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CMJ Musicfest 2002

Wednesday 10/30

'CMJ OPENING NIGHT PARTY'
Bowery Ballroom, at 8
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JURASSIC 5+NAPPY ROOTS +BIG DADDY KANE+SKILLZ
Hammerstein Ballroom, at 9
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MODEY LEMON+SOLEDAD BROTHERS
CBGB's Downstairs Lounge, at 9

Pittsburgh's Modey Lemon, who like their fans the White Stripes and Toledo's also-Stripes-endorsed hard-blues Soledad Brothers are only two people, crank the living fuck out of brain-damaged boogie-punk as dynamic as it is grimy. They're obsessed with babies, grandpas, body snatching, making Ralph Neilson and the Chancellors scream, and (for nine minutes!) eating Jesus Christ for dinner. With Washington Social Club, Whirlwind Heat, the Jets. (Eddy)


PEDRO THE LION +MILEMARKER+DENALI+OWLS
Warsaw, at 7

Indie stalwarts Jade Tree showcase their post-Promise Ring lineup: One of America's great lay-intellectual twentysomethings, Tim Kinsella now fronts Owls, his most joyously inventive band to date; David Bazan's anguished molasses voice still dominates a more raucous Pedro the Lion; recently noisy and gothic, Milemarker have never sounded better; and the ethereal, female-fronted Denali counterbalance the rest of this bill's throwback hardcore. With the Explosion, Strike Anywhere, Onelinedrawing, Trial by Fire, and Paint It Black. (Catucci)


PORCUPINE TREE+MIKE DOUGHTY+OURS
Irving Plaza, at 8

Mysterious Brit prog-revival weirdos Porcupine Tree are said to bring an excellent light show, and they wrote their own fake history once. Their recent two-disc 1991-97 box set is more Hawkwind-like (hence more fun) than their heavier-but-less-hooky new album; the latter, though, still has a catchy single where they talk about books they never finished reading. With bullshitting Soul Coughing beatnik Mike Doughty, plus Ours, which is mainly some Jersey nitwit who wishes he was Jeff Buckley. With Gandhi. (Eddy)

Thursday 10/31

THE AISLERS SET+SIX PART SEVEN
Village Underground, at 8

Those seeking hot, sweaty r 'n' r action are advised to search elsewhere, but if you're into pleasant, inoffensive prettiness of the indie variety, this Suicide Squeeze/Overcoat split label showcase will feel as warm and cozy as a cardigan sweater. Highlights include headliners the Aislers Set, who masterfully blend '90s shoegazer guitars with '60s girl-group production, and moody Ohio instrumentalists the Six Parts Seven, who just might get under your skin and refuse to leave. Also: Kingsbury Manx, Minus the Bear, Boas, Knife in the Water. (Phillips)


PAUL BARMAN
Makor, Thu at 7

Goodsong Professor Barman is back; get out your dictionary. Paulellujah!, if you can imagine, is even denser and more narratively intricate than any of the Brown grad's earlier work, and as he's been hanging out with the likes of Masta Ace, his flow isn't nearly the drizzle patter it used to be. Seeing how this is a Halloween show, I wonder what he'll dress up as . . . With Baby Dayliner, Metric, and Minamina. (Caramanica)


BOBBY BARE JR.+REX HOBART & THE MISERY BOYS +WACO BROS
Mercury Lounge, at 8

The right moment to catch up with Bloodshot twang-and-clang merriment: Bobby Bare Jr. brings the fullback up for his change-up, revealing career record; the Wacos have brand New Deal agit-cactus material for a day that demands it, Hobart's taken his honky-tonk sounds up by more than a notch; and the way we hear it, it's even one co-founder's significant birthday, which should add to the always restrained decorum. With Trailer Bride and Puerto Muerto. (Mazor)


CEX+FOG+SOVIET
Knitting Factory Main Space, at 8

Fog makes moody rapstrumentals that a decade ago would have been called trip-hop but now seem positively noodle-ish and indulgent. Be on the lookout for his illegal remixes, though. On the Modern Hits EP, he gives Jay-Z, Nas, MF Doom and others a makeover that, if they ever heard it, they'd never forget. Cex used to worry about other rappers, speedcore-remixing the fuck out of them. Now that he's found his own voice, though, he's an oddly complete package, his rhymes as eccentric as his post-IDM beats. Soviet revisit '80s synthpop inna Williamsburg stylee, which is sometimes devastating, and sometimes groan-worthy. With Stereo Total, VHS or Beta, and Waxwings. (Caramanica)


JACK DANGERS+OUTHUD +DJ SWINGSETT+SEAN B +ALEX ATTIAS
Opaline, at 10

A fittingly eclectic and left-of-center lineup coming from XLR8R magazine, with Jack Dangers—of Meat Beat Manifesto fame—headlining (perfect timing: Out with the electro revival, on with the acid/industrial revival!). Also playing is Brooklyn-based band Outhud, a sort of slowed-down, stripped-down hazy mass of dance rock. Swingsett, playing more experimental down-tempo beats, joins Sean B, one of the locals who stuck by 2-step after its brief little moment in the sun, and jazz fiend Alex Attias. With Gold Chains, Karla Calderon, Greens Keepers, Lindsey, and Tomas. (Romano)


THE DIRTBOMBS+VON BONDIES+DATSUNS
Bowery Ballroom, at 7:30

The irony of Motown's finest sharing a stage with a band of Kiwi interlopers with a Japanese-car fetish is outweighed by the psychic bond between the concerned parties. Motor City guru Mick Collins splices the DNA of the Funk Brothers with that of the Ashton brothers, while his disciples in the Von Bondies immerse the ferocity of the White Panther house band in a vat of (Jeff) Beck-ola. New Zealand's Datsuns, meanwhile, are freak-flagwaving feedback disciples of the most unadulterated sort, brothers and sisters. Also: the Kills, Electric Six, Rock 'n' Roll Machines. (Sprague)

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