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The thirty-fourth annual CMJ Music Marathon comes to a roaring close on Saturday with a full slate of shows beginning at noon and running well past midnight. One of the highlights is the BirdDog Promo Showcase at Piano’s with Roman a Clef (7:00), Orchestra of Spheres (7:45), Little Racer (8:30), Native America (9:15), Future Punx (10:00), Beverly (10:45), Splashh (11:30), and the Love Supreme (12:15 am). Another hot one should be the free Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ, featuring three dozen bands and DJs playing the Delancey from 2:00 pm to 4:00 am, including the Cairos, Bad//Dreems, the Lazys, the Delta Riggs, Dune Rats, and Goodbye Motel. Below are other suggestions to fill up your Saturday calendar.

Red Baraat, Le Poisson Rouge, 7:30
Heliotropes, Cake Shop, 7:45
Cymbals, Piano’s Upstairs, 9:00
Team Spirit, Brooklyn Bowl, 9:15
The Shackeltons, Muchmore’s, 10:15
Paws, Knitting Factory, 11:00
Simian Ghost, Arlene’s Grocery, 11:30
Julia Weldon, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 12 midnight
A Place to Bury Strangers, Rough Trade, 1:30


Central Park

Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla will float along Harlem Meer at dusk on October 26

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Aves.
Sunday, October 26, free, 3:00 - 6:00

The annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla returns to Central Park on Sunday, offering an afternoon of family-friendly activities celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. In order to participate in the flotilla, you need to bring a precarved pumpkin, with top, that is approximately eight pounds, is no bigger than a soccer ball, and contains no artificial materials such as paint, glitter, marker, or food dye. (Be advised that you don’t get your pumpkin back once it makes its way across Harlem Meer.) There will also be live music, spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and a costume parade.


London trio Happyness will be at Baby’s All Right on October 24 as part of the Panache CMJ Showcase, taking the stage at 8:40; also on the bill are Homeshake, Dune Rats, Meatbodies, Calvin Love, Hunters, OBN IIIS, and Purling Hiss. The thirty-fourth annual CMJ Music Marathon continues through October 25; below are more recommendations for Friday night.

Keynote with David Lowery, NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, tenth floor, 12:20
September Girls, Rough Trade, 1:15, and the Delancey, 7:00
Bridget Barkan, Bowery Electric, 2:00
Room Full of Strangers, Rock Shop, 6:50
The Liza Colby Sound, Grand Victory, 9:30
Lily & the Parlour Tricks, the Living Room, 9:50
The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Cameo Gallery, 10:50
Kate Boy, Knitting Factory, 1:00


Who needs to head to SXSW when the Lone Star State comes right here to New York City? On the third night of the thirty-fourth annual CMJ Music Marathon, the third annual Texas Takeover Party takes over the Delancey on Thursday, with twenty-one live performances and DJ sets on two stages from 3:00 to 11:00, including Pageantry at 3:00, Somebody’s Darling at 4:30, Pompeii at 6:45, Featherface at 8:50, the Please Please Me at 9:35, Emily Wolfe at 10:20, and the Suffers at 10:30. With the weekend approaching, CMJ is getting ready to kick into high gear, and this is a fine place to start. Please see below for other recommendations for October 23.

In Conversation: Zola Jesus and John Norris, NYU Kimmel Center, Room 905/907, 3:00
Life Size Maps, Bowery Electric Map Room, 4:00, and Left Field Downstairs, 6:00
Mighty Oak, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 7:00
Beach Fossils, Brooklyn Bowl, 10:00
Dinosaur Feathers, Grand Victory, 10:30
Obits, Knitting Factory, 11:35
Marissa Nadler, Le Poisson Rouge, 12 midnight


The Brookfield Place Winter Garden will transform into a Halloween palace on October 26 for free festival

The Brookfield Place Winter Garden will transform into a Halloween palace on October 26 for free festival

Brookfield Place Winter Garden
220 Vesey St.
Sunday, October 26, free, 12 noon - 3:00

The annual free, family-friendly Halloween party in the Winter Garden takes place on Sunday afternoon, with a Costume Catwalk, a Freaky Photo Op Mosaic Wall, Terrifying Temporary Tattoos, a Face Painting Parlor, a Spooky Science Lab with Carmelo the Science Fellow, magic, storytelling, video games in the Drumkin Patch, 3D scanning, trick-or-treating at Hudson Eats, Bride & Groom Corpse Stilt Walkers, Zombie Clowns, a live performance by the Toys & Tiny Instruments, and a grand parade finale.


Wednesday night’s primo CMJ Music Marathon gig is taking place at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, the Panache Booking Showcase with Reigning Sound, White Fence, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Shonen Knife, Guy Blakeslee, Ice Balloons, and Ultimate Painting, beginning at 7:30 ($15). This year’s thirty-fourth annual festival features more than thirteen hundred performers at more than eighty venues October 21-25; below are some more recommendations for the second day.

The Color of Noise (Eric Robel, 2014), followed by a Q&A with Robel and Amphetamine Reptile Records founder Tom Hazelmyer, NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802 Shorin, 2:00
Radical Dads, Piano’s upstairs, 7:00
Lia Mice, Santos Party House, 8:10, and Piano’s upstairs, 10:45
Poor Young Things, Hotel Chantelle, 9:00
Archie Powell & the Exports, Bar Matchless, 10:25
Line & Circle, the Studio @ Webster Hall, 10:45
Gringo Star, Niagara, 11:00
Dead Leaf Echo, Palisades, 1:00 am


Back in April, local band Walking Shapes played twenty-four different places in New York City in twenty-four hours, in conjunction with the release of their debut album, Taka Come On. The five-piece won’t be going quite as nuts at the annual CMJ Music Marathon, but they will be playing Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday at 10:00, Cameo Gallery on Wednesday at 8:50, and Spike Hill on Friday night at 11:20. This year’s annual festival features more than thirteen hundred performers at more than eighty venues October 21-25; below are some more recommendations for opening night.

“Reinventing the Steel: Finding Metal’s Next Big Bands,” panel discussion with Andrew “Cutter” Puyleart, Carl Severson, Darren Dalessio, Kodi McKinney, and Sammi Chichester, Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center, tenth floor, 12:30 pm
September Girls, Cake Shop, 3:30; Cameo Gallery, 11:00 pm
Cymbals, Cake Shop, 5:45; Glasslands Gallery, 10:45
Olga Bell, Mercury Lounge, 6:30
STRNGRS, Spike Hill, 8:30
James, Webster Hall, 9:15
Cold War Kids, Brooklyn Bowl, 11:00
The Suffers, Drom, 12 midnight