The CMJ 2012 Showcase You Can’t Miss: Friday Oct. 19

October 19, 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.

Friday’s CMJ 2012 Must-See Showcase:

Wild Nothing and The Antlers are two outfits swaddling beleaguered lyrics with glimmering, often beautiful externals. Both will play and stream sets from CMJ Union this afternoon. In the evening, the Gramercy Theatre boasts the formidable hip-hop lineup straddling lyrical attacks and generations: Ghostface Killah, the Busta Rhymes affiliate Roc Marciano, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and New York newcomer Angel Haze, whose breathless wordplay quickly—though unsurprisingly—landed her in the majors . (She is scheduled for Pitchfork’s unofficial showcase at Villain this evening as well.)

There’s competition though, and it comes out of left field—or more literally New Orleans (temporally, somewhere in the late ’90s): No Limit fire-breathers Mystikal and Silkk the Shocker are the so-far announced headliners of a separate showcase at Irving Plaza. Whether it delivers or not, it somehow feels like more of an event than Gramercy’s. Toss-up: take your pick!

Wild Card: You Can’t Miss…

Really, if you’ve yet to see him by this point, better not waste your waning chances to catch Le1f. Fortunately, as his hyperactive schedule this week suggests, and standout single “Wut”—and its video—from his Dark York mixtape screams, Le1f wants to be seen. You’ll have three opportunities today alone. Find the indefatigable emcee either at 285 Kent, Pitchfork’s showcase at Villain, or at Cantora Records’ after-party at the men’s strip club Westway—natch. If neither aligns with your schedule, he’s slated for three more spots tomorrow.

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