The CMJ 2012 Showcase You Can’t Miss: Tuesday Oct. 16

October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

As promised, HASH is forecasting the indie maelstrom descending upon New York, which will mostly be called ‘CMJ 2012

We’ll again be previewing and reviewing some of this year’s festival highlights. (For the entire schedule, click here.) Check in with us right here each day this week for a preview of the next day’s must-attend showcase, as well as what we’re calling that one wild card performance you absolutely cannot afford to miss. Let’s kick things off:


Tuesday’s CMJ 2012 Must-See Showcase: 

There are a pair of variable indie sets up for grabs, both at Bowery Ballroom (highlighted by Mountain Goats, and the emerging gospel whisperer-cum-bandleader Matthew E White) and also at Drom, in the East Village, playing host to Brooklyn bands Ava Luna and the Kickdrums.

But for a rawer thrill, head to Mercury Lounge: Aquariam Drunkard’s showcase has classic rock revivalists Foxygen, and the stunning guitarist Rafiq Bhatia with his fiercely adept band—they’ll be playing early in the night, drawing a mutlifacted corpus that already includes the decadent EP Strata, and a forthcoming LP Yes It Will—both on Bhatia’s own Rest Assured label.

Wild Card: You Can’t Miss…

The Robert Glasper Experiment is double booked yet again, this time at SOB’s. The nonpareil quartet’s Black Radio, released early this year, is a sublime marriage of neosoul with the eclectic, groove-inclined trio recordings first Glasper released on Blue Note. It recently received remix treatment, in Black Radio Recovered, a just-released EP featuring re-works of those new tunes by Pete Rock, Phonte, and Questlove, among others. The Experiment plays at 8 P.M., and once more after 10 P.M.

glasper review

Read Issue 4’s Live Review of the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Album Release Concert for “Black Radio”

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