CMJ aka College Music Journal is the second largest U.S. urban indie music festival after SXSW. If you’ve never experienced it in years past, now’s the time! Although most of the “official” shows take place in Manhattan, we’re making it easy for you to see a plethora of awesome bands, without a badge and for pocket change, without even leaving the ‘hood!

CMJ is coming up this week and the nabe is getting ready. We had an exhaustively fun time last year but this time we’re staying local. Yes, that’s right: CMJ, Bushwick Style. Here’s our grand list, plus a non-Bushwick editor’s pick for each day. Hear of a house party or something else? Comment it and we’ll list it!


Heliotropes, Leda, Beach Day, Backwords, Starlight Girls, Easy Lover @ Public Assembly (Note: The show was supposed to be held at Delinquency, which was closed down last weekend! Sucks…)

Clemm Rishad (12am), Max Burgundy (11pm), Yo Majesty (10pm), Gliffics (9pm), Dujeous (8pm) @ Paperbox

Weekend, The So So Glos,Skaters @ Shea Stadium

Harris Trucks (12:45 am), The Netherlands (12:15 am), Dirty Fences (11:30 pm), Gentleman Hall (10:45 pm), The Raw Men Empire (10:00 pm), Live Footage (9:15 pm), Optic Yellow Felt (8:30 pm), TV Club (7:45 pm), Capelle (7:00 pm)- @ Fontana’s (Not in Bushwick, but a show worth noting!!)

The Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Aquadora, Neg-Fi @  XPO 929



Regal Degal, Ian Drennan, Lame Drivers, So Cow, Squarehead @ Big Snow

Dent May, Mac DeMarco, Teen Suicide, Poor Lily, The Deloreans, Attic Public Assembly (Note: The show was supposed to be held at Delinquency, which was closed down last weekend! Sucks…)

Icona Pop, JJAMZ, Matt Sucich, Kate Earl @ Jet Blue’s JFK Terminal (This one isn’t in Bushwick, but how rad does that sound?)

Kyle Rapps and Diwon, Aaron Cohen and the Inner City Kids, Danse Diamons, Tek (of Smif n Wessun), Black Dave, Cezar, El Gant, Rilgood, Maffew Ragazino @ Paperbox

Blackbird Blackbird, Maus Haus, TOPS, Motion Studies @ Shea Stadium

 Dead Leaf Echo, Andre Obin, Some Ember, Rarechild,Treasure Teeth @ Tandem


Ava Luna(8:45pm), Royal Canoe (8pm), Fergus&Geronimo (7:15pm),Murals (6:30pm), Starlight Girls (5:45pm), Sinkane (5:30pm), Chains of Love (4:15pm), Spanish Prisoners (3:30pm) @ Delinquency- *LOOKING FOR NEW VENUE- KEEP POSTED*

The Jigglers, The Bowery Boys, Plastiq Passion, The Rats, Shy Around Strangers, Bikini Carwash, Room Full of Strangers @ Paperbox

Love as Laughter, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Secret Project Robot

Mirror Mirror, Regal Degal, Kirin J Callinan, New Look, Leda @ Shea Stadium

The Denzels, Beach Day, Slam Donahue, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Chappo, Lazyeyes, HITS, GULL, Dead Stars, Heaven’s Gate, Cruisin’ USA, I.R.O.K. @ XPO 929

The Intelligence, Roomrunner, Wild Yaks, Royal Baths @ Public Assembly (not in Bushwick but sounds awesome!)


Unstoppable Death Machines, ZZZ’s, The Netherlands @ Big Snow

Penguin Prison (DJ Set), Icona Pop, Born Ruffians, Free Energy, Chad Valley, Flume @ Brooklyn Bowl (not in Bushwick but seems legit!)

King Tuff, Total Slacker, Habibi, Royal Baths, Turnip King, Cassie Ramone (DJ set) @ Cheap Storage

Tiny Victories, Lost Boy?, Fantasy Rainbow, Shark?, Twin Tigers, Caged Animals, Your YouthGross Relations @ Delinquency- *LOOKING FOR NEW VENUE- KEEP POSTED*

Only Living Boy (12:40am), Black Wing Halo (12:05am), Vulture Shit (11:30pm), New Madrid (10:55pm), Gypsy West (10:20pm), The Walnuts (9:45pm), TAB The Band (9:10pm), Brick & Mortar (8:35pm), WYLDLIFE (8pm) @ Don Pedro’s

Fast Years, The Denzels, Cool Serbia, Jangula, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, EULA, Gypsy Wig, The Micks, Dances, No Shoes  @ NXT LVL

The Death Set, Spirit Animal, Gemini Club, Shinobi Ninja, The Blackfires, The Virginmarys, The Skins, Exes of Evil, Kaleido, The Elephant In The Room @ Paperbox

Har Mar Superstar, IO Echo, RIG 1, Breakfast In Fur @ Shea Stadium

Slug Guts, Pop. 1280, Warthog @ The Acheron

The VanSaders, Symbollocks, The Benjees,Going Green, We Run, Brother K @ 538 Johnson Ave

Gary War, Black Marble,Weekend, Plastic Flowers, Dark Sister, Yvette @ XPO 929


Doldrums, TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Majical Cloudz, Eola @ Death By Audio (Not in Bushwick but worth checking out!)

She Keeps Bees, Heliotropes,Roomrunner, Mr. Dream,Sleepies, Yvette, Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Young Adults, Fat History Month, Ovlov, Geronimo, Trabajo, The Flag, EULA, Slothrust  @ Paperbox

Andrew Cedermark, Twerps,Julian Lynch, King Cyst @ Shea Stadium

Gap Dream, MV & EE, Paperhead, Herbcraft @ Big Snow