Knitting Factory; 10/18 at 7 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 347-529-6696
Despite all protestations, punk will never die when bands as good as Pissed Jeans will still be screaming over post-hardcore noise.
Gramercy Theater; 10/19 at 8 p.m.; 127 E. 23rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932
In this new rap era, having an interesting Tumblr can seem more important than old-fashioned lyrical skills. Haze has plenty of the latter and a way with boasting: If you’re a non-native who claims to “run New York,” you better be able to prove it. She can.
Webster Hall; 10/19 at 10:30 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
The hip-hop producer approaches the pads of his MPC sampler like a concert pianist playing Rachmaninoff. His live sets often dip into blunt, party-rocking EDM.
Villain; 10/19 at 7 p.m.; 50 N. 3rd St., nr. Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Old New York rap flow from a 17-year old Brooklyn emcee. A Pitchfork showcase with Death Grips, LE1F, DIIV, Holy Other, METZ, Merchandise, Daughn Gibson, Hundred Waters, and Angel Haze.
Irving Plaza; 10/20 at 8 p.m.; 17 Irving Pl., at 15th St.; 212-777-6800
The lead singer of these soul-poppers is the brother of former SNL writer Jorma Taccone, which explains why he's written songs for the Lonely Island.
Public Assembly; 10/20 at 8:30 p.m.; 70 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-384-4586
This young indie-rock (in the best sense) trio from Athens, Georgia, makes the kind of sloppy, gleeful noise that sounds like a forgotten seven-inch single from 1992.
Rockwood Music Hall; 10/20 at 12:00 a.m.; 196 Allen St.,nr. Houston St.; 212-477-4155
With her own spaghetti-westerned take on vintage soul, Kendra Morris stands out in the retro-R&B field with a serious wail and an eclecticism that others can’t match.
Legion; 10/20 at 1 p.m.; 790 Metropolitan Ave., at Humboldt St., Williamsburg; 718-387-3797
This Brooklyn band has been slowly growing in stature, converting more and more people on the strength of their lo-fi, fuzzed-up indie, with a great shouter in Lindsay Baker.
She Keeps Bees
The Paper Box; 10/20 at 2:45 p.m.; 17 Meadow St., nr. Waterbury St., Bushwick
Another blues-rock duo? Don’t let that scare you. Primal and emotive, Jessica Larrabee can howl and play with the best of them.
Wooden Indian Burial Ground
Leftfield; 10/20 at 7 p.m.; 87 Ludlow St., nr. Delancey St.
Portland, Oregon’s Wooden Indian Burial Ground takes scuzzy and fuzzy West Coast psychedelic garage right where it should always be: howling over feedback with a spine.
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.