CMJ kicks off today with stellar shows


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The CMJ Music Marathon, housed predominantly in the Kimmel Center for University Life, begins today. Lasting through Oct. 25, the proclaimed Music Marathon features hundreds of concerts a day across Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as a myriad of panels hosted by music industry professionals. Here are four acts to see on CMJ’s opening day.


PCPC, a supergroup made of punk goons Parquet Courts and PC Worship, is a concoction that lead singer Andrew Savage describes as “what happens when two legendary rock juggernauts join forces.” The joint band will be performing at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn and is a must-see. Parquet Courts is a homely group of rockers that love the slacker-punk aesthetic. Its last album, “Sunbathing Animal,” was critically acclaimed and had simple production coupled with dark, sometimes creepy lyrics. The two bands joined at the hip will conjure a crazy night of noise-rock.  


The Brooklyn natives will be performing at the Brooklyn Bazaar tonight. The quintet is known for its mellow vibes from its debut album “Oshin,” which was released in 2012. DIIV’s sound is similar to bands such as Beach Fossils, Real Estate and The Cure. Over the years, the band has gotten praise from sites such as Stereogum and Pitchfork. Its hollow grunge sound is one to watch out for with Zachary Cole Smith’s ghostly vocals leading the way.


Playing the same show at the Brooklyn Bazaar before DIIV, PAWS brings a grunge-pop sound comparable to Wavves. Its lethargic, slacker sound will leave your ears with a warm buzz — distortion-flooded vibrations permanently staining the atmosphere. PAWS hails from Glasgow, Scotland, where it performed its first show opening for the Dum Dum Girls. The band has been around since 2010 when it released its first album “Cokefloat!” and continues to add to its passionate fanbase.


If shining electric pop is more your style, then VÉRITÉ’s concert is not to be missed. This shy female performer has tunes — matched with an angelic voice — that will make you want to dance. She released her debut single “Strange Enough” this past summer, and her debut EP “Echo” was released in its entirety on Oct. 20. Comparable to Ellie Goulding, the 24-year-old will be performing at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 21st print edition. Email Margaret Farrell at [email protected]