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CMJ Photos: DJ Dodger Stadium, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz @ Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn 10/25/14

Brooklyn Bowl’s Saturday CMJ showcase was a stacked lineup of exciting bands. The biggest name was DJ Dodger Stadium, who released the fantastic album Friend Of Mine earlier this year. As Tom explained in his review, that album worked as dance music, but also hit with a strong emotional quality. The entire showcase carried that… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 27, 2014 - 3:57 pm

CMJ: Girlpool, Jawbreaker Reunion, Amanda X, Bent Shapes, & More @ Silent Barn, Brooklyn 10/24/14

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the lineup for the Miscreant & Father/Daughter CMJ showcase was tailor-made for me. Pretty much every artist on the bill has been in my high rotation all year, so I was insanely excited to see everyone live, most of them for the first time. The lineu… More »

By: James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm

CMJ: Blue Hawaii, Ballet School, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 10/24/14

Ever since we named Lydia Ainsworth’s dual EP debut Right From Real Stereogum’s Album Of The Week almost a month ago, I’ve been hooked on it. Going into last night’s PopGun showcase at the not-long-for-this-world Glasslands, Ainsworth’s presence was the main hook for me. And, well, unfortunately I ran late and only caught the last… More »

By: Ryan Leas / October 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

CMJ Releases Statement On Ebola

Yesterday, we learned the troubling news that Dr. Craig Spencer, the first New York resident to test positive for Ebola, had been out on Wednesday night at the Gutter, a Williamsburg bowling alley that had been hosting unofficial CMJ events. The coming shows at the Gutter were all canceled, with good reason. But the people… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 1:46 pm

CMJ: Twin Peaks, Happyness, Nai Harvest @ Rough Trade, Brooklyn 10/23/14

Yesterday was a disgusting day in New York, and this is coming from someone whose favorite season is winter: wet coldness due to the obnoxiously persistent rain, and a particularly bone-cutting kind of wind (especially if you were, like me, near the East River). Given that, spending the day indoors, at an afternoon showcase at… More »

By: Ryan Leas / October 24, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Colin Meloy Teases New Decemberists Album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World With CMJ Busking

It’s been nearly four years since the Decemberists released The King Is Dead, their last album. The band debuted a couple of new songs at the Boston Calling festival over the summer, and now frontman Colin Meloy is building anticipation for the next record in the most ground-level way imaginable: Street busking. He’s in New… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Watch Gerard Way Cover Sleater-Kinney’s “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” At CMJ

The entire universe, it seems, is ridiculously amped about the coming Sleater-Kinney reunion, and former glam-emo stars are no exception. Gerard Way, the onetime My Chemical Romance frontman who just launched a solo career with his Britpop-inspired album Hesitant Alien, played a CMJ show at New York’s Webster Hall last night. During his set, he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 9:58 am

NYC Ebola Patient Attended CMJ Venue, Events Canceled

UPDATE 10/23 10:15PM: Officials say Dr. Spencer attended only the Gutter, not Brooklyn Bowl as early reports suggested. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 23, 2014 - 9:10 pm

CMJ: Ryn Weaver @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 10/22/14

Chances are, if you read this site or anything about music on the internet, you heard about Ryn Weaver this summer. Back in June, Weaver appeared, seemingly apropos of nothing, on SoundCloud with “OctaHate,” a song that garnered considerable buzz because A) it’s a really great, infectious song, and B) the murderer’s row of people… More »

By: Ryan Leas / October 23, 2014 - 1:40 pm

iLoveMakonnen Assaulted Onstage At CMJ

Last night during a CMJ performance at SOBs, iLoveMakonnen was assaulted while performing “Club Going Up On A Tuesday.” Judging from a video of the incident that Makonnen tweeted out earlier today, a man in the front row reached out to the rapper and then grabbed his hand and dragged him down, punching him multiple… More »

By: James Rettig / October 22, 2014 - 9:30 pm

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces Initial Lineup

This year’s CMJ Music Marathon is once again coming to venues around New York City 10/21-25, which means countless music nerds around NYC will, once again, be getting nowhere near enough sleep. (Thankfully, it won’t overlap with the Village Halloween Parade this year, which means you won’t have to cuss softly to yourself when a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2014 - 9:30 am

CMJ 2013: Exploding In Sound Showcase @ Silent Barn, Brooklyn 10/19/13

The Exploding In Sound showcase at Silent Barn in Brooklyn last Saturday was special for a few reasons. It was a moment of catharsis for fans that watched the label and the growing family of bands associated with them make their meteoric rise to success. It was also the two-year anniversary of the label, a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 12:49 pm

CMJ 2013: Fuck Buttons, Lichens, Mystery Skulls @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, NYC 10/18/13

You can tell a lot about a band and the way people feel about them based on their opening acts. I learned something about both bands when I saw Chelsea Wolfe open for Swans earlier this year, and I learned a lot when I saw LCD Soundsystem open for Arcade Fire in 2008 (I. Was. More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 19, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Watch Pusha T Play NPR’s CMJ Showcase

Despite consistently (incessantly?) rapping about hardcore drug-dealing and the criminal lifestyle that accompanies it, Pusha T has been widely embraced by the high-minded NPR set at least since Clipse’s critical darling 2006 LP Hell Hath No Fury. So it only makes sense that he appeared at NPR’s CMJ showcase last night to celebrate his grimy… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 18, 2013 - 1:47 pm

CMJ 2013 Photos: Kelela, Potty Mouth, The Internet @ Fader Fort, Brooklyn 10/17/13

Last night’s Fader CMJ showcase brought together a ton of bands that we love. Potty Mouth was a Band To Watch earlier this year, Kelela’s fantastic new release was just our Mixtape of the Week, and we recently did an interview with Odd Future acolytes, the Internet. We sent Luis Ruiz over to capture the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 18, 2013 - 1:34 pm

CMJ 2013 Photos: Mutual Benefit, Bent Shapes @ Muchmore’s, Brooklyn 10/16/13

With so many great up-and-coming acts vying for your attention during CMJ, it’s tough to know what to attend. But the folks at Father/Daughter Records had your back at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg on Wednesday. Their showcase had a strong line-up (especially in Mutual Benefit, who recently put out an excellent debut) and we sent our… More »

By: Stereogum / October 18, 2013 - 10:47 am

SAINT PEPSI – “Burn” (Stereogum Premiere)

Part of the fun of following Ryan DeRobertis’ sample-happy SAINT PEPSI project is hearing the diversity of sources that he takes in and lets coexist in his wonderfully weird, sonic world. It’s a party with many different guests now — a sunny, happy version of American Football, a lonely gender-reversed Carly Rae Jepsen, a stammeringMore »

By: Miles Bowe / October 16, 2013 - 3:25 pm

CMJ 2013 Initial Lineup

This year’s CMJ Music Marathon comes to venues around New York City in less than two months, and if you’re a veteran of this massive throwdown and you’re planning to go again this year, you’re probably already searching for comfortable walking shoes. CMJ organizers have just announced the first round of artists who will play… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2013 - 9:06 am

Stereogum’s Top 10 Sets Of CMJ 2012

As we approached last week’s CMJ marathon, thought-leading haymakers of all stripes were of a single mind: This year there just wouldn’t be much hay to make. There appeared to be no big story to chase, no overarching trend to memorialize, no barometric cluster of bands to hunt, no clearly identifiable narrative to manufacture. And… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 22, 2012 - 7:25 pm

CMJ On The Streets: Icona Pop, Presets, Sinkane, And More

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 ico… More »

By: Puja Patel / October 22, 2012 - 4:54 pm
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