CMJ shows to check out today

The CMJ Music Marathon continues today, with various artists worth checking out. Here are our top five picks for showcases to see on Thursday.

Kate Boy

The Swedish-Australian electronic pop group Kate Boy will take Neon Gold’s CMJ showcase by storm ahead of their upcoming debut album. The group was met with enthusiasm in late 2012 on the release of its debut single “Northern Lights” and has been riding a wave of Internet acclaim since then.

Midnight at Santos Party House


The dreamy rock and roll duo Widowspeak, which comprises Hudson Valley residents Molly Hamilton and Rob Thomas, will be headlining the Captured Tracks showcase at Baby’s Alright. The duo will preview tracks from its upcoming album without having a backing band. Hamilton wrote on the band’s Facebook page that this would probably be “the only time we’ll ever perform them like this.”

6 p.m. at Baby’s Alright

Elle King

The soulful Brooklynite Elle King will take Rockwood with her unique blend of pop, rock and blues. Her mix of tongue-in-cheek sing-a-longs and haunting ballads is sure to entertain the audience. Hopefully, she will delight the audience with her cover of Khia’s “My Neck, My Back.”

8 p.m. at Rockwood Music

Alexz Johnson

The child-actress-turned-singer Alexz Johnson will be bringing her fall tour, in support of her recently released second album “Let ’Em Eat Cake” to the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. The singer’s jazzy songwriting style and gorgeous voice is sure to soothe anyone’s stressed CMJ-week nerves.

8:45 p.m. in the Marlin Room, Webster Hall

Tkay Maidza

The 17-year-old Australian rapper Tkay Maidza, originally from Zimbabwe, is sure to cause a stir with her standout tracks “Brontosaurus” and “U-Huh.”  Often compared to M.I.A. and Azealia Banks, Maidza is definitely one to watch as she preps her debut album.

9:40 p.m. at the Paper Box

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 23 print edition. Email Matthew Mahoney at [email protected].