You can finally sleep without flipping the pillow to get the cool side, pumpkin ale is in abundance, and all those pesky frat boys are back in town. Yes, fall is in full force and you know what that means? BesidesÂ exorbitant gas bills, the CMJ Music Marathon!!! College Music Journal brings its annual weeklong band showcase to your neck of the woods for low, low prices. We browsed through the show list and picked out the best and brightest Brooklyn shows we think are worth your precious time.
Willowz, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Trash (256 Grand St.) price tba
If youâ€™ve seen Michel Gondryâ€™s The Science of Sleep, then youâ€™re probably familiar with the Willowzâ€™ funky/punky garage rock sounds. If not, high tail it to Trash on Wednesday. This band may actually make you wanna uncross your plaid-clad arms.
Hollerado, Thursday, Oct. 22,Â 8 p.m., Union Pool (484 Union Ave.) price tba
Contrary to what you might assume, Hollerado are not in fact from Colorado. Instead they hail from that country we love to hate and hate to love: Canada. All jokes aside, this act dishes out power pop that even Jack White can get behind. Mr. White himself chose them to open for his zillionth new band. Incentive? I think yes.
Japandroids, Friday, Oct. 23,Â 7 p.m. Bell House (149 7th St.) $12
Holleradoâ€™s Canadian comrades take on Gowanus this Friday at the Bell House. Citing their influences as the Sonics and â€śyour sister,” Japandroids are two dudes that play infectious fuzz rock. Self-described â€śsweethearts still naĂŻve enough to think theyâ€™ll never sell out,” Brian, Dave, and your sister are worth checking out.
EAR PWR, Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 PM, Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St.) price tba
Guaranteed EAR PWR will make even the most cynical scenester bust a move. Or not.Â But theyâ€™ll at least make you tap your feet to the electro pop beats and the distorted shouts coming from the duoâ€™s megaphone. Living proof that tobacco and OBX car stickers ainâ€™t the only thing North Carolinaâ€™s got going for it.
An Albatross, Sunday, Oct. 25, 12:30 AM Union Pool (484 Union Ave.) $10
An Albatross will make you feel like youâ€™ve died and descended into the Seventh Circle of Hell. In an awesome way.Â TheÂ PA noise rock band is known for their out of control live shows and with an EP entitled Eat Thunder, Shit Lightning. How can you not be intrigued?