Music Monday Playlist: CMJ Music Marathon 2013

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on September 30, 2013

Photo: Flagship at Studio of Webster Hall 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

New York City -- If you thought overlapping sets at a regular 3-day festival were an issue, just wait until CMJ Music Marathon. Over 1,000 bands play across 80 venues all day and all night – there’s a reason they call it a marathon. Since many of the festival’s artists are new comers, it can be hard to know which showcase to choose over another in the war that is creating your schedule. While it helps to trust venues, friends, and curators, I’ve found the best way to decide is to, well, listen to them.

That’s why we’ve released CMJ’s Music Monday Playlist way ahead of our usual schedule; we want to give you enough time to sort through all the artists that’ll flock to the city this October. Listen to it now but make sure hit Follow – we’ll continuously update the playlist as more artists make their way onto CMJ’s bill and as we discover new tracks by those already included. Unfortunately, we can’t feature every single act, and not for lack of trying, trust me. CMJ’s focus on the up-and-coming means they don’t all have their material available on Spotify or, as the case is with many international acts, not on the US version of the service.

Feel free to star or share the tracks you like the most, and then compare the playlist with the festival schedule to create your own Marathon game plan. While you're out and about in NYC leading up to CMJ, keep your eye out for the Official CMJ Travel Guide, available at these locations and coming to you digitally October 1.

If you like what you hear but didn't buy a CMJ badge, make sure you enter to win with us - we're giving away a pair of badges to the Marathon's 2013 and 2014 editions.

Head here for the full lineup (so far) and keep coming back to our playlist for more CMJ artists.

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See Also:

CMJ Releases Second Round of Artists for 2014 Edition
Get Your Free Copy of Cultivora's Guide to CMJ 2013
Win a Pair of Badges to CMJ Music Marathon