A Random Sampling of 20 Bands, Judged!
One of the terms you always see thrown around with events like the CMJ Music Marathon is “discovery festival,” the idea being that it’s a way for people to hear music they’ve never heard before by ducking in and out of random venues and sampling whatever there is to sample. But mostly, people just go see a bunch of bands they already know they like, which is fine, but maybe not the point, exactly. So here we chose 20 bands at random and gave them a listen—and just like that, discovery ensued!
Photo Thomas Northcut