CMJ Announces First Batch of Bands: It Includes Surfer Blood

08/30/2010 4:02 PM |

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I just spent the last 12 minutes trying to come up with a way to subtly incorporate the Northside Festival into this post. Around the 10 minute mark, I threw in the towel. With that said, CMJ has unleashed the initial lineup for this year’s festival, taking place October 19-23 at most venues around the city. Surfer Blood is back for a victory lap, globe-treading orchestra DeVotchKa will be playing in a circus tent, Dean & Britta will soundtrack Warhol’s screen tests, Salem will attempt to live down the stir they caused at SXSW, and Frankie & the Heartstrings will probably be confused with Frankie & the Outs.

Though not “officially” announced, BrookynVegan has started rolling out a list of additional showcases and corresponding bands, including his own (featuring The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Yuck, Young Man); a Todd P/Hardly Art party (Xray Eyeballs, Circle Pit, Fergus & Geronimo, Woven Bones, Golden Triangle and Vivian Girl Katy Goodman’s solo project, La Sera); Park the Van (Juston Stens, Generationals and more); and Fat Wreck Chords (Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, None More Black, Teenage Bottlerocket and more). A press release that recently came to the office noted that Cloud Nothings will also be making an appearance, one that we imagine will be among the most buzzy (heard it hear first).

The official lineup, joined by a smattering of panel discussions, film screenings and CMJ Play, the festival’s first-ever gaming and music seminar, is after the jump:

DeVotchKa, Surfer Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, School of Seven Bells, Bad Books (feat. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra), Four Tet, The Drums, Ghostface Killah, Greg Dulli, Helmet, Lissie, Foreign Exchange, Katzenjammer, Kristen Schall & Friends, Dean & Britta, Bayside, Senses Fail, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Salem, The Blow, Small Black, Big Freedia, Dominique Young Unique, Angus & Julia Stone, Frankie & the Heartstrings, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, and Langhorne Slim.

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