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The CMJ Music Marathon is exactly that: a marathon, not a sprint. Prepare for a week that will look pretty much like this.
The CMJ Music Marathon is exactly that: a marathon, not a sprint. Prepare for a week that will look pretty much like this. Ryan Muir for NPR
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The annual CMJ Music Marathon is exactly that — a marathon, not a sprint. As hundreds of bands from all over the world descend on New York City in the middle of October, it's easy to feel like you have to see as many of them as quickly as you possibly can.
Whether you're attending the festival or not, we recommend you consider the opinions of people immersed in this music: college-radio music directors from across the country. We asked the staff at 11 stations to tell us what CMJ-showcasing artists they're most excited about right now, and now present their choices in this 24-hour mix.
Join NPR Music, WNYC and WFUV during CMJ:
- Flying Lotus, Death Grips, and Buke & Gase are going to play our CMJ showcase, with a DJ set by A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The show is co-presented with WNYC's Soundcheck. Watch it live on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
- WFUV and The Alternate Side will host Savoir Adore, Indians, Little Green Cars, and Wax Poetic at the Living Room on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The show will be broadcast live on 90.7 WFUV beginning at 7 p.m. EDT.
- Soundcheck host John Schaefer will throw this CMJ party live from WNYC's The Greene Space featuring MNDR, Dave Hill, and Debo Band. The show is on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
So, while you may or may not be sprinting from Bar Matchless in Brooklyn to Pianos on the Lower East Side to catch 15 minutes of a band you're dying to see, remember that you're here for the week-long haul. Stay hydrated, remember your badge (or your skills to sweet-talk your way past a bouncer), and keep your ears open for surprises.
- KALX, University of California-Berkeley: Marcos Juárez & Arielle Parnes-Katz
- KDVS, University of California-Davis: Natalie Roman & Sean Carson
- Radio K, University of Minnesota: Caleigh Souhan & Chase Mathey
- WRMC, Middlebury College: Stephanie Roush, Dylan Redford & Carly Shumaker
- WTBU, Boston University: Jamie Miller & Laura Brubaker
- WTJU, University of Virginia: Mitch Oliver & Dominic DeVito
- WVFS, Florida State University: Adam Devlin
- WXDU, Duke University: Andrew Bellemer & Dave Rodriguez
- WXYC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: James Finnegan & Montgomery Morris
Artists In This Mix:
A.Dd+ • Alex Winston • Amy Bezunartea • Araabmuzik • Ava Luna • Beacon • Bear Hands • Bearstronaut • Bertrand Burgalat • Black Milk & Danny Brown • Bonde do Rolê • Born Ruffians • Buke & Gase • CS Yeh • Chip Tha Ripper • Cities Aviv • Com Truise • Dangerous Ponies • Daughn Gibson • Daughter • Death Grips • Debo Band • Dent May • DIIV • Double Negative • Dum Dum Girls • Dusted • Early Graves • earthquake party! • Eleanor Friedberger • Electric Guest • Encrust • The English Beat • Eola • The Ettes • EUC • Exitmusic • Fat History Month • Field Mouse • Flatbush ZOMBiES • Flying Lotus • FORMA • Foxygen • Free Energy • Gap Dream • Gary War • Generationals • Gentlemen Hall • Geographer • Ghostface Killah • Golden Bloom • GZA • Hundred Waters • Icona Pop • Indians • Inquisition • The Intelligence • Into It. Over It. • Jennifer O'Connor • The Jezabels • The Karl Hendricks Trio • KEN Mode • Killer Mike • Kimbra • King Tuff • Lawrence Arabia • Le1f • Little Green Cars • The Love Language • Mac DeMarco • Main Attrakionz • Maria Minerva • Matthew E. White • Mean Creek • Merchandise • Metz • Michna • Mike Simonetti • MNDR • Mount Moriah • The Mountain Goats • Mr. Dream • Mr. Mf'n eXquire • MS MR • MV & EE • The Nerves • NewVillager • Nneka • Oddisee • OFF! • Opossom • The Paperhead • Pig Destroyer • Pile • Pissed Jeans • Plates of Cake • Plume Giant • Poolside • Port St. Willow • Pree • Prince Rama • Pujol • Rebecca Gates & The Consortium • The Reigning Sound • Robert Ellis • Robert Glasper Experiment • Robust Worlds • Roomrunner • Savoir Adore • Scott & Charlene's Wedding • Sea Wolf • She Keeps Bees • Silent Em • Sinkane • Slug Guts • So Cow • Solid Gold • Speedy Ortiz • The Spits • Talib Kweli • Talk Normal • Tim Foljahn • TOKiMONSTA • Twerps • The Walkmen • Wax Poetic • We Can't Enjoy Ourselves • Wild Child • Wildcat! Wildcat! • William Tyler • YACHT • You Won't • Young Adults • Young Magic • ZAMBRI