Hopefully you’ve been eating your Wheaties and dutifully taking your vitamin C, and you’re ready to face this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. But even for the most ardent fan, the five-day onslaught of shows taking place all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn can be intimidating and exhausting. That’s where we come in. Flavorpill’s resident music nerds have put together this distilled list of “can’t-miss” showcases and artists. If we’ve written about a band or artist previously, we’ve linked to that piece so you have an idea of where these recommendations are coming from. Now go forth and rock!
Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White @ Bowery Ballroom (8pm)
LEFSE CMJ Showcase: Mister Lies, Psychic Twin, Cemeteries, Mean Lady, Levek, Cuckoo Chaos, Field Mouse, Teen Daze, Way Yes @ Pianos (7pm)
Weekend, So So Glos, Skaters @ Shea Stadium (9pm)