CMJ: Looking Back At A Whirlwind Of Music

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Delicate Steve at CMJ.

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CMJ, short for College Music Journal, is an annual five-day music festival that takes place primarily on New York's Lower East Side and in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Each year, thousands of bands from all over the world gather and play packed showcases at dozens of venues around the city. This week on All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and WFUV's Alisa Ali recap the festival's highlights and discuss some of the best bands they discovered there.

Bob, for example, found musical healing from the Swedish sisters known as First Aid Kit, while Stephen learned the meaning of "sissy bounce" with Big Freedia and Alisa became mesmerized with the overpowering sexiness of Sherlock's Daughter.

CMJ Wrap Up



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