When CMJ rolls around each year, we know it’s our cue to take out our headphones and pencils and start taking notes on who our favorite new acts will be in the next 12 months. If an artist features on the schedule, there’s a good chance they’ll soon be appearing on late night talk shows, Pitchfork’s front page and our top-played iTunes playlists.
A marathon taking place over five days and nights, the CMJ (College Music Journal) music marathon will feature hundreds of bands from around the world, playing in showcases at some of New York’s most beloved venues. While a cursory glance over the schedule is enough to intimidate even the most savvy of punters, Portable’s Emma Meres and Brodie Lancaster have done the hard work for you, selecting a handful of the artists you’ll be wise to start paying attention to now.
Whether you want to revisit your 90s punk past or you’re only interested in swaying along to the next generation of shoegaze superstars, there’s something here for everyone.