Local Music

CMJ Music Marathon kicks off in New York City tomorrow and Boston is reppin’. Hard. You’re probably like, “Why would I go all the way to New York to see a band that I could see here whenever?” Think of it like rooting for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium (although New Yorkers hopefully/likely won’t boo Boston bands). Here’s the go-to guide for the best local bands making Boston proud in enemy territory.

Magic Man

The electro-pop outfit originally formed at Tufts but since recruiting more members, they just trekked around the US with Walk the Moon, known for the single “Anna Sun.” There are three opportunities this week to catch the band in NYC, including one free show. Oct. 17 at 10:30 p.m., Neon Gold Showcase at Santos House Party, $10; Oct. 16 at midnight, CAA Showcase at Bowery Ballroom, $15; 

Speedy Ortiz

The Northampton quartet was a hit with everyone from Pitchfork to NPR with July’s “Major Arcana.” See the band twice at CMJ, including an absolutely stacked Exploding in Sound Records unofficial showcase that features plenty of other locals. Oct. 18 at 12:30 a.m., Panache Showcase at Baby’s All Right, $5; Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Pitchfork Showcase at 285 Kent, $10; Oct. 19 at 3 p.m., Exploding in Sound Records Showcase at Silent Barn, $7.

Bent Shapes

August’s “Feels Weird” revved a hefty wave for this local trio formerly known as Girlfriends, who will ride it to Brooklyn to deliver a gnarly dose of jangly post-punk. Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Father/Daughter Records Showcase at Muchmore’s, $8.

Gentlemen Hall

Brighton’s hardest-working pop collective has had quite a year and the ride continues as the band headlines a showcase at Webster Hall before hitting the road with Third Eye Blind in November, including a show Nov. 4 at the House of Blues. Oct. 17 at 9:10 p.m., CAA Showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall, $12.

Parks

Poppy quintet Parks is hard at work on a debut album. In the meantime, the group (pictured above) won its way into this year’s festival, scoring a spot through the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Which makes sense, because frontman Brian E. King can really pen a damn pop tune. Oct. 18 at midnight, Googie’s Lounge at The Living RoomOct. 19 at 8 p.m., John Lennon Songwriting Contest Showcase at Alphabet Lounge.

More local bands at CMJ 2013…

Oct. 15

The Woodrow Wilsons (7:30 p.m., Googie’s Lounge at The Living Room)

Oct. 16

Mutual Benefit (7:15 p.m., Father/Daughter Records Showcase at Muchmore’s, $8)

Julia Easterlin (8:45 p.m, Deli Stage at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, FREE)

Ramming Speed (9 p.m., Metal Insider Showcase at Europa, $12)

Quilt (9:30 p.m., Mexican Summer/Kanine/Carpark Showcase at Cameo Gallery,$7)

Mean Creek (10:45 p.m., Old Flame Records Showcase at Piano’s Upstairs, FREE)

Casey Desmond (11 p.m., Wicked Willy’s)

Oct. 17

Andre Obin (8 p.m., Bizarre, $5)

Julia Easterlin (8 p.m., BOOM Collective and Littlefield Showcase at Littlefield, $10)

Nick Hakim (9 p.m., Monkey Rock Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall, FREE)

Child Actor (9:30 p.m., The Delancey, $8)

Doctor Gasp (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

Evolfo Doofeht (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

Oct. 18

Grownup Noise ( 6:30 p.m., Green Room Showcase at Rock Shop, $8)

Psychic Blood (7 p.m., Gimme Tinnitus and X4EYEZ Showcase at Cloud City, $5)

Kingsley Flood (8 p.m., Baeble Showcase at Spike Hill, FREE)

Coyote Kolb (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

Tallahassee (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

White Dynomite (midnight, Wreckroom Records Showcase at Trash Bar, $10)

Oct. 19

Bad History Month (3 p.m., Exploding in Sound Records Showcase at Silent Barn, $7)

Grass Is Green (3 p.m., Exploding in Sound Records Showcase at Silent Barn, $7)

Kal Marks (3 p.m., Exploding in Sound Records Showcase at Silent Barn, $7)

Krill (3 p.m., Exploding in Sound Records Showcase at Silent Barn, $7)

Pile (3 p.m., Exploding in Sound Records Showcase at Silent Barn, $7)

Mean Creek (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

The Field Effect (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

Eddie Japan (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

Kingsley Flood (9:30 p.m., Outlaw Roadshow at Bowery Electric)

Julia Easterlin (10:15 p.m., Guilford Sound Showcase at Living Room)