Though showcases for this year's CMJ are still being announced, there's only one event we've got a laser focus on: TRUE TILL DEF, a free concert thrown by Converse, Tee Pee Records and Chronic Youth on October 20 at NYC's Mercury Lounge that celebrates the return of one of biggest hardcore acts of the '90s, Strife.

 

What makes the reunion of these former straight-edge advocates that much more subversive is who they're playing with: stoner instrumentalists Earthless, Priestess, Doobie Award nominees Iron Age, plus Naam and Disembodied.

 

And since there's no badge required, anyone is welcome to rsvp for a chance to get in. Just don't "X" up before you go... someone might blow smoke in your face.

 

To read more about my obsession with Earthless's Mario Rubalcaba, check out the Zena Metal blog.