This week, you’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the CMJ Music Marathon, which New York City is currently smack in the midst of. In spite of the festival’s 1,300-plus acts, we can’t help from fixating on the lineup, which includes established artists like The Dismemberment Plan and Placebo (who played their first show together in six years Tuesday night), as well as countless new and emerging bands. We’re especially excited for the debut performances of several of our own featured artists, including BASECAMP, NONONO and Duologue. As the music marathon continues with today’s College Day (stream it live here) we’ve put together a list of acts playing the festival who you should definitely know about. Check them out below.
This emergent trio of producers from Nashville made their CMJ debut at The Bowery last night and will also play three more shows this weekend. In August, their quietly released self-titled EP revealed four stunning songs of downtempo electronic with shades of R&B. Download it for free here and stay tuned for more on the group from Ones To Watch.
L.A. locals Darren Weiss and Daniel Presant’s brand of jingly pop-rock takes its time to grow on the ears: you have to kind of let it slowly swish around your brain before the impact takes. Their debut LP, Tender Madness, has been making impressions this way since it released earlier this month. Stream it on Rdio here.
This ambitious New Yorker keeps a coolly conscious profile way beyond his years, having already collaborated with J. Dilla at the ripe age of 16. The rapper and producer named himself after Tupac’s character in the 1992 crime film Juice and the former independence leader and Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
For those of you mourning the quick rise and fall of Foxygen, former frontman Jonathan Rado brings the lo-fi, sixties-reminiscent alt-rock sounds to Law and Order, his solo effort which debuted last month.
One of the buzziest premiere bands this CMJ have been Stockholm’s NONONO. Singer Stina Wäppling, a former psychology student at Brighton, teamed up with producers Astma and Rocwell to produce one of this fall’s most elated indie-pop singles,“Pumpin Blood,” which has already spawned countless remixes.
Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s keeps the electronic music quotient guessing with his unique mixing of shoegaze-y samples that touch on hip-hop. You can stream his latest album, Guilt Trips, via Pitchfork here.
Torres is 22-year-old singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. Based in New York (by way of Nashville, Tennessee), Torres’ ardent, brooding voice translates over into a stirring live show. Her self-released, self-titled LP debuted earlier this year, featuring wonder tracks “Honey” and “Come To Terms.”
For more CMJ coverage, stay tuned at Ones To Watch.