CMJ Through the Lens, Day One: Cerebral Ballzy, Das Racist, KISSES

The CMJ Music Marathon has once again descended upon New York, turning nearly a hundred venues in the city into destinations for hardy showgoers to find their next obsessions. This year, Interview is documenting the marathon photographically.

We kicked off CMJ way downtown, visiting Santos Party House for sets by Cerebral Ballzy and KISSES and Pianos for a show by Das Racist. Cerebral Ballzy, a punk band from Brooklyn all about skateboarding, turnstile-hopping and beer, played an incredibly high-energy show; KISSES toned it down a bit, playing their signature crisp electro-pop that smacks a bit of Hot Chip. (The vocals were to die for.) As for Das Racist, the funny rappers from Brooklyn and Queens who seem to be everywhere these days, they kept the bass strong—and the crowd was loving it. Wish you were there? Click through our slideshow, above.