CMJ Music Marathon 2013: The ultimate guide

CMJ is back! Here’s the skinny on the buzziest and most rocking shows to catch at this year’s fest—plus, where to party after the gigs.



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For five glorious days, the CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off on October 15, presents tons of gigs throughout the city. As ever, this year’s onslaught boasts a nice mix of established and under-the-radar acts. Between sets, make sure you check into our Music page for late-breaking show announcements and more.

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The six shows you must see

Music lovers of New York, assemble! The city’s biggest music festival has pulled on its dancing boots and is wiggling in your direction.

Lucius at Skinny's Ballroom

Lucius at Skinny's Ballroom Photograph: Marielle Solan

Bands playing the fest tell us who to see

We got recommendations from the Dismemberment Plan, Luke Temple, Speedy Ortiz, Yuck and more on who to see during the marathon gig.

Late-night eating and drinking in Williamsburg

The Commodore

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
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Lady Jay's

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
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Tender Trap

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
More info

Late-night eating and drinking on the Lower East Side

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Good call Traci.. where is the actual guide here (other than the "6 shows you must see" which is a regurgitation of the genre spotlights on CMJ page), and what's so ultimate about a tiny paragraph with links back to the CMJ page? "Where to party after the gigs"... ok, where?


Wondering why this article only has a link to top picks for CMJ 2012? Where exactly is the "ultimate guide" to the CMJ Music Marathon 2013?

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