Hopping club to club mainly throughout Lower Manhattan, N.Y., save for a handful of shows in Brooklyn, is the only way to absorb the CMJ Music Marathon's seemingly endless array of music. And if not taken in stride, one might easily fade before the finish line.
The CMJ Music Marathon has been exposing emerging artists since the early '80s; more recently acts like Mumford and Sons, MGMT and Savages have gained mainstream exposure through the festival. Dispersed throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the CMJathon offers five days of performances from new artists and dozens of music industry-based panels.
With her latest album "Personal Record," Eleanor Friedberger has created just that -- an indie-pop diary compiled of detailed lyrics just relatable enough to let the listener daydream his or her way into Friedberger's shoes.
As album titles go, "Jackleg Devotional to the Heart" may not be as insincere and jury rigged as you'd initially believe.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound wail their strikingly personal lyrics and take an edgy approach on their new album "Howl."
Deadstring Brothers' newest release invites listeners into the rustic slice of life of "Cannery Row."
In times when the world often seems on the brink of financial collapse, there isn't a better time to dance and let loose. Phoenix knows what's up on its latest release "Bankrupt!"
Iron & Wine's latest release "Ghost on Ghost" shows Sam Beam's curiosity for new sounds. The songwriter combines insightful lyrics, hints of jazz, and fresh chord progressions to craft an enjoyable and satisfying listen from start to finish.
Leaving Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom long behind, David Bowie has released "The Next Day," his first studio album in a decade.
On “Tooth And Nail," Billy Bragg shows listeners his enduring hunger for musical variety -- not an easy feat to accomplish after 15 studio albums and over 33 years in the music industry.