Ah, CMJ. It’s the colloquial term for the College Music Journal‘s annual music marathon, which is spread throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for a very long weekend in October. What does this mean? Well, there are a ton of extra young kids roaming around the city in tight black jeans and Chuck Taylors, for one, as every college radio enthusiast on the East Coast shells out a couple hundred bucks for a pass that will allow them to watch an up-and-coming band play a 30-minute set in the basement of a bar on Ludlow Street. But don’t forget all of the bands. THE BAAAANDS! What buzzworthy post-math rock / nu-punk-pop outfit will get discovered this week?!
This post will probably not help you find a new favorite music group, but if you’re the kind of person who judges bands solely by their names as one would pick a book according to its cover, you’re in luck! Here is a list of fifteen bands I am purposefully not seeing this weekend because their names sound like the lineup of a college improv festival.
Madison Square Gardeners
Mind the Gap
Moonmen on the Moon
What Cheer? Brigade
Wheelchair Sports Camp
You Say France & I Whistle
Congrats, the Twees, for making it two years in a row!