TLD’s CMJ Music Showcase Profile: Less The Band

LESS The Band

Beginning today, we’ll be offering up profiles of the bands taking part in The Lo-Down’s CMJ Showcase, which is coming to Fontana’s on Tuesday evening. First up — Less The Band, which started off as a fictional group in prolific playwright Adam Rapp’s, “Finer Noble Gases” (2004). 

Come See Our CMJ LES Showcase Winner Tonight!

DESERT SHARKS - Photo: Karen Seifert

The LoDown’s upcoming CMJ showcase is shaping up nicely. We have some outstanding bands set to perform on Oct 18th at Fontana’s, including LessAndrew Vladeck, and Saadi. PLUS, following a great response from our open call for LES based groups, we’ve made our pick for the show’s opener:

Kicking things off that night will be guitar crunching, heavy rock band DESERT SHARKS. The all-girl, 4-piece rock assemblage holds true to the movement started way back by groups like the Runaways, and furthered through the 90’s by the likes of Veruca Salt and the Breeders. That being said, it’s 2011, and make no mistake Desert Sharks are doing it their way.

Come to Fontana’s on the 18th, and see what we’re talking about!

$10 // 8pm // 105 Eldridge St.


CMJ Announces Initial 2010 Artist Lineup

The College Music Journal has announced their initial “Artist Lineup” for their 2010 music marathon and film festival.  The marathon will run from Oct. 19th – 23rd this year in venues throughout the city (including many LES hot spots). The festival has long been a destination for industry insiders and music lovers alike to discover new music and catch the latest in interactive media.

CMJ, HBO’s Schmatta, and Rock Trivia at Piano’s

Arts watch

Today is your last chance to pre-register for CMJ ‘09. The College Music Jounal's annual music marathon and film festival starts tomorrow and runs (almost non-stop) through the weekend.  Venues all throughout the city, including local Lower East Side favorites like Arlene's Grocery, Cakeshop, Pianos, Delancey and Bowery Ballroom, will be jam-packed with up-and-coming bands and music insiders.  For those of you who consider yourselves "just an average show-goer", TimeOut offers a great CMJ For Dummies interview with founder Bobby Haber.

As a warmup for CMJ, you can be your own star and head to Pianos (158 Ludlow) tonight, for their weekly Feed Your Head (Rock Trivia!) at 8pm and My Sweet Karaoke at 10pm.

If you're staying in tonight (and don't happen to care for Monday Night Football), tune in for the premier of HBO's new documentary, Schmatta:Rags To Riches To Rags, at 9pm. The film focuses on New York's Garment District and follows the
decline of the once-robust apparel manufacturing industry in the U.S., while
chronicling the industry's relationship with unions and government.