CMJ Music Marathon 2012 Announces Initial Lineup

CMJ Music Marathon announced its first round of artists for this year’s event earlier today, and the festival will take over the Big Apple from October 16-20. CMJ 2012 includes a broad-spanning line-up, drawing on acts from a global spectrum and array of musical genres as always. Last year’s breakout success was undoubtedly Alabama Shakes, who, by early summer, were playing to crowds in the 10’s of thousands at major festivals (see photo below from a couple weeks ago at Outside Lands). Although the buzz began to build a few weeks before they arrived for CMJ, the word got out very quick about the Shakes after getting press love from New York Times in an article titled At CMJ, A Critic’s Imagination Come To Life, Out of Alabama. CMJ provides ample I-was-there-first opportunities for fans, all you’ve gotta do is get out there and be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Crowd for Alabama Shakes @ Outside Lands 2012 || What CMJ breakout band will be drawing festival crowds by summer 2013?

CMJ 2012 Music Marathon NOTABLE ACTS

The Presets, The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, Kimbra, GZA, OFF!, King Tuff, Killer Mike, Com Truise, DIIV, Pig Destroyer, The Jezabels, Electric Guest, The English Beat, Generationals, Poolside, Daughn Gibson, Robert DeLong, Icona Pop, Emma Louise, Mac DeMarco, Prince Rama, Young Magic, MS MR, Sundress, The Soul Rebels, Twerps, Moon Hooch, PUJOL, Robert Glasper, Tiny Victories, William Tyler


7 Estrelo * Aan * Amy Bezunartea * Anberlin * Andy Suzuki & The Method * Apollo Run * Arthur Beatrice * At Sea * Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew * Beacon * Bear Hands * Beast Patrol * Bend Sinister * Bertrand Burgalat * Black Milk * The Blakes * Blaudzun * Bonde De Role * Brainstorm * Busy Living * The Catch Fire * Cemeteries * Communist Daughter *Country Mice * Cruiser * Daniel Dexter * Deap Vally * Debo Band * Dent May * Die!Die!Die! * Dinowalrus * Dirty Fences * Disorder * Dog Bite * Dog Is Dead * Dope D.O.D. *Duologue * Dusted * Exitmusic * Fenster * Filligar * Find Vienna * The Flying Eyes * The Foot. * Foreign Fields * Fort Frances * Foxygen * The Front Bottoms * Geographer * Get People * Ghost Wave * Gold Fields * The Good Natured * Gospels * GummiHz * Half Moon Run * Happy People * Hey Marseilles * High Highs *Hilotrons * The Hounds Below * Housse de Racket * The Intelligence * Into It. Over It. * Io Echo * Isaac Delusion * J*Davey * Jacob Jeffries Band * Jennifer O’Connor * Jensen Sportag * Jim White * JJAMZ * Karl Hendricks Trio * Kyla La Grange * Labyrinth Ear * The Laurels * Le Blorr * Leaf Bird * Leagues * Leopold and his Fiction * Lescop * Levek * Lily and the Parlour Tricks * The Love Language * The Luyas * Ma’am * Magmana * Main Attrakionz * Mansions * ME * Mean Creek * Men and Whales * Mercies * Metalleg * METZ *Michna * The Midnight Beast * Mike Simonetti * Millionyoung * MNDR * Moon King * Mount Moriah * My Dear Mycroft * My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult * Nneka *NO * Oddisee * Opossom * Paul Collins * Physical Therapy * Pissed Jeans * Poor Moon * The Postelles * Psychic Twin * RackNRuin * Rebecca Gates * Reigning Sound *Reptile Youth * Res * Roomrunner * Rudimental * Rumors * Rush Midnight * Salt to Bitters * Schoepp & The Shades * Sea Wolf * Sean Nicholas Savage * Sean Price * Selebrities * Septicflesh * Shark? * Sinkane * Skaters * Skinny Lister * Skipping Girl Vinegar * Slam Donahue * Slowdance * Solid Gold * The Spits * The Stepkids *Strange Talk * Such Hounds * T.H. White * Talib Kweli * Tauk * Tempers * Tim Foljahn * Tom Lark * Tomorrow’s World * TOPS * Trapper * Turf War * Twin Tigers *Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown * U.S. Royalty * The Ugly Club * Unicorn Kid * The Virginmarys * Vockah Redu * Von Haze * Way Yes * We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves * Wild Child * Woodsman * World’s End Press * Woz * Yan Wagner * You Won’t * Young Buffalo * Young Evils * Zulu Pearls

The initial artist line-up is just a sample of what’s to come, with thousands more artists, panels and events to be announced in the lead-up to the festival. Keep an eye out here and at for more details on the latest programming. To purchase a CMJ Music Marathon badge, go here.

CMJ Music Marathon is one of the world’s most important platforms for the discovery of new music. For five nonstop days and nights, CMJ features over 1,300 live performances in more than 80 of New York City’s greatest nightclubs and venues. CMJ also presents over 70 informative panels with renowned speakers, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and College Day, a specialized seminar geared toward college and non-commercial radio programmers. Your full CMJ badge grants you access to shows, Q&As, meet and greets, mixers, parties and parties. CMJ 2012 is headquartered at New York University’s Greenwich Village campus. All CMJ Music Marathon events are subject to change without notice.