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5 great indie discoveries from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City

Image Credit: Loren Wohl

The 31st annual CMJ Music Marathon took place in New York last week, bringing with it the typical deluge of (mostly) unsigned bands and a ravenous music press fueled by enthusiasm and free booze.

Featuring around 1300 acts spread over 80 venues across Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, the Marathon is as much an athletic test of endurance as the footrace from which it draws its name. But for all those bands looking to be the next xx or Arcade Fire – both of whom emerged triumphant from CMJ performances in years past – and for the savvy journalists looking to find them, it’s an exhausting and irresistible gold rush.

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