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Indie Dispatches: CHL picks for CMJ Music Marathon

Alabama Shakes among this year's must-see at CMJ

It’s fall again, when every avid music fan’s thoughts turn to NYC and the annual CMJ Music Marath… hang on… it’s 2011! Does anyone actually go to this thing any more? Is it even relevant? Though indeed, it may not have the cachet of past decades, it seems that there are still a crew of people that will make the rounds of the clubs to see whatever the latest buzz hope-they-are-not-forgotten-in-two-years-time band (hello Black Kids?) While the masses may all be lined up to see Purity Ring or Araabmuzik, maybe you’d enjoy a few of the tips below – some new, some old, some signed, others not – to brighten up the days traipsing from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back…

Fionn Regan – Ireland’s answer to Ryan Adams – that is, a balladeer of the finest pedigree, who can floor a room with just his voice and an acoustic guitar (Fat Baby, 8pm Thurs 20)

FIDLAR – group of young SoCal punkazoids currently looking to steal the mantle of ‘kings of the LA underground’ from No Age. And winning. (Cake Shop, 10pm, Wed 19)

The Lonely Forest – their experience with Atlantic Records seems to have been a bust so far, but don’t discount them for that reason – this band is in the best tradition of the Pacific Northwest – great songs, good energy and a superb live show (Rock Shop, 9.30pm Thu 20)

Caveman – not sure the name does the band justice – but a very nice and subtle psychedelic edge sets them apart from the rest of the current crop of post-Local Natives/Fleet Foxes harmonizers (Pianos, 11pm Thurs 20)

Weekend – the loudest band in the US right now? Certainly a candidate with their excellent firebrand noise-rock, and another find by the always tasteful Slumberland label (Cake Shop, 12.45am Fri 21)

Rubber Kiss Goodbye – featuring the son of Brian Ferry. That’s a reason to at least have a look-see, right? (Fontanas, 9pm, Fri 21)

Duke Spirit - Still slogging away with that ‘big break’ eluding them, but for sure they rock better than most bands. And Liela Moss gets the vote as the sexiest front woman in Altrock (Brooklyn Bowl, 11pm, Tues 18)

Robert Ellis - sure does sound like Gram Parsons at times. And there is nothing wrong with that… A shining gem on the New West Records roster. (Living Room 11.15pm, Fri 21)

Metronomy – UK electro act that captured a lot of hearts (and ears) with their album The English Riviera this year (MHOW, 11.30pm, Thurs 20)

A Place to Bury Strangers – see Weekend. But with more records under their belt. And signed to Mute. (Union Pool, midnight, Thurs 19)

Sea of Bees – On the supreme Heavenly label for the UK, and an NPR fave. Freak folk with a twist – think the female equivalent to Devendra Banhart, or maybe Damien Rice (Living Room, 10.45, Thur 20)

Hey Marseilles – more great Northwest indierock that slides nicely alongside DCFC & more particularly, the Decemberists. (Living Room, 10pm, Sat 22)

Alabama Shakes – They are from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and live up to that area’s rich musical history. Say no more. (Bowery Ballroom, 8pm, Thu 20)

This Old GhostSmiths? Deathcab? not a bad place to start… (Acheron, Thu 20)

Kevin Devine - What better way to spend the final night of the the festival, than relaxing with Brooklyn’s most talented singer-songwriter? (Highline Ballroom, 8.30pm, Sat 22)

WILD FLAG – what do mean you weren’t there? #FAIL (Bowery Ballroom, 10.30pm, Tues 18)

- Cool Hand Luke