Now in it’s remarkable 34th (!) year the urban festival keeps growing in scope with 80 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn welcoming 1000+ acts. As is expected for this kind of thing some of the industries leading names will also be discussing the state of the industry on daytime panels.
With a track record for making and breaking some of the artists we’ve loved and written about over the years the festival is truly a platform for new music to shine. With so much talent due to perform it’s almost impossible to pick a highlight but here are 10 acts we are particularly looking forward to catching at CMJ Music Marathon 2014 :
The sensual, deep, yet strangely airy vocals of Melbourne-based indie electronic group will suck you in quickly. It’s the slow soulful experimental beats that will make sure you stay though.
Made In Heights
Indie duo fronted by female vocals that range from breathy and smooth, to deep and sexy coupled with clever electronic beats and drumpads are a clear recipe for the hottest new indie act. Did I mention their fearless ability to sample a Sufjan piano composition?
With only one single available, this Michigan native still holds much promise and excitement for what else he is capable of. His smooth vocals backed by dreampop instrumentals make BORNS one of our must-see acts of CMJ.
Singer-songwriter Snir Yamin takes his confessional sounds to his adopted home of New York City performing CMJ for the first time. Expect delicate melodies and a little veering into electronic territory.
Words by Jabes