CMJ 2009 :: An Unofficial Guide ... to the Official Shows

I officially covered CMJ in 2007 and well, it was a hilarious disaster. My experience with the festival, beyond getting to sneak out of my office at Virgin/Capitol to go see shows during the day, was pretty poor. Black Kids were the big buzz band that year and played a bunch of showcases and were underwhelming. No one else distinguished themselves and largely, the word on everyone's lips was, "ok." Determined, 2009 will be different, here's what your schedule could include (although, if you made all these shows, you'd have a time machine and a personal driver). It's a suicide pick, one band per hour/time slot for all four days. There are no repeats, just proof that could see 30-something great bands in 120 hours. Here is Part One of our Undefeated CMJ Preview. Good luck out there and look for Part Two later this week.

Tuesday ::

7pm - beat radio @ Glasslands ["Sunday Matinee" mp3]

8pm - Evan Voytas @ The Suffolk Backroom ["So Sure" mp3]

8.45pm - Free Energy @ The Studio at Webster Hall

10pm - Family of the Year @ Crash Mansion

11pm - Fanfarlo @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ["Luna" mp3]

11.45pm - Happy Hollows @ Lit Lounge

1am - Darwin Deez @ Cameo Gallery

Wednesday ::

7pm - Freelance Whales @ Bowery Ballroom

8pm - Javelin @ Mercury Lounge

9pm - The xx @ Mercury Lounge ["Crystalized" mp3]

10pm - Mumford and Sons @ Mercury Lounge

11pm - US Royalty @ Fontana's

12am - Fool's Gold @ Bowery Poetry ["Surprise Hotel" mp3]

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