Japandroids, the Very Best, Das Racist, Pitbull (?!) Playing CMJ 2009


CMJ, that freezing fall rite of laminated passes and crumbled, much-folded L Magazine itineraries, is evidently already upon us. The music marathon, which will run from October 20th to the 24th, has just made its initial announcement as far as who is playing this year. Japandroids, the Very Best, last year’s darlings Crystal Antlers, Das Racist, Pissed Jeans, and Pitbull (?!!!?) all made the first round. Oddsmakers, start your engines: who will be the band that the festival fails to meaningfully “break” this year? Full burgeoning roster below, press release, down below:

    • August 19, 2009 – New York, NY – CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, October 20th-24th has announced its first round of performing artists to include

Broadcast, School of Seven Bells, Zac Brown Band, Mum, Atlas Sound, Japandroids, Margaret Cho, The Budos Band, Pitbull, The Very Best, The Temper Trap, Crystal Antlers, Portugal. The Man, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Malajube, Local Natives, Wild Light, The Antlers, Das Racist, Suckers, Pissed Jeans

    • , and

Screaming Females

    • . Hundreds more artists will be announced in the upcoming weeks, visit

    for continuous artist announcements.

New York’s largest music event and one of the world’s most important showcases of new music artists, CMJ Music Marathon draws tens of thousands of professionals from all sectors of the music and film industry. More than 1,300 artists and over 120,000 music fans will converge on the Big Apple to catch the latest buzz band, cool indie film or learn more about the ever-changing music industry from key innovators, insiders and celebrities.

The 2009 event will feature performances from artists that span genres including alternative, rock, electronic, hip-hop, metal, Americana, world, jazz and so much more. It’s virtually assured that 2010’s superstar artists will be playing the CMJ Music Marathon in 2009.

“CMJ prides itself on musically taking chances by striving to present the most innovative and cutting-edge new music,” commented CMJ Music Marathon Founder and Executive Producer Joanne Abbot Green. “As has been the case for 29 years, CMJ curates the best in new artists for fans and music business tastemakers to enjoy. As with each festival, we look for ways on how to make the experience more exciting for our attendees from around the world.”

CMJ Music Marathon takes over 75 venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding environs presenting a dazzling array of new music from around the globe. Registration to CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival (go to for discounts) grants attendees entry to all daytime and nighttime offerings (venue capacity permitting).

CMJ has always been a springboard for the best new music talent from multiple music genres, discovering music’s future superstars years before their commercial breakthroughs. Past marquee artists include Crystal Castles (’08), MGMT (’07), the Shins (’06), Feist (’05), the Arcade Fire (’04), the Killers (’03), Modest Mouse (’98), Eminem (’98), Black Eyed Peas (’97), Wilco (’96), Green Day (’94), Queen Latifah (’90), the Beastie Boys (’85), U2 (’85), Red Hot Chili Peppers (’84), and R.E.M. (’83). And that’s just for starters.

Since its inception, CMJ Music Marathon has featured many of the world’s most influential and revolutionary musicians, artists, cultural and political figures at a variety of events including presentations, screenings, Q&A sessions, panel discussions and, of course, over 1300 live music performances each year.

Further details on all of the upcoming events will continue to be announced online. For artists updates, discount badge registration and more information visit:

So apparently consensus on last year’s “marquee” band is in, we notice. Congratulations, Crystal Castles?

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