CMJ 2010 Initial Line-Up Announced: Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ghostface Killah, the Blow, Salem, and More


Hey, remember last year, when we predicted that the stresses of Surfer Blood’s twelve different CMJ shows would cause the band to self-destruct? Um, that’s not at all what happened. Instead, the Florida band rode their week of shows here last fall to some semblance of that ol’ traditional CMJ success story, and here we are a year later with the band headlining the 2010 edition of the annual music festival, taking place October 19 through October 23. Surfer Blood join the Drums, Ghostface Killah, Helmet (?!), Lissie, the Blow, recent New York darling Big Freedia, and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the top of the 2010 class, announced in part today. We still have no idea why this festival continues to exist. But you can probably count us being there come October. It’s like a paradox, see? Full first round line-up, here:


Four Tet

Two Door Cinema Club

The Drums

Surfer Blood

Ghostface Killah

Greg Dulli

Foreign Exchange

Bad Books (featuring Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra)




Kristen Schall & Friends

Dean & Britta

School Of Seven Bells


Senses Fail

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit


The Blow

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Small Black

Big Freedia

Dominique Young Unique

Angus & Julia Stone

Frankie And The Heartstrings

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

Langhorne Slim

More to come, presumably. Now where is the panel on which we get to ask someone official over there how these four nights are different from the other 361 in New York? Besides being more expensive and crowded, of course.

Surfer Blood, DeVotchKa, Ghostface To Play CMJ Music Marathon