CMJ Music Marathon 2013: Our favorite 100 photos (slide show)

Check out the action at Gotham's biggest music fest.

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  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Neon Hitch performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Lucius performs at Rockwood Music Hall for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Lucius performs at Rockwood Music Hall for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Lucius performs at Rockwood Music Hall for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Lucius performs at Rockwood Music Hall for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Joanna Gruesome performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Yamantaka performs at Knitting Factory for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Yamantaka performs at Knitting Factory for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Yamantaka performs at Knitting Factory for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Yamantaka performs at Knitting Factory for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Yamantaka performs at Knitting Factory for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Black Moon performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Black Moon performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Black Moon performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Black Moon performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Wild Yaks performs at Cake Shop for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Miniboone performs at Cake Shop for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Miniboone performs at Cake Shop for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Wild Yaks performs at Cake Shop for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Wild Yaks performs at Cake Shop for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Miniboone performs at Cake Shop for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Savages perform at Terminal 5 during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Savages perform at Terminal 5 during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Savages perform at Terminal 5 during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Neon Hitch performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Neon Hitch performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Res performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Res performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Empress Of performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Empress Of performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Empress Of performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Kirin J Callinan performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Kirin J Callinan performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cory Mo performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cory Mo performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cory Mo performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Duck Down Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Duck Down Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Duck Down Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Lou Doillon performs at Highline Ballroom during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Sean P performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Sean P performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Smif-n-Wessun performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Smif-n-Wessun performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Smif-n-Wessun performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Talib Kweli performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Talib Kweli performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Head and the Heart performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Head and the Heart performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Head and the Heart performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Head and the Heart performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Head and the Heart performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Head and the Heart performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pelican performs at Saint Vitus for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pelican performs at Saint Vitus for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pelican performs at Saint Vitus for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pelican performs at Saint Vitus for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pelican performs at Saint Vitus for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Ava Luna performs at The Gutter for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Ava Luna performs at The Gutter for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Ava Luna performs at The Gutter for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Speedy Ortiz performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Speedy Ortiz performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Speedy Ortiz performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Speedy Ortiz performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Speedy Ortiz performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Speedy Ortiz performs at 285 Kent for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Father John Misty performs at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Father John Misty performs at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Father John Misty performs at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Haerts performs at Music Bowery Ballroom for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Haerts performs at Music Bowery Ballroom for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Haerts performs at Music Bowery Ballroom for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Haerts performs at Music Bowery Ballroom for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Kate Berlant performs at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Kate Berlant performs at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg for CMJ Music Marathon

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Sondre Lerche performs at Bowery Ballroom during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Sondre Lerche performs at Bowery Ballroom during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Diane Birch performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Diane Birch performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Au Revoir Simone performs at Highline Ballroom during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Au Revoir Simone performs at Highline Ballroom during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jacco Gardner performs at Mercury Lounge during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jacco Gardner performs at Mercury Lounge during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jacco Gardner performs at Mercury Lounge during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 16, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Joywave performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Joywave performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Luke Temple performs at Bowery Ballroom during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    NGHBRS perform at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    NGHBRS perform at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Placebo performs at Terminal 5 during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the Placebo show at Terminal 5 during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Placebo performs at Terminal 5 during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 15, 2013.

Photograph: Michael J. Chen

Neon Hitch performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.


Exhausted? Excited? You should be, having just completed this year's installment of the CMJ Music Marathon. The annual fest gives New Yorkers the opportunity to check out ten zillion* (*estimated figure) hot new bands and established heavyweights from around the globe right here in Gotham—just like SXSW, only a bit colder, and cooler. Our writers and photographers swarmed the city last week, taking it all in. Above is a slide show of our favorite pics from the fest, including shots of Savages, Lou Doillon, Father John Misty and those young scamps Placebo. Below are a few choice recommendations of acts you shouldn't miss next time they come to town. By then, you'll have recovered from CMJ and will be ready to do it all over again. Right?

Arcade Fire
299 Meserole Street; Oct 19
It's questionable as to whether anyone believed Win Butler when he told the crowd that his band was nervous to play CMJ (they killed it at their debut show in 2004)—but the group’s knock-’em-dead performance at this not very secret show was undeniable. Billed as the Reflektors, the Montreal art-rockers hijacked a warehouse venue in Bushwick to showcase songs from their new album, Reflektor. Formal attire (or a costume) was mandatory, and gig-goers' fulfillment of the dress code (black balloons, tuxedos, a glowing umbrella jellyfish) made this show feel like a true New York happening. As for the songs? Think “Billie Jean” + LCD Soundsystem + Toto + an unquenchable, teary longing, and you’re getting close.Throw in a couple of Haitian drummers, fluorescent flags, glittery everything and Butler crowdsurfing at the end, and you have—well, the triumphant return of Arcade Fire.—Sophie Harris

Wreck and Reference
Saint Vitus; Oct 18
The Wreck and Reference live show is so bleak, it feels like an outtake from The Road. At Saint Vitus on Friday night, drummer Ignat Frege smashed out fractured doom beats, while Felix Skinner stood in front with a sampler strapped over his shoulder, alternately cradling it as if it were an infant and hammering on it like a cyborg who's grown to hate his mechanized appendage. Too abstract to be called metal and too focused to be pegged as noise, this California duo is a must for anyone in search of extreme music's next frontier.—Hank Shteamer

Empress Of
Music Hall of Williamsburg; Oct 15
It was the first night of CMJ and already I was struggling for words to describe Empress Of’s unconventional pop. The Brooklyn three-piece, led by sample-triggering singer Lorely Rodriguez, mixes electronic thumps, disco grooves, bossa nova rhythms and a base layer of synthesizers, never quite giving way to the washed-out reverb that can hamper similarly textural music. Rodriguez's nuanced, focused delivery, on what seemed to be mostly new material, stood out even on a stacked bill of vocal talents (worthwhile acts Kelela and Glasser rounded out the night). It turned out to be the best performance I saw all week.—Andrew Frisicano

Courtney Barnett
The Delancey; Oct 19
At the Delancey's Aussie BBQ on Saturday, Courtney Barnett showed off scrappy lo-fi rock and deadpan storytelling, most notably on "Avant Gardener," a gem of a song about having a panic attack while pulling weeds. I'm currently hitting repeat on her recent release The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas—and eagerly awaiting the 24-year-old singer's return to NYC.—Marley Lynch


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