Saturday, October 25

Unwashed hipsters disembark the L train and flood Manhattan for the final day of the CMJ music festival, clad in high-top sneakers, gray jeans in a children’s size, and a few fake tattoos. Sway to the soothing sounds of bands Die! Die! Die!, The Art of Shooting, Charm City Devils, Iran, the Muslims, Cereal Killa, the Fresh Kills, Los Straightjackets … They’re kidding, right? Whatever happened to friendly, happy-sounding musical groups with names like the Turtles and the Beatles?

[cmj.com for schedule]

mbryan@observer.com

Saturday, October 25