It just occurred to me that I hadn’t heard anything yet about Merge Records’ annual label showcase at CMJ, so I jumped over to the Merge forums and coincidentally found a posting by Christina (of Merge) from this morning.
According to Christina’s post, four Merge bands will be playing at various times during the festival (no Shout Out Louds, Oakley Hall or Caribou?), and the label will be hosting a Saturday day show at Sound Fix Records (which they’ve also done in the past). However, it looks like there’s no official evening showcase this year.
Guess we can chalk this up as another reason for me not to go to CMJ this year…
Merge Bands at CMJ
Tues., 10/16: The Rosebuds @ Bowery Ballroom (BrooklynVegan Showcase)
Wed., 10/17: Imperial Teen @ Maxwell’s
Thurs., 10/18: Imperial Teen @ Southpaw (Jelly NYC Showcase)
Fri., 10/19: The Broken West @ Mercury Lounge (Big Shot Touring Showcase)
Sat., 10/20: Merge Records Day [FREE] @ Sound Fix Records (w/ The Broken West, Imperial Teen & Special Guest)
Sat., 10/20: Spoon @ Roseland Ballroom
What do you want to bet that the “special guest” at the Merge day party is Spoon?
Edited to add: Commenter Charlie says that the “special guest” is Oakley Hall. That makes sense. Spoon at Sound Fix would just be way too crowded.