Despite the pre-CMJ buzz that this year was gonna be a buzzkill — or maybe because of it — so far the fest has turned out a surprising number of notable new artists, sets, and showcases. You can’t see all of them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. So while Scott, Brandon, and I were making sure Free Energy had all the Miller High Life they could drink and Cold Cave were stocked with a backup wardrobe of black clothing at our party, our CMJ photo correspondents Kyle Dean Reinford and Jessica Amaya were running around the city framing the rest of the fest in jpegs. Before coming to the Studio @ Webster Hall, Kyle was on Ludlow St. for the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted day party at Cake Shop (Small Black, Little Girls, Motel Motel, Sisters), the The Music Slut/Sneak Attack party at Pianos (Fanfarlo and Javelin), and PASTE’s shindig at the Living Room for the Rocketboys, while Jessica spent the night at Music Hall Of Williamsburg for Brooklyn Vegan’s sturdy lineup of the Antlers, Think About Life, Laura Marling, Fanfarlo, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel, and comedian Dave Hill’s Walter Shcreifels Band. Shutter to think.