There's really no other way to put it, than to say that our CMJ Friday (October 23) was the "weirdestly(?)" concocted and constructed day yet. After a TON of running around mid-morning and early afternoon to a few one-on-one artist interviews, checking out a panel or two and a super secret, but oh so killer, presentation we sat through, the latter portion of the day was sure to be a welcome change in which, hey, we actually saw some bands!

Starting off at the intimately arranged Spin party down at Rockwood Music Hall, we were treated to a 25 minute set from the lovable ladies of Au Revoir Simone. Their playful, and at times, adorably nerdy banter between songs entertained the 60 some odd people packed into the tiny venue space.

The talented and multi-instrumentalisted trio hopped around from the piano to keyboard, all taking turns on both lead and backing vocals. Highlight? Beaston favorite Take Me As I Am, off their current album, Still Night Still Light.

Jumping next over to le poisson rouge for Spanish outfit Delorean's set, we arrived just as the boys were about to take the stage. To say that their live stage show is energetic is a gross understatement. Watching the keyboardist jump around nonstop hyped our tired bodies up even more, and god we were thankful for that!

Bursting through lovable tracks like Deli (my personal fave) and Seasun, the 20 minute affair was a welcome warming to the weather outside which quickly turned to torrentially rain-ous/heinous.

Delorean head back to Europe for the remainder of 2009, so if you find yourself in London, Stockholm or Paris, I'd instantly suggest you check them out.

After a brief stop by Norwood (again!) to say hi to a few people, we donned our best makeshift "tshirt umbrella" and headed into Williamsburg to catch the Brooklyn-bred punk clan of Shiragirl over at Public Assembly.

After catching the all-girl quartet earlier this summer, we knew we needed to catch them live again. With an endless supply of punk heavy riffs and rants merged, at times, with a hip-hopinfused chant, the ladies of Shiragirl know how to have fun, and make good music while doing so.

Biggest and most enjoyable part of the set this night? They covered Red Hot Chili Peppers' Suck My Kiss, to which the room of frenetically dancing fans nearly lost their mind. A perfect end to a long and productively amazing day.

And now, enjoy some tracks from the bands we saw!

mp3: Delorean - Deli
mp3: Shiragirl - Roll With Tha Crew
mp3: Au Revoir Simone - Take Me As I Am
mp3: The Big Pink - Too Young To Love (Delorean Remix)
mp3: Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow (The Teenagers Remix)