Another week, another linear set of hours filled with too much to do and a finite, fading amount of energy with which to do them. LET'S HEAR IT FOR NEW YYYY—ugh, $6 for a pint of fucking Narragansett?

Believe it or not, CMJ is not just for complaining about how crowded CMJ has gotten and how commercial it all is and how you'd rather be at home telling yourself that the new season of Trailer Park Boys is as good as any of the originals. Musicians also perform! Great musicians! Some of whom are not on Spotify.

Here is a cheat sheet for those who would like to see some live music this week. For ambitious souls, Oh My Rockness has the master list.


Native America, Flagland, Cousin Brian @ Trans-Pecos // $7 // 8 p.m.

Groovy bands in Sizzlin' Hot Quooklin, all before bedtime (Native America has to be at Cake Shop for their 10:30 p.m. gig, so you'll be home in time for Letterman's monologue!)

Oh My Rockness Showcase: PINS, September Girls, Mannequin Pussy, Vasudeva, Amanda X @ Cameo Gallery // $10 // 7 p.m.

PINS isn't going on until midnight but you will not be yawning, you will be listening to Philly's / Jersey's / Ireland's / England's finest.


Reigning Sound, White Fence, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Shonen Knife, Guy Blakeslee, Ice Balloons, Ultimate Painting @ Knitting Factory // $15 // 7 p.m.

White Fence is playing three gigs (who would see ALL three? ha ha that's insane) so this isn't your only chance, but Cate Le Bon is on guitar and their new album deals with some adult shit so go see 'em. Plus Shonen Knife! Plus a band that sounds like equal parts Allman Brothers and Oh Sees.

Tonstartssbandht, TOPS, Moon King, Calvin Love, Nicholas Nicholas @ Shea Stadium // $8 at the door // 8 p.m.

Did you just begin seeing someone who sometimes orders greyhounds in between beers and talks about astrology in a way that you cannot discern whether they have a sincere belief in human smallness or an unhealthy obsession about Destiny? This lineup would make a great date. All will be revealed.


Purling Hiss, Mainland, Palehound, Amanda X, Rivergazer, The Kickback, Prettiots, Whiskey Bitches, Beach Day @ Cake Shop // FREE // 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Paperhead, Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, The Estrogen Highs, Negative Scanner @ Cake Shop // $10 at the door // 8 p.m.

Oh no taking Thursday off is dumb because Friday is the logical choice given that it gives you a three day—stop. What do you actually accomplish on Fridays anyway? Yeah. Staying at Cake Shop all day makes it easy. Pastries. Mmmm Psychic Blood. And Palehound. And when Negative Scanner comes on when the sun goes down (if you don't like them blame Eric and Edwina) you'll already BE there!

Open Eagle Mike, HEEMS, Princess Nokia, Louis Logic, Malportado Kids, Yung Gutted, Chris Gethard, Greer Barnes, The Lucas Brothers @ Palisades // FREE // 8 p.m.

Rap and comedy, a delightful sonic palate cleansing from the reverb-drenching you will undoubtably endure, conveniently located steps from the J/M/Z. Let you excuses melt away like a Listerine Pocket Strip on the Tongue of Liberty.

Obits, Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Gem Club, S Luluc @ Knitting Factory // $12 // 8 p.m.

The best of what Sub Pop & Hardly Art have to offer NYC (until a few months from now, anyway) and it is certainly worth your time and dollars. If not to smile with Obits but to gracefully frown with Protomartyr. Remember: you will stare at that screen no more. You will not have a drink. Well, you can have a drink.


Comfy, Bad Cello, Running in the Fog, Adult Mom, Bethlehem Steel, Small Wonder, Flagland, Attic Abasement, Mitski, Rivergazer, Girlpool, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Nicholas Nicholas, Sharpless, Moon Bounce, Leapling, Vagabond @ Silent Barn // $5 // 2 p.m.

"Hey I'm gonna leave at 2 today, if that's cool. Maybe closer to 1:30. Not feeling too hot (I took a sick day yesterday remember? Probably has something to do with that.)" Just copy and paste that into your email client and you have a great excuse to see a whole mess of delightful bands for a teensy bit of cash. Band Not Playing Every Other Weekend In Brooklyn So See Them Before They're Back In LA: Girl Pool. The hype is justified.

Ex-Breathers, Two Inch Astronaut, Flagland, Lost Boy?, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Krill, Geronimo! @ Trash Bar // $8 // 7 p.m.

This should sate your punk friend and also your friend who digs that neo-'90s rock and Krill Krill Krill forever, Krill Krill, forever and ever.

Foster The People, Soko @ United Palace // $45 // 8 p.m.

Thanks for paying attention we're almost through here.


Protomartyr @ Cake Shop // FREE // 6:15 p.m.

Potty Mouth, Cold Fur, Girl Tears, Girlpool, Dead Stars, Sex Jams, Heliotropes @ Cake Shop // $8 at the door // 7:30 p.m.

Yes, Protomartyr are that good, and you have the option of staying for Potty Mouth and the other superb, aforementioned bands. Thanks for not closing, Cake Shop!

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Blazing Eye, Savageheads, L.O.T.I.O.N., Face The Rail @ Palisades // $12 // 8 p.m.

Hank Wood's outfit plays in NYC a fair amount, and people have been known to receive fists and elbows and worse at their gigs, but by this point your nerves are steeled and you feel like a chump going to bed without hearing your heart drip out of your head and onto your pillow.


The Thurston Moore Band, PCPC @ Rough Trade // $15 / 8 p.m.

End your CMJ weekend by telling NYC's Exiled Amorous Feedback Hermit that he probably didn't mean those nice things he said about London and listen to something far more interesting, PCPC, a combination of Parquet Courts and PC Worship. Noise rock for a city made of noise.