So as the eternally curious reader may ask, what exactly is the CMJ Music and Film Marathon and why does it inspire such radiant enthusiasm in music lovers everywhere? Well A)sk no more and B)elieve the hype… really.  The CMJ (College Music Journal) Marathon is just that – a five day non-stop festival of music and film featuring over 1300 acts, to be held over the next week. Record labels and music collectives hold showcase events scattered over a eighty venues across New York including the infamous Knitting Factory and Webster Hall. The stellar lineup features an eclectic array of well established artists such as glow-wave god Neon Indian and Brazillian dance-pop party animals CSS,  along with Cities Aviv, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah,  Ziggy Marley, Datarock, Beat Connection, Atlas Sound and A Place To Bury Strangers just to name a few.   Additionally, hundreds of smaller acts also perform providing one with the rare opportunity to experience live performances from the multitude of obscure artists you could typically never hope to see aggregated in one location.  The festival dually functions as a platform for promotion and discovery, seductively expanding one’s musical horizons.  Haplessly obsessed music aficionados are no doubt excited about performances from up-coming dreamwave outfit Zaza (Brooklyn), garage rockers Davilla 666(Puerto Rico), lo-fi, shoegaze band Young Prisms (San Francisco) and the glitchy, synth saturated beats of Seekae (Sydney).Other pants-creaming musical treats include the Duck Down vs Blacksmith showcase featuring a battle of sorts between hip hop greats like Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae.CMJ is also an integral forum for international artists to gain recognition within the US music industry.  The humourously titled ‘A Dingo Stole My CMJ’ Sounds Australia showcase skims the cream of Australian music talent with artists such as Gotye, Boy and Bear, Art Vs Science and Melbourne’s own Our Mountain and Little Red by Anastasia Victor 

October 19th 2011
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