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Where to Play at CMJ

From big-ticket acts to up-and-comers, here are our picks for the city's largest indie-music fest, running from October 19 through 23.


Allo Darlin'
Kenny's Castaways; 10/21 at 8 p.m.; 157 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 917-475-1323
After making a minor stir during NYC Popfest in May, Elizabeth Morris’s band is back to demonstrate that indie-pop can be enthusiastic without being childish. Added bonus: ukuleles!

Penguin Prison
Public Assembly; 10/21 at 11 p.m.; 70 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-384-4586
Chris Glover has sung in a gospel choir with Alicia Keys, worked with Q-Tip and Holy Ghost!, and turned out scads of pop remixes. In this curiously named new project, Glover marries his disco-ready vocals with intelligent, bubbly beats guaranteed to get you moving.

Sky Larkin
The Delancey; 10/21 at 8 p.m.; 168 Delancey St., nr. Clinton St.; 212-254-9920
Sky Larkin has played CMJ for three years running, which practically makes them lifers. Keep your eye on front woman Katie Harkin, who manages to make her one guitar sound like many.

Two Door Cinema Club
Webster Hall; 10/21 at 7 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
The buzziest thing out of Northern Ireland since Snow Patrol, this foursome practices anthemic, dance-ready electro-rock with an edge—owing to their use of live drums rather than a drum machine.

Freddie Gibbs
Glasslands Gallery; 10/22 at 7 p.m.; 49 S. 2nd St., 289 Kent Ave., nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg; 718- 599-1450
The Gary, Indiana, native has jail time, a failed Interscope deal, and multiple mixtapes under his belt. Expect a tight show in the tradition of gangsta rap, replete with dense, rapid-fire storytelling.

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