Yes it is that time of year again.  A great time to be a resident of the greatest city in the world, New York, NY.  I recently told you about the Royal Flush Festival, which looks great, but then comes the behemoth that is The 30th annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival.  In a span of only 5 days (Oct. 19th – Oct 23rd) there will be over 1200 live performances in more than 75 of New York City’s greatest venues and theaters.

Here is a small sampling of the bands playing:

Phoenix, GZA, UNKLE, Black Sheep, John Vanderslice, Cute Is What We Aim For, Justin Townes Earle, Black Label Society, Corin Tucker Band, Dan Black, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Freddie Gibbs, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Adam Haworth Stephens, Cults, Oberhofer, Baths, Blood Red Shoes, Extra Lens, The Bogmen, Clutch, Francis and the Lights, Screaming Females, Franz Nicolay, Children of Bodom, Wild Nothing, Dom, Marit Larsen, Good Old War, Reggie Watts and BRAHMS.

as well as:

DeVotchKa, Surfer Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, School of Seven Bells, Bad Books (feat. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra), Four Tet, The Drums, Ghostface Killah, Greg Dulli, Helmet, Lissie, Foreign Exchange, Kristen Schaal & Friends, Dean & Britta, Bayside, Senses Fail, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Salem, The Blow, Small Black, Big Freedia, Dominique Young Unique, Angus & Julia Stone, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, and Langhorne Slim.

(I highlighted a few shows that I will not be missing)

Another awesome feature that I love about CMJ is the panels.  It is great to sit in a classroom setting with ‘teachers’ that are some of my idols in the music business teaching lessons that I am excited to learn.  (If only school had been that way).

Some of the Panels at CMJ 2010 are:

A Camera And Some Balls; How To Shoot Rockstars
American Hardcore and the Rise of Modern Rock
Combating Audience A.D.D.
Controlling the Pipeline; Net Neutrality and the Level of Access
Creative and Engaging Campaigns Around Your Live Show
Curmudgeons of Rock
Follow The Spot; The Music Industry’s Madmen
Get It Together: Real Life Strategies for Artists and Songwriters

How to Start a MovementHow To Sell 500 Tickets In 5 Markets
International Rational
Kickstart Your Email Marketing
L.E.S. Music Means More Indie Rock
Location Is Everything
Love What You Do; Never Work A Day In Your Live
Managing Without Borders
No Conflict No Interest
Reality Killed The Video Star

So You Want To Be A Music Blogger; Who Cares?

Start Me Up
Take a Left at the Label: D.T.F.
The Future of the Music Business? Really?
The Lean and Mean Label Machine
The Mindset of the Venue Booker
The Modern Day R.O.I. Rogers
The Power and Possibilities of Interactive Audio
The Zeros and Ones of Music Creation
Who Brought The P.A.?

In addition to all that there will be over 120,000 music fans crowding the city as well.  This is a great chance to get out there and meet the people that will come to your shows and an even greater chance to promote to them all in one place.  You should be there if you are reading this blog and have a chance to get to NYC.

Get in touch and let us know what shows you will be attending.  Maybe we can get a drink together.

For more info on the CMJ Music Marathon and updated lines and schedules go to

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