Well it’s that time of year again when the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival takes over downtown NYC and Brooklyn for a week of official showcases and boatloads more unofficial parties/DJ sets/booze giveaways featuring around 1,200 bands from all over the country and world. It’s always kind of a headache figuring out which shows to go to, so we wanted to offer up a hand-picked selection of shows for each of the five official days of the marathon (starting today, October 19, and running through Saturday, October 23).
Selected Shows – Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Home Town: Weston Florida USA
Red Wire Black Wire
Home Town: Berkeley California USA
Home Town: Mt. Vernon New York USA
9th Wonder & Buckshot with Special Guest
Le Poisson Rouge
Home Town: Raleigh North Carolina USA
Home Town: Brooklyn New York USA
Le Poisson Rouge
Home Town: Queens New York USA
Home Town: Brooklyn/Queens New York USA
Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun
Le Poisson Rouge
Home Town: New York New York USA
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Red Wire Black Wire has been playing a bunch of shows in NYC/Brooklyn recently since taking a bit of a breather after their tour last fall, and I think that’s probably a good thing for the band, since they seem to be playing really well if their show at Glasslands a couple weeks back with Bridges & Powerlines (perfect! these guys should book shows together all the time!) and Beat Radio was any indication. The audience was jumping around and singing along, and even Doug had to admit that he thought it was one of the best shows they’d played in a while when I caught up with him at their early show last night at Cake Shop.
Here are some photos of the show last night, and also a video of the band performing “Tentacles” from the same Cake Shop show. Keep up the good work dudes.
Red Wire Black Wire – Tentacles:
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There are still tons of shows left this weekend as part of CMJ, so go check out some new bands and dance with somebody! Here’s some inspiration.
Shout out to my boy Burke for getting this song in my head this morning.
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody:
If you want to hang out with us tonight, come check out Beast and Red Wire Black Wire for the AM Only Showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall! RWBW just got back from being on tour and are celebrating the release of their great new record Robots & Roses, out now on Tough Customer Records, so it should be a fun time.
Or hit up the Cantora Records show at Bowery Electric around the corner, where we’ll be catching a set from Bear Hands later on.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Until January 4, 2010, you can view the “Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Exhibit” at the MOMA. The exhibit includes over 300 selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation’s “extraordinary collection of over 2,500 contemporary works on paper,” the largest gift of drawings that the museum has ever received. Although the Times didn’t exactly give it a glowing review, “Compass in Hand” is certainly worth checking out, even if only this small online slide show.
But if you’re looking for a different sort of directional indicator, don’t fret. Brooklyn-based electro-pop/synth group Red Wire Black Wire has the remedy in the form of the title track from their EP Compass, which was released by Tough Customer Records back in November. They have a pretty extensive tour schedule, slated to start in September, coinciding with the release of their first full-length, Robots & Roses that will take them all over the U.S. and even to Russia. They will be back in the bk at The Studio @ Webster Hall on October 23. Check out their first official video, for “Compass,” below and mark your fall calendars.
Red Wire Black Wire – Compass: