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Make Your Way Through CMJ

The acts to catch amid this year's CMJ Music Marathon crush, running October 1620.


Kendra Morris, Pissed Jeans, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Angel Haze.  

Die! Die! Die!
Le Poisson Rouge; 10/16 at 5:45 p.m.; 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-505-3474
Ferocious noise punkers maximize their potential for exposure with five shows in four days, one being this CMJ showcase with fellow New Zealanders Six60, Ghost Wave, Popstrangers, Lawrence Arabia, and Tom Lark.

Mercury Lounge; 10/16 at 7 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
Bicoastal duo Foxygen takes pretty much every great rock figure from the last 50 years and mushes them up into a big fuzzy mess. But it probably sounds even better than that.

Robert Glasper
SOB's; 10/16 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; 204 Varick St., at W. Houston St.; 212-243-4940
It's been a big year for the jazz keyboardist, recently releasing a remix of his album Black Radio, which was released earlier this year and featured special guests Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, and Yasiin Bey.

Elephant Stone
Arlene's Grocery; 10/17 at 8 p.m.; 95 Stanton St., nr. Ludlow St., 212-995-1652
Combining vintage indie-pop with classical Indian sitar music, Canada’s Elephant Stone touches down in places George Harrison only dreamed of.

Icona Pop
Glasslands Gallery; 10/17 at 8:15 p.m.; 289 Kent Ave., nr. S. 1st St.; 718- 599-1450
You may remember these sugary sweet Swede popsters from their "I Love It" being stuck in your head all summer. Expect a D.J. set full of pummeling beats and anthems that even a cool-for-school CMJ crowd will bop along to. With Dum Dum Girls and Savages.

Little Green Cars.  

Little Green Cars
The Slipper Room; 10/17 at 8:30 p.m.; 167 Orchard St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-253-7246
The emotionally raw harmonizing of this Irish five-piece belies their young age: not yet able to drink legally in the U.S. A Glassnote showcase with Robert DeLong and Daughter, in the all new Slipper Room.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
SOB's; 10/18 at 11 p.m.; 204 Varick St., at W. Houston St.; 212-243-4940
If you were to channel the last twenty years of underground rap into something resembling a party, what would you get? Most likely, you would get this gleefully drunk and profane Brooklyn hero.

King Tuff.  

King Tuff
Knitting Factory; 10/18 at 7 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 347-529-6696
Also known as distortion-heavy scuzz rock by Kyle Thomas, with a bent toward pop (complete with hand claps) that may be explained by a love of Justin Bieber.

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