It’s CMJ time once again: one week of madness in which everyone’s band, publicist, manager, and mother take over New York to conduct “business.” Here’s our list of acts to catch if you’re in NYC this weekend. Check out the list below and be sure to check out our party tomorrow at noon.
Bronsolinio will be playing Complex’s Judgment Night at the House of Vans alongside The Alchemist and Paul Banks from Interpol. We’ll be there.
Catch them at: check out our party at Public Assembly on Wednesday, 10/17, with Mac DeMarco, Dent May, Teen Suicide, The Deloreans and Poor Lily [Full disclosure: We had a big hand in booking this show. See you there!]
Catch him at: MoMA PS1 on Saturday, 10/20, with Doldrums and Chairlift.
Catch them at: Union Square Ballroom, Thursday, 10/18; Music Hall of Williamsburg, Thursday, 10/18; Villain, Friday, 10/19.
It’s no secret that we here at BPM are big fans of Mr Ellison, both as an absurdly talented musician and one of the most thoroughly entertaining characters operating in music today. But as good as Until The Quiet Comes is (really fucking good), part of FlyLo’s magic is his versatility in the live arena. Often the most excitable person in the building, his role is multifaceted: fleet-fingered technical wizard, genre-splicing party DJ and exuberant hype man, unpredictable to the point of infrequent sloppiness, but never anything less than grin-inducing. Oh, and then there’s the customary Waka blowout finale. All round badman.
Foxes in Fiction
Catch him at: La Sala, Wednesday 10/17 with Cemetaries, Headache, M. Huge, and Native Eloquence.
Okay, might as well be honest: I don’t know the Wu as well as I perhaps should (i.e. inside-out). So I’m desperately trying to learn a few choice lines from Liquid Swords in time for the Genius’ CMJ show – with a staggering support bill featuring Killer Mike and Nathan from Wavves’s vanity side project – to distract from my inevitable awkward mumble-rap of the remaining 98% of the material. Can I hold my own alongside overweight 34-year-old New York nerds who know the record backwards and pretend I didn’t hear it for the first time three weeks ago as a result of a will.i.am namedrop? Unlikely, but it should be a sick night nonetheless.
Putting aside their atrocious moniker, LOL Boys quietly furrowed a path as a fresh voice in electronic music, not only through their own productions – ‘Changes’ remains a standout from this year – but also remixes of Avicii, Carly Rae and Radiohead. It was a shame that the duo called it quits as the summer wound down but both have vowed to continue making music and playing out. Saturday’s Glasslands show with Unicorn Kid and Mike Simonetti (of Italians Do It Better fame) should be the perfect time for Jerome to capitalise on the hype afterglow. Sweaty party vibes guaranteed.
Calling it: dude is the most interesting rapper in the game right now (sorry Danny Brown). He may not be the most technically proficient, the best lyricist or the complete package yet, but his energy is infectious on record, which can only mean in the flesh it will be absolutely raucous. His flamboyancy and ability to change gears into breakneck pace with no forewarning, coupled with an excellent ear for beats, mark the man as one to watch; literally, judging by the video for “Wut,” it will be hard to take your eyes off him.
Another favorite of ours here at BPM Towers, Mac will be playing our Wednesday afternoon showcase, bringing his homespun, bittersweet A-game to Public Assembly. With both Rock ‘N Roll Night Club and 2 under his belt for the year, alongside countless other tapes and limited edition releases, he’s definitely going to be a highlight of the week ahead – indeed, he’s playing absolutely everywhere. But you should definitely come jam with us. It’s our inaugural event, 18+ and I will personally be on the wheels of steel, probably using the Darth Vader theme as Mac’s walk-on music. Result.
Catch them at: Public Assembly, Friday, 10/19; Shea Stadium, Saturday, 10/20 with Julian Lynch, Andrew Cedarmark and more; 92Y, Saturday, 10/20 with Mac DeMarco, Kilo Kish, Sky Ferreira and more.