How does letting 1,200 live bands - including Atlas Sound, Portugal the Man, Pissed Jeans, Japandroids, Broadcast and the Crystal Antlers - whipping you into an indie rock frenzy over the course of five nights sound? Well, the annual band onslaught will take place once again from October 20 to 24 when the CMJ Music Marathon takes over New York City.
The preliminary line-up for the popular festival has just been announced and includes the aforementioned bands as well as such highlights as School of Seven Bells, Múm, Zac Brown Band, Margaret Cho, the Budos Band, Pitbull, The Very Best, the Temper Trap, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Malajube, Local Natives, Wild Light, the Antlers, Das Racist, Suckers and Screaming Females.
Last year over 120,000 fans attended more than 75 venues in New York City for CMJ and this year's organizers, who will again set up headquarters in New York University's Greenwich Village campus, anticipate even more action come October. Tickets are available by registering here and cost $285 for students and $475 for non-students until midnight on September 22.
CMJ will also feature a film festival, exclusive parties, daytime exhibits, a technology fair, panels, seminars, mentoring sessions, networking events and much more. Although the event was once targeted for music industry reps, with 1,200 live bands in five days it's definitely become an event for any and all independent music fans.
And the best part of all is that approximately 1,178 more bands will be announced at the CMJ website in the coming weeks.