Last week’s CMJ Music Marathon brought five non-stop days of label showcases, journalism panels, and industry-fueled mixers to Brooklyn and Manhattan. Hidden among an overwhelming flurry of name-tag badges and networking events is the music, thankfully, and the festival’s NYC-centricity has encouraged local DIY showcases and late-night after-parties to run parallel to it. From icons like New Order to bands too young to have ever heard of MySpace, deciding what to see can be a grueling task. With the help of much organizing, coconut water, open bars, and taco-truck dinners, we hit as many parties and performances as possible. And everywhere we turned — restaurants, bars, clubs, and sidewalks — we ran into Marathon performers. So we hung out, took some pictures, and chatted them up about everything from their survival kits to their favorite places to eat to their playlists of the moment. And, of course, about the insanity of CMJ.
Our CMJ On The Streets interviews and photo gallery starts here.