CMJ Music Marathon is truly a marathon rather than a festival, as it is overwhelmingly large with thousands of diverse acts from everywhere — all over the world and some CMJ musicians dwell as nearby as Manhattan and Brooklyn.
These musicians play in venues ranging from small clubs to midsize concert halls across three of New York City’s boroughs. This action is entirely packed into just 5 days. Badgeholders — including thousands of critics, promoters, industry professionals, fans and college students — have access to hundreds of official showcases. And in addition to those showcases, CMJ Music Marathon is so large that many venues run unofficial CMJ showcases not included in the CMJ roster. atombash.com has rallied up some of the best moments from CMJ week 2015.
Kate Nash at Bowery Ballroom
The beloved British pop star sings songs which often have a flare for misandry and general sass. She came to New York with pop punk space alien vibes to headline CMJ 2015 at Bowery Ballroom.
Questlove at Brooklyn Bowl
The Roots frontman played a DJ set at Williamsburg’s hippest bowling alley/concert venue/club, Brooklyn Bowl. Questlove mostly spun big hip hip hits from the last decade — all solid choices.
The Joy Formidable at Brooklyn Bowl
Before Questlove’s DJ set, this Welsh alt band headlined the stage at Brooklyn Bowl. They had mega rockstar power, perhaps honed by their experience playing festivals such as Glastonbury.
Worriers at Union Pool
This little-known punk band from New Jersey is hard-hitting. They’re the kind of band that makes CMJ Music Marathon — New York’s premiere platform for live music discovery — so special and great.
Rachel Tratchenburg at Music Hall of Williamsburg
This sweet hippie was a pleasant surprise opener for Shannon and the Clams at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A rather large venue, she filled it with pixie vibes.
French Horn Rebellion in The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
This electronic group played with major energy at their Webster Hall set. Their retro vibe puts them on-trend with other electronic acts, but the french horn is certainly unique.
Neon Indian at Webster Hall
Responsible for the 2004 Diplo hit, “Move Ya Body,” the twin sister duo is making music again with its own flow. They seemed more interested in performing their lesser known (great) material onstage at Arlene’s Grocery.
Neon Indian at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Neon Indian released an album, Vega International Night School during CMJ week, just after playing to Webster Hall. See link below for the atombash.com interview, as well as all links below for more CMJ 2015 coverage.