CMJ 2011: Our Most Anticipated Showcases

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Best way to get a grip on CMJ: plan ahead. Pick out a handful of showcases you want to catch, stick around for a few bands, then move on to the next showcase. Routing your day around individual acts instead of showcases will lead to burdensome travel time and unforgiving headaches, so eschew our advice at your own risk! Besides, CMJ offers a week of music discovery – leave pretensions and snobbery at the door, and enjoy new bands before evil labels snatch them up and create more Black Eyed Peas.

Check out our most anticipated CMJ showcases and grab free music from participating bands after the jump…

Paper Garden Records hosts the first daytime showcase we cannot avoid, featuring a solid line up of their artists. Grab free downloads from Pree, Dad Rocks!, and The City And Horses and load up your mobile music player with the songs immediately. Paper Garden‘s roster has an absurd knack for producing music born to soundtrack city treks. Since today is only Day #1, you’ll need music like this keep stress at a minimum.

The Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
12:00 Oh! Pears
1:00 Big Tree
2:00 The City and Horses
3:00 Dad Rocks!
4:00 Tall Ships
5:00 Pree

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Options will be endless all week long, but not on Wednesday night. INDIGENOUS Promotions, Origami Vinyl, The Echo/Spaceland, and Dirty Laundry TV to bring you Lost Angeles at the Cake Shop.

8:30 Tropical Popsicle
9:15 Races
10:00 Fidlar
10:45 Guards
11:30 Bleached
12:15 Weekend
1:00 Audacity

Lost Angeles has one of the strongest line ups of CMJ 2011 with a diverse batch of bands that range from surf rock to synth-saturated psychedelica to brutishly fun punk. If you want to experience the most promising acts LA has to offer indie rock, get off your blogroll and experience these bands live. Promise us you’ll check them out, and we’ll give you four free mp3s in return.

In good faith, we’ll just give you the mp3s now:

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I Guess I’m Floating & Tell All Your Friends are presenting Floating Fest 2011 at Pianos Bar, which is fast becoming a staple of the Lower East Side nightlife and the CMJ festival. The venue offers two performance spaces and a solid, no frills bar and the Floating Fest is bringing some of the best up and coming bands around.  What else could you ask for?

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When: Thursday, October 20th (2011)
Where: Piano’s – Corner of Ludlow and Stanton (158 Ludlow St) (map)
How: 21+ – FREE – No Wristband, Badge or RSVP required!
Duration: 12:00 PM – 7:00PM

12:00 – Parlovr
12:30 – Little Red
1:00 – Beat Connection
1:30 – Doldrums
2:00 – Guards
2:30 – Hands
3:00 – Porcelain Raft
3:30 – Warm Ghost
4:00 – Grimes
4:30 – High Highs
5:00 – Caveman
5:30 – CSLSX
6:00 – Body Language

KEXP has put together a pretty unstoppable lineup for their daytime shows at the Ace Hotel.  If you don’t have to work this could be a great opportunity to see these artists up close and personal.  Many of them will be playing other shows but at the KEXP concerts you won’t have to battle hordes of people in a tiny bar to see them.
Best of all, the performances are free, but it’s first come first serve so show up early!

Wednesday, 10/19
07:30am PDT / 10:30am EDT – Zola Jesus
09:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT – We Are Augustines
11:30am PDT / 02:30pm EDT – Portugal, the Man
01:30pm PDT / 04:30pm EDT – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Thursday, 10/20
07:30am PDT / 10:30am EDT – Widowspeak
09:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT – Givers
11:30am PDT / 02:30pm EDT – Dum Dum Girls
01:30pm PDT / 04:30pm EDT – The Lonely Forest

Friday, 10/21
07:30am PDT / 10:30am EDT – WATERS
09:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT – EMA
11:30am PDT / 02:30pm EDT – Caveman
01:30pm PDT / 04:30pm EDT – Atlas Sound