Every year the CMJ Festival descends upon New York City. This is the first, and albeit short, installment of the 405's coverage for this year's fest. For a bit of background, CMJ is put on by the College Music Journal and is primarily a music festival, with 1200+ bands playing at various venues throughout the city over the course of five days. There are also a bevy of industry panels and film screenings. CMJ 2010 runs October 19-23. In all, it’s pretty awesome and provides the chance to see a bunch of bands each night. Sets are largely short, sometimes just 30 minutes, which can allow for upwards of 10 performers at any given venue in a night. Performers at this year’s CMJ include Phoenix, Dan Black, Chapel Club, Everything Everything, Johnny Flynn, Penguin Prison, Kisses and many, many others. Schedules can be a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, especially when venue-hopping between sets, but ideally we’ll be offering a daily review of multiple bands that played the night before. Coming tomorrow: Reviews of Dan Black, others. Check out the full list of artists (and films, etc) here: http://cmj2010.com