New York City's CMJ Music Marathon promises to showcase some of the world's finest emerging artists in order to bring these artists closer together to industry professionals, college radio students, and eager music fans. From October 15th to 19th New York City's bars, venues, and various rooms on NYU's campus will be filled with all those looking to make the most of what CMJ has to offer. The festival, now in it's 33rd year, features over 1,400 artists playing in 80 different venues all throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, making CMJ the city's largest music festival.

Obviously the music is a huge attraction, but as CMJ does not take place on traditional festival grounds, the entire city is pretty much one's playing field to catch the latest bands, eat some of that famous New York style pizza, and check out the magnificent sights and night life the city has to offer.

CMJ really does provide something for everyone, hosting bigger indie names to rap groups to stoner jammers to electric artists; there will definitely be plenty to see. Even though we are less than three weeks away from the festival, more and more artists are being added to the lineup everyday. Here is just a small selection of who we will be looking forward to, but as with the very nature of CMJ we are sure to be blown-away by some of the new emerging acts we will for sure come across.

Half Moon Run has just finished touring with Mumford & Sons and are now embarking on their first headline tour of the USA concluding at New York's Bowery Ballroom for the festival. This French Canadian quartet bring to their live performances an upbeat energy filled with tunes that are very likely to be stuck in one's head for days after.

Courtney Barnett is a singer songwriter from Melbourne, Australia where she has already received much acclaim. Barnett has a knack for writing psychedelic folky tunes that create snapshot details into life as a girl in her mid-twenties. She sings of days filled with the mundane, troubles with smoking from bongs, internal struggles about the future, worried parents, and finding pleasures in another's songs.

From Austin, Texas, White Denim is a four-piece rock band with sounds that take a very home-based garage-jamming approach. Having previously caught a White Denim show in their hometown, they definitely bring the out the garage band atmosphere and are certainly not ones to miss. October 29th, just a few weeks after the festival, will mark their fifth album release with Corsicana Lemonade.

Previous Dune Rats releases include songs entitled 'Fuck It', 'Stoner Pop', and 'Wooo!', which certainly reflect this three piece's laid back, no-fucks-given Aussie attitude. This band follows the same streams as FIDLAR and Bleeding Knees Club, which they have both previously toured with. Dune Rats are basically just here to have a good time and throw a rad party.

New York City based, experimental hip-hop collective, RATKING is another artist we are looking forward to getting weird with this year at CMJ. This XL Recordings group mixes hip-hop beats with some raw hardcore energy, definitely for Death Grips and Odd Future fans. We also suggest not image searching 'rat king' on Google. Just trust us.

Also recommended

Menomena, History of Apple Pie, Wild Moccasins, and Fuck Buttons


We've teamed up with Cameo Gallery to give away a pair of badges for this year's event. Head here to enter!