Well, it’s that time of year again. From October 19-23, bands, bloggers and other music industry types will descend on New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. It’s like South by Southwest, only colder, more spread out, and without Muse.
As it relates to the bands, this year’s newly unveiled initial bill is heavy in up-and-comers, though there are a few old-timers mixed in as well. For example, for every Surfer Blood, Four Tet, Salem, Small Black, Big Freedia, and School of Seven Bells, there’s also Ghostface Killah, Helmet, Senses Fail, Greg Dulli, and even Bayside. Also, Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra will debut their new collaboration, Bad Books. You can find a full listing of confirmed bands here.
Hundreds more acts are set to be announced in the weeks ahead. As for badges, they’re currently on sale, though the ongoing early bird discount ends tomorrow at midnight, so hurry.