CMJ Musicfest 2002


THE HIGH & MIGHTY+CAGE+NIGHTHAWKS +COUNT BASS D
S.O.B.'s, at 8

Dirty, dirty, dirty white-boy rap is on the agenda here. The High & Mighty are responsible for one of the hip-hop underground's naughtiest records, 1999's Home Field Advantage, which paved the way for folks like Cage and Copywrite to get their freakishness on. Sleeper picks of this show are the Nighthawks (Cage and Camu Tao), a concept project about corrupt cops, and Count Bass D, a hip-hop eclectic with lots of ideas and not nearly the audience he deserves. Also: Eastern Conference All Stars, Prof. Harshkovitz, Metal Fingers, Bo King, Problemz & the League, Al Tariq, 7L & Esoteric, NorthEastShore. (Caramanica)


TED LEO/PHARMACISTS +PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES+PATTERN+ORANGES BAND+WASHDOWN
Warsaw, at 8:30

Used to be, if a band was on Lookout! Records, they probably played mediocre pop-punk. But now Lookout! is throwing all kinds of stuff at us. Some of it's pretty good (Pretty Girls Make Graves' anthemic post-hardcore, Ted Leo's Elvis Costello-ish bedroom pop), some of it's eh (Oranges Band = the Strokes with a lower recording budget), and some of it's blah (the Pattern and the Washdown's lukewarm garage rock), but at least it isn't the Mr. T Experience. (Phillips)


YEAH YEAH YEAHS+!!! +BLONDE REDHEAD+THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION
Irving Plaza, at 8
See the Short List.

Friday 11/1

LOU BARLOW+IMPERIAL TEEN+ALASKA
Southpaw, at 8:30

Dinosaur Jr. bassist and founder of the amazing indie rock outfits Sebadoh and Folk Implosion comes out of hiding to showcase songs from his new CD, Free Sentridoh Songs From Loobiecore. Alaska feature Sebadoh drummer Russell Pollard and Folk Implosion guitarist Imaad Wasif . . . and Sebadoh bassist Jason Loewenstein is playing in town, too, but on a different night . . . Something might be up? Imperial Teen's sugary pop tunes should provide the perfect lift after Barlow's super-sad breakup songs. With Earli Mart. (Switzer)


JAMES CHANCE+RYE COALITION+BROKEN SPINDLES
Warsaw, at 8

Nowadays Chance's sax freak-outs are supported by near-disco beats rather than "seedy" punk smashing, which actually places him in line with Broken Spindles, whose dark, smart electro-punk finds a middle ground between new-wave revival and blip-and-glitch futurism. Rye Coalition skip over the '80s entirely with a dope retro amalgam that sounds dazed, confused, and post-hardcore aggro all at once. Also: Lo-Hi, Mercury Program, the Dears. (Hoard)


CHERRY VALENCE+BAD WIZARD+BOULDER +ALL NIGHT
CBGB's, at 7
See the Short List.


DEERHOOF+HELLA+SEMIAUTOMATIC
Knitting Factory Knitactive Stage, at 8:30

Deerhoof are punch-buggy-playing, music-box-rhythmed minimalist-prog San Franciscans who (especially when Satomi Matsuzaki is chirping) are recommended to anybody who ever loved the Sadistic Mika Band, Kleenex, Azalia Snail, Frank Chickens, or Unknownmix; 11 of the 16 songs on their most recent CD last less than two minutes each, though the one about the swan goes eight. Hella, from Sacramento, are easily the catchiest and (at least musically) funniest of the many prog-skronk duos who've surfaced in Lightning Bolt's wake, if only because they sound exactly like the Meat Puppets did in 1982. Semiautomatic are a Brooklyn boy and girl whose two albums' charming lo-fi electro-new wave gets louder and more extroverted than you'd expect live. (Eddy)


MICHAEL GIRA+DEVENDRA BANHART
CB's Gallery, at 7

Banhart is Gira's newest signee to Young God Records, and he's an excellent find. Creepy, minimal, British-folk-influenced tunes that, no matter how normal the subject matter (which it usually isn't), comes across as scary chidren's fairy tales—like the soundtrack to Struwwelpeter performed by Marc Bolan (the folk years) and Nick Drake. Gira's orchestrated Americana-pop group, Angels of Light, is the Cain to American Music Club's Abel; solo, he's just as intense and marked, just more minimal. Also: Blake Babies, Virgil Shaw, David Dondero, Howie Beck, Nik Freitas. (Bosler)


THE GOSSIP+BANGS +QUIX*O*TIC+SLUMBER PARTY+KIMYA DAWSON
Knitting Factory, at 7:30
See the Short List.


HEELWALKERS+MOONEY SUZUKI+SAHARA HOTNIGHTS +FLAMING SIDEBURNS
Elbow Room, at 7

The Heelwalkers are four balding Nova Scotians who bite from Motörhead as well as obvious '60s primitives, managing to toss in some butt-stupid (in a good way) lyrics worthy of the Dictators. Both Sahara Hotnights and Flaming Sideburns hail from Scandinavia; the former are female hellions who vibe a much glammier version of the Donnas, while the latter are strikingly similar to the Mooney Suzuki, whose totally cliché 1968 schtick gives "adrenaline-fueled" a bad, bad name. With White Light Motorcade, Donots, and Raveonettes. (Hoard)


KID KOALA+PUSH BUTTON OBJECTS
Knitting Factory Main Space, at midnight

Koala is often called furry, which is a cute pun on his name and on the fact that he's just friggin' adorable. But can you really use such superficially adulatory adjectives for a man whose sense of turntable pastiche is practically unrivaled in the world? Push Button Objects have been making an edgy, avant blend of hip-hop for the past few years, and it really works well. (Caramanica)


MOLDY PEACHES +DANIELSON FAMILIE
Irving Plaza, at 11:30

Rumor has it that this is the bedroom-punk Moldy Peaches last show, which sounds as true as Jack and Meg's sib story. I mean, they're closer than blood—they're a collective. But just to be safe, you may wanna pile on the goose-top with scads of Thundercat 'hos from the collegiate hinterlands to catch this bill with the mighty Danielsons, the falsetto-absurdo familie that prays, plays, and stays together on the frayed fringe of hip. (Sinagra)

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