Everyone is all worked up about CMJ down in the Dirty Apple later this week, but the spirit of the NYC music fest is alive and well tonight along Harvard Avenue in Allston. Three Four shows, three four venues, nine a gazillion performances, and all worth your time; here's what's on our Allston radar tonight, for those not attending the Drums at the 'Dise, Phoenix at Agganis or even the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli at the Brattle Theatre :
PPALMM at O'Brien's -- A sort of a farewell show for Paul Morse, who unfortunately relocated his beat-textured solo electronic project down to Brooklyn. Birthdays and Teenage Reverb round out a solid night of underground electronics wrangled together by the Sippy Cup Everything crew, and part of the joy in paying the $7 cover is getting in-the-know and helping name whatever new -wave microgenre the blogosphere will be lobbing at these cats in the next few months.
The Cinnamon Fuzz at Harpers Ferry -- We touched on this a few weeks ago in our Off The Record review section, but the Fuzz' Cruise of the Century EP has us all warm and fuzzy inside. A smart pick to breakout in '11, the Fuzz takes Peter Steele-inspired vocals and coats them in sugar-gum synthpop. It's kind of crazy, and it's kind of awesome, and should get this Ryan Smashing Life gig at Dead Club Walking Harpers started on the right note. Peep the video above.
The Main Drag at Great Scott -- Opening for Cincinnati indie-pop kids the Pomegranates, who are on their own way to the real CMJ, the Main Drag enhance their trademarked lush-pop sounds with a audio/visual component from RobotKid, he of the many Middlesex Lounge dance parties. The Main Drag will be showing those Cincy lads a thing or two like they was Roy Halladay.
OH SNAP JUST ADDED: Art Decade at Wadzilla -- For those not feeling traditional venues, Wadzilla Mansion off into the scenic Allston sidestreets is hosting a basement party frenzy with Gobble Gobble, Rich Aucoin, Art Decade, SuperVolcano and Emily Elbert. Check the details here.