The 32-year-old CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday, has enjoyed an improbably long run as New York’s top indie rock showcase. Recently, Northside Festival and the outdoor Governors Ball have stolen some of its thunder, but CMJ never aspired to be a proper festival. It’s at heart a decentralized industry and press smorgasbord that’s happy to reel in a growing number of locals. And its diffuseness has allowed the event to move with the New York rock circuit as its center of gravity has shifted from downtown to Williamsburg to points ever farther east along the L train.
What is the point of the CMJ music festival?
Ostensibly, the dizzying roster of live shows in venues all over New York City, and the magazine behind it (College Media Journal, once College Music Journal) exist to provide new music to college radio programmers and, increasingly, to online outlets. There was a time when college Read More
Idolator ponders the hype surrounding CMJ darlings Black Kids and how blogs and The New York Times threaten burgeoning young bands:
What kind of madness is this? Blog-era indie fans are among the most promiscuous music listeners around, and it’s precisely this insatiable need for new bands among both fans Read More
We’re heading into the homestretch of CMJ (or at least, you know, the weekend) starting tomorrow. Make sure to black out your windows for maximum sleep-in pleasure on Saturday morning (ahem afternoon).
We highly recommend attending this Chicago math rock fest at The Delancey with Bound Stems, The Read More
It’s incredibly hard to get excited about a band during a marathon of hip live music, especially if the band has already made four albums (which means they’re too old to be “discovered”), and especially if their last two albums were relatively weak, and especially if they’re playing for just 40 minutes in Read More
We’re tired just looking at tomorrow’s CMJ schedule, but here are the most festive of the festivities.
At 7 p.m., Montreal sonic masters Islands (of Unicorns fame) will join Brooklyn’s own Enon and former Pitchfork darlings, …And You Will Know Us By The Read More
Guys, we’re so pumped for tonight’s CMJ festivities, we can barely contain our inner-teenage selves from knocking over some newsstands and getting a tattoo with some kind of heart and unicorn-related theme. Horray for high school nostalgia courtesy of Jersey!
Okay, so maybe we’re getting a Read More