10/18 at 9; Glasslands Gallery; 289 Kent Ave., nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg; 718-599-1450
Not so much Shakespearean as wildly ambitious and inventive New Jersey punks who combine the history of American rock and roll into an intensely emotional catharsis. Amazing live.
Dum Dum Girls
10/20 at 2:30; Ace Hotel; 20 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway; 212-679-1947
The best of the recent glut of girl group-inspired garage rockers, Dee Dee and company have cleaned up their sound, pushing the earworm melodies of their dark pop to the forefront.
10/20 at midnight; Mercury Lounge; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
The guitar hero lead of the earsplitting Dinosaur Jr. brings his years of expertise and legendary status to an event usually associated with young 'uns.
Gang Gang Dance
10/22 at 7 p.m;Bowery Ballroom ; 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
Experimental rockers led by the artist Lizzi Bougatsos, playing in support of their latest, Eye Contact, which features guest vocals by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor.
10/21 at 9 p.m; B.B. King Blues Club & Grill; 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144
The harmonizing R&B OG songstresses are back and doing a CMJ show, hopefully taking us back with classics such as “Free Your Mind” and “Whatta Man.” Also, synchronized dance moves (we hope).
Caithlin De Marrais
10/21 at 8 p.m; Littlefield; 622 Degraw St., nr. Fourth Ave., Gowanus; 718-855-3388
The former Rainer Maria front woman releases her sophomore album, the sweet Red Coats, out this November. Look for the first video, “Birds,” which she shot and directed.
Note: Folks are fickle, and times and locations are all subject to change. Check the CMJ Marathon's Official Website (and the weather–do you need an umbrella?) before heading out.