Destry's Michelle DaRosa says she tries to treat CMJ Music Marathon gigs like any other show.
"You can't go into it expecting anything more than a show," says the Baldwin native. "But being able to play your songs and having people listen is already pretty great."
DaRosa is a veteran of managing expectations, having been signed by indie labels and major label Universal in her time with Straylight Run. However, she says Destry is happy releasing its own music these days and is looking forward to a short fall tour that will include an opening slot for Taking Back Sunday, which once again includes her brother, John Nolan.
"We're not looking for much else label-wise," DaRosa says. "We're really only looking for some more licensing opportunities right now."
That doesn't mean, however, that she doesn't enjoy the CMJ festival atmosphere. "It's fun to be walking down the street and see that every bar, every club has something going on," she says. "Though I guess that's kind of like New York every night. It's great to feel like part of something like this."
Destry, who plays Sullivan Hall at 8:50 p.m. Oct. 21, is only part of this year's Long Island contingent looking to land some attention and hopefully more. Here are some of this year's contenders:
DANNY ROSS The country-tinged, pop-leaning singer-songwriter originally from Melville shows off songs from his "One Way" album and new material. (6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Bowery Electric and 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22, Living Room)
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THE SECRET HISTORY The Brooklyn-based band sounds more like '80s Manchester than, say, their roots in Ronkonkoma on the excellent "The World That Never Was," but that's no surprise to fans of its previous incarnation, My Favorite. (11 p.m. Tuesday, Lit Lounge)
GABRIEL THE MARINE Hopefully, the Lattingtown band, whose dramatic, emotional rock has landed it opening slots for Taking Back Sunday and Bayside, will unveil some of its much-anticipated forthcoming album. (9 p.m. Oct. 20, Kenny's Castaways)
KARSH KALE The London-born, Long Island-raised Asian Underground hero has plenty to celebrate, including his "Cinema" album topping the world music charts. (10:30 p.m. Oct. 21, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill)
NIGHT FEVERS When the Rockville Centre band played Arlene's Grocery last year, the club got so crowded the NYPD was called. The rockers are even more popular now. (11 p.m. Oct. 22, Arlene's Grocery)