following Stateside with her passionate and unpredictable live set. Her debut album "Vows" was released in 2011, making the US top 20. At Webster Hall (also Friday.)
Also today: Into your guitar pedals? As part of CMJ, Deli Magazine is presenting the Stomp Box Exhibit, a free, interactive display of guitar effect pedals at Main Drag Music, Williamsburg, from midday until 9 p.m. All weekend.
Sunday October 21
English new wavers The Psychedelic Furs ("Pretty In Pink") team up with US indie folk rockers The Lemonheads (Juliana Hatfeild recently joined Evan Dando in the band) for a trip down memory lane at Best Buy Theater.
Also tonight: Justice will be served French-style with the Gallic duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay at Hammerstein Ballroom with Chromeo contributing a DJ set.
Monday October 22
Legendary harmonizing folkies Crosby Stills and Nash play their hits ("Marrakesh Express", "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", "Woodstock") and as a bonus (tonight only) they'll revisit their classic 1969 self-titled debut album in it's entirety. At Beacon Theater (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Monday.)
Also tonight: Red-headed power indie popster A.C. Newman (singer with the New Pornographers) at The Bowery Ballroom. Canadian classic rockers Rush take the stage at Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Also tonight: Alanis Morissette at Terminal 5.
Also tonight: Crime and the City Solution play Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Tuesday October 23
Buddy Guy is the real deal — a Southern blues legend. Born in Louisiana in 1936, he first recorded in the mid '60s and did much to popularise Chicage Blues — he moved there in 1957 and was heavily influenced by the great Muddy Waters. Buddy's latest album "Living Proof" won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. At B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
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