lovelovelove: wreaking havoc at CMJ!! Where to go for free beer, free wine, free bikes, and free incredible music!!!

Like every year there is a week in March I wish I lived in Austin, this week I definitely wish I lived in NYC. CMJ in NYC is this weeks’ current mecca for new amazing artists from all over the world, and some of them for free! Here are some of the bands/parties you should check out:

Paper Garden Records Official Showcase @ The Living Room (TODAY) – FREE w/ RSVP!
-Official RSVP at
-Facebook RSVP at
-Enter to WIN A SCHWINN (we’re giving away 4 bikes, valued at over $3k!) at

10/16 – 1:00pm – The City and Horses
10/16 – 2:00pm- Pree
10/16 – 3:00pm – Conveyor
10/16 – 4:00pm – Eli Mardock
10/16 – 5:00pm – Natureboy

Definitely check out Brooklyn natives Conveyor while you are at the Paper Garden Records party! Here are some of my favorite tracks:

Here are more parties and a list of shows Conveyor are playing this week:
Lovely Hearts Club Official Showcase @ The Living Room (10/19) – FREE w/ RSVP!
-Official RSVP at
-Facebook RSVP at

10/19 – 1:00 pm – Royal Canoe
10/19 – 1:45pm – I Can Chase Dragons!
10/19 – 2:30pm – Bouts
10/19 – 3:15pm – Conveyor
10/19 – 4:00pm – Eli Mardock

10/16 – 3:00pm @ The Living Room (Paper Garden Records)
10/17 – 3:00pm @ Fontana’s (Pirate! Promotions showcase)
10/18 – 1:00pm @ Pianos (I Guess I’m Floating)
10/18 – 9:30pm @ The Delancey (The Deli Magazine)
10/19 – 3:15pm @ Spike Hill (The Lovely Hearts Club showcase)
10/20 – 12:00pm @ Rockwood Music Hall (We Listen For You)
10/20 – 8:00pm @ Public Assembly (Consequence Of Sound)
10/20 – 9:55pm @ Secret party (Whisk & Ladle), invite only

10/16 – 2:00pm @ The Living Room (Paper Garden Records)
10/18 – 10:30pm @ Googies Lounge (CMJ Official Showcase)
10/20 – 10:00pm @ Pete’s Candy Store

The City and Horses
10/16 – 1:00pm @ The Living Room (Paper Garden Records)

Zulu Pearls

D.C. natives Zulu Pearls will be playing some free shows this week and the “Banners” party tonight at Piano’s at 11pm!
10/16 – Pianos – 11pm

“Banners” Party (Wild Honey Pie, Black Bell, Cantora Jam) NYC

10/17 – Pianos – 1pm

Tell All Your Friends CMJ Showcase

10/19 – Rockwood Music Hall – 3pm

Imagem CMJ Showcase

10/19 – Bowery Electric – 12am

Cantora Official CMJ Showcase

10/20 — Pianos – 2pm

Bowery Presents CMJ Showcase

Tomorrow there is a free party at Piano’s with Zulu Pearls and another favorite of mine, Braids! The two-floor music party starts at 12:30 and ends at 6pm.



1pm – Zulu Pearls
2pm – Bowery Riots
3pm – Jon DeRosa
4pm – Solid Gold
5pm – Team Spirit
6pm – BRAIDS


12:30pm – Correatown
1:30pm – Blackbird Blackbird
2:30pm – Maus Haus
3:30pm – Filligar
4:30pm – Triple Hex
5:30pm – Wooden Indian Burial Ground

Flying Lotus

Friend of Radiohead and absolute dreamboat Flying Lotus plays the NPR Music showcase tomorrow after releasing his new album, Until The Quiet Comes. You can stream the full record here. Flying Lotus has been one of my favorite men to see live, and hearing him play new tracks from the gorgeous album is a perfect mid-week dance break.

Wednesday 10.17 @ LPR [NPR Music showcase]


When I heard the summery and fun track “Blue Meanies” from Opossom it was love at first listen. I can’t wait to finally see him live on Saturday at the Bowery Presents showcase! Opossom’s new album Blue Hawaii if filled with fun, dancey tracks with gorgeous harmonizing vocals and is out now!

Wednesday 10.17 @ Union Pool [Team Clermont Showcase]
Thursday 10.18 @ Pianos [Windish Showcase]
Thursday 10.18 @ Bar Matchless [Wild Honey Pie/ Lip Sync party]
Saturday 10.20 @ Pianos [Bowery Presents showcase]
Saturday 10.20 @ Public Assembly [Brooklyn Vegan showcase]
Saturday 10.20 @ Cake Shop [CMJ Official showcase]


Wild Nothing, get outta my dreams get into my car!!! Wild Nothings new album Nocturne is beautiful, romantic, chill worthy and dance worthy, basically everything I love. I am definitely trying to see them this Saturday night!

Saturday 10.20 @ Bowery
Sunday 10.21 @ Bowery


London natives Citizens! have travelled across the pond to play 6 shows in NYC this week! I fell in love with their music when I first heard “True Romance” the first single off their debut album Here We Are out now! This music video makes me want to go to their shows and just make out with the first hot stranger I see…aka, the whole band.

10/17 – High Line Ballroom (Oh La La Night w/ Air’s JB Dunckel’s Tomorrow’s World) @ 9:45PM
10/18 – Fader Fort @ 7PM
10/18 – Santos Party House (Neon Gold) @ 8:30PM
10/18 – Cake Shop (NME) @ 12AM
10/19 – Standard Hotel East @ 8:30 PM
10/20 – NYC location TBD @ Rdio @ 2PM
10/20 – Soho House @ 10PM

Melbourne-based Strange Talk make all my dance dreams come true. It was love at first listen when I heard their single “Cast Away” from their debut album due out early next year. After hearing tracks like “Cast Away” and “Eskimo Boy”, I can’t wait to get my hands on that debut album! You have five chances to see them live this week in NY, ahh the beauty of CMJ!

10/17 – Mercury Lounge (Windish showcase) @ 12AM
10/18 – Santos (Neon Gold showcase) @ 9:30PM
10/19 – Terminal 5 (w/ The Presets) @ 7PM
10/20 – Spike Hill (A Heart Is A Spade showcase) @ 3:15PM
10/20 – Delancey (Sound Australia BBQ) @ 12AM

MS MR self-released their first single, “Hurricane”, and since have found themselves on a summer tour with Marina & The Diamonds and are getting ready to join GROUPLOVE on their fall tour. You can listen to their full EP via their tumblr now here!

10/18 @ Bowery Ballroom @ 10PM
10/19 @ Public Assembly (Brooklyn Vegan showcase) @ 4PM (TBC)

French Horn Rebellion

How cute are these two brothers? Their song “This Moment” and video have made my day/month/year/life. I just want to take them to roller disco where their music is the soundtrack (and maybe some Bee Gees) and skate/dance until dawn. I absolutely can’t get enough of their incredibly uplifting dance sound!

10/19 – Rockwood Music Hall (Imagem Music showcase) @ 4PM
10/20 – Webster Hall Studio @ 10PM

Avan Lava

Keep your dancing shoes on for NYC natives Avan Lava! Their Flex Fantasy EP is a dance lovers’ dream. Seeing them live most definitely can count as this month’s dance workout! Who needs a gym membership?

10/17 @ Marlin Room / Webster Hall @ 1AM


Dreamy Melbourne-based band Lowlakes have just released their hypnotizing and dark new single “Cold Company”. The track is absolutely beautiful. Making their US debut in NYC this week, you have three chances to see them live in NYC. Next week, they will be playing Silverlake Lounge in LA.

Wed 17.10 – Parkside Lounge, NYC

Sat 20.10 – The Delancey, NYC

Mon 22.10 – Pianos, NYC

Don’t miss one of my favorites Chad Valley also playing CMJ this week!

More free events listed here for every day this week!

Stay safe and have fun everyone!!

xx Cheryl

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