Seven Sets You Should See During CMJ Week: Main Attrakionz, EMA, Dierks Bentley, And More

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Main Attrakionz.

Sound of the City's staff has opinions about which bands to see at the CMJ festival, happening around the city this week. Here, Nick Murray offers his seven picks—well, six festival-affiliated artists and one dude who just happens to have a couple of NY-area shows this week. (Check out Maura Johnston's and Martika Finch's selections. too.)

AraabMUZIK
This Providence-born producer hammers out beats that will make your feet move with a virtuosity that will make your jaw drop. After turning hip-hop heads' heads with his work on Cam'ron's Crime Pays and Dipset reunion single "Salute," AraabMUZIK has come into his own on this year's trance-influenced solo album Electronic Dream.
Where to catch him: Try the Saturday Blowout at Santos Party House, where he joins Main Attrakionz, Action Bronson, Elks, Trash Talk, and Kylesa in one of the week's most promising showcases.

Titus Andronicus
If you haven't discovered the bar punk, Eric Foner-with-power-chords bliss of The Monitor—the latest from New Jersey-and-proud quintet Titus Andronicus—by now, you should probably proceed directly to Glasslands tonight. If you're familiar with the record, go anyway; these days, the group rarely plays venues as intimate as this one.
Where to catch them: The band's only show this week happens tonight at 9 at Glasslands.


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Live: Dierks Bentley Brings Out "Will Ferrell" in Long Island

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No cowbell

The J├Ągermeister Tour featuring Dierks Bentley, Josh Thompson, and Sean Patrick McGraw
Long Island Community Bank Theatre at Westbury
Sunday, March 27

Better than: Staving off the Sunday night blues with a screening of Talladega Nights.

For much of his show on at the former Westbury Music Fair, Dierks Bentley couldn't believe that the throng in front of him was a Sunday-night crowd. "Is this Sunday night?" he asked after being hailed for his opening number "Feel That Fire." The rapturous response was both an affirmation and a signal that most people in the crowd weren't going to worry about Monday morning until they'd reached the Long Island Expressway.

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Definitely Not CMJ: Brad Paisley Gets Metrosexual At Madison Square Garden

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Karen Blakely
At the Grand Ole Opry, which is just like MSG, when you think about it. CREDIT.
Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley
Madison Square Garden
Thursday, October 22

Today's lecture topic is manhood. "There are no sissies in New York," Brad Paisley declares, bantering in the midst of "I'm Still a Guy," a kindhearted lope that nonetheless asserts that his feminine side has its limits. "If you have the courage to live here, cross the street here, get a cab here -- then you're not a sissy." Raucous applause. And then it's time for the verse about "dudes getting facials." Repeat: This was not a CMJ show.

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