Every October, the holidays come early for music-lovers in and around NYC: Yes, it’s CMJ time again! As always, the festival — held Oct. 19-23 at venues throughout the city — is offering plenty of options (catch the full schedule here). But this year we decided to focus on the dance-oriented performances. (All events 21-plus unless otherwise noted.)
Tuesday, Oct. 19
What: Technique Electrique: A Gigmaven CMJ Showcase
Who: Drop The Lime, Nite Club, Year of the Tiger, Syvia, Atypicals
Why: An evening of diverse electronic styles is capped off by heavy bass It Boy Drop the Lime.
Where: Canal Room, 285 West Broadway at Canal Street
When: 7 p.m.
How Much: $10 advance/$12 at door; buy tickets here
Wednesday, Oct. 20
Who: Holy Ghost! with The Knocks
Why: Two highly danceable live shows by New Yorkers: Holy Ghost! are sure to get much love from the hometown crowd with their tighter-by-the-week set, while rising DJ/producers The Knocks will work their feel-good magic.
Where: Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street
When: 10:30 p.m.
How Much: $15 advance tickets here; 18-plus
What: NOUVEAU YORK presents The Bond Music Group CMJ Showcase
Who: Dr. Dunks (of Rub-n-Tug), Eli Escobar, Jacques Renault, Justin Miller, Liv Spencer (House of House), Mike Simonetti, Nomi (of Jessica 6), Punches, Rub-n-Tug, Runaway, Still Going, Stretch Armstrong, VHS OR Beta DJs
Why: A night with NYC’s hottest disco movers and shakers ensures sweaty, sexy dance-floor insanity.
Where: Le Bain, The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St.
When: 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
How Much: Free
Thursday, October 21
What: France Rocks NYC: Social Club Party
Who: Mikix The Cat, Yuksek & Brodinski (The Krays), Pilooski (of Discodeine), The Aikiu, Mustang
Why: A disco-lover’s dream, some of France’s finest electronic talent will take over NYC for a night. Génial!
Where: Hiro Ballroom, 88 9th Ave. between 16th and 17th Streets
When: 10 p.m.
How Much: Free with RSVP here.
What: dF & The Hype Machine present I <3 NY CMJ Showcase
Who: A Classic Education, Betatraxx, Blackbird Blackbird, Class Actress, Curt of Flosstradamus, Dame, Eli Escobar, French Horn Rebellion, Kid Daytona, Kisses, Kordan, LexiconDon, Maluca, Mikey Rocks/The Cool Kids, NightWaves, Nina Sky, Oh Land, Punches, Rye Rye, Stranger Day, Stretch Armstrong, The 87 Stick-Up Kids, The Crayon Fields, The Dance Party, The Knocks, The Wellington Papers, VHS or Beta & more surprises TBA
Why: Check out hot up-and-comers from NYC and across the world all on one bill. You’ll want to pay particular attention to French Horn Rebellion, Eli Escobar, Punches, Rye Rye, and Stretch Armstrong.
Where: Backstage Bar, 152 Orchard Street
When: 7 p.m. – 4 a.m.
How Much: Free with RSVP here .
What: OAKLEY presents MOODSWING360 Showcase
Who: LMFAO, Shwayze, Hyper Crush, Cataracs, Dev, Das Racist, Gilbere Forte, DJ Benzi, Kelley James, Chris Young the Rapper, Oh Snap!!, DJ Jason Smith, Skeet Skeet, Dom Kennedy, Maluca, Popo, Gobble Gobble, Alexander Spit, Dances With White Girls
Why: Two floors with nearly 20 acts in one of NYC’s best venues.
Where: Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.
When: 7 p.m.
How Much: $20 advance tickets here.
Friday, October 22
What: Palms Out Pachita!
Who: Savage Skulls + Douster, Fagget Fairys, Marcus Price & Carli, Dubbel Dutch, LOL Boys, The Touch, Brenmar, Tim Dolla, ESTAW, Michael Magnan & Nita
Why: Come party with Palms Out Sounds, Prefix (yes, we’re proudly co-sponsoring!), and hot DJs from around the globe at this megarager held in Pacha’s swanky VIP sister club.
Where: Pachita (618 W. 46th St., 3rd Floor)
When: 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
How Much: $5 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or $10 at door
What: Girls & Boys/Windish Agency CMJ Showcase
Who: Designer Drugs, Jamaica, Grum, Matthew Dear, Dominique Young Unique
Why: Despite the venue’s infamous clusterfucks and overzealous security, the line-up is pretty damn impressive, ranging from more established artists like Matthew Dear to up-and-comers like Grum and Jamaica. Be sure to get there plenty early to guarantee the cheap price of entry.
Where: Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. between 3rd and 4th Ave.
How Much: $1 before midnight with RSVP here.
When: 10 p.m.; 19-plus w/I.D.
Saturday, October 23
What: FIXED presents Making Time
Who: Matthew Dear, Holy Ghost!, Crocodiles, Javelin, Gold Panda, Jamaica, Kisses, Dave P/JDH & more
Why: Fixed residents and DJ/promoters extraordinaire Dave P and JDH bring Philly’s legendary indie dance party to Brooklyn for one night only, assembling not only one of the week’s raddest line-ups but one of its longest ragers (9 hours!) too.
Where: Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn
When: 9 a.m.- 6 a.m.
How Much: $15 advance tickets here; $20 at door.