CMJ Music Marathon

Metalux + Prurient + R.L. Stein and Friends + Lucky Dragons + LoVid + Nautical Almanac + Kites + Carlos Giffoni
The Hook, 18 Commerce St, Bklyn, 718-797-3007.
Ghouls and fantastical creatures take flight, jacked synths and thunderous sine waves raining from the sky. Metalux set the tone with alienating vibes and damaged humor—a lollipop with nails at the center. From there on out, it's a Providence–New York sound clash: Skinny men dishing out fractured beats and sonic beatings, violence and/or pleasure abound. 8pm. PROVAN

New Pornographers + Tim Fite
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey, 212-533-2111.
The New Pornos' nuclear-powered guitar pop is nearly always a welcome sound for sore ears, but never more so than at CMJ, where the specter of the dejected indie halfass looms large. Should you require a blast of unbridled (and efficient) enthusiasm, let their geeky Canadian tune love wash over you. Opener Tim Fite used to be a part of goofball Brooklyn rap outfit Little T & One Track Mike; now he's a one-man sampling machine. 6pm. WOOD

Of Montreal + Ida
Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard, 212-219-3006.
The lysergic pop of Elephant 6 collective members Of Montreal keeps getting more focused and feral, as the band melds dreamy '60s pop, Beach Boys harmonies, and wild electronic disco for a fabulously weird result. Their new labelmates in Ida (both bands are now on Polyvinyl) are also fond of lush harmonics and chamber pop expansiveness but use it to a more achingly melancholic effect. Also: Grand Buffet, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Alohaha. 8pm. RABER

Acid Mothers Temple
photo: Minemoto Takeshi
Acid Mothers Temple


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  • Regina Spektor
    Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl, 212-777-6800.
    Strokes-associated singer-songwriter Spektor's been supporting her fine Soviet Kitsch since way before Sire decided to make the album her major-label debut earlier this year. Tonight expect some off-kilter new material from the loopy, Russian-born art-pop piano player, as well as some old jokes. With Devotchka. 9pm. WOOD

    The Willowz
    Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave, Bklyn, 718-230-0236.
    For Richie James Fallin, punk is mother's milk. He's nourished by its formulaic and out-of-the-carton equivalents too. But he wants slow ones and guitar heroics too, and though the Southpaw show I caught last month lost energy now and then, it achieved liftoff often enough. With Blue Van, Cobble Hillbillies, and Koester. 8pm. CHRISTGAU

    Josh Wink + Tommie Sunshine
    Canal Room, 285 W Bway, 212-941-8100.
    When people talk about having a transcendental experience during a DJ's set, they have usually heard a set by someone like Wink. One of the best I ever saw was Wink's many years ago, where he demonstrated how technical skill combined with spot-on timing and precise programming— shifting the beats upward till they break from the pressure—can give one an aural orgasm. Been a fan ever since. Sunshine has the same skill, but he crosses genres more frequently and infuses his sets—which move from metal to techno—with a knowing sense of humor. With Something for Rockets; Dragonette; Men, Women and Children; and Evil Nine. 8pm. ROMANO

    Wrens + Goblin Cock + Get Him Eat Him
    Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston, 212-260-4700.
    Still seeking to free their catalog from its evil corporate masters, the Jersey veterans are the class of this Absolutely Kosher showcase, but the timing could be tricky. Arrive too late for Goblin Cock and stay on to give Get Him Eat Him a shot. Also: Dudley Corporation, Sparrow, Jim Yoshii Pile-Up. 8pm. CHRISTGAU

    September 16

    Atmosphere + Brother Ali + I Self Devine + Blueprint
    Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl, 212-777-6800.
    The live band allegedly kills, but it's the presence of producer Ant on this tour—he rarely leaves Minneapolis—that could make this go-round of the Atmosphere confessional sessions more vibrant than usual. And if that doesn't work, Slug'll cry into your beer. Also featuring the rest of the Rhymesayers fam: Brother Ali, the most underrated MC in rap, above- or underground; I Self Divine, who isn't the same outside of the Micranots fold; and Blueprint, who has the area codes thing down cold. 8:30pm. CARAMANICA

    Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Maxwell's, 1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ, 201-653-1703.
    Tunes ain't the attraction at this CMJ gig. Like a good masochist, you're going to see quintessential train wreck and purported musical genius Anton Newcombe curse you out for being the disrespectful audience you are. "The beatings will continue until morale improves" could be Newcombe's motto even if BJM's new EP shows no improvement on their snoozy Byrds-inspired hippie pop. With Morning After Girls. 9:30pm. O'DONNELL

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Ambulance Ltd. + Robbers on High Street
    Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston, 212-260-4700.
    Three local bands dominate tonight. CYHSY play expansive indie pop that's notable for its strangely beautiful carny instrumentation and vocals that are crooned dramatically in the style of David Byrne. Ambulance Ltd., those neo-shoegazers, make beautiful, gauzy guitar noise. And Robbers on High Street's literate piano pop will remind you of Spoon, but with a less attractive lead singer who does a better Elvis Costello imitation. Also: People in Planes, Little Barrie, Dr. Dog, Country Egg Bandit. 7pm. RABER

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    photo: Dennis Kleiman
    CocoRosie + !!! + Supersystem
    S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick, 212-243-4940.
    Touch and Go Records is on fire right now, with weirdo mystic sisters CocoRosie beaming their creaky, creepy acid folk in from Venus, post-punk drum circle revelers !!! simultaneously smashing disco balls and justice halls, and ex-harDCore kids Supersystem doing exactly what !!! do, but better and without the annoying vocals and jam band tendencies. Midnight. PHILLIPS
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