CMJ Musicfest 2002


NEED NEW BODY+ARAB ON RADAR+BLUEBIRD +L'SPAEROW
Tribeca, at 7

Pranksters both merry and scary will contribute to the revelry at this cavalcade of lysergia. Philly's Need New Body are more squirrelly than surly, evoking images of Sun Ra's ghost cavorting with Crispin Glover on poker night. Arab on Radar take the bad-cop approach, squirting the sonic equivalent of pepper spray with cackles and muscles alive, alive-oh. Both Bluebird and L'Spaerow (with former members of Braid and the Firebird Band) split the difference, emphasizing controlled menace over convulsive fits of fury. Also: Square Johns, Helio Sequence, El Guapo. (Sprague)


OXES+HAR MAR SUPERSTAR
North Six, at 8

With facetious success, Oxes wax nü-metal riffs and tongue-in-cheek prog rock via a pair of wireless guitars and a beat-up kit, proving the old saying in reverse: Flattery is the best form of imitation. Last show I saw, one guitarist stripped down to tighty whities and oxford shirt, Risky Business-style, in time to cover Bob Seger with the other. Bookended by Minneapolis's Har Mar Superstar—ringleader of new-wave rock-in-your-jocks evangelism—Flower Booking's showcase is sure to be a hot ticket. With Shiner, Schatzi, Blood Group, Common Rider, and Armor for Sleep. (Viera)


'RAINBOW QUARTZ NIGHT'
Arlene Grocery, at 7

A record label that boasts a stable of the very best up-and-coming garage and power-pop acts is certainly a must-see event. International in scope, with 10 bands hailing from five countries, highlights include Israel's Rockfour, the tri-state's own Asteroid 4, and the Gripweeds. Without a doubt, get there early to see the fantastic heir to the early-Who and Jam throne, Montreal's the Datson Four (not to be confused with New Zealand's the Datsuns) and beg if you must to hear their tune "I Am the Eye." (Aber)


THE WALKMEN+FRENCH KICKS
Bowery Ballroom, at 12:30 a.m.

The Walkmen—preppyish delegates from the Brit-influenced camp of the NYC herd—have mastered a classic, atmospheric sound that often recalls the earlier days of U2. Here, they team up with fellow Brooklynites the French Kicks, a group that can be an easy throwaway if you lack the patience for their brand of swoony garage-pop. Their unabashed indulgence in pretty, layered vocal harmonics—coupled with the charm of a front-and-center drummer-singer—makes for a disarming live act, though. With the Caesars. (Yadao)

Saturday 11/2

BRIGHT EYES+AZURE RAY +NOW IT'S OVERHEAD +DESAPARECIDOS
Irving Plaza, at 6
See the Short List.


BURNT SUGAR
Joe's Pub, at 7

Greg Tate's open-source, Afro-futurist big band draws a sublime musical narrative out of what seems like a chaotic freak-out. Imaginatively tripping through the black diaspora of the last 30 years—inspired primarily by electric-era Miles and stewarded with Sun Ra-like regality—Burnt Sugar epitomize the grand ideas that only the cultural ecology of New York can birth. (Patel)


CHEMICAL BROTHERS +CASSIUS
Hammerstein Ballroom, at 8

The Chemical Brothers have relied on the same formula since their second record Dig Your Own Hole—namely squelchy noise paired with hard, mid-tempo breakbeats, and quick samples (or featuring Beth Orton or Richard Ashcroft on vocals). They play a live set (flashing lights, lots of fist-shaking). Cassius—former French house darlings—spin. With fellow Astralwerks artists Simian (whose music is as inexplicable as their name and album covers), Erlend 0ye Sound System, and Audio Bullys. (Romano)


GLASS CANDY & THE SHATTERED THEATRE+WOLF EYES+SONG OF ZARATHUSTRA+THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS
North Six, at 7

Troubleman's underground lineup: Song of Zarathustra play searing, borderline-chaotic doomcore; Glass Candy & the Shattered Theatre's theatrical frontwoman, Ida No, caterwauls over beat-wise neo-no wave; Michigan duo Wolf Eyes wrench pounding noise out of homemade electronics; and the ever-shifting Flying Luttenbachers currently consist of two bassists and a drummer who sprint through mazes of seizure-prog riffs. With the Rogers Sisters, ABCs, and Trance & the Arcade. (Catucci)


IMPERIAL TEEN+CROOKED FINGERS+BRITT DANIEL
Knitting Factory Main Space, at 7:30

CMJ's best indie showcase stars Imperial Teen, who've spent five years doling out note-perfect indie pop that's truly witty and also catchy as fuck. Crooked Fingers finds ex-Archer of Loaf Erich Bachman toning down the guitar skronk in favor of equally effective acoustic arrangements and ambient electro, while fellow croaker/Spoon frontman Britt Daniel busts out first-rate songs that were minimalist even with his crack band playing on 'em. Also: Radar Bros, Destroyer, Portastatic. (Hoard)


(INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY+DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN+DIVISION OF LAURA LEE
Warsaw, at 8

The (I)NC plunge a little deeper into the '60s than most garage revivalists, attaching jokey Marxist rants like "Capitalism Stole My Virginity" to JB-via-the- Who mod attack and typical guitar frenzy. Fellow Swedes Division of Laura Lee will inevitably draw Hives comparisons, which ain't a bad thing, only they're the darker (and slower) of the two acts. Odd-band-out Dillinger Escape Plan are punks with prog chops. Also: Ikara Colt, Sunshine. (Hoard)


JASON LOEWENSTEIN+UGLY CASANOVA
Mercury Lounge, at 8

Like the songs he wrote for Sebadoh, J. Loew's solo stuff (At Sixes and Sevens) is raw, edgy, punk-inspired, and highly energetic, but with some classic-rock influences now poking through, and some dark, evil-sounding, throw-your-devil-horns-in-the-air-inducing heavy-metal guitar riffs appearing from time to time—it fucking rocks! Ugly Casanova features Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse fame, and there's no mistaking it. But that doesn't mean that it's a carbon copy of his other band, either—it's country-tinged, folky in a Beck's-Mellow Gold kind of way, and somewhat Tom Waits-influenced. With Hot Hot Heat, Arlo, and Iron & Wine. (Switzer)

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