CMJ only seems like a drag if a) you’re in a band that’s playing 3+ shows; b) you don’t know how to navigate the madness. If you’re in a trending band, sorry, we can’t help you make the CMJ easier for you, but we will be looking out for you while on the press prowl! All others, read on for a day-by-day list of the best CMJ parties in Bushwick (+Williamsburg). We’re talking free, cheap, official, unofficial, free booze/food, and all-around madness from Tuesday-Saturday. See our pick show for each day listed first with the show poster!

If you’re looking for bands to check out, lucky you! We laid out 12 bands you HAVE to see this CMJ including TOPS, Dream Police, Splashh, Ages & Ages & more!

If we didn’t include your North Brooklyn showcase, leave it in the comments and we’ll update.

Tuesday 10/21 Unofficial CMJ @ Palisades ($8 adv, $10 Day of, 8PM)

Roomrunner, Celestial Shore, Heliotropes, Washer

Official Oh My Rockness CMJ Show @ Cameo Gallery (*OFFICIAL* FREE w/ Badge or $10, 8PM)

PINS (12 AM), September Girls (11 PM), Mannequin Pussy (10 PM), Vasudeva (9 PM), Amanda X (8 PM)

Free Show @ Pete’s Candy Store (FREE, 5PM)

Monomyth (7:50pm), Hundreds (7:10pm), Melaena Cadiz (6:30pm), Benjamin Verdoes (5:50pm), Conveyor (5:10pm)

Conflict of Interest @ Brooklyn Bowl (Free w/ RSVP, 8PM)

Cold War Kids, Aurora, Chief Scout, Special Guest

Free Williamsburg Official Showcase @ The Flat (*OFFICIAL* FREE w/ Badge or $5, 6 PM)

Journalism, Lazyeyes, Honduras, Life Size Maps, Hits, Ski Lodge

IMPSUM CMJ @ Trans-Pecos ($7, 8PM)

Native America, Flagland, Life Size Maps, Cousin Brian

Tell All Your Friends CMJ Party @ Baby’s All Right (FREE, 12PM)

Peter Matthew Bauer, Bo Ningen, Happyness, Money, Spires, Slothrust, Strange Names

M is For Montreal CMJ Party @ Babys All Right (FREE, 12AM)

Mystery Lights (2:15 AM), Calvin Love (1:30AM), Homeshake(12:45AM), Honey (midnight)

No Sleep + Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Showcase @ The Paper Box (FREE, 6PM)

Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday’s John Nolan, ’68, Fake Problems’ Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers

Gingercore Kills CMJ @ Silent Barn ($5 before 10, $10 after, 5:30PM, $FREE PIZZA)

Pc Worship, Broken Water, Dream Police, Natural Velevet, Psychic Blood, Sediment Club, Chimes

Aputumpu CMJ @ Muchmores ($7, 7:30PM)

Little Racer, Slavve, Gone Quite Mad, Kahli Abdu and the VHS Safari, Loose Buttons, Wonderbitch, How To Be Topp


Unofficial CMJ House Show @ 315 Seigel St apt 312 (FREE, BYOB)

Wildcat Apollo, Touching, Me Chinese, Room Full of Strangers

City Lights Presents | INSRGNT-[Arts] | Table Three Media at CMJ @ The Acheron (*OFFICIAL* FREE w/ Badge or $10, 8PM)

Slingshot Dakota, Koji, creepoid, off & on, Meghann Wright

Birddog CMJ @ Shea Stadium ($8, 8PM)

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, TOPS, Moon King, Calvin Love, Nicholas Nicholas

Firetalk + Bathetic Presents @ Silent Barn ($8, 8PM)

Woodsman, United Waters, Katrina Stonehart, Advaeta, Isn’t Ours

Ipsum Magazine & Buzz Magazine @ Trans-Pecos (7PM, $7)

Low Fat Getting High, EULA, Robot Death Kites, Weaves, Push Ups, Beta Frontiers

No Shame & Cameo Gallery CMJ Showcase @ Cameo Gallery (*OFFICIAL*, FREE W/ RSVP, 6PM)

Walking Shapes, Mother Feather, Teen Commandments, loveskills, Conveyor, Joseph King, Wild Pink, Desert Stars

Hand Drawn Dracula CMJ Showcase @ Palisades ($7, 7PM)

Wish (11:45pm), Doomsquad (11pm), Beliefs (10:15pm), Lobby (9:30pm), Blonde Elvis (8:45pm), Dead Leaf Echo (8pm)


Bushwick Daily + Out In The Streets CMJ Party @ Lot 45 ($5, 8PM)

Seoul, Fort Lean, The Great Void, Rioux, Tomboy, Doprah, Yawn, Zula

The Deli’s Official CMJ 2014 @ Spike Hill ($FREE, 8PM)

Hard Nips, Juniper Rising, Le Rug, Low Fat Getting High, Charly Bliss, The Teen Age, The New Tarot, Baliff, NoPop

Portals + Stadiums & Shrines Unofficial CMJ Showcase @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah ($FREE, 7PM)

Nicholas Nicholas, $3.33, SAINT PEPSI,  Heathered Pearls,  R.L. Kelly,  Yohuna

KXLU & Burger Records’ CMJ Showcase @ Death By Audio  ($FREE, 7PM)

White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, L.A. Witch, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman

Bushwick CMJ Party at A New Venue @ 266 Bleeker St ($8, 8PM)

Zula, Yokan System, Goldbloc, Tele/visions

Captured Tracks x Omnian Music Group @ Baby’s All Right ($FREE, 1PM)

Widowspeak, Juan Wauters, Dinner, Homeshake, Mega Bog, Alex Calder, Girl Tears

FLOOD CMJ Showcase @ Brooklyn Bowl ($FREE w/ RSVP, 7PM)

Beach Fossils, Small Black, Wardell, and Fiance

Communion CMJ @ Glasslands (*OFFICIAL*, $FREE, 8:30PM)

Twin Peaks, Bear’s Den, Gossling, Colony House, Lia Ices, Marian Hill

Impose and Lyynks Music present @ Palisades ($FREE, 8PM)

Open Eagle Mike, HEEMS, Princess Nokia, Louis Logic, Malportado Kids, Yung Gutted, Chris Gethard, Greer Barnes, The Lucas Brothers

Dull Tools Records Showcase @ Silent Barn ($7, 8PM)

PC Worship, Future Punx, Eaters, Beth Israel, B-Boys

FRIDAY 10/22

Miscreant & Father/Daughter present: Conscious Coupling CMJ Party @ Silent Barn ($5, 2PM on)

Small Wonder, Mitski, Amanda X, Bent Shapes, Girlpool, Rivergazer, Leapling, Running In the Fog, Nicholas Nicholas, more

Siren Sounds @ Spike Hill ($FREE + free beer, 7PM)

Max Jury, The Teen Age, The Rooks, Northern American, goodbyemotel, Ron Gallo , Camden, The Foreign Resort

Culture Collide @ Knitting Factory ($FREE with RSVP, 12PM)

Hunters, Gingo Star, FLowers, September Girls, Splashh, Wytches, Pins, Paws, Beverly, Solander

Official Campers’ Rule 2014 CMJ Showcase @ The Flat (*OFFICIAL* $FREE w/ badge or $7, 7PM)

Pony Farm, Holy Tunics, Spirit Plate, Norwegian Arms, Shy Hunters

Sacred Bones CMJ Showcase @ Trans-Pecos ($12, 8PM)

Moon Duo, Marissa Nadler, Amen Dunes, Dream Police.

Ipsum & Heavy Trip @ Shea Stadium ($10, 8 PM)

PAWS/Solids/Heat/Meat Wave/Washer

Orchid Tapes Official Afternoon CMJ Showcase @ The Shop (*OFFICIAL*$FREE w/ Badge of $5, 12PM)

Foxes in Fiction, Mister Lies, Emily Reo, R.L. Kelly, Yohuna

Saturday 10/23


Happy Lives, Honduras, Palehound, Cosmonaut, Journalism, O-Face, more

PaperCup Official CMJ Showcase @ The Shop (*OFFICIAL* $FREE with Badge or $5, 11:30 AM)

Raccoon Fighter, BOYTOY, GAL PALS, Tennis System, The Teen Age, Needle Points, The Muscadettes

Wild Honey Pie @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar ($FREE with RSVP, 2PM on)

Twin Wave, HIGHS, Yellerkin, Salt Cathedral, Modern Rivals, Zella Day, Little Daylight

Northern Spy & Clandestine Media Present an Unofficial CMJ Day Party @ Trans-Pecos ($FREE + free beer, 1PM on)

Split/Red, Shilpa Ray, Yonatan Gat, Zula, Brandon Seabrook + Greg Fox Duo, Creature Automatic

Arbutus CMJ Showcase @ Shea Stadium ($10, 7pm)

TOPS, Mozart’s Sister, Lydia Ainsworth, Solar Year, Agatha Dimm


Krill, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Geronimo!, Broken Water, more

TJO presents, Behind the Curtains Media and DHM Agency CMJ @ Muchmore’s (*OFFICIAL* Free w/ Badge or $7, 7PM)

Great Ceaser, Cosmonaut, Grundle Thunder. The Shackeltons, Fancy Balloons, Manic Pixi, more

Team Clermont CMJ Showcase @ Union Pool ($8, 8pm)

Leverage Models, Yonatan Gat. Stranger Cat, She Keeps Bees, Celestial Shore


The Wiskey Bitches, Old Monk  Bikini Carwash, The Living Kills, Room Full of Strangers, more