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CMJ the Easy Way

The acts to catch amid this year's CMJ Music Marathon crush, running October 18–22.


One of these things is not like the others: Active Child, Zola Jesus, Yvette, and En Vogue.   

Home Blitz
10/18 at 8 p.m; Public Assembly; 70 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave, Williamsburg; 718-384-4586
This New Jersey group has a sound that jumps from Pavement silliness to Anglophile power-pop, with an energy that feels like all their songs could debut at No. 1.

Cloud Nothings
10/19 at 3:15 p.m; Cake Shop; 152 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-253-0036
Cleveland rocks, especially with infectious ditties made for dancing by the bespectacled Dylan Baldi, whose newest album is being produced by Steve Albini.

Forest Fire
10/19 at 7:40 p.m; Mercury Lounge; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St., 212-260-4700
The minimalist folk-punks return, having expanded their sound with electronic textures on their new album, Staring at the X.

Twin Sister
10/19 at 8 p.m; 285 Kent; 285 Kent Ave., at S. 1st St, Williamsburg; no phone
A victory lap after the success of debut album In Heaven. Keep a close eye on this Domino/Ribbon party: Two very special guests have yet to be announced.

Talk Normal.   

Talk Normal
10/19 at 8 p.m; Death by Audio; 49 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; no phone
No-wave drummer and guitarist duo dabbling in rhythm and dissonance, intertwining to make a visceral—and oh so loud—whole.

Zola Jesus
10/19 at 9 p.m; (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-505-3474
The soulful, classically trained vocals (she's a former opera singer) of Nika Roza Danilova, layered over gothic synths. She plays in support of the recently released Conatus.

Amen Dunes
10/20 at 7 p.m; Littlefield; 622 Degraw St., nr. Fourth Ave., Gowanus; 718-855-3388
Bedroom psychedelic weirdo Damon McMahon weaves slow, intense threads that build toward beautiful disorientation.

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