CMJ: An A-Z Guide

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With a hefty 1,200+ artists studding CMJ 2010’s bill this week, we decided to help you narrow down the choices with another trusty three-letter combo: ABC. Choosing one favorite from each letter of the alphabet, we found 26 can’t-miss CMJ acts playing in New York over the course of the next few days.

A Classic Education
Homebase: Bologna, Italy
Sounds like: Lush, reverb-heavy indie pop
Etc.: The group keeps a complete list of every show they’ve ever performed.
See them: Oct. 19 at the Delancey at 7:45 p.m., Oct. 20 at Trash Bar at midnight

“Gone to Sea” by A Classic Education:
Bear Hands
Homebase: New York, N.Y.
Sounds like: Jangly post-punk with vocals reminiscent of Modest Mouse 
Etc.: Download “What A Drag” for free here.
See them: Oct. 20 at Brooklyn Bowl at 11 p.m., Oct. 23 at Bowery Electric at midnight

“What A Drag” by Bear Hands:
Conversion Party
Homebase: Brooklyn, N.Y./New London, Conn.
Sounds like: Indie rock with garage ferocity for fans of Pavement and LCD Soundsystem 
Etc.: You can hear their upcoming album in its entirety here.
See them: Oct. 21 at Union Hall at 11 p.m.

“Awake” by Conversion Party:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Homebase: Detroit, Mich.
Sounds like: Smiling folk rock paired with drum machines and an MGMT-style electronic sensibility
Etc.: Expect a full length to drop in early 2011.
See them: Oct. 20 at Bruar Falls at 7 p.m., at Santos Party House at 11:30 p.m.; Oct. 21 at The Studio at Webster Hall at 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 23 at Mercury Lounge at midnight

“Nothing But Your Love” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.:
Eternal Summers
Homebase: Roanoke, Va.
Sounds like: Just the kind of breezy, lo-fi fuzz that a name like Eternal Summers suggests
Etc.: The duo is part of Roanoke’s Magic Twig Community.
See them: Oct. 22 at Cake Shop at 11 p.m., Oct. 23 at Bruar Falls at 10:15 p.m.

“Secret Languages” by Eternal Summers:

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