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CMJ SHOWS!* Lykke Li*Broken Social Scene*Annuals*Emmy the Great

posted Oct 16, 2008, 12:08 PM by Vu Nguyen
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Press Here has some great bands in town for this year’s CMJ Festival. Please let us know if you would like to check out any of these shows here in NYC!
AMAZING BABY - 10/19 @ Mercury Lounge // 10/21 @ Annex // 10/23 @ Studio at Webster Hall // 10/25 @ Glasslands

Brooklyn's own Amazing Baby are a band you absolutely should not miss at this year's CMJ.  With a crushing sound akin to Black Sabbath, early Pink Floyd, and the dusty highways of the West Coast, Amazing Baby's live show, seven members strong, is already bordering on transcendent.  They've opened for MGMT and Bloc Party, and are working on a record that's due out next year.  Be the first to say "I saw Amazing Baby way back when..."

LYKKE LI - 10/21 @ Bowery Ballroom
Swedish pop songstress Lykke Li is heating up CMJ with a performance that is not to be missed! After a sold-out tour with El Perro del Mar earlier this year, Lykke Li is returning to NYC as part of her Fall U.S. tour in support of her debut album Little Bit. Praised by critics and music lovers alike, Lykke Li’s otherworldly minimalist pop music transcends genres. Using only the basics - drums, acoustic guitar and bass, a sole keyboard - and a necklace full of percussion, Lykke Li puts on an incredibly captivating show, reworking each song for the stage so that it gets crowds dancing while taking on a life of its own. Check out why Lykke Li has been winning over audiences across the globe!

10/21 @ Pianos & Music Hall of Williamsburg // 10/22 @ Bell House, Lil Frankies & Rehab // 10/23 @ Rugby // 10/25 @ The Delancy & Pianos
The UK’s Emmy the Great last visited New York City when she played for adoring fans at Bowery Ballroom in March. The ever-talented singer-songwriter will head across the Atlantic once again for several highly anticipated CMJ performances. One of London’s fastest rising new musical stars Emmy Lee Moss will perform heartfelt songs from her forthcoming debut album which was recorded in her home with various collaborators and friends, including Noah & the Whale and Dev of Lightspeed Champion. You can watch a video of her song “Gabriel” here:  

2:30pm, October 21st @ Pianos (Music Slut Party)
7.00pm, October 21st @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
3.00pm, October 22nd @ Bell House (Gothamist Party)
6.00pm, October 22nd @ Lil Frankies (Clash Mag Party)
9.00pm, October 22nd @ Rehab (Panetary Party)
2.00pm, October 23rd @ Rugby/Ralph Lauren
1.00pm, October 25th @ The Delancy
4:30pm, October 25th @ Pianos
Canadian BLAST! at CMJ – SAID THE WHALE // KARKWA // SHAD // THE MIDWAY STATE // HEY ROSETTA – 10/22 @ Arlene’s Grocery
This is your heads up! The second annual Canadian BLAST! at CMJ is just around the corner and here’s your chance to hear the next great Canadian exports. Come out and catch some of the best and brightest from the great white north when Canadian BLAST! takes over Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton St.) on October 22nd. Artists performing are Vancouver band Said The Whale, hip hop artist Shad whose video for the single, “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home,” is blowing up and has over 500k YouTube views, melodic French band Karkwa, The Midway State (just off of a national tour with Mika), and the gorgeous Hey Rosetta. In past years, Canadian BLAST! events at SXSW, Popkomm, London Calling and CMJ have helped outstanding Canadian talent like The Cliks, The Golden Dogs, Malajube, and The Trews build incredible buzz south of the border.  Don’t miss this amazing night of music!
Canadian BLAST! at CMJ:
7pm       Said The Whale (
8pm       Karkwa (
9pm       Shad (
10pm     The Midway State (
11pm     Hey Rosetta (

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - 10/24 @ Masonic Temple
After a brilliant set headlining this year's Siren Festival, Broken Social Scene are back in NYC for their only show this Fall at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple.  Touring behind co-founder and bassist Brendan Canning's amazing solo record, Something For All Of Us...,  Broken Social Scene will be playing lots from Brendan's record, Kevin Drew's solo record Spirit If..., and many fan favorites from their amazing discography.
LOQUAT – 10/24 @ Ace of Clubs
Celebrating the release of their latest album Secrets of the Sea, LOQUAT will co-headline a bill of all San Francisco rockers at the official San Francisco CMJ showcase at Ace of Clubs on October 24th at 11pm. Lead singer/songwriter Kylee Swenson sings songs inspired by the natural fear of what's uncertain.  At times while recording Secrets of the Sea, bassist (and husband) Anthony Gordon would often stop and wonder, "Is Kylee singing about me?"  And that's what makes this record so raw.  While the disc combines the indie pop sensibility of a Beth Orton or Nina Persson there is also a vulnerability that listeners will latch onto and apply to their own relationships. Loquat played San Francisco's Treasure Island Festival on September 20th alongside Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp and more.  Lead single "Harder Hit" is currently in rotation on Live 105 - San Fran's largest rock station. The music video for "Harder Hit" was recenetly premiered on and is based on the French film Le Ballon Rouge. Check it out here: 

ANNUALS - 10/25 @ Webster Hall
Annuals, Raleigh, North Carolina's charming six-piece collective, will make a stop in NYC as part of their Fall tour, coinciding with the recent release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Such Fun. Annuals newest collection of songs showcases the band’s dynamic songwriting, lush soundscapes and their colorful spirit. On stage, Annuals draw on the energy from each other, often exchanging instruments between and during songs. Don’t miss Annuals’ electrifying NYC show!