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CMJ, the Easy Way

Here are ten acts to catch amid the CMJ Music Marathon crush, running October 20–24.

Pac Div
10/21 at 8:35 p.m.; Drom, 85 Ave. A, nr. 6th St.; 212-777-1157
The West Coast hip-hop blog favorites behind standout mix-tape Church League Champions have a crisp, classic-era sound, best embodied on bubbly single "Mayor." Also on hand will be Kanye protégé Big Sean.

10/21 at 9 p.m.; Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
We dare you not to bust a move when these Brooklyn boys break out their infectious disco-throwback tunes. Recommended if you’re looking for a full-on party, but note: These guys are serious funksters, so remember your dancing shoes, but leave your irony at the door.

Atlas Sound
10/21 at 10 p.m.; Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-5400
Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox has branched out with this side project of bedroom ballads. His sophomore album, Logos, is out this week, just in time to celebrate at CMJ. Also on the bill, which makes this show even more attractive, is U.K. electronic duo Broadcast.

Patrick Watson
10/22 at 8 p.m.; Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
Because he hails from Montreal, it’s not often that NYC gets to see a live show by Polaris Prize–winner Patrick Watson. And it’s a shame: He’s been known to play unusual instruments (like a bicycle) that create a luscious atmosphere when layered with his romantic and soaring vocals.

Still Life Still
10/22 at 10 p.m.; Union Pool, 484 Union Ave., at Skillman Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-609-0484
The Toronto band is signed to Broken Social Scene's Arts&Crafts, and their debut EP is co-produced by BSS head-honcho Kevin Drew. That's more or less the greatest co-sign Canadian indie rockers can get, and Still Life Still definitely deserve it: Their rollicking tunes feel like they're fueled solely by good intentions, late nights, and cigarettes.

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