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The guide to CMJ Music Marathon 2016

Now in its 36th year, the CMJ Music Marathon celebrates new music by hosting over 1,400 live performances in NYC

Photograph: Michael J. Chen
NGHBRS perform at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

For five glorious days each fall, the CMJ Music Marathon presents tons of gigs throughout the city. As ever, the festival’s onslaught boasts a nice mix of established and under-the-radar acts. Between sets, kill some time by checking out other concerts in NYC, or check out some of the best parties for your late-night fix!

When is the CMJ Music Marathon?

CMJ usually occurs mid October from Tuesday–Saturday. Stay tuned for the festival’s exact dates in 2016.

Where is the CMJ Music Marathon?

CMJ takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

How do I get tickets?

Buy tickets at the official festival website, cmj.com.

CMJ Music Marathon 2015

The best acts to see at CMJ Music Marathon 2015
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The best acts to see at CMJ Music Marathon 2015

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Exclusive: Here's the full CMJ Music Marathon lineup
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Exclusive: Here's the full CMJ Music Marathon lineup

This year, CMJ is celebrating its 35th anniversary, so they've pulled out all the stops

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CMJ announces first wave of 2015  "emerging & veteran artists" and showcases
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CMJ announces first wave of 2015 "emerging & veteran artists" and showcases

Some of our early personal highlights include Surf Rock is Dead, Shannon and the Clams, Pool Boy and Panda Bear

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CMJ for dummies
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CMJ for dummies

What does this massive citywide fall fest mean to you, the average music fan? Here's everything you need to know.

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Plan your CMJ Music Marathon experience

Things to do in Manhattan
Things to do

Things to do in Manhattan

Find the best restaurants, bars, attractions and things to do in Manhattan

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Things to do in Brooklyn
Things to do

Things to do in Brooklyn

Find the best restaurants, bars, attractions and things to do in Brooklyn

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Past CMJ Music Marathon coverage

CMJ 2014: Ten acts to see at this year's Music Marathon
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CMJ 2014: Ten acts to see at this year's Music Marathon

If the idea of five days/nights of nonstop music-packed craziness has you feeling overwhelmed, don't panic—we've got you covered

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CMJ 2013: Our favorite 100 photos
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CMJ 2013: Our favorite 100 photos

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

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CMJ 2013: The six shows you must see
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CMJ 2013: The six shows you must see

Music lovers of New York, assemble!

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CMJ 2013: Bands playing the fest tell us who to see

CMJ 2013: Bands playing the fest tell us who to see

We got recommendations from the Dismemberment Plan, Luke Temple, Speedy Ortiz, Yuck and more

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Comments

3 comments
Col
Col

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?

Traci
Traci

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?