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.
Justin Johnson of Pretty Little Empire compared his band's upcoming album release show to a wedding. "This is the one I want people to come to," he said. "If you haven't seen us before or for a while, this is definitely the show to see."
Tame Impala's song "It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" expresses enough hope and musical beauty that it can assuage the gnarliest of inopportune emotions.
Ezra Furman may look like a scruffier version of Conor Oberst, but on his second solo album, "Day of the Dog," he howls away all prepossessions of indie folk and proves himself to be one of rock 'n' roll's native sons.
With the fuzzy, rattling sound of a vintage boombox gone haywire, "7X3" by Brooklyn, N.Y. band Starlight Girls leads the adventurous listener on a late-night prowl through the dark side of the boroughs.
"Failure is a state of mine" sings Lou Barlow on the new track by indie-rock heroes Sebadoh. The line rings with truth, but with a flying melody, a hint of country and those beautifully crunching and chiming guitars, it's a state that's mile and miles away from this song.