Now in its 34th year, the annual CMJ Music Marathon takes over NYC 21-25 October. As in years past, guest speakers will be on hand, industry panels will commence and over 1,400 live performances will take place at over 80 of the city’s top venues.
Some of this year’s guest speakers will include Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker bandleader David Lowery (scheduled to give the keynote address) Kobalt Music Group executive Julie Hurwitz, entertainment lawyer Marc Jacobson, Midpoint Music Festival stage manager Savannah Burke and college radio promoter Tyler Freese.
Band and artist highlights for the week include The Kills (headlining the Bowery Ballroom on 23 October), Brooklyn’s A Place to Bury Strangers (playing the new Rough Trade shop/performance space on 25 October), San Francisco duo Cathedrals (Santos Party House on 23 October), folk rockers Elizabeth & the Catapult (Rockwood Stage 3 on 24 October), paranoid pop group Gringo Star (Niagara on 22 October), Britpop icons James, punk trio L.A. Witch (Union Pool on 22 October), Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Pity Sex (playing at Baby’s All Right on 25 October), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Matthew Santos, Montreal pop duo The Muscadettes (performing at various venues throughout the week) and Houston, Texas dance act Wrestlers (The Delancey Upstairs on 23 October).
For the uninitiated, CMJ stands for “College Media Journal” and was founded as a bi-weekly trade magazine aimed at college radio programmers by Robert Haber in 1978. It was rechristened the “CMJ New Music Report” in 1982.
Written by August Forte