So here we are again, writing our annual on-the-brink-of-autumn blog post about which bands will be partaking in this year's CMJ Music Marathon
as part of their ongoing efforts to, in their words, "[expose] the world's best new talent." They'll be back at it October 16-20, bringing an overwhelming array of bands to join the overwhelming array of bands already here in NYC. Buy, hey, the more the merrier. Our kindergarten teacher taught us that. Highlights thus far include: The Presets, The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, Kimbra, GZA, OFF!, King Tuff, Killer Mike, Com Truise, DIIV, Pig Destroyer, The Jezabels, Electric Guest, Poolside, Daughn Gibson, Robert DeLong, Icona Pop, Emma Louise, Mac DeMarco, Prince Rama, Young Magic, MS MR, Sundress, The Soul Rebels and Twerps
There are plenty more names included in the initial batch, but early recommendations for your "must-see" list go to Generationals, who we're convinced is responsible for the most irresistible pop hook of 2011, and Seattle smart alecks The Intelligence, whose melodies stay strong against a healthy amount of noise. Check out the complete list of announced artists here. There will be plenty more rolled out in the coming weeks, of course, hopefully with a solid showing of local bands to reflect their above-par album release cycle.
We're already tired! But also excited!
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