• Ratking, looking hazy and mysterious

Sometime after midnight on Saturday night, waiting for Yakuza to start their headlining set at a Brooklyn Vegan-sponsored showcase at the extremely cool Greenpoint metal venue St. Vitus, I hit a wall. I slipped out the door, walked the block and a half back to the place I’m staying at temporarily, and passed out. I woke up the next day to what is probably either a minor cold or a bad case of fall allergies, which I’m still feeling now. Like many other people, I suspect, I have been defeated by CMJ, and I’m still paying the price for all the loud music, crowded rooms, and drinking (music-industry professionals can be very generous with their expense-account bar tabs).

Was it worth it? Probably. The other day I mentioned the extremely fantastic show I saw by gothy, postpunky British group Savages, who were one of the most successful acts at the festival in terms of generating buzz. After the jump I’ve got a couple more of the week’s winners.