Posted in To Do | music on October 18, 2011

CMJ Music Marathon Festival Guide (photo by olsoncaleb)

The 2011 CMJ Music Marathon starts today (10/18) and runs through Saturday night (10/22).

If you're not familiar with how this works, basically CMJ is just a whole bunch of concerts (showcases), films, panels, parties and other random events. CMJ attendees typically have a badge, but you don't need a badge to enjoy CMJ. You do need a badge to attend panels and stuff like that, and badges will get you into showcases, but they will not guarantee you get into the showcases you want. A limited number of badges are let into each show. The only way to guarantee you get into the official showcases you want, especially if you don't have a badge, is to buy an individual ticket to that show.

BrooklynVegan is hosting two official showcases: Friday night @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets) & Saturday metal on a boat (tickets).

You can view all (most) of CMJ's official schedule at You check out our guide to all that is dark and heavy at CMJ for more too.

In addition to the official stuff is all the unofficial stuff. Those are the parties planned by whoever and most are free, though some require RSVP. Most are in the day (showcases are at night). Bill listed a bunch of parties happening today, with a guide for tonight coming soon HERE. Browse our CMJ archives for many more. Follow @bvCMJ on Twitter too.

BrooklynVegan is hosting three unofficial day parties. We're super last minute, so the lineups haven't been announced yet, but we're doing a day party at Knitting Factory Thursday, and two two-stage day parties at Public Assembly on Friday & Saturday. No RSVP necessary for these. Stay tuned for more shortly!

Check out some video features on BV showcase band Braids, performance of "Lemonade" included, below...



Tags: Braids, CMJ

Comments (19)

I would assert "CMJ" and "enjoy" are mutually exclusive terms.

Posted by nygrump | October 18, 2011 12:50 PM

Where is the review of the S P I N D O C T O R S show from Bowery?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 12:54 PM

Let the CMJ hummus flow...

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:07 PM

Occupy CMJ!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:12 PM

so pumped for sat bv party

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:16 PM

Lineup gets weaker and weaker every year...pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:18 PM

I heard that this is a good place to cruise boys fresh from the suburbs. Is that so? I am just so over my usual meat sticks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:20 PM

Is this in Austin?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:20 PM

CMJ question: does CMJ inclusion mean it'll be way less likely that tickets will be on sale at the door for "sold out" shows? I'm thinking specifically of Wild Flag tonight. Normally I'd figure some tickets would be on sale at the door but would any extras just go to badge people?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:21 PM

no Pitchfork show this year?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:31 PM

I love CMJ because it's the only week every music venue has bands playing all night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:38 PM

Translation of 1:21 - Will shows be harder to get into during the week when thousands of people fly into the city and pay hundreds of dollars for passes to shows that are already at capacity or sold out? THINK ABOUT IT.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:38 PM

@ 1:38 Shrug. I asked because I sometimes get tickets to high-demand stuff ahead of time and am then surprised to see tickets on sale day-of at the venue. Just don't know how CMJ badge stuff really works: do shows get designated sold-out faster because of badges, or do badges just get the leftovers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:42 PM

anyone got an extra zola ticket for tn

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:45 PM

@1:42, generally speaking, either way you're screwed at CMJ. It depends on the venue/showcase status, etc.If it's a higher profile show, the badge will certainly not guarantee admittance, and there are certainly instances where the venue will say it's sold out. Basically, unless you know someone on the inside, there's no way to properly plan for CMJ. which is why it sucks. Plus the sets are like 15 minutes long and there's just as much switchover time as playing time. do not recommend.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:47 PM

coinciding with the death of the music industry, cmj's best shows are the free offerings these days.

any opportunity for bands from new zealand or far off places to play in nyc is a good thing though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:54 PM

@1:47 Thanks for the info! Yeah, I've never really seriously considered buying a CMJ badge because it doesn't really seem worth it. I'm just wondering if $20/no badge at the door will be enough to get me into Wild Flag since I fell down on buying tickets when they went on sale and there wasn't much on CL. But sounds more likely that it will be a mess. Ah well. Might give it a shot anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:57 PM

the cmj show pass is worthless for $150. i'm going to 8 shows this week and spent $90 total on tickets. because I got hard tix in advance for everything you have guranteed entry. the cmj pass is end up spending way more money AND it doesn't guarantee admittance. that badge is just a ploy for idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2011 1:58 PM

yeah dont buy a badge thinking youre gonna breeze thru any line and get in...

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 12:27 AM

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