The CMJ 2012 Showcase You Can’t Miss: Thursday Oct. 18

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

HASH is forecasting the indie maelstrom descending upon New York, which will mostly be called ‘CMJ 2012‘. (For the entire schedule, click here.) Check in with us every morning for a preview of the next day’s must-attend showcase, plus what we’re calling that one wild card performance you absolutely cannot afford to miss.

Thursday’s CMJ 2012 Must-See Showcase:

In past years you could hang your hat on there being a trumpeted, somehow-CMJ-tethered event that seemed too big to have any business in the muck (Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden, anyone?) This year’s semi-grand CMJ happening is less obvious. To some, it might be scheduled to take place within the imposing strata of Terminal 5 (where The Walkmen headline early, with Dum Dum Girls opening); or even the smaller Irving Plaza, where seasoned rappers (the born-again bruiser Killer Mike; GZA, again revisiting Liquid Swords) complete a more eclectic bill with bliss troupe Bear Hands and the murky videogame-cinematica of Fool’s Gold signees Sweet Valley.

But we contend you’d be best served to land at the Knitting Factory, in Brooklyn, where Sub Pop is promising Debo Band, an 11-member, Ethiopian-fueled enclave out of Boston, plus the neo-crooner Daughn Gibson, and Metz—whose recently released debut sprints and screams with breakneck intensity, and is reputed to pale in comparison to the Toronto trio’s impact in concert.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t include ourselves in the scrum: If you’ve yet to read the news, HASH will co-sponsor an unofficial showcase and after-party at Hotel Chantelle, 7 P.M. till late!

Wild Card: You Can’t Miss…

William Tyler, the Nashville guitarist whose fleet fingerpicking conjures prewar Americana in abounding swathes, often warping radio echoes and understated brass into frequencies that somehow feel unfamiliar. (Mercury Lounge, 7:30 P.M.)

Also of note: Day 3 promises some afternoon notables, like the agreeable indie rockers DIIV performing and live streaming a set at CMJ Union, or the post-rock auteur Jon Derosa (Aarktica), who later plays a brief set of songs from his acoustic solo record Anchored, out on Silber Records, at Shade (241 Sullivan St., 2 P.M.).

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